By Evan Raigrodski
But Lauletta, who also set records at Richmond, feels a particular connection to one NFL quarterback in particular: Baltimore Raven Joe Flacco.
Flacco, a product of Delaware, made the leap from an FCS school to the NFL. Flacco even played in the Colonial Athletic Association, the same conference Lauletta played in with Richmond.
It's a potential future connection that has certainly crossed Lauletta's mind.
"That would be really, really cool," Lauletta said during an interview on Glenn Clark Radio Feb. 20. "At this point, I know it sounds cliché, I would be blessed for anybody to take me. But no, you're absolutely right, with the connection -- I have some family that lives in Maryland -- and taking over hopefully someday from a guy like Joe Flacco -- that would be a dream come true."
Lauletta, who grew up in Pennsylvania, had a stellar four-year career at Richmond, finishing with a school-record 10,465 yards and 73 touchdowns. He finished with more than 3,000 yards passing in three of his four seasons.
"My junior year we had guys who would end up making NFL teams and training camps, so we had a lot of scouts coming down," Lauletta said. " … Every time those scouts came and they're taking notes, I almost took it as, 'Hey, this is my shot to kind of impress them as well.' That's when it started to pick up for me, and I felt like man, I really got a shot at this thing."
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Lauletta comes from a football background. His dad, Joe Lauletta, was a quarterback for Navy in the 1980s. His uncle also played for the Academy.
"It's a big part of who I am," Lauletta said. "My father played at the Naval Academy and his older brother, and my grandfather and a couple of my great uncles. Any time you grow up in that type of environment I think it's great. It teaches you discipline and you learn what integrity is from a young age."
Lauletta projects to be a mid-round draft pick, according to his draft profile on NFL.com. And while his Senior Bowl performance didn't go unnoticed, Lauletta knows there's a good chance he'll get his NFL start as a backup quarterback.
"I would accept any role, and I think those NFL guys are really, really smart, and they know what they're doing," Lauletta said. "Sometimes that's the best scenario -- if you can go to a place like New England, New Orleans or Baltimore and learn behind a veteran who's won a Super Bowl and has played a long time at a high level, that's when you learn."