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Draft Guide Isolation Series, Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) & Accuracy You Can’t Teach

We take a look at Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) & his rare ability as a passer

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Draft Guide Isolation Series, Nate Stanley (Iowa) Trust, Timing & Anticipation

 

We take a look at quarterback Nate Stanley (Iowa) & his ability to throw with trust, timing & anticipation

 

 

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Isolation Series, Kenji Bahar (Monmouth) & Refinement

 

We take a look at Kenji Bahar (Monmouth) FCS & his ability to throw at a high level while on the move. For an in-depth report on Bahar, download QB Film Room’s 2020 Draft Guide

 

 

 

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In-Depth Look (Part 2) Jordan Love (Utah St)

Jordan Love (Utah St) is enticing prospect who brings with him natural & raw talent as a  quarterback prospect. In the video below, we take a play by play look at a Love (Full  Game Analysis) performance from 2018

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Draft Guide Isolation Series, Justin Herbert (Oregon) & Arm Strength

We evaluate a Herbert throw that speaks to his god given arm strength, something that if harnessed will be a weapon for him at the next level. For further analysis on Herbert purchase the QB Film Room 2020 Draft Guide

 

 

 

 

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Draft Guide Prospect Series, James Morgan (FIU)

We take a look at rising 2020 Draft prospect, QB James Morgan of Florida International University. For further analysis on Morgan purchase our QB centric 2020 Draft Guide

 

 

 

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Isolation Series, Anthony Gordon (Washington St) & Touch

We isolate an Anthony Gordon throw that demonstrates his ability to throw with touch, timing & anticipation. Gordon is going to have to fight the system label as he transitions to the next level but there are certain parts of his game that are encouraging

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Comprehensive & in-depth player profiling, film based grading & analysis canvassing the entirety (1st Rd-UDFAs) of the 2020 QB class. (16 prospects evaluated)

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Holistic approach combining both film analysis & trait grading with the aim to analyze each player from both a macro & micro standpoint focusing on the elements that contribute to player performance both good & bad. As a result each player scouting report is comprehensive with a level of granularity that is not common place within the community.

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We define 12 critical areas of the position that a prospect is graded out on & provide professional models for each category. Prospects are graded & measured against a pro-learning/grading curve.

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(Class Rankings,Round Projection, System Fit, Career)

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Draft Guide Isolation Series, Jacob Eason (Washington) & Natural Talent

 

Bryan Trulen isolates a single throw from Jacob Eason that gives us a glimpse into why he is being held in such high regard as a prospect.

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In-Depth Look, Joe Burrow (LSU)

 

Full game analysis on QB prospect Joe Burrow (LSU) For comprehensive written analysis on Burrow & the rest of the 2020 QB Class, purchase our 2020 Draft Guide

 

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Draft Guide Isolation Series, Joe Burrow (LSU) & Pulling The Trigger

Bryan Trulen isolates a single throw from QB prospect Joe Burrow that speaks to his high level instincts & decision making at the position.

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In-Depth Look, Jordan Love (Utah St)

Bryan Trulen evaluates Jordan Love as a prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft. Part 1 consists of analysis of Love from a 2019 contest

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Isolation Series, Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) & Feel

Bryan Trulen isolates a single throw from QB prospect Tua Tagovailoa that speaks to his advanced understanding of throwing to spots on the field.

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In-Depth Look, Cole McDonald (Hawaii)

Bryan Trulen evaluates early entry QB prospect Cole McDonald of Hawaii during a game against BYU from 2019

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In-Depth Look, Jake Fromm (Georgia)

Bryan Trulen evaluates early entry QB prospect Jake Fromm of Georgia during a game against Georgia Tech from 2019

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In-Depth Look, Justin Herbert (Oregon)

In the video below, Bryan Trulen examines Oregon QB Justin Herbert as a prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft

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Jaguars new starting QB Gardner Minshew pre-draft sample report

  .Gardner Minshew II​ 6’1” 225 ​Washington State​ ​

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Overview

Minshew II started for East Carolina in 2017 but ended up transferring to Washington State for his RS Senior year in 2018 where quickly asserted himself as the starter and    .put. up video game numbers on a weekly basis playing for Mike

Leach. When all was said & done he threw for over 4,700 yards, 38 touchdowns against only 9 interceptions while completing a staggering 71% of his throws.

Trait Grades (Minshew)

Arm Talent (B) Toughness (B-)
Arm Strength (C+) Pocket Presence (B-)
Ball Placement/Accuracy (A-) Intangibles/Off Field (A-)
Delivery/Mechanics (A-) Running Ability/Athleticism (B-) Throw on Run (B+)

Tape Analysis​ (Minshew)

Throws with anticipation, naturally throws with touch. Good understanding of how to throw to his receivers open versus man coverage in terms of leading them to space as Minshew places the ball in spots only his guys are able to come down with. Comfortable throwing his targets open down the field (both intermediate as well as the vertical game) leading them away from defenders to ensure completion. Really was remarkable how comfortable Minshew was from the get-go (arrived in Pullman during May 2018) being the triggerman for Mike Leach’s air raid system. Minshew came to WSU after strongly considering transferring to Alabama as a 5th year Senior. Before coming to WSU, he spent time at ECU, where he played quite a bit as well as East Mississippi CC & Troy.

His marriage with Leach in 2018 could not have gone any better for both parties as the Cougars enjoyed a meteoric rise up the Poll rankings culminating with an Alamo Bowl victory the year after the program lost four year starter Luke Falk to graduation. His story serves as a rare case study for the sport of a talented yet overlooked quarterback who was passed over as a player, elected to roll the dice transferring in his final year and hit the proverbial jackpot while doing so, something rarely if ever seen.

Minshew does a nice job of manipulating undercoverage with his shoulders & eyes (when situation calls for it) as he is adept at looking off hard one way & re-setting the other way throwing a variety of shallow or intermediate crossing routes to his targets in stride. Possesses terrific spatial awareness in terms of knowing where defenders are located and what their responsibilities consist of. Uses his manipulation tactics to freeze/hold defenders inorder to open up lanes orwindows to throw into.

Very smooth and fluidmover dropping back to pass. Does this very naturally & with great rhythm. Exhibits quick feet. Adept at leveling the football over and around undercoverage defenders while working the intermediate levels. Minshew is also very good at spinning the ball with arc on deeper throws outside the numbers (corner, fade). Plays the position with a high football IQ.

Arm strength limitations that may very well limit his ceiling in the NFL. Arm is not as strong as a Baker Mayfield’s was coming out. Solid feel for passing .windows within short & intermediate areas of the field. Minshew intuitively understands timing across a number of different route combinations and it shows up on film as he demonstrates the consistent ability to throw receivers open, anticipating throws and does so with great pace. He does not deal well with pressure either

early or late in the down as his composure in these situations is affected negatively amidst interior chaos. Has a tendency to force throws while under duress, often off his back foot and his lack of arm strength is magnified. Mechanics break down under pressure which leads to balls that flutter out of his hand.

Projection

Gardner Minshew has many of the attributes a successful NFL quarterback needs. He is one of the more refined passers in the class but one who will have to do all the little things well in order to reach his potential at the next level. His NFL ceiling will be determined by the situation he goes to and his ability to take advantage of every single opportunity granted to him. We believe he has a bright future and will be selected at some point during rounds 4-5. He has a legitimate chance at sticking in the league for quite some time most likely as a high levelbackup with the potential to start at some point down the line. System fit is going to be crucial for Minshew because if he goes to a system that does not feature or ask him to do what he does best he could end up out of the league within 2-4 years. If he lucks out by going to a great system and a staff who truly believes in him he could end starting in the league someday.

