Those of you who have been with us since day one, know about the optimism I had for Hawaii this season. It fell apart, but the man who gave me the most hope was the quarterback Cole McDonald.
He is a classic two sport athlete, but instead of baseball, he was a track star. Cole ran the 100 and 200 meter dash. This obviously speaks to his speed which is going to be a vital stat in the new NFL.
If you look at his progression, he has constantly improved as a quarterback. Every year at Hawaii, his completion percentage went up consistently each year.
He finished his senior with 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The 14 ints can be daunting, but with the Hawaii run-shoot offense, you have to be ready for a brighter turnover rate that’s just the nature of the style.
Watching him play late was beyond entertaining. Cole was able to escape the pocket with that speed and a solid arm.
Not every prospect is perfect, Cole has some downside. He has a longer windup, which can lead to easier reads for defensive backs. He also doesn’t always seem comfortable in the pocket which can worry scouts.
I wouldn’t worry about any of this. Cole has shown steady improvement, the desire to learn and grow, and an athletic ability that has been slept on. I could see a team like Carolina or New England snagging him in a late round. Mark my words. He is the steal of the draft