RANK

200

TEAM DRAFTED

POSITION RANK

9

2021 DRAFT ROUND

EVAL GRADE

Developmental

OVERALL PICK #

Football Scout 365

K.J. Costello

QB

Mississippi State

EVALUATION GRADE DEFINITIONS

INSTANT IMPACT PLAYER

The prospect has consistently performed at the highest level in big moments vs. top competition. The player is an elite athlete, with elite traits that are apparent when watching his film. The player consistently demands an opponent's attention, which opens up opportunities for his teammates to thrive. He makes his team better by just being on the field.

POTENTIAL UPSIDE

The player produced at an above-average to elite level against top competition but sometimes lacked consistency. The player performed at an elite level vs. average competition but often disappeared against top competition or did not compete in a division with high-level competition. The player needs to develop their skill set further. The margin for improvement may vary. The player possesses all of the physical tools but lacked development in high school and college that an NFL level coach could develop. The player might lack certain physical tools needed in specific NFL schemes. The player might have lacked a work ethic or needs to improve attention to detail.

DEVELOPMENTAL

The player produced at an above-average to elite level against top competition but sometimes lacked consistency. The player performed at an elite level vs. average competition but often disappeared against top competition or did not compete in a division with high-level competition. The player needs to develop their skill set further. The margin for improvement may vary. The player possesses all of the physical tools but lacked development in high school and college. The player might be considered scheme dependent.

FOOTBALL SCOUT 365 CHALK BOARD

MEASUREABLES

Height

Weight

6'5"

222 lbs

Year

RS Senior

40 Time

Vertical

Broad

SCOUTING REPORT

Costello transferred from Stanford and arrived in Starkville, making a splash in 2020 early on in the air raid offense. He ended 2020 on a not-so-hot trend. Still, Costello has a lot of good traits that can translate at the NFL level. He can complete throws at all levels; he can sidestep pressure in the pocket. He is not a player that will create with his legs, but he has adequate ability to move away from pressure. Decision-making must improve, and he tends to force throws while under pressure.