Andrew Luck Scouting Report

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#12​ ​Andrew​ ​Luck​ ​​6’4”​ ​240​ ​6th​ ​Year,​ ​Stanford

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Overview 

Andrew​ ​Luck​ ​put​ ​together​ ​an​ ​impressive​ ​campaign​ ​in​ ​2016​ ​all​ ​while​ ​playing​ ​through​ ​a​ ​lingering injury​ ​​ ​When​ ​Luck​ ​is​ ​playing​ ​at​ ​his​ ​best​ ​and​ ​everything​ ​around​ ​him​ ​is​ ​working​ ​optimally​ ​he​ ​has performed​ ​at​ ​an​ ​elite​ ​level​ ​and​ ​has​ ​looked​ ​like​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​better​ ​quarterbacks​ ​we​ ​have​ ​seen over​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​the​ ​past​ ​decade.​ ​Surrounding​ ​Luck​ ​with​ ​talent​ ​both​ ​on​ ​defense​ ​and​ ​offense has​ ​been​ ​somewhat​ ​of​ ​a​ ​struggle​ ​during​ ​his​ ​time​ ​in​ ​Indy.​ ​Luck​ ​is​ ​locked​ ​in​ ​with​ ​a​ ​big​ ​money contract​ ​and​ ​is​ ​entering​ ​the​ ​prime​ ​of​ ​his​ ​career.​ ​2017​ ​represents​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Colts and​ ​Luck​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​next​ ​step​ ​and​ ​make​ ​a​ ​deep​ ​playoff​ ​run.

Analysis

Luck​ ​has​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​place​ ​the​ ​football​ ​where​ ​he​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​when​ ​he​ ​wants​ ​to.​ ​A​ ​very comfortable​ ​player​ ​with​ ​loads​ ​of​ ​game​ ​experience​ ​both​ ​collegiately​ ​and​ ​at​ ​the​ ​professional​ ​level. Luck​ ​has​ ​an​ ​inclination​ ​to​ ​want​ ​to​ ​survey​ ​post​ ​snap​ ​and​ ​play​ ​late​ ​into​ ​the​ ​down.​ ​Doing​ ​this creates​ ​opportunities​ ​down​ ​the​ ​field​ ​that​ ​otherwise​ ​would​ ​not​ ​have​ ​been​ ​there​ ​if​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​would have​ ​came​ ​out​ ​faster​ ​and​ ​is​ ​a​ ​big​ ​reason​ ​why​ ​Luck​ ​may​ ​be​ ​the​ ​best​ ​deep​ ​ball​ ​thrower​ ​in​ ​the league​ ​(particularly​ ​down​ ​the​ ​middle​ ​of​ ​field).​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​wanting​ ​to​ ​play​ ​late​ ​into​ ​the​ ​down, Luck​ ​also​ ​has​ ​a​ ​propensity​ ​to​ ​slide,​ ​move​ ​and​ ​navigate​ ​the​ ​pocket​ ​often.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​something​ ​that has​ ​produced​ ​big​ ​plays​ ​both​ ​in​ ​the​ ​run​ ​and​ ​pass​ ​game​ ​but​ ​also​ ​has​ ​led​ ​to​ ​multiple​ ​injuries​ ​that have​ ​taken​ ​Andrew​ ​off​ ​the​ ​field​ ​and​ ​forced​ ​him​ ​to​ ​miss​ ​time.​ ​Luck​ ​after​ ​all,​ ​is​ ​very​ ​quick​ ​twitched and​ ​displays​ ​excellent​ ​agility​ ​and​ ​suddenes​ ​within​ ​the​ ​pocket.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Andrew​ ​Luck conundrum.​ ​He​ ​possesses​ ​every​ ​trait​ ​you​ ​would​ ​want​ ​in​ ​a​ ​signal​ ​caller​ ​and​ ​is​ ​able​ ​to​ ​play​ ​the game​ ​with​ ​his​ ​mind​ ​before​ ​the​ ​snap​ ​utilizing​ ​timing​ ​and​ ​anticipation​ ​however​ ​he​ ​is​ ​much​ ​like Aaron​ ​Rodgers​ ​in​ ​his​ ​fearless​ ​and​ ​on​ ​the​ ​edge​ ​nature​ ​as​ ​he​ ​views​ ​himself​ ​as​ ​a​ ​playmaker.​ ​As​ ​a result​ ​Luck​ ​often​ ​bypasses​ ​quick​ ​ryhthmic​ ​throws​ ​to​ ​hold​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​longer​ ​waiting​ ​for​ ​something​ ​to develop​ ​down​ ​the​ ​field.​ ​He​ ​shows​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​do​ ​everything​ ​through​ ​the​ ​air​ ​-​ ​throwing​ ​with touch​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​completion​ ​at​ ​the​ ​intermediate​ ​levels,​ ​throwing​ ​on​ ​the​ ​run,​ ​navigating​ ​the​ ​pocket with​ ​his​ ​eyes​ ​up​ ​not​ ​looking​ ​at​ ​the​ ​rush​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​anticipating​ ​windows​ ​down​ ​the​ ​field.​ ​As alluded​ ​to​ ​earlier,​ ​the​ ​weakest​ ​part​ ​of​ ​his​ ​game​ ​is​ ​he​ ​often​ ​avoids​ ​throwing​ ​with​ ​great anticipation​ ​in​ ​favor​ ​of​ ​surveying​ ​for​ ​an​ ​extra​ ​beat.​ ​Luck​ ​played​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​of​ ​his​ ​career​ ​in December​ ​(2016).​ ​He​ ​was​ ​single​ ​handedly​ ​won​ ​games​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Colts,​ ​specifically​ ​against​ ​the Jets​ ​and​ ​Vikings​ ​due​ ​to​ ​his​ ​play.​ ​His​ ​performance​ ​against​ ​Minnesota​ ​essentially​ ​knocked​ ​themout​ ​of​ ​post-season​ ​contention​ ​as​ ​he​ ​continually​ ​beat​ ​the​ ​Vikings​ ​defense​ ​with​ ​deft​ ​ball placement​ ​and​ ​touch​ ​all​ ​day​ ​long.

2017​ ​Projection

Unfortunately,​ ​Luck​ ​is​ ​not​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​actively​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​training​ ​camp​ ​due​ ​to​ ​lingering issues​ ​from​ ​offseason​ ​shoulder​ ​surgery.​ ​When​ ​he​ ​returns​ ​expectations​ ​will​ ​still​ ​be​ ​extremely high​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Colts​ ​have​ ​done​ ​some​ ​work​ ​to​ ​bolster​ ​their​ ​defensive​ ​unit​ ​in​ ​hopes​ ​of​ ​supporting Luck​ ​more​ ​in​ ​2017.​ ​How​ ​fast​ ​he​ ​progresses​ ​in​ ​August​ ​will​ ​be​ ​something​ ​to​ ​monitor​ ​as​ ​the​ ​team may​ ​have​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​to​ ​Scott​ ​Tolzien​ ​or​ ​Stephen​ ​Morris​ ​early​ ​in​ ​the​ ​year.

