Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald is one of the more intriguing non-power 5 quarterbacks that could potentially end up in the 2020 NFL Draft. McDonald, a 6-foot-4 and 220 pound redshirt junior, averaged just under 300 yards passing last season and chucked 36 touchdowns. He did this while battling a nagging injury and was named All-Mountain West for his efforts.
McDonald has some of the more enjoyable film to watch among this potential quarterback class, as the California kid with flowing blonde hair isn’t gun shy of tight window passes and deep shots down the field. McDonald has intriguing arm talent, but also mechanical flaws that can limit him in some ways. His feet can get sloppy in the pocket when he’s throwing towards the boundary, and his release is awkward and elongated. However, his velocity and touch generally make up for worries about his mechanics.
While Hawaii fell short in their road game last season against the Army Black Knights, McDonald showed some of those intriguing qualities that has some evaluators excited about his potential.
Check out the audio breakdown of two separate throws from that game that were particularly impressive.
The negatives from McDonald’s release can be negated on some plays when he’s anticipating open windows and placing the ball where he wants it. He showed the ability to do just that in these clips, as well as work through a progression and react to conflict defenders.
Keep your eyes peeled for any Hawaii game this upcoming season, as McDonald is sure to put out some exciting tape.