ALEX MCGOUGH SCOUTING REPORT

April 13, 2018

 

ALEX MCGOUGH | QB | FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

Height: 6021 | Weight: 218 

 

Alex McGough is a true Senior who has started 46 career games at QB, most recently featuring in a Pro Style offense under Butch Davis. McGough holds virtually every passing record for FIU and finished his career as a +60% completion passer, accruing over 9,000 passing yards and 65 TDs. Perhaps most importantly in his one season with Davis, McGough showed outstanding efficiency in the Red Zone, scoring 39 of 40 times (97.5%). An early injury in this year's Gasparilla Bowl vs. Temple was disappointing for McGough, who finally had a national stage to capture some attention.

 

McGough is a good athlete who plays bigger than his listed size and can make things happen with his feet when his pocket breaks down, even showing the audacity to try to hurdle a player against Middle Tennessee this season. McGough plays fearless when he steps on the field and his 214 rushing yards and 5 TDs show his toughness when he tucks the ball and runs.

 

McGough is a great game manager and is constantly barking out orders and making adjustments to his team based on pre-snap reads. McGough exhibits good pocket presence when working through his progressions and keeps his feet moving with slight movements to evade pressure. While McGough shows good composure and poise in the pocket, his major flaw is holding onto the football too long. McGough can also be cavalier with his risk-taking, occasionally trusting his arm too much and telegraphing some passes, totaling 37 interceptions in his career. But with great risk and a talented WR like Thomas Owens comes great rewards. McGough has a live arm and does a good job of planting his feet and driving the football into tight windows leaning on taut lower body mechanics. McGough has the arm strength to routinely hit Outs and Comebacks outside the numbers and throws with very good timing and anticipation. McGough shows good accuracy in the short passing game and while he leads his receivers on Flat routes, he will bird dog his target on quick hits and allow defenders to get their arms up in passing lanes. McGough displays nice touch on fade routes and can drop the ball in the bucket in WR stride. McGough is efficient on 3rd downs and keeps the chains moving with good decision-making and intermediate accuracy. There is a lot to like about McGough's mechanics and it's always easier to taper back a gunslinger mentality in the NFL than it is to teach conservative passers to roll the dice on tight window throws.

 

In an interview with the Philly Inquirer, Butch Davis stated "I had three quarterbacks play for me both at North Carolina and Miami who made the NFL and I think he is better than ... the two I had in the pros [Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb].” Davis concluded by stating "If he [McGough] is not drafted then the teams have no clue on picking quarterbacks." Overall, McGough is an attractive sleeper QB prospect who has the physical tools and live arm to turn some heads. McGough checks a lot of the boxes on the Parcells QB wishlist and his four years of experience as a starter and development under a former NFL Head Coach in Butch Davis is going to intrigue teams. McGough is a similar player to former Gamecocks QB Conor Shaw and has been quite in-demand in this pre-draft process with multiple visits and private workouts within the past month. Don't be late on Alex McGough.

 

Overall Grade: 72

Athletic Ability: 4

Physical: 4

Play Strength: 4

Play Speed: 4

Competitive Toughness: 7

Arm Strength: 4

Speed of Release: 3

Spiral/Catchability: 4

Short Accuracy: 4

Medium Accuracy: 4

Deep Accuracy: 4

Pocket Awareness: 3

Read Progressions: 3

Ball Security: 2

Footwork: 4

Delivery/Motion: 4

Maturity: 5

Production: 5

 

Player Comparison: Connor Shaw

Projected Round: Round 7/PFA

 

 

 

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