Our next UDFA Profile will take a look at one of the names that seems to have Bills Nation buzzing and that’s Richmond QB Aaron Corp. The former USC transfer down spent the last two season playing for the Richmond Spiders of the Colonial Athletic Association. For those unfamiliar with the FCS football ranks, the CAA is the FCS what the SEC is to the FBS.
Corp is an athletic QB who has the ability to make plays both from the pocket and outside of it. His ability to scramble away from pressure and create time for himself makes him a dual threat option that we know Head Coach Chan Gailey likes in his QB’s. He has strong footwork for a QB who spent a lot of time in the shotgun in college and has clearly put in a lot of work on 3, 5, and 7 step drops from under center. Does a good job staying on the balls of his feet and does not go flat footed when asked to stand in the pocket and read the defense. It’s also interesting to note Corp actually beat out Matt Barkley, a consensus Top 5 2013 NFL Draft pick, for the job at USC a few years back. Corp then got injured and Barkley took advantage of that but he never actually beat Corp out head to head.
The thing with Corp to be the most worried about is his injury history, he’s already had one season ending knee injury in his career and has been hobbled a few other times as well. Corp also lacks the big time arm strength that many fans and pundits feel you need in order to play in the windy conditions of Ralph Wilson Stadium. He can make all of the NFL throws most evaluators consider to be necessary but he’s never going to win a long chuck contest. With the injuries and arm strength concerns already there, it doesn’t help his case any that he never was able to dominate in the FCS. He took a rather large step down in competition but never seemed to be completely comfortable. He finished his career at Richmond with a 20:17 TD:INT ratio.
If Corp is going to push Tyler Thigpen for the back-up job or convince the Bills to keep him on the active roster as a #3 QB he will need to show them more of what he was able to do v. Towson on October 8th of this year. In that game Corp went 31 of 34 for 353 yards and 2 TD’s. It was a career moment for him as he completed 91.2% of his passes. Corp must come into camp displaying pinpoint accuracy in order to have a shot at getting a job.
Measurements: 6034, 215 lbs, 9 3/8” Hand, 32” Arm, 75 5/8” Wingspan
Testing: 1.65 10 Yd, 2.69 20 Yd, 4.61 40, 31 ½” Vertical, 08’10” Broad, 4.3 Shuttle, 7.03 3 Cone
2011-247 of 388, 63.7%, 2,682 Yards, 17 TD, 13 INT
Career-314 of 511, 61.4%, 3,327 Yards, 20 TD, 17 INT