NCAT QB Lamar Raynard
Lamar Raynard started all 12 games his junior and senior seasons and was 35-2 in games he started. Raynard struggled early his senior year after having an amazing Junior season. In his Junior season Raynard had astronomical numbers including a 63.7 completion percentage and 27 TD’s and was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Year. But in his senior year he wasn’t able to sustain the same success after having a slow start. Raynard was still able to salvage his season after he played his worst game of his career in his first collegiate loss to, at the time, a win-
less Morgan State team. Although Morgan had one of the top defenses in the MEAC last season, his 5/16 for 56 yds 1 TD 2 INT performance was worrisome. But Raynard went on a tear to end the season with a 63% Comp % 1,536 Yds 15 TDs 2 INT in his last 7 games on route to another Celebration Bowl Championship. Like most young QB’s, footwork is an area Raynard needs work in. On timing routes he sometimes overstrides when planting to throw at the top of his drop, which causes his throws to be erratic. Also struggles stepping into throws with pressure in is face. But once in a rhythm Raynard shows the poise and understanding of an offense you’d expect from a 3-year starter. He makes strong throws with confidence and conviction and runs his offense with great command. He’s not the most athletic but is able to use his legs to escape the pocket and pull the ball on RPO’s. He rarely forces throws and has amazing touch on his deep ball to go with his arm strength. With a thin amount of NFL talent at the QB position in the draft this year from FBS schools guys like Raynard will get a lot more looks than they would have in the past.