It goes without saying that it’s been a tumultuous year for Penn State football. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, there have been very few positives for a once proud program that will be forever tarnished. Amidst all the fines, sanctions, scholarship reductions and player exits, the Nittany Lions are 6-3 led by senior quarterback Matt McGloin, who is putting up career numbers.
With three games remaining on the schedule, McGloin is on pace to eclipse 3000 yards and 20-plus touchdowns. In fact, he’s been under 200 yards only once and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game. Not known to be fleet of foot, he’s also rushed for five scores.
At 6’1″ 210 lbs, McGloin lacks the size and stature of the elite quarterback prospects like Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, EJ Manuel and Tyler Wilson. However, his improved accuracy and ability to withstand and overcome the controversy swirling on and off the field is commendable. But is that enough for a team to spend a draft pick on him?
Unless he shines at postseason All-Star games and the Scouting Combine, it’s unlikely McGloin will be anything more than an undrafted free agent. The 2013 quarterback class is a crowded one, especially if juniors Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray declare themselves eligible. His arm strength is deemed average at best, but he does gain points in the leadership department.
It’s possible a team could take a late round flyer on McGloin as a developmental backup. He’s seen enough game action in four years to warrant a look from a franchise with a proven starter. There are plenty of examples of guys selected late or not all that have earned roster spots. Alabama’s Greg McElroy and Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson are two recent college standouts to latch on at the next level after being taken in the seventh round. If McGloin is lucky, he might be able to take a similar route.