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Drake Maye - QB - North Carolina

Drake Maye has been getting decent hype ahead of this draft. Stepped into the shoes of Sam Howell, and made the QB position his and leaves a decent legacy for North Carolina. In a different draft class, without Caleb Williams and Marvin Harrison he would be getting billed as the top pick this season.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 4″

Weight: 230 lbs

Age: 22

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*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Passing Table
Passing
YearSchoolConfClassPosGCmpAttPctYdsY/AAY/ATDIntRate
*2021North CarolinaACCFRQB471070.0898.910.910177.8
*2022North CarolinaACCFR1434251766.243218.49.2387157.9
*2023North CarolinaACCSOQB1226942563.336088.58.7249149.0
CareerNorth Carolina61895264.980188.49.06316154.1
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/2/2024.

Notable Headlines

Maye was a five-star recruit from high school, and he showed a glimpse of what he could do in his freshman season. In 2022 he broke out with 4,321 yards to go along with 38 TDs and 7 INTs. Completed 342 passes from 517 attempts, for an impressive 66.2% completion rate. Also ran 184 times for 698 yards and 7 TDs. That season made him a unique player, as one of six QBs since 2010 to have over 4,000 pass yard, 35 TDs, 650 Followed that up in 2023 with another strong season, wasn’t as strong in the box score but he looked like he improved his overall ability in the pocket. Finished with 269 completions from 425 attempts for 3,608 yards, 24 TDs and 9 INTs- with 449 yards on the ground from 112 attempts with 9 TDs. 

Scouting Report

Positives

Maye has the prototypical height and size to be an NFL starter. Has good speed too, able to make plays on the ground- including on designed QB runs. Has great arm talent too. With that arm talent, he can make great throws downfield, even without getting his feet fully set underneath him. Has decent accuracy too, and has good touch with his passes. Should be able to make any throw on the field at the next level.

Negatives

Can be slow in his progressions, and sticks onto his first read which can put pressure on his blockers. That pressure can lead to him forcing throws, sometimes attempting them before he has managed to sort his feet. Against NFL defenses, that could lead to turnovers and sacks.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Early Round 1

Ideal Landing Spot

In a different season, Maye would be inline for the #1 pick. But with Williams and Harrison in this class, he is the best of the rest. Plenty of teams need a QB at the top of the draft, so hard to see him getting past the top 5 picks here.

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