Scouting Report: Cooper Rush

Central Michigan
QB #10
Senior 6’3″ 227

Strengths:

  • Feet remain active in the pocket to slide and adjust
  • Displays the requisite poise and feel in the pocket to hang tough as it collapses
  • Five-step from under center remains in rhythm with the concept
  • Can extend plays with his legs
  • Doesn’t compromise drops and rush throws with pressure in his face
  • Completes field-side throws on time with proper placement
  • Knows where he’s going with the ball
  • Will hitch up and reset to deliver catchable throws
  • Underneath throws possess the necessary to zip to challenge windows and give receivers a chance to earn YAC
  • Four-starter who guided CMU to three straight bowl games; experienced passer who undoubtedly knew the offense
  • Top five or school record holder in all major passing categories
  • Desirable build and frame to survive at the next level

Weaknesses

  • Is forced to offset a limited arm with pocket movement and coverage-awareness
  • Inconsistent mental processing highlighted by his occasional misreads
  • Will bail out of clean pockets
  • Leaves offense on the field due to poor weight transfer that pulls receivers off their routes
  • Doesn’t do any one thing that would suggest he can play right away; doesn’t do a great job of driving deep outs
  • Occasionally hops into his third step from the gun
  • Has shown poor touch at the intermediate level

A four-year starter, Rush has cemented himself as one of the MAC’s all-time illustrious passers. His 49 career starts are truly an invaluable aspect of his evaluation as it suggests he will be ready to go when the time is right. The former Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year in 2012, Rush was a second team All-MAC selection in 2015 and has earned Academic All-MAC honors for four consecutive seasons.

Pro comp: Keith Wenning

Both were four-year, MAC starters with credible resumes, but Wenning and Rush are rhythmical passers who could out-smart defenses and provide their receivers with opportunities to run after the catch. Like Wenning, Rush lacks the arm strength and manipulability to consistently challenge all areas of the field and stretch the field. Athleticism is also limited with both quarterbacks.

Draft value: 6th-7th round

The draft is purely projection: what is the prospect going to be in the next year? The next five years? For Rush, his projection hinges on how quickly he can develop and adjust to the NFL’s athleticism and speed at all levels on the defense. He will likely serve as a team’s third quarterback-he will also likely be limited to a West Coast scheme-but in time, he could become a serviceable backup.

 




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