The NFL draft is riddled with QB talent this year, with names like Rosen, Mayfield and Darnold predicted to be taken early in the first round. However, one QB oft-forgotten is former Michigan signal caller John O’Korn who believes he is the most pro-ready option of all.
O’Korn, who is rarely talked about in any mock drafts spent three years playing for the Michigan Wolverines under former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh and spent much of his time studying the complex playbook.
O’Korn believes that the transition between college and NFL will not be an issue,
“Honestly, I think I’m the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft just as far as terminology, and knowing what to do on a day-to-day basis, game-planning,” O’Korn said at Michigan’s Pro Day. “I was part of the game-plan meetings with coach Harbaugh, coach (Pep) Hamilton, the whole staff, coach (Tim) Drevno, all last fall, so just on a day-to-day basis what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, I think I would choose myself over any other guy in this draft in that regard.”
O’Korn struggled to win the fight for QB1 status in Ann Arbor but did make five starts as a senior with Wilton Speight getting injured early in the season. Before becoming a Wolverine, O’Kurn played at Houston where he earned the ACC ‘rookie of the year’ award as a true freshman, throwing for 28 touchdowns and 3,117 yards.
Although O’Korn only threw for 1,146 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions with the Wolverines last season, it would be unfair to assume that this was purely his fault as the whole offence struggled last year, with Harbaugh looking a little more distant than usual.
O’Korn performed at the Michigan Pro-bowl and is hoping that his performance will be enough to get noticed by one of the NFL teams,
“At the end of the day, whether it’s 32 teams or one team that like you, you can only go to one camp,” O’Korn said. “That was the goal, to make an NFL roster. That’s going to be the goal from here on out.”
With O’Korn hoping to make the later round picks, or an undrafted signing one of the other stars at Michigan’s Pro Day was potential first-round pick Maurice Hurst, who left the NFL Combine early after being diagnosed with a heart condition.
We will see this week if O’Kurns confidence is enough to buy him a ticket into an NFL roster, but whatever that kid is smoking, I need some.