R1/3: Drake Maye QB UNC

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From the pressers tonight seems like Maye was their choice for a while and they expect him to be a project. They like his maturity and leadership.

View: https://twitter.com/ByMarkDaniels/status/1783660602193301547

Eliot Wolf: "He was one of the only quarterbacks in this draft that after a loss, met with the media." "He understands what it means to be a leader."

View: https://twitter.com/PhilAPerry/status/1783661036240793718

Mayo on Maye: "We're not sitting here saying Drake is our starting quarterback. I think he understands that."
 

Ale Xander

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Great leader, great arm, very hard worker, athletic.

Needs serious work on progression and decision-making.
 

ManicCompression

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Ecstatic about this. I think history shows, there’s zero percent chance of failure.

(sarcasm aside - this was the best outcome)
 

NortheasternPJ

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Looking forward to his first start after the Bye around week 10. Don’t rush it. Play him when he’s ready.
 

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I liked Mac but always understood that he had a limited ceiling, which I thought he’d reach (I was wrong about that). Maye may never pan out but his ceiling is much, much higher. He has all the physical tools but his weaknesses are all things that can (not necessarily will) be fixed with coaching and experience.

Remember folks… he’s just 21. With three years of NFL experience he will reach the age that Daniels is now.
 

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I loved the Mac Jones pick because every college game I watched him in he was awesome. Maye was complete shit in the few games of his I watched this year.

Probably a good sign?
 

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I loved the Mac Jones pick because every college game I watched him in he was awesome. Maye was complete shit in the few games of his I watched this year.

Probably a good sign?
There was a slight difference in talent around those two guys in college.
 

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Pumped. Jacked. Can't believe we got him.

Seriously, I'm thrilled. The opposite of Mac, he's "toolsy" and enormously talented but needs some seasoning. At least here he has a ceiling we can dream on, and a career long comparison to the QBs who are good enough to win their team a Super Bowl.

Here's the NFL Draft profile, which rates him an 88 -- 1 point higher than they rated Justin Herbert.

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/drake-maye/32004d41-5928-9639-2999-10019fb4c292

Strengths
  • Two years of starting experience and still very moldable.
  • Two-time team captain with prototypical size and frame.
  • Ball comes off his hand with tight spiral and good velocity.
  • Can expedite operation time and release when pressure closes in.
  • Unquestionable arm talent to connect from challenging angles.
  • Fearless passer with the guts and arm to whip the ball into tight windows.
  • Quick pocket climber with discipline to continue searching for targets.
  • Mobility to slide free of pocket traffic and toughness to go get needed yards.
  • Showed flashes of the clutch gene during his career.
Weaknesses
  • Struggles with the chess match against pressure looks.
  • Inefficient throwing motion creates inconsistencies in accuracy.
  • Receivers had to chase too many intermediate throws into the turf.
  • Leaves the ball behind crossing routes and RPO targets.
  • Can get uncomfortable when initial reads aren’t clear and clean.
  • Sixteen career interceptions were mostly earned with poor decisions or throws.
 

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Watched Bill's breakdown on the MacAfee broadcast. Seems to capture the same assessment as above. Drafted for ceiling, which is fine; sometimes you gotta take the big swing.
 

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Thrilled with the pick; there was a split second I thought that they might actually take McCarthy. I don't follow college football but if the biggest knock on Maye is that he needs some seasoning and coaching or whatever, that's fine. The Pats, as constructed, were not SB contenders or anything this year. I'm perfectly happy to redshirt him, develop some of the younger guys (hopefully an OT and WR they draft this year) and get them ready to go for next year.
 

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Very happy with the pick, hoping we don't see him until very late in the season if at all. This team needs to improve the OL dramatically and the WR position before bringing in a rookie QB.
 

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Yeah, I'm fine with Jacoby taking the hits next year while Maye learns. Let him take over in '25 when they've finally got a stable OL.
 

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Maye is who I wanted. Not sure if it'll work, but I'd rather swing than bunt.
 

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Bedard asked Maye how it felt to go to one of the worst situations for a rookie QB in the NFL.

