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Dan Persa

Dan Persa - #7 - QB-WR

Height: 5-11 1/8
Weight: 210
Speed: 4.88
Arm: 29 1/8
Hand: 9 3/8
Wingspan: 73 1/8
Birthdate: 11/20/1988
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Grade: 5.02


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/08/2012 Northwestern Pro Day 5-11 1/8 210 9 3/8 29 1/8 73 1/8 4.88 8'11" 32 4.36 7.11
01/16/2012 East-West Shrine 5-11 1/8 212 9 1/4 30 72 5/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-11 1/8 209 9 3/4 29 1/4 72 3/4 4.70



Also lettered in basketball (four times) and track (sprints, three times) as a Pennsylvania prep. Redshirted in 2007. Spent the ’08 season as a backup quarterback and special-teams player in ’11 games, returning one kickoff for 15 yards. Saw action in 10 games as a backup in ’09, completing 20-of-34 passes (58.8 percent) for 224 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in addition to rushing 49 times for 167 yards (3.4-yard average). In ’10, earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in his first season as a starter and led the nation in completion percentage (73.5 — a school and conference record) after tossing 222-302-2,581-15-4. Was the team’s second-leading rushing with 164 carries for 519 yards (3.2-yard average) and nine touchdowns. Missed fourth quarter of the Indiana game with a concussion. Ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left foot after throwing the game-winning touchdown pass against Iowa and missed the final three games of the season. Did not participate in ’11 spring practice because of the injury. Started 10 games for the Wildcats in ’11 and threw for 218-297-2,376-17-7 (73.4) in addition to rushing for one touchdown. Missed the first three games while still recovering from the Achilles injury and missed the second half of the Nebraska game with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury. Closed his career as the NCAA Division I (FBS and FCS) career leader for pass-completion percentage with 72.7 (460-of-633). Had an 11-9 record in 20 career starts. Two-time team captain.


Escapes the rush with ease and can tuck it and run. Natural throwing on the move. Can make plays when the design breaks down. Strong, well-conditioned athlete who works hard in the weight room. Highly competitive (played special teams as a younger player waiting his turn behind Philadelphia Eagles 2010 fourth-rounder Mike Kafka). Tough and intelligent. Sterling football character. 


Is short and not built to operate from the pocket. Struggles to drive throws downfield, and accuracy wanes the further the ball travels. Completion percentage is inflated by a short passing game. Durability is an issue and has struggled to stay in one piece.


Athletic, competitive, college system thrower who is more dangerous as a runner than a passer. Likely a camp arm as a quarterback, but has outstanding intangibles and make-it qualities and could be used in specialty packages or be tried as a safety or slot receiver.

Dan Persa's Draft Stock

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7.01-9.00Top 10

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