When the Giants traded Jason Pierre Paul they also had to swap fourth round picks with Tampa Bay, moving them down from the 102nd to the 108th pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. They decided to pick quarterback Kyle Lauletta out of the University of Richmond.
At FCS Richmond, Lauletta played for four different offensive coordinators on his way to three 3000+ yard seasons through the air to go along with 73 touchdowns while completing 63.5% of his passes. It is a big jump from FCS (formerly Division 1 AA) to the NFL, but with no pressure to play right away with Eli Manning as the secure starter, Lauletta will have plenty of time to develop.
Here's what I saw on the practice field from Lauletta during spring workouts:
• There was clear improvement from Lauletta from his work in the first OTA to mandatory minicamp. His passes became more accurate and on time as he became more comfortable in the offense. Here it is directly from Lauletta: "I think once all the install had gotten in and we started to repeat plays. Once you see a concept for the first time, even if you have done it before, you still want to get familiar with the timing and the whole concept of the play. We install during rookie minicamp and again in OTA's so when mandatory minicamp came around we had enough of the plays already in where it started to sink in and I started to feel very comfortable in there."
• Lauletta's experience in multiple offenses in college seems to have benefitted his transition to the pro level. He is picking things up and the game doesn't seem too fast for him. He has a calm demeanor and his work ethic is exactly what you need in the NFL.
• Lauletta is a little shorter than you would normally want from a quarterback but 6'2 and 222 pounds is plenty big for the position and he was able to see the field from behind the offensive line and avoid batted balls at the line of scrimmage. He also showed more than enough mobility to avoid the rush and get outside the pocket when he had to.
• He looked the most accurate on slant passes and other inward directed routes in the short to intermediate range. He showed more and more anticipation as the spring wore on and he started putting the ball into some small spaces in June. He has nice touch on the ball when he needs to as well.
• Lauletta's arm strength looked very similar in person as it looked on tape. He has a strong enough arm to make all the throws but he needs to maintain good mechanics and throw with anticipation to get the ball where he wants with the right velocity and on time. If he is late or can't really step into his throws the ball tends to be behind his receivers or float in the air, especially on down the field passes outside the numbers.
• I'm looking forward to seeing Lauletta as he gets more experience and becomes more and more comfortable in the offense. Anticipation and decision making was so important to him in his collegiate success, and I want to see how that translates to the NFL once the offense becomes second nature to him. It might not happen until next summer, but I'm sure he will get a lot of snaps at some point in one of the preseason games and I want to see how he performs.