BIO: Replaced Kliff Kingsbury last season, passing for 65.4 percent/5,833/52/22, winning multiple awards as a senior. Set the NCAA single-season passing-yardage record as well as a new mark for total offense in a 12-game season.
POSITIVES: Record-breaking passer who made himself into an NFL prospect last season. Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and stands in against the rush. Goes through receiver progressions, finds the open target and quickly releases the ball. Looks off the safety, displays great poise and possesses a sense of timing. Places screen throws in front of targets or leads wide outs on the crossing patterns. Solid arm in the short field and zips the pass.
NEGATIVES: Does not drive the ball downfield and has only marginal long accuracy. Throws the ball up for grabs when pressured and loses passing on the move. Does not throw tight spirals.
ANALYSIS: Benefited from the pass-happy offense of Texas Tech, Symons made the most of his opportunity as a senior and stood out on a national level. Offers good intangibles and a short range passing arm but must prove he can play in an NFL system which is more structured and disciplined than the free for all he excelled in at Tech.