6’3 1/4, 230 pounds | Quarterback | Central Michigan
Accuracy: LeFevour had a career 66 percent completion, thanks in large part to a spread offense. Central Michigan’s offense was designed to get receivers open and quickly. In slants, LeFevour displayed good timing with his receivers, particularly Antonio Brown. Even though he benefited from the spread, LeFevour showed he can place the ball well. Can hit a small window when he’s not on the run and puts the ball over the shoulder on fades. Where he could improve is his accuracy on deep outs. But this is more of an arm strength issue.
Arm strength: This is arguably LeFevour’s biggest weak spot. His deep strength is only average and when he has to put a lot into the pass, the ball tends to float. Where LeFevour needs to improve the most here, however, is in his mid-level throws. He needs to learn to throw harder in the 10- to 15-yard range. Questionable arm strength may eliminate him from some schemes.
Decision making: LeFevour’s pocket awareness factors in a lot here. He doesn’t put his receivers in bad spots or throw into double coverage much. Had the advantage of playing out a shotgun. It will be interesting to see if LeFevour can read a defense while he’s dropping back to pass. But LeFevour’s decision making issues come in an over-confidence in his athletic ability. While his legs were an asset in the Mid-American Conference, they might not be in the NFL.
Mechanics: Has an effortless over-the-top delivery. Delivers the ball fast and over the top. Doesn’t drop his hand down and can throw it high over the line. On the move maintains good delivery and knows how to adjust his throwing point. Will need to learn to take a majority of his snaps from under center.
Mobility: Displayed good elusiveness when working around in the pocket. Has the foot speed to avoid blitzers. Properly squares his shoulders before releasing the ball when he’s on the move.
Pocket awareness: Even though LeFevour has very good mobility, he has a tendency to pull the ball down and run too fast. Needs to be more patient and let the offensive line do its job. Because of his tendency to run, LeFevour doesn’t always set his feet.
Size: Has good size with a strong frame. Has good height and won’t have to put on a lot of bulk in the NFL. One of the biggest issues with LeFevour is his hand size. It measured at nine and a quarter inches at the combine. A more optimum number would be closer to 10 inches. This has the chance to lead to some fumbles and may be an indication why he can’t put a lot of zip on his throws. That’s the same malady the befell Charlie Frye, another mobile MAC quarterback whom LeFevour often gets compared to.
Final word: LeFevour is an extremely experienced and competitive quarterback. He is the NCAA’s all-time leader in total touchdowns with 150. A three-time All-MAC selection, LeFevour threw for nearly 13,000 yards at Central Michigan with a 102:36 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
As for LeFevour’s football intelligence, it may be put to the test early in his career. He played in the prototype spread offense. He typically took the ball from under center and had plenty of solid targets. He also received help from the sideline pre-snap and will have to take more command of the huddle.
Still, it’s hard to knock LeFevour too much. He has the experience, athleticism and toughness to make it in the NFL. He turned CMU into one of the nation’s best non-BCS schools and is a four-year starter. He’ll just have to put in the right scheme and not have too many expectations.