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Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham already catching eye of NFL scouts

Auburn Jarrett Stidham // key SEC transfers
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Jarrett Stidham hasn’t taken a snap for Auburn. He hasn’t played a down of football since Nov. 21, 2015. But he’s already grabbing attention from NFL scouts.

NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks the Tigers’ newcomer as one of his 11 quarterbacks to watch in college football for the 2017 season.

That’s impressive for a player who started three games and threw just 109 passes in one season at Baylor and hasn’t yet appeared in a gane for coach Gus Malzahn’s Tigers.

Zierlein, though, says Stidham’s “combination of arm strength, mechanics and athleticism” makes him an interesting prospect for NFL teams.

“Stidham has the arm strength and ball placement to attack all three levels of a defense and the mobility to make teams pay outside of the pocket,” Zierlein wrote.

During his time at Baylor, Stidham was 75-of-109 (68.8 percent) for 1,265 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. He enters 2017 as the expected starter for an Auburn squad that lacked consistent quarterback play the past two seasons.

As a third-year sophomore, he would be eligible for the 2018 NFL draft should he decide to turn pro.

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