While not as highly touted as his former teammate Saquon Barkley, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley could very-well hear his name called at some point in the 2019 NFL draft. One report seems to indicate that at least two teams are giving McSorley a look.
According to the York Daily Record, two NFL teams expressed interest in McSorley during the combine: the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens. Per the report, teams are also looking at him as a potential convert to wide receiver or special teams.
The Bills and Ravens do share one thing in common that could benefit McSorley: Both drafted quarterbacks in the first round last year and are in need of some sort of backup to them next year.
His father confirmed those two teams, while adding that others are also interested:
Even with positive combine reviews, McSorley figures to be a mid- to late-round choice in the upcoming draft. Probably later than earlier.
But he still may own significant value as a steady backup quarterback option for teams seeking depth. He’s gained interest from the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills, among others, his father said.
Buffalo traded up and drafted Josh Allen but saw him succumb to injuries that cost him multiple games. Backups Nathan Peterman, Matt Barkley, and Derek Anderson all proved to be ineffective stand-ins for him.
Baltimore traded back into the first round to draft Lamar Jackson, and made it to the playoffs with him at the helm. After the season, the team traded former Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco, cementing Jackson as their quarterback of the future.
McSorley was a three-year starter at Penn State, leading the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten title in 2016 – their first in the post-Paterno era.
He demonstrated his exceptional athletic ability at the combine with a 4.57 40-time, the best among quarterbacks.