Dan LeFevour, QB - Central Michigan
Weight: 238 pounds
40 time: 4.72
The only player in NCAA history to throw for 12,000 yards and rush for 2,500 yards in a career, Dan LeFevour re-wrote the history books over the course of his four-year career at Central Michigan. LeFevour also recorded the most total touchdowns in NCAA history (150) by throwing for 102, rushing for 47, and catching one in his four years as the starter of the Chippewas.
LeFevour finished his career second in NCAA history in total offense with 15,853 yards. In addition to being the leader of the team at quarterback, he was also the Chippewas’ leading rusher the past three years. LeFevour finished his career as a passer with 12,905 yards, 102 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 66.4% completion percentage (1,171-1,763). As a four-year starter, LeFevour enters the NFL with tremendous amounts of experience; he was 36-15 as a starter during his collegiate career.
Dan is a very smart quarterback, having been a member of the Academic All-Mac team all four years in college; his instincts are very good and he typically made good decisions with the ball over the four years as a starter. As a quarterback, LeFevour has great mobility and escapability and obviously is a threat to run the ball at any time. He has good pocket presence with solid footwork and he has a smooth drop back as a passer. His mechanics are good, but his delivery may need to be worked on at the next level; he has a bit of an over-the-top delivery. Dan has a strong arm and he is capable of throwing the ball outside of the numbers as well as launch it deep. His accuracy seems to be inconsistent and also may need some work at the next level. I personally see LeFevour as a project, because he will likely need at least a year or two to convert from the spread offense he ran in college to the pro-style system that he’ll run in the NFL. He ran the majority of the offense out of the shotgun, so he’s going to need to get used to taking snaps from under center. Some have compared LeFevour to a poor-man’s Tim Tebow, as a quarterback running the ball.
Like Tebow, LeFevour’s stats were a bit padded by the spread offense that he played in, however that doesn’t take away from the fact that he was an exceptional player in college. LeFevour is going to need to continue to work on understanding how to go through his reads and progressions, which was something that he didn’t have to focus on too heavily while at Central Michigan. His timing as a quarterback, especially when under pressure, is another thing that he will need to work on. LeFevour was very impressive at the Senior Bowl, and showed that he has the intelligence and the tools needed to make the jump to the NFL.
I project that LeFevour will be drafted in the middle of the draft, likely in the fourth or fifth round. LeFevour has the talent and skills needed to develop into a starter in the NFL. One measurement that is used to figure out whether a quarterback will have success in the NFL is his completion percentage and the number of games he started in college; these are two areas where LeFevour has very good numbers, which is one reason why I think that he has a good chance of developing into a nice player in the NFL. While his completion percentage may have been a bit skewed by the offense that he ran, that doesn’t worry me as much with Dan because of how smart he is. At the least, I could see LeFevour being a fine backup for a number of years in the NFL, however I do think that he has a chance to develop into a nice starter. Notes: Dan played running back until he was a sophomore in high school when he made the switch to quarterback.
LeFevour was named the MAC Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2009. He was named first-team All-MAC as a freshman, sophomore, and senior; he was named second-team All-MAC as a junior.
First, the good news: there’s plenty to work with here. LeFevour has NFL size and plenty of athleticism, plus a quality arm, a head for the game, and a track record of winning. In a deeper dynasty league he’ll be worth stashing as a developmental quarterback, if for no other reason than as noted above LeFevour carries several of the college benchmarks—most notably accuracy and experience—that predict NFL success.
However, while LeFevour did show well stepping up in competition at the Senior Bowl, immediate expectations must be tempered. Even if LeFevour somehow falls into a starting gig with a good team, the upside is at best something in the 3,500-yard, 16-touchdown range. Those are the kinds of numbers put up by the likes of Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and fellow MAC alum Ben Roethlisberger in their first seasons, numbers that represent a fringe fantasy starter at best. LeFevour’s running ability brings a little to the table, but you can’t draft him and expect much in the way of production for at least the next couple of seasons.