February 18, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Senior Bowl performance elevated quarterback Jeff Driskel's draft stock
The quarterback displayed a strong arm, mobility and a decisive nature at the Senior Bowl all-star game, boosting his draft stock. That description doesn't only apply to North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, a projected high first-round draft pick. Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel upgraded his draft outlook during a positive week in Mobile, Ala. He's being projected as a potential second-round draft pick and is regarded as an ascending draft prospect. "I like Driskel," an AFC scouting director told National Football Post. "He can still use more polish, but he's got a big arm and can move and seems very coachable. I could see him being drafted higher than most people think. He helped himself a lot this week." A former top-ranked blue-chip recruit out of high school, Driskel saved his best for the end of his Senior Bowl week. In the fourth quarter, the athletic 6-foot-3, 230-pounder ran a two-minute drill and completed 8 of 9 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 15 yards on three carries. And he delivered a 29-yard Hail Mary pass for a touchdown. Sensing pressure, Driskel recognized the need to buy time and launched a spiral for a score. "I feel like I got better every day," Driskel said. "They threw a lot at us and it was a lot of different verbiage from what I'm used. There was a lot on our plate, but I think I did well and improved each and every day and showed off some arm talent and showed them my size and arm strength to a lot of different NFL personnel. "You know it's going to be a busy week and you have to meet a bunch of people. I'm not going to let anything frustrate me. I just went out and grinded and helped myself out. I went in with the mindset that it was a business trip and had a positive mindset. I put it up and gave my receiver a chance. It was fun. It was a cool end to a good week. It was kind of the cherry on the top." Driskel met with roughly 25 of 32 NFL teams. "I don't remember a meeting that didn't go well," Driskel said. "They just want to know your story and hear it from you. They want to hear what happened in the past and get to know you." Driskel transferred from Florida for his senior year. At Florida, he passed for 3,411 yards and 23 touchdowns. As a senior at Louisiana Tech, Driskel passed for 4,033 yards and 27 touchdowns. "It was just time to move on, time for a change," Driskel said. "I had a really good time at Florida and enjoyed my years there. There were a lot of positives as well as some negatives, but people forget those positives. I needed to move to better myself." Driskel has been training at XPE in Boca Raton, Fla. with Tony Villani and quarterbacks coach Ken Mastrole. "I've been taking full advantage of it," Driskel said. "I'm having a lot of fun and getting ready for the scouting combine." Driskel praised the Senior Bowl, which is run by executive director Phil Savage, a former Cleveland Browns general manager and Baltimore Ravens scouting executive. "Phil's awesome," Driskel said. "He puts on a really good game. I would recommend guys to definitely attend. You make a lot of relationships and friends and it gave you an opportunity to compete." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.