Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew is a day-three NFL Draft prospect, says Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.
Minshew began his career at Northwestern Mississippi Community College, where he threw for 3,288 yards and 28 touchdowns in leading the Rangers to the 2015 NJCAA National Championship. An unrated prospect in the 2016 JUCO class, he accepted an offer from East Carolina, one of only two FBS offers, and appeared in 17 games over the next two seasons, throwing for 24 touchdowns and nearly 3,500 yards.
As a grad transfer, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Minshew committed to Alabama in February and was expected to be the Tide's third-string quarterback behind Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa — or second string if Hurts transferred (which Minshew said was a factor in his decision). In March, however, he flipped to Washington State.
Initially, he said passing on Alabama was "so tough," but in November, prior to the Cougars' Week 11 win at Colorado that pushed them to 9-1 and him further into the Heisman conversation, he said the decision "wasn't that hard" and getting an opportunity to start was a "dream come true."
And that decision — which he's turned into 3,852 passing yards and 29 touchdowns with two regular-season games remaining — could lead to an NFL opportunity.
"Day 3 grade, but I really like watching him play. Fun CFB guy who's a little limited for the NFL," Miller tweeted this week.
Minshew was not among the top 10 quarterbacks on Miller's latest big board.
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