McCloughan checks out Connor Halliday

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Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan has apparent interest in a Pac-12 quarterback. . . not named Marcus Mariota.

McCloughan, hired in January to stock a roster that has underachieved for the past two seasons, attended Mariota’s Pro Day workout in March.  McCloughan returned to the Pacific Northwest this week to witness the Pro Day workout of Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday.

Halliday, who entered the season as a quarterback with potential to get noticed, broke an ankle against USC.  Now recovered, he threw passes for scouts under unique conditions, via Jacob Thorpe of the Spokane Spokesman-Review.  With subpar lighting and turf in the WSU practice facility, Halliday and former Seahawks quarterback and Washington coach Jim Zorn went outside, with Halliday throwing in windy, rainy, 40-degree conditions.

Per multiple reports, McCloughan was present for the workout.

“I’ve been doing this ever since I was a little kid,” Halliday said of the outdoor conditions.  “I’m from Spokane, played football here.  It doesn’t affect me, but it does affect the ball a little bit.  It is what it is, and every ball I threw I threw into the wind.”

Halliday acknowledged that he’s still not 100 percent.  The injury and the truncated senior season likely make Halliday destined to be taken in the later rounds of the draft, if at all.  Regardless, he’ll get a chance to develop under the radar, quietly reaching whatever his potential may be — and possibly making the team that takes a flyer on him very happy.

30 responses to “McCloughan checks out Connor Halliday

  1. Would be an awful decision to draft this kid. What’s the definition of insanity? I’m sure a Redskins fan can define it accurately.

  2. I’m confused. Is Jim Zorn the coach at Washington or Washington State? Or is he the former REDSKINS coach?

  3. Interesting. I could see how throwing in less than perfect weather could potentially be a useful way to display your abilities to scouts. While its not necessarily the same, it reminds me of how Mettenberger and a certain Browns QB who shall not be named chose to wear helmets and pads when they tossed the ball at their Pro Days.

  4. Who knows whether he’s NFL material or not. One thing is for sure, the kid can throw the ball all over the field and he can do it all day long.

    Does he have the accuracy? Can he make two reads in 2.5 seconds? No one really knows until they are asked to do it.

    Would not be surprised to see this get go earlier than expected.

  5. “cuda1234 says: Apr 4, 2015 4:27 PM

    I’m confused. Is Jim Zorn the coach at Washington or Washington State? Or is he the former REDSKINS coach?”

    Zorn has full access at the Seahawk’s facility and is seen there from time to time watching film and the like.

    He has worked with several young QBs as a private coach. Likely what he is doing for Halliday.

  6. In Scot we trust; even if it a 3000 mile smoke screen of a business trip

  7. Hope the kid gets his chance. Always sorry to see an injury late in their college career, leaving them out of the draft.

  8. A little skinny, and didn’t work under center much at all. I went to school (at another school) with the QB that he beat out for the Cougar’s. This guy looks like a priority free agent, and if someone gets him in the draft, so be it, but I like his height, accuracy, and ability to play in inclement conditions.

  9. What I found most comical about this is the claim that the Redskins roster underachieved. It’s not underachieving when your roster is garbage. Kerrigan, Williams, Morris, Jackson, and Garçon are the only ones worth a roster spot.

  10. I had this kid in my college fantasy football. They throw the ball like 80 times a game. I know he had over 500 yards passing, 6 TDs a ton of times. Not sure what he will look like in the pros but they sure through the rock in Washington State.

  11. ckhoss29 says:

    What I found most comical about this is the claim that the Redskins roster underachieved. It’s not underachieving when your roster is garbage. Kerrigan, Williams, Morris, Jackson, and Garçon are the only ones worth a roster spot.

    I would like to disagree with you…I would like to.

  12. In Scott we trust..he has recently built 2 contenders 1 of which has been in the last 2 Super Bowls. Best move since the first signing of Gibbs. Let the haters hate maybe they will one day brush the candy wrappers off their oversized bellys and come out of Mom and Dads basement to realize there is more to life then jumping on every Redskins story.
    HTTR

  13. After the Cougs (his college team) lost a close game he was asked what they need to do differently to have success.

    His answer?

    “I threw for over 500 yards, ask the other guys.”

    Sounds like a Washington type leader.

  14. iamdinguskhan, that’s 3 Super Bowls, he had a big hand in building that 9er roster.

    As long as Snyder lets him do his job, he should have the Skins in the playoffs pretty quick.

  15. Really like him for my Viks in 6-7th rd. great young depth behind the great touchdown teddy.

  16. I’m a coug and have watch this kid play a ton.

    Pros: solid arm, great passion
    Cons: accuracy, decision making, durability, mobility, decision making again (though this did improve somewhat his senior year).

    I loved him as a player because he was my QB and a local kid, but I really don’t think he is starting NFL material. Perhaps he could be a backup. I’m not sure if any of leach’s qbs have ever made it in the nfl. His game is totally suited for the arena league.

  17. We will struggle to win as long as Bruce Allen is team President.

    The President is ultimately responsible for our record regardless of who else is in the front office. Bruce Allen’s five year Redskins record is 28-52 (.350). He lost in Tampa, now he loses badly in D.C.

  18. The Redskins need an almost for sure thing if they are going for a QB. They already have 3 less than average QB’s on the roster just like the Tennessee team, the New York team, and several others.

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