Kevin William O’Connell is a professional football quarterback, who is presently a member of the New York Jets. Kevin played his NCAA football at San Diego State, was the 94th choice overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. O’Connell, who was picked by the New England Patriots, got selected in the third round.
In 39 NCAA games with SDS, O’Connell completed 57.7-percent of his passes, going 664 of 1,151. He passed for 7,689 yards, hitting for 46 touchdowns while giving up 34 picks.
Later on, he got selected by the New England Patriots and was their third pick of the 94rth overall of the NFL 2008 draft. He made his NFL debut on 21st September, 2008 in the 4th quarter against the Miami Dolphins team. He made his first 4 career passes and completed three. On 30 August, 2009, he was waived by the Patriots.
The next day, he was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions and traded on 6th September. He was then traded by the Lions to the New York Jets for seventh round of the 2011 draft pick the same day. O’Connell was named as the team captain on 20th September, when playing against the New England Patriots team. On 31st August, 2010, he was released by the Jets, only to be re-signed to a two year deal.
O’Connell, who is six-foot-five and 250 pounds, is good-sized for a NFL quarterback. He can make all the pro throws, has a strong arm and is a great athlete. His work ethic is superb, possesses fine leadership qualities and brings a boatload of experience. However, he does not handle pressure well and his mechanics require development. He’s still rough around the edges but in time O’Connel should be able to work those kinks out.