40 time: 4.89
Priority free agent
Snapshot: A two-time transferee who bounced around the college football landscape, Starkel finally found his footing at San Jose State. He started five games during three seasons at Texas A&M before making a one-year stop at Arkansas. After losing the starting job with the Razorbacks, he headed west to the Spartans and landed in a secure starting job for the first time in his career. He earned All-Mountain West honors in 2020 while completing 64.2 percent of his passes, but injuries and inconsistency plagued his 2021 campaign, which resulted in only 51.6 percent accuracy.
Strengths: Smart distributor who can work his way to checkdowns. Calm lower half inside the pocket. Adequate info processor who works at a proficient pace. Quality arm talent to threaten vertically and beat defenses downfield. Confident gunslinger who gives his receivers a chance in one-on-one situations.
Weaknesses: Has a thin lower half with a linear build that may concern scouts about his durability. Has a winding and elongated release that takes too long. Struggles with intermediate ball placement and tends to overthrow his targets. Timing and ability to lead targets takes a major hit when forced off platform. Unreliable deep ball accuracy. Not a refined touch thrower. Threw 30 career interceptions, with 48 TDs.
Pro comparison: Nic Shimonek, retired - While he lacked ideal accuracy and consistency from snap to snap, Shimonek's arm talent helped him to get a chance with the Chargers. Starkel may max out in a similar camp role, but his ability to threaten defenses over the top will be enough to have teams keeping tabs on him.