Danny Kanell: Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald ‘could be drafted in sixth, seventh round’

With the NFL draft approaching in April, Mississippi State fans luckily don’t have to worry about hearing Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald’s name being called this year. But one person thinks he’ll have a tough time being drafted regardless.

Fitzgerald, who’s dazzled with his dual-threat abilities over the last two seasons, is recovering from a gruesome ankle injury in the Egg Bowl but is on track to participate in a limited capacity this spring.

On Thursday, CBS Sports analyst Danny Kanell says Fitzgerald has plenty to prove as a senior if he’s going to improve his draft stock, which he doesn’t think is very high at the moment.

“I think he’s a really good college quarterback. I don’t see him yet as kind of that transition-to-the-next-level, top-tier quarterback,” Kanell said. “I think he could be a guy who could be drafted in the sixth, seventh round, but if you were asking about SEC quarterbacks, I would say Drew Lock all day long is kind of in a different league than Nick Fitzgerald.”

Kanell made sure to point out that he likes Fitzgerald as a competitor and likes the way he plays the game as a power-running quarterback, but he isn’t impressed with Fitzgerald inside the pocket.

“I don’t see him as even another Dak Prescott, like a guy who kind of gets drafted late and then takes it over,” Kanell said. “I just don’t know if his skill set translates and if he has the top-tier arm talent to get it done at the next level.”

Kanell believes Fitzgerald’s senior season will be very telling, because the SEC’s leader in total offense in 2016 may not be able to rely on his legs quite as much. Plus, the Richmond Hill, Ga. native will need to adjust to new coach Joe Moorhead’s new system.

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