Written By: Nick Holmes
Better late than never for one of the Hoosier's most productive passers, as Nate Sudfeld has been drafted by the Washington Redskins with the 187th pick (6th Round). After an outstanding four year career at Indiana University, which included a 2015 trip the Pinstripe Bowl, the Modesto, California native will continue his football career in D.C..
Possessing both the frame and arm strength that intrigues pro scouts, Sudfeld certainly passes the eye test, but he still has a ways to go before he is NFL-ready, as he is currently seen as developmental prospect. Luckily for him, he will be able to learn from one of the league's better signal callers the NFL has to offer in Kirk Cousins. He will have a really nice chance at solidifying the back-up role behind Cousins as the only other QB on the roster is Colt McCoy. He will also need to get more comfortable taking snaps under center, as he played primarily out of the shot-gun and pistol while at Indiana.
As a senior Sudfeld was named Third team All-Big Ten after leading the conference in passing yards per game (297.8), total passing yards (3,573), total offense per game (293.2), total offense (3,225), touchdowns (27) passing efficiency (151.0), yards per completion (14.5), yards per attempt (8.7) and TD-INT ratio.
One of the most prolific passers in Indiana history, Sudfeld is first in career passing touchdowns (61) and passing yardage (7,879). He also is first in 350-yard games (6), 300-yard games (11), 250-yard games (13), 200-yard games (19), four-touchdown games (5) and three-touchdown games (10). Sudfeld is also only one of two Hoosiers to throw for over 400 yards in a game.
His completion percentage (60.3) and completions (593) are good for second-best all-time. In his four seasons with the Hoosiers, he amassed 7,879 passing yards on 593-of-983 (60.3 percent), 8,011 total yards, 61 passing TDs, 20 INTs, eight rushing scores and a 144.1 passing efficiency mark, which ranks ninth in Big Ten history.
Sudfeld becomes the first Hoosier quarterback selected in the NFL Draft since Gibran Hamden in 2003 (232nd overall), also by the Washington Redskins.