Zac Dysert is mid-round QB prospect with ample upside

A workout conducted outdoors in the elements — 25-degree temperatures and 10 mph winds — did little to hurt the intrigue surrounding Zac Dysert in the 2013 NFL Draft.

A total of 22 teams — including quarterbacks coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers — were represented at Miami of Ohio’s pro day on March 21. Dysert — who draws an obvious comparison to former RedHawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — has a private workout scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles. According to his draft profile on, Dysert’s skill set and college production are similar to Roethlisberger, but he doesn’t quite possess the arm strength and bulk of the two-time Super Bowl winner and 2004 first-round draft choice.

Dysert (6-foot-3 1/8, 227 pounds) went through a positional workout led by 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, who now trains quarterbacks (including 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden). Dysert completed 54 of 64 passes in the workout, which is a good showing when you take into account the weather conditions. Dysert is a mid-round quarterback with a lot of upside, and it will be interesting to see where he gets drafted.

Catching passes from Dysert were two receivers who could wind up as rookie free-agent pickups following the events of the 2013 draft.

Luke Swift, WR (6-0 3/4, 184) — Swift ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds with the wind and 4.59 against the wind. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-6 broad jump. He had a 4.01-second short shuttle and a 6.70-second three-cone drill. He also performed eight lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Andy Cruse, WR (6-3 1/4, 212) — Cruse ran the 40 in 4.70 seconds with the wind and was a faster 4.66 seconds against the wind. He had a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.22 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds. He also had 13 lifts on the bench press.

Roethlisberger is the only Miami of Ohio player selected in the first round in the draft’s modern era (since AFL-NFL merger in 1970). Guard Brandon Brooks was a third-round selection by the Houston Texans in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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