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Scouting The 2017 NFL Draft: Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan

Today we take a look at a promising quarterback prospect coming out of Central Michigan.

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Hometown: Charlotte, Michigan

High School: Lansing Catholic

Recruitment: 2 Stars


2014 Academic All-MAC honors

2014 Division I CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team

2015 Second Team All Mac Honors


Height: 6'3"

Weight: 230

Class: Red Shirt Senior

Projected 40 Time: 4.85


Year Pass Yards Pass TD Comp % INT Rush Yards Rush TD QB Rating
2013 2349 15 56.7 15 -84 1 126.22
2014 3157 27 63.6 13 -50 0 149.54
2015 3848 25 66.3 11 48 3 144.73
2016 3299 23 61.1 13 -13 1 139.67


  • 4 year starter
  • Pro style QB
  • Good size
  • Moves well for his size
  • Hasn’t had a completion percentage below 56% in 4 years
  • Stands tall in the pocket
  • Stays calm under pressure


  • Needs to make decisions faster
  • Small school
  • Needs to be more consistent
  • Only AVG arm strength
  • Doesn’t do anything exceptional

  • Throws a fluttery ball that allows defenders to run under it.


Cooper Rush is a quarterback prospect that every quarterback hungry team needs to look at. A lot of general managers prefer that the quarterbacks they draft have enough experience, and looks like they can transition to the pro game. Rush is a 4 year starter in a pro style offence. With those boxes checked, we can look at his technique and measurables. He has the NFL size teams look for, and for the most part, is technically sound. He does need to become more consistent with his decision making, and pass rush awareness. Our QB situations is pretty bleak. As of right now, we don’t have any starting quality quarterbacks on our roster for next year. Bryce Petty has underwhelmed, and Christian Hackenberg isn’t ready to get meaningful snaps. If the Jets do decide to take a QB, but don’t want to spend a really high pick, Rush could be good option. Because of the pro style offense he plays in, he is more pro ready than either of the guys we already have.

Draft Round Prediction: Round 5