calvin schmidtke evaluation from espn

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Calvin Schmidtke | QB Hometown: Lakewood, WA
Lakes High School
Position rank: QB # 76
Ht: 5'11" Wt: 178

Schmidtke is a productive quarterback prospect with the moxxy needed to move the chains and improvise when the original play breaks down. Lacks great size but is a crafty gunslinger who can buy extra time with his quick feet and throw on the run with above average accuracy. Ball handling skills and overall mechanics are adequate when he has time to settle his feet. Keeps the ball high upon delivery with an adequate release point. Flashes good wrist snap and rotation on intermediate-to-deep routes and shows good touch in the three-step game. However, he is not your prototypical drop back pocket passer lacking downfield arm strength and the velocity to fit the ball into tight spots in coverage. Tends to look at his intended target and flee the moment he feels pressure without going through progressions. Is a quick, decisive runner but does not warrant legit dual threat status that make him an ideal prospect in a zone read scheme at the next level. Bottom line, Schmidtke is a crafty quarterback prospect who takes command of the offense and is productive despite lack of ideal measurable; should excel in an open offense with the freedom to make plays.

2007: Completed 204 of 268 attempts (76-percent) for 2,724 yards and 37 touchdowns. Area player of the year recognition. Transferred from Life Christian before senior year.


Get this kid on a nightly curfew for his first year (he earned it in high school) sit him in study tables, when not in study tables sit him in meetings, and he could be a great quarterback who might have a shot at a free agent contract one day.

Short leash until he proves the substance abuse is behind him.