Quarterback is the most important position in the NFL, and yet there seems to be a lack of quality QBs in the league. Evaluating the position is crucial for teams that are in need of a better signal caller. In our 2015 On Two quarterback evaluations, Mark Schofield breaks down film to find the traits that college prospects have that will translate to the professional game.
The ability to work through progressions is critical for any prospect expecting to make it in the NFL. Brandon Doughty shows he’s capable of making good decisions when his first read isn’t open.
Proper mechanics and pocket presence are a huge plus for any quarterback, and in these two plays Jared Goff exhibits both traits.
In the NFL, open throwing windows close very quickly. This makes Connor Cook’s ability to anticipate those windows is a key trait to his evaluation.
Trevone Boykin has shown the touch and accuracy to put the ball where only the receiver can catch it, which is key trait when throwing a goal line fade.
Avoiding sacks is an important trait for quarterbacks. Jacoby Brissett displays the play strength trait, using his ability to shed tackles and keep his eyes downfield to make plays after contact.
The ability to make decisions quickly and correctly is a key trait for all quarterbacks, but especially for Cody Kessler, who lacks the size and arm strength that other quarterbacks possess. Kessler also demonstrates the ability to keep his eyes downfield despite the pocket breaking down around him.
Arm strength is generally overrated as a trait, but being able to throw it like Kevin Hogan can be the difference between a completion and an interception. Hogan’s ability to stay cool under pressure should also impress scouts.
Josh Woodrum may go to a small school, but his arm talent is a trait worth being excited about when considering his future in the NFL.
Dak Prescott has shown the ability to work through progressions in a pro-style offense, which should help his draft stock.
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