The Future 40, Prospect 6: Mike Kafka Scouting Report


A new series was formed a little over a week ago here called The Future 40, and the next edition is here! The segment has and will continue to run every other day until late April as we provide you with in-depth scouting reports of some 2010 NFL Draft prospects, giving you information key to understanding some of the players’ strengths, weaknesses, projected round of selection, possibility of being picked by the Eagles, and much more! And because the Draft is an important event for the entire league, some of the top-ranked players not expected to go to Philadelphia will also be reported on. In the first look at a prospect, we evaluated Nebraska’s DT Ndamukong Suh, who many consider to be the best player in the entire rookie class. In the second, we examined powerful RB Jonathan Dwyer and in the latest three, FS Darrell StuckeyLB Sean Weatherspoon, and CB Joe Haden. This time around, we will look at Mike Kafka, who was requested to be covered by one of our fans:

  • Prospect Name: Mike Kafka
  • Position: Quarterback
  • College: Northwestern
  • Height/Weight: 6′3″, 215 pounds
  • Age: 22 years
  • Class Status: Senior

Summary: A star in baseball and football at high school, Kafka was recruited to Northwestern as an option to be the Wildcats’ future Quarterback. After a year spent learning the offensive system as a redshirt freshman, the surprisingly quick-footed passer debuted in 2006 as the team’s starter. In his first-ever collegiate performance, he proved to be a dual-threat weapon, for he threw for over 100 yards and a score, while also leading all players with 89 rushing yards and a lot of success on the ground. He went on to finish his first campaign with a heap of issues, though. A hamstring injury and a large amount of turnovers made the staff limit his opportunities in the final few games of the season, and he ultimately lost the starting QB role for the following year. So, in his second year of play with Northwestern, Kafka played entirely as a backup and totaled a mere 11 passing yards. His fortune turned a bit in 2008 when the starter was injured during the season and Kafka was rewarded some playing time; he still remained a reserve on the depth chart, however, and a concussion late in the year also brought more questions to durability. Entering his senior season of ‘09, Kafka was the starter because C.J. Bacher (the previous leader at the position) had graduated, and he shockingly received a lot of preseason hype in terms of being a player to look out for. And although he would have liked his touchdown-to-interception ratio to be better, Kafka had a solid, respectable year. His arm strength was in full display as he helped the Wildcats to a berth in the Outback Bowl, in which he garnered consideration for the game’s MVP honors. While his overall skill level isn’t flashy or at an extreme level, Kafka has upside and a chance to be a quality player in the NFL.

Career Statistics:

2006 55 96 494 57.3 5.15 39 1 5 6 93.54
2007 2 3 11 66.7 3.67 7 0 0 0 97.47
2008 32 46 330 69.6 7.17 36 2 3 7 131.13
2009 319 492 3430 64.8 6.97 66 16 12 27 129.26

Notable Achievements/Awards:

  • All-Big-10 Honors (2009)
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List member (2009)
  • MVP of 2010 East-West Shrine Game (2009)
  • All-Area Honors (2005)
  • Record-holder for most consecutive completions in a game at Northwestern


  • Played in and can manage a pro-style offense
  • Has high confidence level under pressure
  • Has solid footwork in the passing pocket
  • Is able to throw accurately on the run
  • Has ideal size for a Quarterback in the NFL
  • Contains great arm strength/able to get the ball down the field very well
  • Has decent overall accuracy


  • Lacks experience as a starter
  • Production has not been overwhelming
  • Tends to play in streaks/at times he looks brilliant, but in other instances, looks unable to lead offense effectively
  • Played against arguably little competition
  • His greatest skills are quite raw
  • Requires some development and work on consistency

Projected Round of Selection: 6-7

NFL Player Comparison: Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

We hope that everyone enjoyed the sixth report for The Future 40 prospect segment, and urge you to keep checking back for more scouting analysis as the series continues all the way up until the Draft! Also, remember that we will happily take and consider requests from our fans for this series! If you or another Eagle fanatic is interested in seeing a certain player be evaluated in The Future 40, be sure to contact us as soon as possible, and we will attempt to include your selected prospect!

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