Fran Brown is one of the heroes of the offseason because of how he’s stockpiling talent in Western New York, but I’m not as high on his portal class as consensus. Yes, players like edge rushers Zeed Haynes from Georgia and Fadill Diggs from Texas A&M raised the talent level on the Syracuse roster immediately, but Brown, like Dave Clawson at Wake Forest got the quarterback position wrong.
Playing at Ohio State, Kyle McCord struggled terribly against pressure and had no ability to create out of struggle. He could competently operate an offense with an elite offensive line and Marvin Harrison Jr. at wide receiver, but on this Syracuse offense, McCord will be a disaster.
Last season, when facing pressure, McCord ranked 82nd out of 99 quarterbacks with at least 90 pressured dropbacks in yards per attempt when pressured. If you can’t succeed at Ohio State as a quarterback, where can you?