I wrote this article about a month ago for Know It All Football. Putting aside some his draft projections, there is a lot of value and upside to Dysert.
There has been some discussion this offseason about finding the next “Russell Wilson Bargain Deal” in the upcoming NFL draft. Quarterbacks like Wilson and dare I say Tom Brady (we all know The Brady 6 Miracle Story by now) don’t slip through the NFL scouting cracks very often.
While it may be a daunting task searching for that unique game changing, playoff contending rookie, I offer one possibility who hails from my own backyard (literally) in southwestern Ohio — Miami (OH) Redhawk, Zac Dysert. Dysert could be the next under the radar surprise.. Other than being a former hockey all-star, he is a 6 foot 3 inch, 220 pounder that surpassed Big Ben Roethlisberger at Miami for overall passing yards (12,013). He also beat out the former first rounder in completions and attempts.
Dysert’s resume coming out of Miami is legit. He was a three year captain (first ever) at the school. In his senior year, the spread QB threw for 3,483 yards and 25 touchdowns, completing 62.9 percent of his passes and averaging 290 yards per game. He was also selected as a Third Team All-Mid American Conference quarterback for the 2012 college football season. He walked out of Miami in 20th place all time on the NCAA FBS list for passing yardage and is only the 78th in history to throw above 10,000 yards. Dysert enters this year’s draft third among quarterbacks in passing yards (Landry Jones-16,646 and Matt Barkley- 12, 327).
A few of the knocks on the “stealthy” former Redhawk are a noticeable amount of dropped balls from his receivers and overthrown passes. At the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL this past January, David Richard of CBS Sports.com stated “He wasn’t very consistent throwing the ball downfield, which makes him a liability at the next level. The feeling is that teams would rather try and develop one of the other quarterbacks listed before Dysert.”
In all fairness, these issues could have stemmed in part from receiver quality and a shaky offensive line at Miami.
Unfortunately, Dysert wasn’t able to participate in the NFL combine due to a hamstring injury, but was led through a workout by Chris Weinke (former Heisman Trophy winner) at the Miami Pro Day on March 21st. During the freakishly cold, sub-freezing display, he completed 54 of 64 passes to both Luke Swift (Jr) and Andy Cruse (Sr). Miami Sports writer Peter Marx stated that Dysert was “satisfied with the workout” and will hold another one for NFL scouts on April 15th in Oxford.
Dysert is projected as a mid-rounder, but due to the QB stock (or lack thereof) in this year’s draft, the potential does exist for him to go higher. Among the near 20 teams that were at the Pro Day, a team like the New York Jets could be on the short list (especially if they aren’t able to get Geno Smith at the 9th overall pick). Other possibilities include: Cincinnati, Buffalo, Cleveland, or Pittsburgh. The future could be very bright for this “Bargain Deal” from Miami (OH).