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2022 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Western Kentucky QB Bailey Zappe

From now until the 2022 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to scout and create profiles for as many prospects as possible, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to an NFL franchise. These players could be potential top 10 picks, all the way down to Day 3 selections and priority undrafted free agents. Today I’ll be taking a look at a record-setting passer in the 2022 NFL Draft class in Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe.

#4 Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky (Sr.) — 6004, 215 Lbs.

Event Name
-2022 Senior Bowl participant

-2022 NFL Scouting Combine invitee


Player Ht/Wt Hand Size Arm Length Wingspan
Bailey Zappe 6004/215 9 3/4″ 31 1/4″ 75 5/8″
Broad Jump Vertical Bench Press

-Record-breaking pass production at Western Kentucky
-Good feel overall for scheme; commanded offense at a high level
-Able to dissect and distribute the football quickly against defenses due to pre-snap work
-Impressive pocket presence overall; stands tall and delivers
-Great overall pocket awareness to climb/slide and reset when necessary
-Sound touch on deep balls with high-level accuracy
-Lots of anticipatory throws on tape; knows where his answers are
-Compact, whip-like release
-Good feel for using his eyes to manipulate/move defenders

-Record-breaking production came in Air Raid system with pre-determined reads
-Just one year at Division I level
-Average arm strength overall; ball tends to float on boundary throws
-Mechanics falter under pressure at times when moved off his spot, leading to some throws that sail
-Struggles to find consistency overall in mechanics throughout games
-Faces significant learning curve at next level
-Struggles to play out of structure
-Won’t threaten NFL windows with arm strength
-Needs to clean up pre-motion patting of the football to start windup


-Threw for 5,967 yards, 62 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 475 of 686 passes in 14 games in 2021 for WKU
-Named C-USA MVP for 2021
-Named All C-USA First Team QB
-Voted C-USA Offensive Player of the Week four times in 2021
-Named Offensive MVP of the 2021 RoofClaim.