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NAME: Ryan Finley

SCHOOL: NC State

CONFERENCE: ACC

POSITION: Quarterback

CLASS: RS Junior

JERSEY: No. 15

RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star

HT: 6’4

WT: 210 lbs

D.O.B.: 12/26/1994


Accuracy – Has general accuracy and will give his targets a chance but his ball placement is far from pinpoint. Accuracy noticeably declines after 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Accuracy under pressure is very poor. Ball regularly comes off his hand wobbly and affects the trajectory of the ball. Inconsistent lower body mechanics work against his consistency with accuracy. 

Arm Strength – Doesn’t have the arm strength to make every throw and it limits the areas of the field his offense can attack. Ball lacks the juice to work outside the numbers without risk. Doesn’t have enough throwing power the push the ball vertically. The lack of zip on the football is noticeable as it approaches his intended target. Limited. 

Decision Making – Below average, especially considering his experience. Doesn’t necessarily put his team in bad positions but his lack of field vision often leads his targets into coverage and coverage to his targets. Rarely has success coming off his first read. Identifies pre-snap where he wants to go with the ball but rarely allows information processed post-snap properly impact his decisions. 

Anticipation – Will occasionally flash a throw made with anticipation, leading a target into a soft spot on the defense. Limited arm strength requires a higher level of competency with anticipation throws. Has much more success operating against man than zone given his inconsistency processing coverage post-snap. 

Pocket Skills – Feels pressure well but isn’t adept at avoiding the rush. Keeps his eyes down the field but is guilty of over-expediting his process at the first glimpse of pressure. Drifts too much in the pocket. Has enough mobility to navigate the pocket but his lack of comfort under duress is noticeable. 

Throwing Mechanics – Throwing motion is fairly quick and efficient. Release points can be inconsistent and lead to placement issues. Doesn’t generate consistent lower body torque with his hips and legs to muster up velocity. Lower body tenses up noticeably under pressure and throws under duress are generally made with all arm. Guilty of fading backwards when pressure comes. 

Feet –  Doesn’t set a consistent base with too much variance in width that leads to inconsistency. Base narrows fairly regularly. Capable of finding a quick platform but non-rhythm throws are usually flat-footed. 

Progressions – More is expected given his experience. Knows what he wants pre-snap and generally goes with it. Rarely comes off his first read and finds success. Doesn’t have a strong grasp on coverage rotation and processing where leverage and space will be. 

Run – Modest ability to scramble and move the chains with his feet. Can hit throws on the run with good touch when rolling to his right. Extending plays and improvising are not areas he finds success. Protects himself well when fleeing the pocket. 


BEST TRAIT – Experience

WORST TRAIT – Arm Strength/Processing

RED FLAGS – Age

A sixth-year senior, Finley enters the NFL with an abundance of experience under his belt. While his time on the field is ideal, his deficiencies with processing are even more concerning given the amount of football he’s played to this point in his career. Finley leaves much to be desired in terms of arm strength and the ability to drive the football with velocity to his targets which limits the areas of the field he can realistically attack in the NFL. Finley finds his success hitting rhythm passes and making spot throws against man coverage. By year three, Finley could be a reliable backup quarterback but it’s hard to envision him having success as a starter or pegged for that opportunity.

Arm AccuracyHas general accuracy but is sorely lacking in deliberate placement skills to throw away from leveraged defenders and consistently protect his receivers. Misses boundary throws to the inside with much too high a frequency, exposing ball security.

Decision MakingHas some baffling gaffes against pressure and will habitually lock into targets. Lets a lot of blitz and pressure looks go unaccounted prior to the snap, will see pressure showing and take his eyes away after the snap. Can dissect off coverage and soft zone.

ProgressionsLoves to key in on his primary read. Spend too much time on the drop intently peeking at his desired target. Will sparingly look off safeties against single high coverage and isolated routes on the backside. Too reliant on pre-snap info to make strong decisions and move quickly.

AnticipationSpot throws are most frequent on back shoulder throws and when tasked with throwing into soft spaces in the shallow middle of the field. Capable of hitting a dig or slant in stride. Misses opportunities to feel open space RE: blitzes and needs to be more aware going forward.

PoiseToo many lackadaisical plays when under heat. Does not play with precision when his internal clock is forced to speed up and teams who muddle the LOS before the snap have gotten him frazzled fairly quickly.

Arm StrengthModest juice on the ball. Does not have a rocket by any stretch of the imagination but has enough juice to push the ball in the intermediate areas of the field. Vertical throws hang in the air for too long due to lack of deep push.

Pocket AwarenessLate to react to penetration coming off the second level. Has awareness of collapsing edge and will make efforts to slide away and create space but general lack of athleticism is a pretty notable handcuff in tight spaces.

MechanicsFluid passer who can zip the ball out on a moment’s notice. Taller, longer frame doesn’t hinder release timing once he’s picked up on a target. Needs to be more willing to stand clear against pressure and rip through the ball to keep accuracy more consistent.

FootworkReally likable balance on his drops and collecting himself at the top of his drop. Transitions to roll outs well when flushed and does well to gain ground back to the LOS and get downhill. Steps can betray him in tight spaces and limit his weight transfer, however.

MobilityHas just enough mobility to not be considered a liability, can get outside the pocket and look to throw but free runners off the edge or second level will eat him up, doesn’t have any semblence of short area agility or quickness to slide and force a missed tackle.


BEST TRAIT – Footwork

WORST TRAIT – Arm Strength

BEST FILM – Syracuse (2018)

WORST FILM – Clemson (2018)

RED FLAGS – None

Ryan Finley projects best as a back-up quarterback in the NFL. Finley struggles with mental processing despite being one of the most experienced passers in this year’s class and is missing the needed quickness through his feet and mind to play well under duress. As a result, Finley should be coveted by WCO systems who rely on quick dispersion of the ball and aim to groom him into a viable back-up quarterback for their roster. Very limited ceiling and not a future long term starter.