However, he’s very coordinated in the pocket, sets his feet very quickly, transfers his weight well from his back to front foot and always seems to be striding toward his target. His accuracy/ball placement are both very good in the short/intermediate pass game and his does exhibit some touch down the field.
On tape he was asked to make some big time NFL throws, (the skinny post and deep out) and despite lacking ideal velocity on his passes, when he throws on time his anticipation/ball location is good enough to make the completion. However, the his passes take a while to reach the receiver and he looks limited in what he can offer an NFL team vertically. Possesses an elite feel in the pocket.
Has that 6th sense of recognizing pressure around him, keeps his head up and can routinely find secondary targets. Has the ability to go through his progressions across the field at times, however, is at his best when asked to improvise. Is very slipper on the move.
Possesses sneaky short area quickness/acceleration and can really hurt you with his legs, as he consistently is able to find running lanes and keep drives alive. Completed over 70% of his passes last year and really seems to raise the level of talent around him. The guy is simply a gritty winner. However, is coming off a torn Achilles injury and if he can prove he’s back to 100% healthy he should be poised for another big year.
Impression: He’s a winner, has all the intangibles and is smart/accurate with the football. His size/arm strength hurt his chances, but if Chase Daniel can make an NFL roster, I would be willing to take a shot on Persa late. He’s just the kind of football player you don’t want to bet against."
Extremely hardworking and is highly respected for his preparation and football sense.
Completion percentage is heavily inflated from high-percentage throws, and accuracy wanes.
Will get in trouble trying to carry the team and doing too much.
Might convert best to the slot receiver position in the pros, and even warrant looks as a free safety."
Very mobile QB with good quickness; can sense trouble around him, escape trouble and make something out of nothing; throws well on the run; has a quick release and is a very accurate passer; lacks a big arm, though, and needs to wind up to get the ball downfield;
Also has great leadership intangibles and is one of the hardest workers in the film and weight rooms; also worked on special teams early in his career; just isn’t very tall for a pro QB at 5-11 and leaves pro scouts with the tough question of whether they are getting the next Drew Brees or jut a nice system college player without the size and arm strength to succeed at the next level."
He also has some running ability, as he was Northwestern’s leading rusher last season with 519 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also threw for 2581 yards with an astounding 73.5 percent completion rate. The 6’1″ senior missed the final three games last season with an injury, so these numbers could be even better had he finished the season.
He also led many clutch drives, most notably against Iowa, where Persa rallied his team from being 10 down to a 4 point victory, with the winning touchdown pass coming in the final 90 seconds of the game. He reminds me of a Colt McCoy type player- a dual threat quarterback who is also deadly accurate- and should be a 3rd round pick."