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How Trace McSorley Performed At Penn State's Pro Day

Trace McSorley drops back to pass against Kentucky.

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first quarter of the VRBO Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Today was a major day for Trace McSorley and other Penn State draft hopefuls. The program held its annual Pro Day in State College.

Thirty of 32 NFL teams were in attendance to watch McSorley and other Nittany Lions work out. McSorley, a decorated college player, is trying to convince the league that his professional future is at quarterback.

Recent reports surfaced indicating that some teams want McSorley to try his hand at defensive back. He put up huge numbers at quarterback at Penn State, but lacks the physical profile and skill set of the typical NFL quarterback.

Such chatter doesn't phase McSorley, but he is making it clear he wants to play QB at the next level.

"I didn't take it as a sign of disrespect, but it did kind of put a chip on my shoulder for sure," he told the media today.

McSorley put on a strong performance during today's pro day workout, which will only help his cause.


So it was good news as McSorley tossed completion after completion to a handful of receivers. Of the several dozen passes he threw, only four or five were dropped. It was a far cry from a tumultuous 2018 season when seemingly every other pass found the ground. If there were any doubts who might be to fault for the Nittany Lions' decline in pass production, McSorley certainly made the case Tuesday that it wasn't his blame to shoulder alone.

It remains to be seen if McSorley will eventually carve out a role as a quarterback in the NFL. If he doesn't, he seems like the perfect candidate to play in an upstart league like the AAF or XFL.