2004 Guide: What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about PHILIP RIVERS: North Carolina State, 6050 226 5.10. Four year starter. Very productive throughout his career. Has played consistently well in big games. Stood out in the Tangerine Bowl as a senior. Had a strong Senior Bowl performance. Very tall and relatively thin. Plays with great confidence. Average athlete. Lacks good mechanics. Holds the ball a bit low and away from his body as he sets up. Has an unorthodox delivery. Is quick in his release but he drops down significantly at times, particularly when throwing to his right — varies his release point. Patient and intelligent. Sees the field well. Makes quick decisions. Good improviser. Not a top scrambler. A little awkward in his movements. Has very good pocket presence. Does a nice job of sensing the rush and stepping up away from pressure. Generally throws well on the move. Good ballhandler and faker. Doesn’t have a cannon arm but has reasonably good arm strength. Can gun the intermediate pass. Shows good deep touch. Accurate. Does a nice job of hitting receivers in stride, both downfield and on swing passes to backs. Has a lot of intangibles in his favor. A quality prospect in the Bernie Kosar mold.