The NFL Draft is right around the corner, and there was some interesting news that came out of Cincinnati today. Former Kentucky and Boston College quarterback Patrick Towles is apparently open to moving to tight end in the NFL.
Former Highlands, UK, BC— Philip Lee (@PhilipRLee) April 18, 2017
QB, Patrick Towles taking reps at tight end this morning at Bengals local player workouts. pic.twitter.com/GaUYkiB71W
Towles who finished his senior season with 1730 yards of passing, 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with the Eagles. He has the perfect build for a tight end, he’s 6’5 about 250 lbs (though it appears he’s lost weight since the end of the season), and as we saw against Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl he has decent hands for a guy who has played quarterback his entire collegiate career.
I said it before here, that I believed that Towles best chance to make an NFL team would be as a tight end. Even though he is built like Ben Roethlesberger, and on occassion could hit some nice passes he was far to inconsistent as a quarterback to make it at the next level. There have been plenty of quarterbacks who have switched positions and have had successful NFL careers like Julian Edelman of the Patriots and Antwaan Randle-El who played with the Steelers and Redskins. I honestly believe with a little seasoning that Patrick Towles could be an NFL tight end, he’s just going to need to learn the position.
Below you can check out how Patrick’s conversation about the switch with a reporter:
Former UK quarterback Patrick Towles worked out with the Bengals today before heading out to audition for the Chargers. pic.twitter.com/RFs1vtzIUV— KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) April 18, 2017