Draft Profile: BioDrake Maye from Myers Park High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Maye opted to join North Carolina after being heavily recruited.
In 2021 as a freshman Maye saw action in just 2 games for the Tar Heels as he threw for just 89 yards on 10 attempts with a completion percent of 70 for an average of 8.9 yards per pass, with just one TD, while taking one sack, and an excellent QB rating of 130.8.
In 2022 as a redshirt freshman he exploded playing in 13 games as he passed for an outstanding 4087 yards on 482 attempts with a completion percentage of 66.6 for an average of 8.5 yards per pass, with a huge 34 TDs, while also taking 41 sacks, and putting up an excellent QB rating of 110.4. He also dominated on the ground with 143 rushes for a total of 833 yards at an average of 5.8 per rush.
Honors & awards
- PFF Third-Team All-American (2022)
- ACC Player of the Year (2022)
- Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year (2022)
- FWAA Freshman All-American (2022)
- Manning Award Finalist (2022)
- Walter Camp National Player of the Year Semifinalist (2022)
- Maxwell Award Semifinalist (2022)
- Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist (2022)
- In 2022 he became just the sixth QB since 2010 to post 4,000 pass yards, 35 pass TDs, 650 rush yards and seven rush TDs in a season joining Kyler Murray (2018), DeShaun Watson (2015, ’16), Marcus Mariota (2014), Johnny Manziel (2013) and Robert Griffin III (2011)
Scouting Report: Strengths
- From a physical standpoint, he possesses all the prototypical traits of a modern mobile quarterback
- Elite arm strength and can really drive the ball when he steps into his throws and follows through. Can make every NFL throw with ease
- Physically, Maye is a natural athlete who plays with balance and light feet to float in the pocket.
- He has more than enough speed and athleticism to threaten with his legs when plays break down - scary outside the pocket
- In 2022 North Carolina had one of the worst offensive lines in college football, but he still managed to put up huge numbers despite being under constant pressure
- Impressive sporting bloodlines - Dad, Mark, played QB at North Carolina, and his brother, Luke, was a two-time All-ACC basketball player as a Tar Heel
- Tall athlete with the speed and foot quickness to pick up yards on the ground. Ran a lot of designed quarterback runs and showed the athleticism to be considered a legitimate dual-threat option.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Maye is an excellent scrambler however he often takes too long to decide who to throw to putting huge pressure on the offensive line
- He’s often slow in his progressions and had trouble with some relatively simple coverage rotations, and when his first read isn't open he struggles to get to the next guy
- When he gets outside of the pocket Maye his accuracy drops considerably
Scouting Report: SummaryDrake Maye has everything you look for in a pro QB, he's 6-4 and 220lbs with the frame to add more weight, has a rocket arm, is an elite runner, and is able to make every NFL throw. In 2022 he demonstrated he could take everything the defense could throw at him and play at an elite level even with poor offensive line play. Maye however currently looks a little raw (predictably given just one year of play) and needs to improve the speed at which he moves through his progressions - hopefully, this will come with time.
If in 2023 Maye can repeat the outstanding year from 2022 while showing improved processing he could easily challenge Celeb Williams for the first overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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