Summary: Andy Dalton had a terrific collegiate career that included helping TCU not only to a BCS bowl (Rose) win, but in the bigger picture, played a part in the program joining the "Big Six" fraternity as a future member of the Big East. He put up solid if not spectacular statistics most of his career, really peaking as a senior with by far his best season on paper. More importantly he kept improving - and winning.
Of course, most of that came in the Mountain West. Against "Big Six" competition, his record was 7-3, although a few of those teams were lesser opponents. He went 3-3 against Utah and Boise State. Still, he saved his best for last in the victory over Wisconsin which really opened eyes.
Dalton has the toughness to be successful, but will have to overcome his lack of height and learn the pro style offense.
Player Comparison: Chase Daniel. I have seen Dalton compared to Drew Brees, but at this point, a more realistic comparison is to another player on the New Orleans depth chart. Like Daniel, Dalton lacks ideal height and arm strength, but is an accurate passer. Both played in a shotgun offense at the collegiate level. Daniel was not drafted, but he lacked the "it" factor and perhaps some of that was absorbing losses against stiffer competition in the Big XII.
Clearly Dalton is going to be drafted, and fairly early. Projecting him to the pros, however, I see a slightly better Chase Daniel.
@Black&Gold With Bryant it's up to him to figure it out for himself. Coates has been hurt for half the season and let Ben work with him in the offseason and you will see how much of a difference he can make. Rogers can play the slot and Hamilton can be a No.4 guy who gets maybe 10-15 catches for the year which isn't bad. DHB is another solid option at the 5 spot so there WR core is full can't add another without dropping 1 and as far as TE goes you fans are like kids in a candy store who eat every single piece and then get sick later, the Steelers proved that they don't need a big TE threat like the Pats to score points. Besides if you add a freak TE then your adding another guy who needs the ball and how can you expect Ben to keep all of those guys happy without ticking off someone else? James and Grimble don't scare a whole lot of teams but that's the beauty of it they will strike when you least expect it and that's a more dangerous weapon than having a freak TE.