What a jackass
 

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His two older brothers both won a national championship in college, in basketball and baseball respectively. Didn’t connect that he was Luke Maye’s brother
 

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This was the pick they had to make.

Now, I watched him play against my very very mediocre Syracuse team last year and he didn’t impress me much at all.

But, it’s still the pick they had to make.
 

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This was the pick they had to make.

Now, I watched him play against my very very mediocre Syracuse team last year and he didn’t impress me much at all.

But, it’s still the pick they had to make.
this seems to be the prevailing sentiment and I don’t get it. “Saw him play bad, but we had to take him.”

he got worse last year - there was a lot not to like. I don’t get the love

I saw him play vs my Alma mater uva (who is awful)…at home…and he was terrible
 

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this seems to be the prevailing sentiment and I don’t get it. “Saw him play bad, but we had to take him.”

he got worse last year - there was a lot not to like. I don’t get the love
They changed OC’s from year 1 to year 2 and a lot of offensive talent left after year one. He faced some adversity last year but you can’t deny the physical ability and tools.
 

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this seems to be the prevailing sentiment and I don’t get it. “Saw him play bad, but we had to take him.”

he got worse last year - there was a lot not to like. I don’t get the love

I saw him play vs my Alma mater uva (who is awful)…at home…and he was terrible
He wasn’t bad when I saw him. He just didn’t strike me as a high draft pick. But a gazillion NFL guys have watched him and think he’s worth that kind of pick.

All I know is that no one knows anything. So I was on team “don’t get cute”. Pick the consensus guy and see how it goes.
 

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He wasn’t bad when I saw him. He just didn’t strike me as a high draft pick. But a gazillion NFL guys have watched him and think he’s worth that kind of pick.

All I know is that no one knows anything. So I was on team “don’t get cute”. Pick the consensus guy and see how it goes.
I’m admittedly bitter bc I watched every game jj played and love the player…and believe his leadership and character is off the charts. I think we fucked up but I’ve been wrong plenty
 

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Love the swing for the fences pick. No need to rush him onto the field, let him learn from Jacoby. And please keep adding offensive talent to help him out.
 

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I think it's important that we all have reasonable expectations for this kid. Which in my mostly-adult lifetime means he has a 1/3 chance of being a total bust that we all want to murder after three years, a 1/3 chance of taking us to a super bowl and making three pro bowls, and a 1/3 chance of winning six super bowls and becoming the consensus GOAT. So, you know, weighted average of those is fine.


Like I said: realism.
 

Ale Xander

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I think it's important that we all have reasonable expectations for this kid. Which in my mostly-adult lifetime means he has a 1/3 chance of being a total bust that we all want to murder after three years, a 1/3 chance of taking us to a super bowl and making three pro bowls, and a 1/3 chance of winning six super bowls and becoming the consensus GOAT. So, you know, weighted average of those is fine.


Like I said: realism.
Not true

a QB taken this high has never taken his team to 6 super bowl wins
 

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I believe someone in this thread, or another thread, has mentioned watching all of Maye's games last year---different posters, different games. But apparently he was bad in all of them.

Never change SoSH.
 

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I loved the Mac Jones pick because every college game I watched him in he was awesome. Maye was complete shit in the few games of his I watched this year.

Probably a good sign?
I hear ya. It took me some time to be comfortable with Maye. I still see him as high risk high reward but I am comfortable taking that swing. His Clemson and NC State games this year had some rough moments.

Now, let's build around him.

New avatar :D time too.
 

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Yeah, I'm fine with Jacoby taking the hits next year while Maye learns. Let him take over in '25 when they've finally got a stable OL.
This. No need to force anything this year. If the team stinks again, they can grab another elite talent in the 25 draft.
 

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We've been talking extensively about Drake Maye for like a month, with several people giving detailed breakdowns of what he does well and he doesn't, I find it strange that no one who disliked him would show up to those threads to present their case, but now that he's been drafted there's been a ton of "oh, I watched him and I thought he stunk" sentiment.