 

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Kurt Benkert Pre-Draft Report

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Author – Bryan Trulen

Kurt Benkert​ 6’2 1/2 218 Virginia

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Overview

Kurt Benkert started his career at Eastern Carolina & ended up transferring to UVA in 2016 reuniting himself with Ruffin McNeill who recruited Benkert to Eastern but ended up taking a coaching job at Virginia. Benkert immediately took hold of the starting quarterback job in 2016 and ended up being a very productive player for the Cavaliers. Benkert ended up throwing for over 5,700 yards 46 touchdowns against 20 INT’s across 24 starts in Charlottesville.

 

Trait Grades (Benkert)

Arm Talent (A-)
Arm Strength (A-)
Ball Placement/Accuracy (B) Delivery/Mechanics (B+)

Toughness (B-) Pocket Presence (C)

Intangibles/Off-Field (B) Running Ability/Athleticism (B)

Anticipation (B+) Football IQ (B) Touch (A-)
Throw on Run (A-)

 

Tape Analysis (Benkert)

Benkert is a natural athlete at the position with solid instincts as a passer which make him an intriguing developmental quarterback prospect. A naturally accurate passer on a variety of throws. A guy who has a natural feel for the passing game’ in terms of his

ability to throw with both pace & touch something that is accentuated on deeper more difficult throws. Benkert is also highly competent at throwing in breaking routes on time with velocity. Shows the ability to make difficult down the field throws on the move and a throw against Miami illustrated this skill as Benkert rolled left and fired a perfect deep bomb 50 yards down the field with precise ball location (placing ball away from FS) touch and top level arm strength. Benkert is blessed with natural arm talent.

Benkert’s mechanics have a tendency to break down under pressure. Does not respond to pressure in most positive fashion as he will freeze up at times. His accuracy is inconsistent. At times he plays like he could develop into an NFL starter but there other times where Benkert looks like a guy who could end up getting cut and be out of the league in a few years.

Projection

Benkert will garner interest’ as a late round (5-7) pick and will end up in competing for a roster spot this august. There are holes within his game’ that must be addressed but many of the raw throwing materials already exist for the Virginia product. Best case scenario is Benkert latches on somewhere and is granted the opportunity to develop into a a primary backup’ role within a few years.

Kyler Murray Draft Guide Report

Author – Bryan Trulen (Sample report from our 2019 Draft Guide)

NFL: Arizona Cardinals-Rookie Minicamp(Photo courtesy Cardswire)

Kyler Murray ​5’10” 207 Oklahoma *JR 

Overview

Up until just a few months ago, the Dallas, TX native was destined for a career in Major League Baseball. Murray’s talent as a quarterback however proved to be too much to pass up and he ultimately declared for the 2019 NFL Draft after much careful consideration. Murray is a rare prospect who has shown the ability to be an electric playmaker at the position but one who also has the ability to pick defenses apart surgically as a pure passer. As a redshirt junior in 2018 he threw for over 4,300 yards & 42 touchdowns against only 7 interceptions while accumulating over 1,000 yards on the ground with 12 rushing touchdowns. A better overall prospect coming out than his former teammate Baker Mayfield.

 

Trait Grades (Murray)

Arm Talent (A) Toughness (B-)

Arm Strength (A-) Pocket Presence (B) Ball Placement/Accuracy (A-)

Intangibles/Off Field (B)Anticipation (A-) Football IQ (A-)

Touch (A)

Delivery/Mechanics (A-) Running Ability/Athleticism (A)

Throw on Run (A-)

Strengths

Pure Passing Instincts, Feel For Windows’, Timing & Touch. Ability To Change Ball Speeds at Intuitive Level, Ability To Power Ball Deep With Snap Delivery, Quick Release, Electric Playmaker, Speed/Quickness, Ultra Quick Processing’ Speed, Placing Passes Away From Defenders, Football IQ, Using Eyes To Hold Deep Defenders

Weaknesses

Lack of Ability To See At Times Due To Height, Moves Through Reads Too Fast At Times, Style Of Play Invites Punishment, Will Need Work Operating From Under Center, Will Miss Things That Are Open Initially & Become Stuck

Tape Analysis (Murray)

Possesses an extremely live arm with the ability to fit the ball into tight windows’ without much physical exertion. Quick twitched natural athlete who plays the position with an innate feel that cannot be taught. An easy thrower of the football who generates above average torque during his delivery with snappy wrist action on his follow through. Murray would have outstanding quickness/agility for any position let alone the quarterback position as his off script athleticism has the ability to change the course of a game in an instant’ with one electric run. Has a solid feel for trajectory in terms of leveling the ball over underneath defenders. Will need to improve his ability to anticipate certain types of throws (intermediate) a beat earlier than he did at OU as he always has the proverbial ace in his back pocket (ability to create’ with legs) which at times he uses to his detriment. At times shows advanced manipulation skills by way of holding safeties with his eyes upon receival of the snap and during his drop, is quite natural in this sense.

Murray shows a natural sense of how to complete’ a variety of passes so his receivers remain in optimal position post catch (versus both man & zone)

speaking to a very high football intelligence quotient. He will not hang his targets out to dry nor will he throw behind targets running across the field but will hit them in stride at the face mask level most of the time. Murray may be the best deep ball thrower in this class of quarterbacks. His ability to quickly process coverage both pre and post snap while putting the right combination of touch, power & placement on his deep throws is a thing of beauty & seen often when you turn on his tape. His ability to manipulate the trajectory of his deep passes to match how the secondary is positioned speaks to a level of understanding often seen by first tier starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Quick twitched instinctual mover who shows the ability to reposition himself quickly in order’ to make throws on the move when initial pressure forces him out of the pocket. Extremely fluid from a footwork to release standpoint in terms of getting the ball out fast when his reads dictate to do so. Baseball background helps in this regard.

Projection

Expect Kyler Murray to be gone early during round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft. If the Cardinals do pass on him (which they may) look for the Oakland Raiders to select him at the number four spot. Murray will bring with him a game altering skill set both as a passer and as a threat to run which will immediately make him one of the league’s most dangerous quarterbacks once he becomes a starter – which will be at some point during his rookie year. Whatever team Murray ends up on you will want to monitor his progression during training camp & the preseason as it will determine how fast he becomes his team’s starter during year 1. Murray has the potential to become a top 6-8 perennial Pro Bowl quarterback in the league.

