#4
Bailey Zappe
Rating Yards TD
168.7 5967 62
Team: Western Kentucky HilltoppersHeight: 6-1 Born: 4/26/1999
Position: QBWeight: 220 Hometown: Victoria, Texas
Class-Eligibility: GS-Sr


Scouting Report

40 time: 4.88

Early 4th-late 5th Round

Snapshot: A record-setting passer who was imported from Houston Baptist for his senior year, Zappe has one of the best resumes in college quarterback history if based solely on production. He was a dominant force in the FCS in 2019 and 2020, but elevated his game to new heights as a member of the Hilltoppers.

He earned Conference USA's 2021 MVP honors, taking Western Kentucky to its first C-USA conference championship appearance since 2016 and racking up a Senior Bowl invite. He took Joe Burrow's single-season passing records away, surpassing them with 5,967 passing yards and 62 touchdowns.

Strengths: No shortage of system quarterbacks trampolined into the record books with all-go and quick verticals playcalling, but Zappe is more than numbers. Able to make some beautiful touch throws vertically, and knows to efficiently change trajectories. Possesses an efficient setup and release with no wasted motion. Good short passer who leads his targets well. Incredibly confident and willing to take shots. Able to change his arm angles to adjust for defenders in his face. Production is otherworldly.

Weaknesses: The undersized passer doesn't meet typical height thresholds. Arm strength is far below average for an NFL quarterback and will be a difficult hurdle to overcome. Limited athlete who will struggle to make plays out of structure. Lacks play strength and survivability inside of the pocket when things break down. Physical tools will limit his upside.

Pro comparison: Gardner Minshew, Eagles -- Zappe doesn't have the same level of feel within the pocket as Minshew, but he's a similar athlete with limited arm talent. Just like Minshew, he has sufficient accuracy to move the chains. While not an ideal starter given the physical drawbacks, Zappe could stick long term in the same mold.


Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2017 HouBap  10 150 266 56.4 1548 5.8 5 10 35 259
2018 HouBap  11 252 436 57.8 2812 6.4 23 13 44 275
2019 HouBap  12 357 560 63.8 3811 6.8 35 15 25 149
2020 HouBap  4 141 215 65.6 1833 8.5 15 1 7 52
2021 WestKy  14 475 687 69.1 5967 8.7 62 11 16 114
Career   51 1375 2164 63.5 15971 7.4 140 50 127 849

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2017 HouBap  10 81 50 0.6 2 0 0 - 0
2018 HouBap  11 118 179 1.5 1 1 21 21.0 0
2019 HouBap  12 53 0 0.0 0 0 0 - 0
2020 HouBap  4 19 14 0.7 0 0 0 - 0
2021 WestKy  14 51 17 0.3 3 0 0 - 0
Career   51 322 260 0.8 6 1 21 21.0 0

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2017 HouBap  10 -
Career   51 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/2/2021 TN-Mar 28 35 424 80.0 7 1 73 2 24 12.0 0 21 0 0 - 0 -
9/11/2021 @ Army 28 40 435 70.0 3 1 72 8 7 0.9 1 10 0 0 - 0 -
9/25/2021 Ind 31 44 365 70.5 3 0 39 1 6 6.0 0 6 0 0 - 0 -
10/2/2021 @ MSU 46 64 488 71.9 3 0 60 7 -17 -2.4 0 6 0 0 - 0 -
10/9/2021 Tx-SA 38 60 523 63.3 5 1 55 6 2 0.3 0 5 0 0 - 0 -
10/16/2021 @ ODU 36 54 397 66.7 5 1 74 3 8 2.7 0 4 0 0 - 0 -
10/23/2021 @ FIU 39 49 382 79.6 3 0 37 3 -7 -2.3 0 5 0 0 - 0 -
10/30/2021 Char 33 46 393 71.7 4 2 45 3 13 4.3 1 7 0 0 - 0 -
11/6/2021 MiddTn 29 50 281 58.0 4 0 28 2 -6 -3.0 1 8 0 0 - 0 -
11/13/2021 @ Rice 34 42 482 81.0 5 1 65 3 -5 -1.7 0 3 0 0 - 0 -
11/20/2021 FlaAtl 39 49 470 79.6 6 2 39 1 3 3.0 0 3 0 0 - 0 -
11/27/2021 @ Marsh 25 48 328 52.1 4 0 50 3 -11 -3.7 0 1 0 0 - 0 -
12/3/2021 @ Tx-SA 36 59 577 61.0 4 2 60 7 5 0.7 0 14 0 0 - 0 -
12/18/2021 @ App 33 47 422 70.2 6 0 75 2 -5 -2.5 0 4 0 0 - 0 -