The majority of NFL quarterbacks playing today heard their name called at one point or another during the NFL draft.
Just because you never heard your name called at the podium, though, doesn’t mean you don’t have the talent to succeed in the NFL.
If statistics are any indication, former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett certainly has the tools to do well in the pros.
He ended his college career with 104 passing touchdowns — a Big Ten record — and over 9,400 total yards. In 2014, his freshman season, he accounted for 45 touchdowns — 34 in the air, 11 on the ground — and finished fifth in the Heisman voting.
He’s also a proven winner, accumulating a school-record 38 victories over his college career, including two Big Ten titles.
And it’s not as if Barrett saw a big drop-off in his senior year. He threw for 2,939 yards last season, adding another 732 yards on the ground. He tossed 35 touchdowns compared to just 10 interceptions, and rushed for another 10 scores.
So it was a bit surprising that Barrett, a dual-threat quarterback from a powerhouse program, was not among the 13 quarterbacks selected in this year’s NFL draft.
It would appear, however, that one team likes what Barrett brings to the table.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Barrett is going to sign with the New Orleans Saints. He had previously gotten an invite to work out for the Indianapolis Colts, but apparently seemed to think he’d be better off in New Orleans.
Unless something happens to incumbent starter Drew Brees, Barrett has little chance of seeing much, if any, playing time with the Saints.
However, his chances of winning a backup job are higher with the Saints than with the Colts.
If Andrew Luck can return to the field in 2018, he will be the Colts’ unquestioned starter, while Jacoby Brissett is likely to be the backup.
On the other hand, the backup situation in New Orleans isn’t set in stone, with Taysom Hill and Tom Savage set to compete for the job.
As neither of those quarterbacks has done a whole lot to prove himself in the past, it’s possible Barrett could win the job.
It’s not much, but Barrett doesn’t seem to be willing to give up being an NFL quarterback.
Now, we’ll see what he can do when given the chance to prove himself in the pros.
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