Team: USC
Position: Quarterback
Height/Weight: 6’2”/200 lbs
Eligibility: 2022

The purpose of this series is to provide a set of positives and negatives for devy prospects. I also provide a suggestion of where I would take this player in a start-up devy only draft and potential fantasy impact. For the purpose of this evaluative player article, a combination of film and analytics were used to formulate my opinion. 

Kedon Slovis – College Stats

Passing Stats

YearCompAttComp %YdsTDINT
201928239271.9%3,502309

*Data collected from sports-reference.com

Rushing Stats

YearAttYdsAvgTD
201945-57-1.30

*Data collected from sports-reference.com

Kedon Slovis – Positives

Kedon Slovis
SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 27: USC Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis (9) looks to pass during the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl football game between the USC Trojans and the Iowa Hawkeyes on December 27, 2019 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

According to 247 Sports, Kedon Slovis was the 705th ranked national prospect, 26th ranked Pro Style QB, and 13th ranked QB out of Arizona coming out of high school. To say he was not a highly touted prospect is an understatement. However, due to USC’s QB1 transferring, and a season-ending injury for then backup, JT Daniels, Slovis was thrust into action as a freshman. Fast forward several months and Slovis is a member of the Freshman All-American team. The first thing that jumps off the stat chart above is 71.9%. That is his completion percentage in 2019! Let that sink in for a moment, and remember that he came into the season as third on the depth chart, and took over as QB1 in week two. That is an absolutely incredible statistic, and something that speaks volumes to his confidence. On tape, Slovis consistently displayed pocket awareness and poise. What I mean by his poise is he did not become jumpy with his feet and kept his eyes downfield. His confidence was evident when the pocket tightened and this allowed him to deliver a strike down the field. During the UCLA game (47-57, 515 yards, 4/0), Slovis showcased his deep ball accuracy, arm strength, pocket awareness, and remained in complete control the entire game. Slovis compiled a 14/1 TD/INT ratio in his last four games of 2019. He has enough mobility in the pocket to buy extra time and allow his receivers time to run a full route. Finally, throughout the 2019 campaign, Slovis improved upon his anticipation throws, and this trait has me as excited about his potential as anything else I have mentioned.

Kedon Slovis – Negatives

Kedon Slovis
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 07: USC (9) Kedon Slovis (QB) looks to pass during a college football game between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans on September 7, 2019, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kedon Slovis has some limitations with his arm strength, and as he develops physically, any additional power in this department will help. There were a few times that having guys like Amon-Ra St. Brown and Michael Pittman bailed him out with their athleticism. He could improve his  deep ball accuracy as well, which would add another layer of complexity to the USC offense. He will never be confused for a mobile quarterback like ASU’s Jayden Daniels, but hopefully he has enough wiggle in the pocket to escape pressure consistently at the next level. Continued development with his footwork as he grows as a player will help immensely. 

Projected ADP (Devy Start-up): I am very bullish on Kedon Slovis as an NFL prospect. Currently, he sits as my QB2 from the 2022 eligible class. He finds himself just behind Sam Howell (for now), and right in front of Spencer Rattler. In a SF devy draft, I would take him as early as the QB5 overall (Trevor Lawrence, Trey Lance, Justin Fields, Sam Howell, and then Slovis). I have found that to be around the mid 2nd round to early third round. 

Kedon Slovis – Dynasty Outlook

Slovis projects very nicely as a pocket QB, who is intelligent, has significant arm talent, can hit throws on the run, accurate at all 3 levels of the field, and above average arm strength. I project that he can work his way up to a top 15 pick in the NFL draft with continued development. I can not verbalize enough how incredible this freshman season was for Slovis, and in the right situation, a ceiling of Matthew Stafford seems attainable. He is a high-end QB prospect for SF formats and I am drafting him everywhere I can. 

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