Biography: Four-year starter named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year after his junior and senior campaigns. Senior passing totals included 66.1%/2857/27/6 with 435 yards and TDs rushing. Had 61.6%/2756/23/8 passing as a junior with 512 yards and three scores on the ground.
Positives: "Tough high-percentage passer with a terrific feel for the position. Patient in the pocket, surveys the field, and finds the open wide out. Knows where receivers are on the field, does not force the ball into covered receivers, and takes the safe underneath outlet. Remains poised as the pocket collapses around him, makes good decisions and takes the ball up field rather than making errant throws. Shows the ability to pick up yardage with his legs. Possesses a quick release, puts good speed on the short throws, and has terrific timing. Accurate, does not have receivers waiting on the ball and gets passes through the tight spots. Hits receivers in stride and does a terrific job placing passes where only his target can make the reception. Natural looking off the safety. Effectively leads the offense."
Negatives: Does not always sense the rush. Does not always throw the ball with proper footwork. Struggles with accuracy on deep throws. Needs to put a lot of effort into his motion to get extra velocity on the ball.
Analysis: Dalton was an outstanding quarterback on the college level and has enough skills to be a game manager in the NFL.
Peter Read Miller/SI
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