Positives: Hartline has solid size and athleticism for the position, as well as above average arm strength and accuracy. He has a good amount of starting experience and he operated a pro-style offense at Kentucky which will help him transition to the NFL. He flashes a solid feel for the pocket and has a good enough feel for the rush to side-step a rusher if he comes free at times. He will also step up when he feels pressure coming off the edge. He is a threat to gain yardage with his legs when flushed from the pocket, and throws a solid ball on the move when he keeps his shoulders square.
Negatives: Hartline has some off field concerns as he was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication before Kentucky’s bowl game and was not allowed to participate in the game against Pitt. As a QB he is just an average player though, as his accuracy is inconsistent, he doesn’t throw a good deep ball and his footwork needs improvement. He regularly throws off balance on the run and in the pocket when there is pressure coming at him and that causes a lot of his deep passes to float. Additionally, his mechanics can be inconsistent and at times he has a hitch in his throwing motion when he dips the ball down below his chest which elongates his throwing motion. He struggles when there is pressure in his face and doesn’t make very good decisions in these instances. His decision making overall is questionable and while he was relatively productive at Kentucky I don’t think he has a strong future as a NFL starter.
Overall: Hartline has some ability but he isn’t very fundamentally sound and while I think he has enough talent to be a practice squad guy that eventually sticks as a #3 in the NFL I don’t think he will ever be a starter. He needs to work on his fundamentals (cleaning up his throwing motion and his footwork most notably) to even stick as a #2 at some point, plus his struggles with his decision making (especially under duress) will make it hard for him to ever have success as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Projection: Undrafted. Before he was arrested he may have had a shot to be drafted in the 7th round, maybe a bit earlier in this disappointing QB class, but with that serious off field issue just a few months before the draft I would not be surprised at all to see him go undrafted.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Arm Strength: 2.5
Decision Making: 2.0
Pocket Awareness: 2.5
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