McShay: Foles “flying under radar” as NFL draft approaches

Nick Foles is projected as a second-round selection in the NFL draft later this month (ESPN video shot)

ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay said Monday night during the network’s “NFL Live” show that former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles is “flying under the radar” among this year’s crop of prospects.

McShay noted that Foles and Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill are a couple of quarterbacks who are flying under the radar for the “NFL draft’s early second-round rush.”

Foles has mostly been slated by most analysts as a second-round pick in the draft, which begins April 26. He recently has worked out for Philadelphia and Cincinnati.

The Eagles and Bengals, in search of capable backups to Michael Vick and Andy Dalton, respectively, have three selections in the second round. The Eagles have the 46th and 51st picks, and the Bengals have the 53rd selection.

McShay’s favorable comments about Foles Monday are a departure from remarks made by his ESPN colleague Mel Kiper Jr., who labeled Foles as the “biggest risk” at quarterback in the NFL draft.

“He has the size, he has the arm …,” Kiper said of the 6-foot-5, 243-pound Foles in a recent Draft Lab segment. “What concerns me though is (his) inaccuracy, at times. His throws will leave you scratching your head. He makes bad decisions, at times.”

Kiper empathized the words “at times” to make it seem like Foles was mostly consistent, but occasional threw the bad pass.

“His consistency … he has to level that off a bit, if he does, he’ll be a very good quarterback,” Kiper said. “Right now, this year, I didn’t see him put it all together. I didn’t see him take his game to that elite level.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Saturday that Greg Cosell, senior producer of NFL Films, scouted Foles this way: “Arm speed slow at this point. Negative impact on velocity. Did not drive the ball on few intermediate throws or sideline throws. Once in a while saw an NFL throw with anticipation + some snap. Major projection based on skill set evaluation + mental acumen.”

Cosell is the nephew of Howard Cosell. He is regarded by NFL insiders as very knowledgeable of the game.

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