2019 NFL Quarterback Rankings (1-32)

  1. Tom Brady (Slight dip in physical skills in 2018 but he still came up huge in biggest moments)Screen Shot 2017-12-16 at 5.35.57 PM
  2. Pat Mahomes (Nothing more to say- watc to see if he can keep up the pace in 2019)
  3. AndrewLuck (Had a stellar 2018 under Frank Reich)
  4. Russell Wilson (Will he get more help?)
  5. Philip Rivers (Last chance for SB was in 2018, still is an elite player)
  6. Matt Ryan (One tough SOB, re-uniting with Dirk Koetter should help)
  7. Aaron Rodgers (He still is an elite thrower, but he still needs to prove he can be highly functional in new system during year of change)
  8. Drew Brees (Arm is dying to almost gone but his smarts/anticipation/touch still there- NFC title game saw him get exposed in a few critical moments)
  9. Ben Roethlisberger (Still can do what he has done but his decision making may be getting more odd under pressure)
  10. Matthew Stafford (Looking for a re-bound year after battling through injuries in 2018, new OC Darrell Bevell should help him quite a bit honestly this year)
  11. Carson Wentz (If Wentz was not so injury riddled he would be ranked higher but he needs to prove he can stay healthy and be consistent)
  12. Jared Goff (2018 was not a fluke but the SB was brought him back to earth, still things to work on ie Decision Making under pressure)
  13. Deshaun Watson ( Tantalizing player who one play turns your head and the next misses a read or lacks fundamentals)
  14. Baker Mayfield (Great rookie campaign but needs to show up again in 2019)
  15. Cam Newton (Still has elite talent but this will be an interesting guy to follow in 2019 coming of shoulder injury)
  16. Dak Prescott (Stellar 2nd half of 2019 where he put the team on his back. Perhaps best in-game leader at the position in league)
  17. Mitch Trubisky (This is not a mistake. He has areas to improve upon but he showed elite skills you cannot teach in 2018)
  18. Nick Foles (He was his 2017 self until the playoffs last year. Foles panicked under the Superdome pressure during three 4th quarter Eagle drives that resulted in a missed opportunity)
  19. Kirk Cousins (Pressure is on let’s see if he buckles under it yet again or if he manages it well)
  20. Ryan Fitzpatrick (When he is on, he is a top 5 thrower in the league, problem is when he is off he plays like a backu)
  21. Andy Dalton (Could be higher on list and might take off in a new WCO system)
  22. Josh Allen (Off the charts skill set, developing quite nicely in upstate NY)
  23. Jameis Winston (Arians should allow him to take off, may deserve to be higher on this list honestly)
  24. Marcus Mariota (Showed flashes of elite passing ability in 2018)
  25. Sam Darnold (Young kid with HUGE potential)
  26. Lamar Jackson (Electric Dude)
  27. Jimmy Garoppolo (Nothing to say.. we all know)
  28. Derek Carr (Make or break year)
  29. Colt McCoy/Case Keenum (Who knows maybe they shine Gruden’s system but doubt it.
  30. Kyler Murray (Could take league by storm, only this low because we have not seen him play yet
  31. Joe Flacco (Looks slow & lethargic at training camp, Lock will be playing by Week 8)
  32. Eli Manning (Should not be playing anymore)

Pre-Draft Report (Patrick Mahomes II)

Author – Bryan Trulen

Patrick Mahomes II 6’2” 225 Texas Tech

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Overview

During his college career, Patrick Mahomes passed for over 11,000 yards, 93 touchdowns and 29 interceptions while making 29 career starts. Mahomes completed nearly 64% of his passes during his time in Lubbock. He also rushed for 845 yards and 22 touchdowns. Mahomes plays the position with a rare blend of athletic instinct, pure passing ability and arm strength. Mahomes was a three sport star at the high school level as he was a top prospect for the MLB draft and averaged 20 points per game on the basketball court. Ultimately it was football that Mahomes chose to pursue and he has put himself on the track to become a franchise quarterback at the next level and we believe he will end up being the best quarterback from this class when we look back ten years from now.

Tape Analysis  (2016) Oklahoma, Arizona State, Baylor, TCU, Louisiana Tech

Agility and instincts within the pocket are off the charts as Mahomes has a second nature feel for moving from within and manipulating the pocket in order to create space for himself. Mahomes is one of the most natural movement throwers in the class as he is very comfortable in this regard something which stems from his baseball background. He is very “light” on his feet and shows the ability to re-set and get his lower half in position to deliver the ball at the snap of a finger. Even though his throwing mechanics need refinement Mahomes shows an innate

understanding of timing and routinely throws with anticipation on multiple types of throws. Mahomes will throw his wide receivers open and does so by anticipating windows in the middle of the field or by way of ball placement on deep routes outside the numbers.

What separates his arm from Chad Kelly’s is Mahomes ability to make wow type off platform throws at levels not seen since Brett Favre. Mahomes has rare arm talent. Has an intuitive feel on how to throw around as well as level the ball over defenders. Throwing with touch is a tool Mahomes relies on a regular basis and is adept at “leading” his receivers versus man coverage. Very Alert in the pocket and will take off and run as a last resort. Quick release that Mahomes uses to his advantage in the short passing game. Mahomes does have a sandlot, freelance feel to his game at times but beneath it all is an understanding of how to play within structure and operate as the triggerman of a pass centric offense. There will be those who dismiss Mahomes as a sand lot player who lacks fundamentals but we feel he is a high end talent with potential to be a franchise quarterback for years to come.

 

Projection

Mahomes will be the first quarterback taken in the 2017 draft as he has seen his stock soar throughout the pre-draft process. Mahomes will most likely sit during year 1 but has the tools to become a franchise level quarterback who can lead his teams to championships if everything falls into place for him.

 

Trait Grades (Mahomes)

Arm Talent (A)
Arm Strength (A)
Ball Placement/Accuracy (B+) Delivery/Mechanics (B)

Toughness (B+)
Pocket Presence (B+) Intangibles/Off-Field (A-) Running Ability/Athleticism (B)

Anticipation (A-) Football IQ (B+) Touch (A-)
Throw on Run (A-)

 

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Pre-Draft Report (Lamar Jackson)

Author-Bryan Trulen

Lamar Jackson​ 6’2” 216 Louisville

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As a three year starter for the Cardinals, Lamar Jackson threw for 9,043 yards 69 touchdowns & 27 interceptions. Jackson also rushed for an astounding 50 touchdowns while amassing over 4,000 yards on the ground. Jackson was tasked with being the triggerman for a pro-style spread attack that featured both his arm & legs. Jackson exited his college career as one of the most dynamic quarterbacks to ever play at the NCAA level.

Trait Grades (Jackson)

Arm Talent (A-) Arm Strength (A) Ball Placement/Accuracy (B) Delivery/Mechanics (A-)

Toughness (A) Pocket Presence (A-) Intangibles/Off-Field (B+) Running Ability/Athleticism

(A) Anticipation (B+) Football IQ (A-) Touch (B-) Throw on Run (A)

 

Strengths 

Arm Strength, Electric Playmaker, Throwing On The Move With Ease, Familiarity With Pro Style Passing Concepts, Compact Delivery, Natural Passing Instincts, Sheer Speed As A Runner, Toughness, Pocket Instincts, Anticipation

Weaknesses

Inconsistent Touch & Ball Placement On Deep Ball, Throws From a Narrow Base, Often Throws With All Arm, Overall Accuracy Concerns

Tape Analysis (Jackson)

Lamar Jackson played in a pro style offense under Bobby Petrino that allowed for continued growth & development in relation to NFL passing concepts. ​Mechanically, Jackson boasts a compact, snap delivery of the football allowing him to get passes off regardless of pressure or lack of space around him. ​As a passer, Jackson is a short strider which also helps him get the ball off quickly even when his foot platform to throw is sub-optimal. Jackson’s feet are quick & fluid from a drop back game standpoint which in turn allows him to deliver passes before defenders are able to react. Jackson maintains a high ball carriage position & is very quick/sudden mechanically from a release standpoint. Strong arm & quick decision make & displays outstanding arm strength both from within the pocket & on the move. ​When Jackson aborts the pocket he does so in a highly refined manner.​ Often times he would survey down field deep into the play & would only evade the pocket when his instincts called for it, simply put Jackson has elite pocket feel & awareness. There are many

instances on tape where it is apparent Jackson is a passer first & has true passing instincts. Jackson intuitively understands when, where & how to deliver the ball. Shows the ability to make wow type arm strength on the move. Multiple instances of Jackson firing the ball 35-40 yards on a line as he is running out of real estate near the sideline. Jackson is power thrower who is able to generate tremendous velocity on the move without a long windup.

