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Nevada QB Cody Fajardo Signs With Oakland Raiders as UDFA

After three long days, Cody Fajardo has finally found a NFL home.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo signed with the Oakland Raiders. Fajardo is a dual-threat quarterback, listed at 6'2" and 233 lbs. He was rated as the no. 15 quarterback in the draft according to Mocking the Draft.

In college, Fajardo was one of only two quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for 9,000 yards and run for 3,000. He was a 2014 MWC Honorable Mention, was awarded the Golden Helmet as Nevada's MVP, and was a two-time captain and four-year starter. The Raiders seem to have found their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr, who was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft. They also have Matt McGloin and Christian Ponder on the roster.

Scouting Report:

Strengths: Statistically speaking, Cody Fajardo was one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football history, being only one of two players to throw for 9,000 yards and run for 3,000 more (the other being former Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick). Fajardo's legs are dangerous, and he has shown that he is willing to slide at the end of runs in order to avoid contact. He is good at reading defenses and recognizing blitzes, while also being able to move a safety with his eyes. Fajardo is able to make accurate throws on the run. He has decent pocket awareness and will use legs to avoid the rush. Was a two-time team captain and four-year starter.

Weaknesses: Fajardo struggles with accuracy at times and often misses wide open receivers, especially over the middle. He doesn't have great mechanics, which causes him to be slow to getting the ball out. His footwork can also be sloppy, which leads to off-balance throws. Fajardo lacks a strong arm, and can lead receivers into contact. He threw too many interceptions last season, and had issues moving the ball in key situations.

Read the entire scouting report here.

Highlights from his senior season: