40 Time: 4.65 (estimated)
- Orvolsky could be be this year's version of Ben Roethlisberger, former Miami (OH) quarterback and now a Pittsburgh Steeler. Orvolsky has the size, strength and composure you look for in a quarterback. He has shown an ability to throw on the run and he maintains a nice tight spiral on his throws. He threw for 33 touchdowns for the Huskies last year. It's a definite plus that he has his whole offensive line plus his leading receiver all coming back, so Dan is primed for a big season. If he can be as productive as he was last year he'll sky-rocket up draft boards.
- No glaring weaknesses except for the fact he doesn't get much national attention playing for UConn. His footwork gets a little choppy during longer drops. Tries to do a little too much from time to time, but his decision making improved last season and there's no reason to believe it won't continue to do so this year. Sometimes puts a bit too much zip on short and intermediate throws.
- Dan Orlovsky might not be a household name among fans of college football, but he certain is a player that the NFL scouts have their collective eye on. Orlovsky started 6 games during his true freshman season in 2001, and since that time has been the Huskies starting quarterback. Orlovsky threw for 3485 yards and 33 touchdowns while only tossing 14 interceptions during his junior season. There are two things that really stand out while looking at Orlovsky. The first thing is his physical skills. Orlovsky is big, has a big arm and seems to have a real presence while in the pocket. The second thing that stands out is the improvement he has shown throughout his college career. In 2001 Orlovsky looked like a player with some talent who was light years away from ever being a real effective player, but by 2003 Orlovsky was not only a great college player but looked like a very solid NFL prospect. If Orlovsky shows the same type of improvement in 2004, he should be a day one pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Reminds You Of:
- Ben Roethlisberger