Jackson does have inconsistent lower body mechanics at times & can be a bit stiff as a thrower. Needs to be coached to use more of his body & not just his arm & this is illustrated on throws such as sideline fades where Jackson will be become too erect & lacks the requisite feel & touch to deliver strikes. These are minor issues or at least should be in terms of correcting them as he transitions. The more tape we watch on Lamar the more it becomes apparent that he is the prospect with the highest ceiling in the entire class & deserves to be in discussion with Sam Darnold in terms of QB 1 and 1A.

Projection

Jackson is one of the top three quarterbacks in this class & has clearly demonstrated refined abilities in terms of coverage recognition, pure passing instincts as well as operating a pro style attack & is a rare runner at the position. Do not be shocked if Jackson ends up starting as a rookie and takes the league by storm. Jackson has pro bowl potential if he is developed properly at the next level.

 

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In-Depth Look, Dwayne Haskins (OSU)

QBFR evaluates newly minted Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins

 

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Gardner Minshew II & Refinement

Jaguars new quarterback Gardner Minshew II demonstrates his ability to play the position with a sense of refined feel

 

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2019 Quarterback Mock Draft

Our 2019 QB Mock Draft

  • Bryan Trulen (QBFR Founder)

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Round 1

Drew Lock (3) Redskins (Trade with NYJ) – Jay Gruden influenced decision here. 

Kyler Murray (4) Raiders – Mayock & Gruden will be like two kids at Disney Land after this happens. 

Daniel Jones (6) Giants – Easy personality for Shurmur/Eli to mold. 

Dwayne Haskins (13) Dolphins – Flores gets his fellow New Jerseyian and builds for the future with Haskins. Fitzpatrick still starts in 2019.

Will Grier (32) Patriots  – BB gets his QB of the future. Kraft not on board with pick but BB has final say.

 

Round 3

Tyree Jackson (70) Bucs – Bruce Arians gets his Logan Thomas 2.0

Ryan Finley (72) Bengals – Zac Taylor gets a WCO oriented young passer in the mold of a poor man’s Jared Goff. 

Easton Stick (77) Panthers – Norv Turner gets a rich man’s version of current backup Taylor Heinecke to battle it out while Cam Newton remains sidelined

 

Round 4

Jacob Dolegala (109) Jaguars – JDF & Doug Marrone get a fellow Northeastern’er to develop in their system. 

Nick Fitzgerald (120) Vikings – Gary Kubiak loves him & he will compete for a roster spot. 

 

Round 5

Gardner Minshew II (148) Broncos – Elway rolls with Minshew II as a developmental guy behind Flacco. 

Jarrett Stidham (165) Cowboys -Immediately competes for backup job from day 1. Problem is he is not better than either Mike White or Cooper Rush. 

Clayton Thorson (166) Chargers – Not much to say here. Great opportunity for Thorson.

 

Round 6

Brett Rypien (176) Cardinals – Cardinals get a QB in the mold of a young Kliff Kingsbury to provide depth behind Josh Rosen

Taylor Cornelius (194) Packers – Cornelius ends up in a great spot

 

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Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State) & Processing Post Snap Picture Change

QBFR evaluates a single Dwayne Haskins throw

 

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In-Depth Look, Ryan Finley (North Carolina State)

Bryan Trulen of QBFR evaluates QB Ryan Finley of North Carolina State

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Isolation Series, Clayton Thorson (NU) & Accuracy

QBFR isolates one Thorson throw for evaluation

 

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Pre-Draft QB Stock Analysis

Bryan Trulen of QBFR projects just the how the Draft Day Dominos may fall.

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Isolation Series, Tyree Jackson (Buffalo) & Arm Strength

Bryan Trulen of QBFR isolates a pair of Jackson throws for evaluation

 

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Prospect Series, Marcus McMaryion (Fresno State)

QBFR takes a look at Fresno State QB Marcus McMaryion ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft

 

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Isolation Series, Kyler Murray (OU) & The Deep Ball

 

Bryan Trulen of QBFR isolates a Kyler Murray throw for evaluation

 

 

 

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Isolation Series, Daniel Jones (Duke) & Phd Understanding

We take a look at Duke QB Daniel Jones ability to make a pinpoint accurate throw against quarters coverage

 

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Isolation Series, Tyree Jackson (Buffalo)

We isolate a Jackson off-script play from the Central Michigan game (2018)

 

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In Depth Look – Will Grier (West Virginia)

Bryan Trulen examines WVU QB Will Grier as a prospect entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

 

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Isolation Series, Brett Rypien (Boise State)

Video analysis of Brett Rypien beating the Wyoming defense with his processing ability and use of touch

 

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Prospect Series, Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)

Bryan Trulen of QBFR evaluates a handful of Haskins throws from the Northwestern game

 

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In-Depth Look, Kyler Murray (OU)

Bryan Trulen of QBFR evaluates Murray’s performance against Oklahoma State from 2018.

 

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Dallas Renegades (XFL) QB Philip Nelson Pre-Draft Analysis

Sample Report on Dallas Renegades (XFL) QB Philip Nelson from our 2017 Draft Guide

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Philip Nelson 6’2” 216 East Carolina

Overview

Philip Nelson started as a Redshirt Freshman/Sophomore at the University of Minnesota in 2012/2013. During this time Nelson showed flashes of promise but was playing in a run centric offense that saw him throw for 2,100 yards 17 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. Nelson elected to transfer after the 2013 season and things only went downhill from there for him personally. Nelson was implicated in an assault case that put him in the national spotlight in a negative way. Nelson eventually got himself out of the legal mess and made his way to East Carolina as a walk on transfer. Nelson was named the starter for the 2016 season and for about a month and a half was the best passer statistically in all of college football as he opened the

2016 campaign on fire through air. Injuries prevented Nelson from starting every game for ECU in 2016 but he still ended up putting up over 2,600 yards and 16 touchdown passes through air.

Film Analysis – (2016) South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, NC State, Tulsa (2013) Nebraska

Natural thrower of the football who trusts his receivers to make plays for him. Consistently puts the ball in a preferable spot for his target on multiple types of routes. Generally accurate anticipation thrower who understands how and when to throw early. Somewhat far along in terms of being a nuanced passer coming out of college. Isolating a play from NC State contest where Nelson delivered a wheel route to his RB on time as he let the ball go before the back was into the last part of his stem demonstrating trust, anticipation and accuracy on his part. Not a finished product from an overall mechanical standpoint as his left arm has a tendency to flail out away from body after he releases ball and his down the field accuracy can be affected by this at times. Nelson does have a real knack for hitting his receivers in stride down the field versus man coverage as there were multiple times Good feel for throwing the football. Made some questionable decisions when confronted with immediate in his face type pressure. Quick feet both in setting up and responding to pressure as Nelson is able to get away from pressure well. Solid pre snap decision maker who routinely puts excellent touch on the football down the field. very quick release of ball with the ability to quickly get his feet in position to deliver in a hurry.does not deal with pressure with ease or comfort and can get rattled fairly easily from pressure May have the quickest release in the class. Consistently throws a catchable ball.

Projection – ​There is a high probability that Philip Nelson hears his name called at some during Day 3 of the Draft. Nelson is as natural of a passer as there is in the 2017 draft and put together a solid senior season at ECU. We believe that Nelson’s ceiling at the next level is as a starting quarterback. Nelson comes into the league further along than many of his peers in terms of understanding pro passing game concepts and he is seasoned as a thrower. We believe that Nelson has all of the tools necessary to become a starting quarterback at the next level but he will have to be in an offensive centric organization that believes in him order to receive that chance.

