BIO: Former Michigan State transfer voted MWC Offensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. Passing totals were 60.6 percent/2,845/19/13 as a senior when he also ran for 170/909/10. Junior totals were 52.3 percent/2,073/10/7 passing with 150/819/11 rushing. Father Brad was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the New York Giants.
POSITIVES: Tough signal-caller that must iron out the rough edges to his game. Quickly sets in the pocket with solid footwork, remains poised and shows good judgment. Drives the deep pass downfield, laying the ball out in front of receivers and letting them run to the pass. Escapes the rush and makes the throw on the move. Tough and has a linebacker's mentality, especially carrying the ball. Improved in all aspects of his game late in his senior season.
NEGATIVES: Stares down primary targets and forces the pass on occasion. A bit quick pulling the ball down and taking off upfield. Marginal accuracy. Receivers constantly adjust backward or upward to grab the errant throw.
ANALYSIS: From an athletic point of view, Van Pelt has all the intangibles one wants for an NFL quarterback. His size, toughness and ability to make all the throws catches your eye on film. Yet equally apparent is a lack of pocket patience and accuracy. Must learn to become a passer rather than just a thrower but a solid developmental prospect that could yield positive long-term gains.