Sam Keller Scouting Report
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NFL Draft > 2008 Prospects > QB > Sam Keller

Sam Keller Scouting Report

Position: QB
Conference: Big10
School: Nebraska Corn Huskers
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #9
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 230 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Sam Keller, QB, Nebraska

Keller's collegiate career hasn't been quite what he hoped for, but if he gets a chance on the next level, he has all the skills to make up for any bad memories. Keller caught a lot of attention after his first collegiate start, which came in the 2004 Sun Bowl, when he stepped in for the injured Andrew Walter and threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns in Arizona St.'s 27-23 victory. He started off the 2005 season much the same way and after throwing for an astounding 1,443 yards and 16 touchdowns in the first four games, emerged as a potential Heisman candidate. Things started going downhill when he threw five interceptions - four in the second half of a game ASU led 21-3 at halftime - in a 38-28 loss to USC, a contest in which he had a chance to showcase himself as one of the nation's elite QBs. Two games later, his season and his ASU career would come to an end due to a serious hand injury. Rudy Carpenter took over and wound up leading the nation in pass efficiency, setting off a tense battle leading up to the start of the 2006 season. Keller ended up transferring to Nebraska after then coach Dirk Koetter named him the starter and then changed his mind the next day. After sitting out the required year, Keller earned the starting job. As Nebraska's season started to go down the drain, Keller suffered another season-ending injury, injuring his shoulder late in a loss to Texas in October. Up to that point, he had thrown for 2,422 yards and 14 touchdowns and finished out his career with 5,193 yards passing, 39 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. With his prototypical NFL frame, strong arm, and ability to move well and be effective, Keller has the tools to be a first-round pick. He also has the intangibles, according to Scout.com's Chris Steuber, 'He buys time for receivers, displays a good sense of timing, and rarely has pass catchers waiting on his throws. He has excellent awareness spreading the ball around to different targets and getting everyone involved in the offense.' But, his injury issues and the fact that he has been prone to inconsistency as well (as shown by his interception numbers) drop him lower than he could be. He could be selected late on the first day, or might wind up being taken early on the second day. He could wind up as one of the steals of the draft, because if he can stay healthy and hone his skills for a couple of years, he could definitely succeed as a starting QB in the NFL. Update (2/12/08): In his first action since breaking his collarbone against Texas, Keller was 10 of 16 for 68 yards in the West's 31-13 victory over the East in the East-West Shrine Bowl last month. Keller started for the West and on the first drive of the game, he completed 5 of 7 passes for 31 yards and led the West to the East 30. However, he was sacked and fumbled the ball over to the East. His second stint came on the West's first drive of the second half and he completed 4 of 7 passes for 28 yards, coming in on what was the West's last offensive drive. He completed his only pass of that drive, a nine-yarder to Kansas' Marcus Henry. NFLDraftScout.com currently rates Keller as a late-round pick and as the 14th rated QB in the 2008 draft class. He will be attending the combine next week, so he does have a chance to improve his stock by impressing in Indianapolis.

Last Updated Feb-12-2008 by Joel Welser

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