Trait Grades (Nelson)

Arm Talent (B+) Toughness (B) Anticipation (A-)

Arm Strength (B) Pocket Presence (C) Football IQ (A-)

Ball Placement/Accuracy (A-) Intangibles/Off-Field (B) Touch (B+)

Delivery/Mechanics (A-) Running Ability/Athleticism (C+) Throw on Run (B)

In-Depth Look, Easton Stick (NDSU)

 

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Isolation Series, Gardner Minshew II & Post Snap Processing

Bryan Trulen of QB Film Room takes a look at a Minshew throw that lends insight into the speed of intuition that he plays the position with.

 

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In Depth Look – Brett Rypien Boise State

Bryan Trulen of QBFR takes an in depth look at Boise State QB Brett Rypien

 

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Prospect Series, Drew Lock (Missouri)

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Player Analysis, Marcus Mariota (Dallas Game)

Marcus Mariota turned in his best performance of 2018 against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.  We isolate a handful of Mariota throws from the contest for evaluation.

 

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Baker Mayfield Pre-Draft Sample Report

 

Baker Mayfield​ 6’0 1⁄2 215 Oklahoma

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Overview

The two time college walk on defied the odds stacked against him after transferring away from a QB room at Texas Tech that included both Patrick Mahomes II & Davis Webb. (Mayfield started as a true freshman for the Red Raiders) Mayfield quickly asserted himself as a Sooner in 2015 as he took hold of the starting job from the outset & enjoyed massive success as the triggerman of a pass happy spread system in Norman. When all was said & done Mayfield threw for over 14,000 yards with 131 touchdowns & 30 interceptions – placing himself in elite company as he is currently ranked 7th in all time NCAA passing yards. Mayfield also rushed for over 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns throughout his college career.

Trait Grades (Mayfield)

Arm Talent (B)

Arm Strength (B)

Ball Placement/Accuracy (B)

 

Toughness (A-)

Pocket Presence (B-)

Intangibles/Off-Field (B)

Anticipation (B)

Football IQ (A-)Touch (A-)

Delivery/Mechanics (B+)

Running Ability/Athleticism (B+) Throw on Run (A)

Strengths

Instincts, Throwing With Touch, Arm Strength Between Hashes, Deep Arm Strength, Pre-Snap Decision Making, Throwing on Run, Quick Release, Lower Body Strength, Quick Twitched Mover, Toughness, On Field Leadership, Fearless, Creative Playmaker

Weaknesses

Lacks Fluidity & Ease with Drops, Inconsistent Feet, Inconsistent Throwing Mechanics, Playing From Within Pocket, Played in Gimmick Based Shotgun Spread, Lacks Pinpoint Accuracy, Plays Position in Un-Disciplined Manner, Pocket Feel

Tape Analysis (Mayfield)

Baker Mayfield is both comfortable & confident at creating off second reaction movement plays and possesses quick eyes to find receivers down the field while on the move. Mayfield naturally throws with good touch to all field levels and has clearly demonstrated the refined ability to level the ball over underneath defenders with ease. Oklahoma utilized Mayfield’s excellent throwing ability on the move by incorporating a variety of deceptive play action based rollouts. Mayfield does operate with more comfort moving to throw as opposed to dissecting defenses from within the pocket – In fact, often times Mayfield will step up into pressure and or sacks while attempting to navigate the pocket. Possesses good understanding of marrying his internal clock to the conceptual design of a given play but often times he has a tendency to become jittery and frenetic from within the pocket when pressure arises & the end result is Mayfield NOT being highly disciplined from a footwork perspective which negatively affects ball placement & timing.

Mechanically as a thrower he will open his left hip too soon on fade routes that will cause his passes to lose steam. Has room to grow in terms of becoming a more

mechanically refined thrower of the football. Carries with him a creator’s instinct once the ball is snapped. One of the better intermediate area touch throwers in class. Shows the ability to play within the structure & design of the offense at times & his delivery/feet allow for him to get the ball out fast. One of the better if not the best movement thrower in class. Consistently displays elite touch on deep routes down the middle of field showing the ability to drop the ball into the bucket. Will not be able to consistently beat you with anticipation and timing from within pocket. Tendency to Move at first sign of pressure which will not translate at next level. Only an average athlete at the pro level for position.

Front shoulder will flail open often resulting in Mayfield spraying the ball off intended targets. Has a tendency to become an aim thrower on short crossing routes. One of better deep post throwers in class due to his above average arm strength in driving the ball down the field with arc. Struggled at times opening up his hips while throwing to left to ensure proper ball location on intermediate crossing routes. Extremely good instincts moving to throw and will set up defenders with deceptive behavior on the move, giving himself the ability to create space at elite levels. Shows the ability to adjust his arm slot to throw over and around defenders. Inability to throw targets open on a consistent basis. Will place ball on wrong shoulder of intended target which disallows optimal YAC opportunities. Excellent agility outside of pocket. Better anticipation passer on the move than when confined to the pocket. Not excellent at keeping his receivers safe with ball placement. Does not display pinpoint ball placement on consistent basis. `

Projection

Baker Mayfield will be selected at some point in the first round. There are many quarterback needy teams & Mayfield will need to go to a system that “bends” its ideology to fit his skillset. A hybrid west coast/college spread system would allow Mayfield the best chance at NFL success. We believe Mayfield can be a productive player in the league ONLY if he is in the optimal position to succeed. We feel as though

he is a project at this point in dire need of development. The potential to BUST is there with Mayfield.

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Josh Allen Draft Guide Sample

Included below is a large portion of our Josh Allen scouting report from our 2018 Draft Guide

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Josh Allen ​6’5” 237 Wyoming *JR

Overview

In 2014, Josh Allen was the starting quarterback at Reedley Community College. After throwing for 2,055 yards & 26 touchdowns against only 5 interceptions Allen drew minimal interest in recruiting circles & ultimately ended up at Wyoming, one of the few schools who ended up wanting him. After receiving a medical redshirt year in 2015, Allen took over as the Cowboys starter in 2016 and had a mostly stellar year statistically as he threw for 3,200 yards 28 touchdowns against 15 interceptions. Allen saw his numbers dip in 2017 as he went for 1,800 yards with 16 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. Allen was a career 56% completion passer & also compiled 767 yards on the ground to go along with 12 rushing touchdowns. Allen enjoyed an abrupt rise to stardom during his time in Laramie and is a relative rarity among high end QB prospects in that he played first at the Junior College level before finding success at NCAA level (Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers)

 

Trait Grades (Allen)

Arm Talent (A-) Toughness (B) Arm Strength (A) Pocket Presence (C)

Ball Placement/Accuracy (B+) Intangibles/Off-Field (A-) Delivery/Mechanics (A)

Running Ability/Athleticism (A) Anticipation (B-) Football IQ (B) Touch (B-)

Throw on Run (A)

Strengths

Raw Arm Talent, Functional Athleticism, Smooth & Decisive Mover, Excellent Feet, Smooth & Mechanically Sound With His Drops, Elite Arm Strength, Ability To Throw On Run, Release, Size, Ability To Make Tight Window Throws, Quick Release.

Weaknesses

Anticipation, Accuracy, Throwing With Pace, Beating Defenses With His Mind Pre-Snap, Manipulating Ball Trajectory, Throwing With Trust Into Windows With Touch, Pocket Steadiness/Comfort, Throwing Receivers Open.

