RD 6 (183rd): Cole McDonald QB – Hawaii
Former Hawaii quarterbacks have mostly gotten a bad name at the NFL level, and for good reason. For years Hawaii quarterbacks put up huge numbers in their air-raid offense only to flop – even at the backup level – in the NFL. Cole McDonald is not your typical Hawaii QB.
Even though his passing stats are on par with his predecessors, McDonald ran a blistering 4.54 40 at the 2020 NFL combine. He’s a real threat in the read-option game and it’s a real positive that he’s similar in style to Daniel Jones in case he does work out to be the long-term backup QB.
Make no mistake about it, though, McDonald can still sling it. The 6’3 QB had TD/INT splits of 35/14 and 36/10 in 2019 and 2018.
The fact that the new CBA allows for 55 total active players (up from 53) and 12 practice squad players (up from 10) makes this more realistic.
While Colt McCoy should work out fine as a backup for one season during a rebuilding year, this franchise needs a quarterback it can trust to sling it should ‘DJ’ ever go down again when the team is competitive, and McCoy is not that.