Pro Football Weekly's Chicago Bears Preview Magazine

2019 NFL Draft

Clayton Thorson

QB/Northwestern

  • B
    6.40
    Projection
    Round 5
  • YearSenior
  • Height6-4
  • Weight222
  • Hand9
  • Arm31 ⅛
  • 40-yardN/A
  • BenchN/A
  • VerticalN/A
  • BroadN/A
  • 3-coneN/A
  • 20-yardN/A
  • 60-yardN/A
    YearGPCOMPATTPCTYDSYPATDSINTATTYDSYPCTDSRECYDSYPCTDSTKLTFLSACKPDFFFRPBUINTYDSPUNTSYDSAVGLNGFGMFGAPCTLNGXPMXPAPCT
    2015 13 150 295 50.8% 155 0.5 7 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2016 13 280 478 58.6% 3182 6.7 22 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2017 13 262 434 60.4% 2844 6.6 15 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2018 14 299 489 61.1% 3183 6.5 17 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    TOTALS53991169658.4%93645.561450000000000.00.00000000000000%0000%

    Strong Points: Tough and competitive. Strong leader. Quick, tight delivery. Moves around in the pocket and escapes pass rushers. Very good athlete who consistently makes plays with his feet. Good arm strength. Good with the shorter throws. Strong intangibles.

    Weak Points: Size -- he'll be lucky to measure 6-0. Only one season (2017) in which he competed better than 60 percent of his throws. Career 59 percent passer, and that number fell to 53 last season. Inaccurate downfield thrower.

    The Way We See It: McSorley was a three-year starter and productive player but lacks ideal traits. He is a strong leader with smarts and competitiveness, but he's undersized and inaccurate. Still, he makes plays. McSorley is at his best as a short-to mid-range passer. On the deeper throws, he shows arm strength but not consistent accuracy. When in the pocket, he has a good feel for pass rushers and keeps plays alive. He does a nice job throwing on the run and is a threat with his legs. McSorley is about the same size as Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (selected No. 1 overall in 2018) but doesn't have nearly the talent. His ceiling appears to be a good NFL backup who might be able to win his team a game or two but will get exposed over time. McSorley will be a Day 3 selection with some upside, albeit limited.

    Digital Access

    Digital Access
    Unlock the best draft coverage from the team that knows it best. Or get access to the most experienced Bears coverage available.

    Single Issues

    Single Issues
    Purchase single editions in print or digital. Print issues of Pro Football Weekly guides will be mailed to your home.

    Email Newsletters

    Email Newsletters
    Catch up with all things NFL in our newsletter, sent out, Monday-Friday. Our NFL Daily Update will send you all of the news you need to keep up with the pace of the NFL.