Tape Analysis (Allen)

When evaluating Josh Allen his physical traits jump off the tape as there are countless times where he looks like a Dan Marino clone throwing the football down the field. This has proven to be just an aberration at this point as Allen’s game has been marred with inconsistency. When he is on Allen has demonstrated the ability to place the football deep down the field with rare velocity & distance & doing so without setting his feet. Allen can also be crisp and on time operating as a precision passer within the short game but at this point is not consistent enough on a down by down basis. He will hesitate to throw with anticipation & pace within the intermediate game, particularly between the hashes which speaks to Allen’s inability at diagnosing coverages before the ball is snapped & he has not shown a great ability to take advantages of coverage weak spots. Will “freeze” in the pocket & instincts tell him to tuck & run too often. Allen is a very athletic mover who can easily create yards with his legs and get himself out of tough spots. Allen throws very well on the move especially moving to his right. Accuracy & anticipation issues. Shows the ability to reset & fire. Shows flashes of looking like the best quarterback prospect in decades in terms of his release, mechanics & raw arm talent. Possesses tremendous ability to thread the needle on difficult tight window throws. Allen has a rare ability to throw with both velocity & distance and no other play exemplified this more than an on the move throw against UNLV from 2016. Allen exited the pocket to his right after initial pressure and threw an all arm 57 yard frozen rope to his receiver near the goal line. It is safe to say that Allen has the strongest arm coming into the draft since Cam Newton in 2011. Allen shows off his arm on a variety of throws including skinny posts, deep out & fades where the ball actually gains steam at the back end. His arm strength & athleticism will put immense stress on NFL secondaries as they will be forced to defend the entire field late into the down.

 

Projection

Josh Allen has made strides in refining his game while doing pre draft prep work with Jordan Palmer, a noted QB developer. His pro day was exemplar & Allen has built solid momentum heading into the draft. We believe Allen will be one of the first two quarterbacks selected & will end up going to a team that will allow him to sit & learn behind a veteran. If Allen continues to improve upon the noted deficiencies within his game & turns in his “A” game throughout training camp there will be a strong internal desire to turn him loose earlier than expected in year 1. Allen clearly has rare skills throwing the football but it will be the finer minute elements of the position that will ultimately determine just how good he can be in the NFL.

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2018 Pre-Season NFL Quarterback Rankings (12-22)

 

By Bryan Trulen

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12. Alex Smith – Smith finished 2017 with a 104.7 passer rating as he threw for a career best 4,042 yards across 15 regular season starts. Smith was one of the top five quarterbacks last year from a week to week production & efficiency standpoint. Smith enters his 14th year with a new team & after spending five seasons with Andy Reid. It would be foolish to expect a seamless transition to Jay Gruden’s pure west coast based system although Smith is well versed both conceptually & verbiage wise in the WCO system. Expect Smith to continue to be solid but there will be some growing pains along the way in 2018.

13. Case Keenum – Keenum much like Smith in 2017, was a top five league quarterback week to week. Keenum was a main reason for multiple wins (Tampa, Chicago, Washington, Detroit, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Atlanta)  & provided the team with the best quarterback play it has seen since Brett Favre in 2009.  Transitioning to Denver (Bill Musgrave) and away from Pat Shurmur will be an adjustment but Keenum is doing everything he can to make the learning curve short and has experience doing so (2017). If Keenum can continue to play as he did in 2017 the Broncos will return to the post-season.

14. Jared Goff – Goff passed for over 3,800 yards 28 TD’s with only 7 INT in 2017 completing quite possibly the greatest single year improvement in performance we have ever seen in the history of the league at the QB position. Goff showed to be deft as a pure passer who understands the finer points of touch, anticipation & throwing on time. Expect more of the same in 2018 as he enters year 2 with Sean McVay.

15. Derek Carr – Carr boasted an 86.4 rating in 2017 as he was forced to muddy through a Todd Downing led offensive attack in Oakland. If 2015 & 2016 were gold for Carr, 2017 was bronze as he threw a career high 13 interceptions. Carr still has one of the better arms in the league & his quick release allows him to make throws that only a handful of starters in league can. If the Carr/Gruden marriage goes as planned we could see the Raiders run away with the AFC West.

16. Jimmy Garoppolo – We saw flashes of his potential during 2016 as he made a pair of starts for the Patriots. Garoppolo went 5-0 as a starter in 2017 and completed 67 % of his throws. The sample size is still small but it looks like the 49ers are in good hands with Jimmy G at the controls entering 2018 and beyond. Has one of the quickest releases if not the quickest in NFL &  consistently throws receivers open.

17.  Sam Bradford – In his lone start of 2017, Bradford went 32-43 for for 382 yards with 3 TD’s and 0 INT.  One of the most instinctually accurate QB’s in league who if he can remain healthy will make the Cardinals competitive in the NFC West.

18. Deshaun Watson – An injury shorted 2017 is the only reason Watson is this low on list. Watson earned NFL Player Of The Month For October (2017) Watson proved to be as advertised as he brought electricity, playmaking ability & deep ball prowess to the fold throughout his first seven NFL starts.

19. Dak Prescott –  Prescott struggled in 2017. Some of the reasons were out of his control (OL Play, Receiving Talent, Lack Of Run Game) but other reasons were due to his lack of consistent and smooth footwork and accuracy issues that accompanied this. He is in dire need of a great year 3 and will be poised to have a bounce back year.

20. Blake Bortles – Bortles passed for 3,600 yards 21TD & 13 INT in 2017. He played some of the best football of his career in 2017 & played well against both the Steelers & Patriots in AFC playoffs. Bortles got his confidence back in a large way last year and should continue to play well in 2018.

21. Eli Manning – Eli finished 2017 with 19 TD’s and 13 INT’s playing in a dysfunctional organization. Manning was excellent in 2016 so the prognosis under new coach Pat Shurmur has to be at least luke-warm as Manning enters his 15th year in the league. The tape however shows a quarterback who physically is on the decline. That’s not to say Shurmur won’t be able to squeeze one more solid year out of him with all of the offensive weapons at his disposal.

22. Tyrod Taylor – During his three years as the Bills starter, Taylor completed nearly 63% of his passes and rarely turned the ball over while producing big time throws down the field and playing the position with an electric style. Taylor has limitations as an anticipatory passer but he should do well in Cleveland relying on his experience in the league & ability to improvise.

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2018 Pre-Season NFL Quarterback Rankings (1-11)

By Bryan Trulen

A new NFL season is upon us & once again we rank all 32 league starters.

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1. Tom Brady – Brady delivered another “Brady like” season in 2017 that culminated in him throwing for a Super Bowl record 505 yards with 3 touchdowns but having the Patriot defense give up 41 points to Philly. Brady threw for 32 TD’s 8 Ints and over 4,500 yards in the regular season. Even as he ages it is hard to knock him off from the top spot but with an influx of new receivers and turmoil in New England it would not be shocking to see a slight dip in production in 2018

2.  Aaron Rodgers – An injury cut Rodgers season short in 2017 but the Packers have     re-tooled their receiving core and added more weapons for Rodgers. Expect Rodgers to pick up where he left off as he put together a tremendous month of September for the Packers.

3. Matthew Stafford – Stafford went for 4,400 29 TD’s against 10 INT in 2017 and continues to perform at an All-Pro level for Detroit. Expect Detroit to be much improved defensively this season. If the dice finally roll the Lions way in 2018 they may end up being a dark horse Super Bowl contender.

4. Carson Wentz – Wentz put together an MVP caliber season during his 2nd year as he made tremendous strides in multiple areas. Keeping a close eye on how he performs coming off an ACL injury will be telling on if he can pick up where he left off in 2017.

