Kinne is a savvy/sneaky athlete who isn't going to outpace anyone at the next level, but exhibits good short area quickness when trying to elude defenders, can make a man miss and create with his legs both inside and outside the pocket. He lowers his head into contact once he gets into the second level and exhibits some natural power through contact.
Kinne improved as a passer from junior to senior year and now plays more like a quarterback than a gunslinger. He had a tendency as a junior to simply try to overthrow balls and fit passes into tight areas at the second level.
However as a senior, he's done a much better job recognizing defensive fronts, deciphering information, getting the ball out quickly and allowing his receivers to run after the catch. His footwork is also improved as a senior.
He plays with a wider base, looks strong in the pocket and generates more torque from the lower half to improve velocity. For a shorter quarterback he throws a pretty good football, but he doesn't seem to have real big hands and sometimes the ball will come out a bit wobbly.
However, he can make all the throws and showcases a better arm than given credit for; it looks live at times even at the second level. He has a tendency to fall off throws at times, even in the face of no pressure, which negates his arm strength and will cause throws to drive at the ground . He exhibits plus touch down the field, looks natural tossing bucket throws from all angles and will drop it into his receivers' out-stretched arms.
Kinne exhibits plus accuracy when his initial read is on. However, he will struggle to stay in proper rhythm and anticipate throws when he needs to find a secondary read. He needs to learn an NFL system coming from the gun, but his footwork has improved enough that I think he should be able to quickly handle it on the field.
It's picking it up the game mentally which will be key. However, he is very natural on the move when asked to improvise. He's a good decision maker outside the pocket, he uses his legs well to buy time, he always keeps his eyes down the field and is capable/willing to throw from a number of angles.
Impression: Kinne has a little Jeff Garcia/Bruce Gradkowski to his game. He will fall on draft day because of his size, but is your typical gritty QB prospect who is the son of a coach and in my view will find a way to make a roster and potentially fight for playing time down the line."
Weaknesses: His accuracy is an issue. His poor mechanics and footwork tend to lead to errant passes. He has a tendency to hold onto the football and take unnecessary shots. Played well against lesser competition but struggled against top competition (Boise State, Oklahoma State, and Houston). Kinne’s tendency to hold onto the football is a product of his indecisiveness and too often tries to make something out of nothing leading to sacks.
Bottom Line: Kinne is a late-round prospect with some upside as a backup quarterback in the NFL. He possesses a solid arm and can scramble when needed. In terms of development, someone will have to spend time with his feet and throwing mechanics to improve on his accuracy.
Draft Projection: Kinne may be a late round project for a team. His mixture of athleticism and physical tools could cause someone to take a shot in the 6th or 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft."
Lacks mobility, struggles to drive the ball downfield and arm strength is barely adequate.
Is tough, has a feel for the game and can fend for a No. 3 job."
Has the arm strength to make all the throws; reads the field well and has a quick, compact release, but isn’t overly accurate on medium and deep routes; footwork under center needs polishing, but can dance away from trouble and throws well on the run; also makes good decisions in the pocket; son of a coach has excellent leadership intangibles; also an accomplished student in the classroom."
Solid bulk and frame, has the ability to withstand the pounding of the NFL... Extremely mature, dealt with the death of his father at a young age and has developed into a leader both on and off of the field... Experienced starter, started 38 consecutive games for the Golden Hurricane.
Negatives -- Considering his height and learning curve, he doesn't possess the other qualities (arm strength, accuracy) to stand out above other prospects... Deep accuracy is questionable, has trouble throwing down the field...
Production tailed off a bit as a senior, his yards and touchdown numbers fell, though his efficiency did marginally improve... Considering the offense he played in, completing roughly 60 percent of his passes for his career doesn't look all that impressive...
Struggled against top level competitions, threw for a combined four touchdowns, seven interceptions against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Boise State, and Houston as a senior... When on the run, he too often takes off to run rather than keeping his eyes down field for bigger opportunities...
Rather short, does not have the ideal measurables of an NFL signal caller... Transferred from Texas after he realized he wasn't going to get playing time behind Colt McCoy, will turn 24 during his rookie season...
Tulsa quarterbacks haven't translated well to the NFL, his predecessor Paul Smith had similar credentials coming out of college but is now out of the NFL... Played in a spread offense that helped disguise most of his flaws."