School: Miami (OH)
Height: 6'3" Weight: 231 pounds
Where the Jets could get him: Round 4, or at least this is where draft pundits are expecting he goes. Depending on how things go at the quarterback spot in this draft, that might not hold, but with an early fourth rounder, the Jets might nab him there should there be an earlier run on QBs.
Explaining his game: Prepare yourself for many Ben Roethlisberger analogies. Dysert grew up in the same state, has a similar body type, and went to the same college ... where Dysert broke many of Big Ben's passing records. Dysert became the Miami starter quarterback in 2009 and had a rare four years of starting in the NCAAs. That's something that many savvy GMs value intensely ... it's something that John Schneider valued when he took Russell Wilson last year. Over the course of his time as a starter, Dysert made good progress as a passer and his TD:INT ratio improved from 2009 (12 TDs/16 INTs) to 2010 (13/12) to 2011 (23/11) and then as a senior, leading the MAC in both passing touchdowns (25), passing yardage (3,483 yards) and just 12 interceptions.
While Dysert showed good improvement in college, Dysert still had some bumps on the road. Dysert had to deal with coaching changes and unreliable receivers and while he still seemed to outshine them, they might also lead to a major disconnect on where analysts have him and teams do, and so Dysert might making a big jump up draft boards during the all-star game and workout sessions leading up to the draft.
Dysert has the size and could stand to add a little more bulk to his frame, he has good balance, active feet and has the right delivery to get the ball accurately to his target. Known for decent pocket presence while keeping his eyes downfield for a breaking receiver. His size allows him to get off passes even with defenders hanging on him in the pocket. Knows how to play from under center and in the shotgun. While he'll need to become much more consistent, Dysert has good placement on sideline passes and fade patterns and can put the ball on his target's outside shoulder. He is able to get the ball into tight windows and anticipate his receiver and can throw his receiver open.
Still, Dysert's poise in the pocket needs to get better, as he has a tendency to scramble when his primary target is and he feels pressure. He also has trouble anticipating backside rushers. Dysert needs refinement in using his check-downs or secondary targets from within the pocket and can stare down his target.
Notes: The Jets have shown a good amount of interest in Dysert and while he's not the only QB the Jets have done that with, there seems to be something between them. The Jets might completely forego drafting a QB this year, but they also might try and pick up a player who they feel might be a quality project player for them. Dysert would seem to fit that mold and while his skillset isn't a perfect match for a Morhinweg offense, he brings a great mix of athletic ability and West Coast potential that could make for an interesting combination. Dysert might have picked up some bad habits playing for a team like Miami Ohio, and due to that sometimes he over-improvises and can make bad decisions.
Playing at Miami Ohio, Dysert didn't have the same level of talent around him that other prospects in this class had (ie Geno Smith at WVU or Tyler Bray at UT) but he still thrived. Without an excellent line or talent at receiver, Dysert left on his own a little more in college, but playing with much better talent on the line and at the receiver spot in the NFL might be a big help for him. Of course, that sword cuts both ways, talent is going to be far better on the defensive line and in the secondary too ...
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Video: A compilation of Zac Dyser highlights.