2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Max Duggan

  • Max Duggan, 6-2/210

  • Quarterback

  • TCU

  • Max Duggan Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Running threat
  • Runs hard
  • Excellent in the red zone
  • Quality arm
  • Processes information quickly
  • Good athlete
  • Very tough
  • Competitive
  • Excellent intangibles
  • Very smart
  • Leader
  • Hard worker

  • Weaknesses:
  • Inconsistent accuracy
  • Inconsistent ball placement
  • Muscles the ball a lot, not a natural thrower
  • Could struggle as a pocket passer

  • Summary: Duggan flashed some ability as a starter in 2019-2021, but he took his game to another level in 2022. With Duggan guiding the Horned Frogs, they had an undefeated regular season and earned a spot in the college football playoff. In 2022, Duggan completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,698 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also had 423 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.

    For the NFL, Duggan could be a backup quarterback. He is too inconsistent of a passer in terms of his accuracy and ball placement. Duggan aims throws and uses his strength to deliver the ball as opposed to being a natural thrower. However, he does have good instincts as a quarterback.

    Duggan is a good athlete who presents a real running threat. That makes him very good in the red zone, as he is a tough runner with quickness, agility and strength.

    Duggan has drawn rave reviews for his intangibles as being a natural leader, very intelligent, tough, and a super competitor. Team sources say Duggan is exceptionally smart and tough. He has a better arm than people credit him for, advanced processing speed, quality athleticism and surprising speed as a runner. Scouts say Duggan could run sub-4.6 in the 40, which is a fast time for a quarterback.

    “Max Duggan is Sam Ehlinger 2.0,” said an AFC director of player personnel. “You see inconsistent accuracy and ball placement. He muscles the ball a lot and is not a real natural thrower of the football. But he’s tough and competitive with pretty good instincts and is a good athlete as well. It wouldn’t shock me if he went in the fourth or fifth round. I think the intangibles will push him up some.”

    Thus, Duggan could be a third-day pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. He could have an outside shot of sneaking into the late third round.

    Player Comparison: Sam Ehlinger/Tim Tebow. Multiple team sources said Duggan reminds them of Ehlinger and Tebow.


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