TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sean Maguire believes his arm strength, accuracy and knowledge of the game will make him a natural fit in the NFL.
He just needs a chance to prove it.
Maguire was among the Seminoles to work out at Pro Day on Tuesday, where he threw a full complement of routes to a group of his FSU teammates.
He completed 56 of 60 pass attempts – a mark which includes a couple drops – and wrapped up his session feeling pleased with his effort.
“My biggest goal was all about the throwing,” Maguire said. “Showing my footwork was on-point, that the arm strength and the accuracy was there. And I think after throwing to all those guys today, I think I proved that.”
Maguire, who posted a 5-2 record as a starter in Tallahassee, has kept busy since finishing his FSU career at the Orange Bowl.
From Miami, he headed west to Los Angeles for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where he threw for 96 yards and a touchdown.
He then returned to Florida, where he spent two months working alongside former Pittsburgh quarterback Nate Peterman under the guidance of trainer Tony Villani and quarterbacks coach Ken Mastrole at XPE sports in Boca Raton.
Mastrole, a former quarterback at Maryland and a veteran of NFL Europe, has an impressive list of quarterbacks under his tutelage, including former FSU standout EJ Manuel.
Maguire said that much of his training came easily due his time at FSU.
“It was kind of just getting the mechanics down,” Maguire said. “But it’s kind of just more the repetition of the pro-route concepts. We did most of that at Florida State anyways, but it was all just a big repetition game.”
After five years of studying under FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, Maguire feels he has a firm grasp on the mental demands of being a quarterback, which could separate him from his competition in training camps.
Other quarterbacks may have more eye-popping measurables or gaudier statistics, but neither of those guarantee success at the next level.
“At the quarterback position, everything boils down to decision-making, accuracy, being able to understand a pro offense,” Maguire said. “Those are the things that cant be measured at a combine. Obviously there are plenty of quarterbacks in the NFL who don’t test well (at the combine). But they can throw the ball, they can put it where they want it and they’re very smart.
“And that’s the most important thing that everyone’s been telling me.”
From Fisher’s vantage point, Maguire did all he could Tuesday to better his professional prospects.
Fisher said Maguire looked smooth and fully recovered from the ankle injury that cost him most of his senior season.
And, besides Maguire’s on-field abilities, Fisher believes that Maguire brings the locker-room presence required of a quarterback, too.
“He’s as good a person, character, leader (as there is),” Fisher said. “I always say this: Sean’s a guy who, man, his parents are proud. They raised a tremendous kid. You’re going to get a guy that has a good arm and talent.
“Give him a chance, see what happens.”