One of the best quarterbacks in the history of Penn State football is officially an NFL Draft pick.
Saturday evening, Trace McSorley was selected in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens, taken with the No. 197 pick in the 2019 draft. The Nittany Lions leader was the fifth player from the school selected in this draft, along with teammates Miles Sanders (No. 53), Connor McGovern (No. 90), Shareef Miller (No. 138) and Amani Oruwariye (No. 146).
McSorley rewrote the history books at Penn State, winning a record number of games as the starter and breaking passing and total yardage records throughout his career. He also guided the Lions to back-t0-back 10-win seasons in 2016 and 2017 and a B1G title in 2017.
McSorley’s leadership and whatever-it-takes mentality has been really appealing to NFL teams. He’s be defined as a winner and many think he’ll find himself on a roster come the fall.
In his four-year career at Penn State, McSorley threw for 9,899 yards and 77 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,697 yards and 30 touchdowns.
While McSorley has accomplished just about everything you could ask as a quarterback, his size and arm strength have been concerns at the NFL level. While shorter quarterbacks are certainly carving out roles at the professional level, there’s a thought that McSorley won’t be able to make it at the position in the NFL.
McSorley has been asked to try out at other positions on the field, primarily defensive back. He was unwilling to do that at the NFL Combine, but it may be a different story when he arrives in Baltimore.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Ravens aim to utilize McSorley and his skills.