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UDFA Edition: Tim DeMorat is an Ideal Developmental QB | Washington Commanders


By Adam Aniba


Washington will go into the season with quarterback Sam Howell as their presumptive starter and Jacoby Brissett as the backup. Although not viewed as a position of need, QB3 is still an essential position


Commanders fans witnessed Howell being elevated to QB2, after Carson Wentz got hurt and ended up starting in the '22 season finale win vs Dallas.


Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat was signed post draft by Washington as an undrafted rookie free agent and has upside worth developing.


Tim DeMorat

6'4" 224 lbs | QB | Fordham

Undrafted FA WSH

Career (48 Games)- 1033/1685 for 13,461 passing yds 123 TDs & 39 ints (280.4 yds game)

'22 Stats (13 Games)- 326/499 for 4,891 passing yds 56 TDs & 10 ints (407.6 yds game)

Background

DeMorat grew up in Merritt Island, FL and played quarterback for Viera HS. In his two seasons as the starting QB, DeMorat threw for 4,518 passing yards and 45 touchdowns.


In '16 the Viera signal caller was named All-State and in 2017 was a 1st Team All-Cape Coast selection. DeMorat was heavily recruited by Fordham University and committed to the Rams for the '18 season


As a true freshman in '18, DeMorat completed 148 of 264 passes for 1,633 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Fordham since '11.


His best game came in win vs Lehigh, in which DeMorat set a school freshman record with 299 yards passing and 2 TDs, in addition to 1 rushing touchdown. On the season, the Rams QB set a school freshman record with the 11 touchdown passes.


The following season DeMorat started 12 games, throwing for 2,674 yards and 20 touchdowns and was received 1st-Team All-Patriot League honors.


The Rams signal caller led the Patriot League in passing yards per game with 222.8 yards and passing yards (2,674 yards). He also led the division with completions per game (19.33) and points responsabile per game (12.2).


The 2020 season was cut short due to COVID and the Rams signal caller played in all 3 games, throwing for 1,049 and 5 TDs. DeMorat led the Patriot League in passing efficiency (148.5), total offense (360.3 yards per game) and passing yards per game with 349.7 yards. In the shortened season, he was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.


In '21 DeMorat led the Patriot League in passing touchdowns (31 TDs), season passing yards (3,214 yards), passing yards per game (292.2 yards), passing yards per attempt (13.7 yards), completions per game (21.3) and total offense per game (300.5 yards).


For the second consecutive season, DeMorat was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and named to the 1st Team All-Patriot League.

Last season DeMorat started 12 games and for the third straight season was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.


He set school and Patriot League records for passing (4,891 yards), touchdowns thrown (56 TDs) and passing yards per game in '22 with 407.6 yards.


He finished '22 with an impressive QB rating of 125.4 and averaged 6.0 yards per scramble (163 rushing yards on the year). He was voted by the Associated Press NCAA FCS All-American Team.

PROS

  • Trusted to call audibles/line checks and showed progress as a field general

  • Good pocket awareness and displayed the ability to effectively navigate/sidestep against the pass rush

  • Not viewed as a dual threat signal caller, but has all the athletic traits/elusiveness that defenses have to account for

  • Boasts a quick release with a decent arm and smooth spiral

  • Impressive improvisational ability, had success when forced out of the pocket and throwing on the run

CONS

  • Tends to hold onto the ball too long, while waiting for routes to develop

  • Footwork requires refinement

  • Often hesitates to attack the middle of the field

  • Frequently looks to attack downfield as a gunslinger, but needs to take what the defense gives him on underneath routes

  • Struggled at times to fit the ball into tight windows

Projection

DeMorat comes from a spread scheme, which also featured RPO concepts and was trusted by his coaches to make pre-snap line changes/audibles.


The Fordham signal caller was asked about the Rams passing scheme prior to the NFL Draft.

"As far as scheme, we spread things out a lot using wide splits, allowing me to use my strong arm to make throws. Our coaches have given me the reigns to make judgment calls on whether to run or throw depending on the situation".

DeMorat was one of multiple undrafted signal callers, invited/signed by the Commanders that will be in attendance in training camp.


The Fordham signal caller has a lot going for him and is the ideal developmental prospect to groom on the practice squad. In saying that, DeMorat could make the 53-man roster, if Rivera decides to keep 3 QB's on the active roster again this season.


*Games Watched- 9/10/22 vs Monmouth, 9/24 vs Ohio, 10/1 vs Georgetown, 10/8 vs Lehigh, 11/12 vs Lafayette, 11/19 vs Colgate & 1/14/23 Hula Bowl All-Star Game



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