5. Drew Brees – Brees played second fiddle at times due to the strong ground game the Saints employed last season but when it mattered most he delivered. Brees is surrounded by young talent across the board and put together one of the better playoff performances in recent memory against Minnesota. Keeping himself in top physical condition along with his intense mental preparation should allow for continued success in 2018.

6. Philip Rivers – 2017 was all about the “Rivers Revival” in Los Angeles as he carried the Chargers week in and week out as the team relied upon Rivers to keep them in games and win them in the fourth quarter. 2016 was a down for Philip but he put up some staggering numbers in 2017 (4,500 yards 28 TD 10 INT) Duplicating 2017 will be tough to do with Hunter Henry out for the year but if he can remain hot the Chargers will be in prime position to win the AFC West and secure a playoff berth. From there, anything is possible.

7. Ben Roethlisberger – Another aging signal caller who continued to shine in 2017. Big Ben had a few rough outings early but got hot late in the year and threw for 469 yards and 5 TD’s in the Divisional round game against Jacksonville. Adjusting to a new OC will be something to watch early on this year.

8. Matt Ryan – Ryan went through growing pains in 2017 as Steve Sarkisian was tasked with taking over for one of the better play callers in football. Ryan did not match his production from the Super Bowl run the year prior but he delivered in the playoffs and played well enough for the team to beat the Eagles. Expect Ryan to continue to play at an elite level in 2018.

9. Russell Wilson –  Wilson threw for a career best 34 touchdowns against 11 INT while continuing to deploy his playmaking brand of football. The Hawks were not their usual selves from a defensive standpoint and unless they can bolster the pieces around Russell he may have to put the team on his back yet again in 2018 operating under a new offensive coordinator for the first time in his NFL career.

10. Cam Newton – Newton continued to tease us in 2017 and at times looked like his MVP self from 2015. His numbers were inconsistent as he turned the ball over 16 times through the air however. Newton delivered against New Orleans in the Wild Card Round and reminded us of the electric player we have come to expect of him. Norv Turner is the new coordinator in Charlotte and if he can harness Newton we could see the Panthers run away with the NFC South.

11. Kirk Cousins – Cousins threw for over 4,000 yards 27 TD’s to 13 INT’s in 2017 but the Redskins endured multiple injuries along the way to key weapons surrounding him. Jay Gruden’s system fit Cousins very well but the Redskins ultimately elected to let him walk as Cousins was a hot commodity on the free agent market. How well he Adjusts to new teammates and a relatively inexperienced play-caller in John DeFelippo will determine how successful he performs in 2018. The pressure & stakes are sky high and Cousins excitable personality must not get the best of him in his first year as a Viking in order to reach expectations in Minneapolis.

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NFL Draft QB Analysis

We Discuss A Variety Of Quarterbacks & What Situations They Find Themselves In.

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2018 Quarterback Mock Draft

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For In-Depth Analysis on the 2018 QB Class Purchase Our 2018 Draft Guide

Round 1

Sam Darnold (1) Browns

Josh Rosen (2) NYG

Baker Mayfield (3) NYJ

Josh Allen (6) Buf Trades W/Indy

Lamar Jackson (11) Miami

Mason Rudolph (28) Steelers

Kyle Lauletta (31) NE

Round 2

Mike White (46) Bengals

Round 3

Kurt Benkert (79) Cardinals

Logan Woodside (93) Jaguars

Round 4

Luke Falk (110) Raiders

Chase Litton (118) Ravens

Round 5

Brandon Silvers (147) Saints

Nik Shimonek (151) Vikings

Round 6

Tanner Lee (167) Texans

Luis Perez (206) Eagles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snapshot Series, Kurt Benkert (Virginia)

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Late Round QB Discussion (Nic Shimonek & Brandon Silvers)

Two Under the Radar Late Round QB Prospects Are Discussed

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Tanner Lee (Nebraska) Isolation Series

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Brandon Silvers (Troy) & Refinement As A Passer

We isolate two Silvers throws for evaluation

 

 

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Mason Rudolph Evaluation

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Draft Discussion, Quarterbacks

We Profile Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Logan Woodside, Josh Allen, Mason Rudolph & Kyle Lauletta

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Josh Rosen UCLA Video Scouting Report

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Case Keenum & Kirk Cousins – One day they’re here, the next day they’re gone

 

Part 1 (Reaction & Cousins Scouting Report)

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Mike Zimmer & Rick Spielman flat out looking the other way during the lead up to free agency has put the team in Kirk Cousins or bust mode heading into 2018. Kirk Cousins is a fine young quarterback who has established himself as an elite passer in this league that can’t be denied. Kirk has developed into one of the better touch throwers in the league and has sneaky athleticism to go with a super clean role model like image off the field. Kirk’s career record as a starter hovers around the 500 mark. Unlike Case Keenum, reacting to pressure with a sense of calm and coolness is something that is not in Kirk’s DNA as evidenced by tape over the last three years. Kirk is indeed Brady like in the pre-snap recognition phase but Kirk will trust his arm a bit too much too often which results in ill timed interceptions. The Vikings are getting a solid quarterback who had the benefit of playing in THE most QB friendly system in the league again THE MOST QB FRIENDLY SYSTEM IN THE LEAGUE.  Jay Gruden played QB Professionally for years before getting into coaching & he crafted a system that would make his Quarterbacks life easy.

Why they Turned Away from Case?

From the outset, Vikings Management seemed to go out of their way to not give Keenum praise from the moment he took the reigns as Quarterback.  Keenum had a key hand in eight of the teams wins in 2017 & he was forced to play under the gun every week due to the Staff’s reluctance to embrace him as their guy EVEN THOUGH he was playing as good as any Quarterback in the league. It was almost as if the team was forced to play their 2nd Insurance Policy and were Having the best season in years due to some “random” Quarterback they did not pick to lead their team. Spielman & Company proved that Egos still do exist in Pro Football Management Circles.

Neglecting Bradford?

When Bradford has been healthy he has been a top ten QB in league. Sam’s knee kept him out of action for a large part of 2017 but after surgery, rehab & rest his knee was ready to go as of January 2018 for the playoffs. With Bradford apparently having a clean bill of health entering free agency the Vikings still balked at signing him to a deal to be their starter in 2018 & beyond.

 

 

Josh Allen (Wyoming) Sample

Josh Allen is an enticing talent who has a heaping amount of arm talent of which he blends with both rare athleticism & footwork. These raw materials are accompanied by a lack of intuitive processing ability, particularly before the ball is snapped which puts Allen in precarious situations that otherwise could have been avoided.

 

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Josh Allen Discussion

 

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Prospect Series, Logan Woodside (Toldeo)

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2018 Draft Guide Overview

Our annual Quarterback Centric Draft Publication is slated to be released April 1, 2018. For the price of a Burrito, you will gain access to in-depth, tape based scouting reports on 30 draft eligible quarterback prospects. We blend both trait based & holistic scouting when evaluating quarterbacks and below we outline exactly what you will get upon purchase of our 2018 Draft Guide.

What You Get:

Encyclopedic/Comprehensive Scouting Reports (4-8 games Watched on 30 Rookie QB Prospects)

Trait Glossary Defining Critical Areas of the Position As Relates to Pro QB Play With Each Prospect Graded Out Categorically

In-Depth Player Evaluation (Micro & Macro)

Draft Day Projections (Round, System Fit, Career)

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Each Player is Bookmarked for Navigational Simplicity

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(Wyoming) Josh Allen Leaving The Pocket Early

We take a look at Allen leaving the pocket at the first sign of distress.

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Lamar Jackson (Louisville) & Speed

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson shows off his speed on this designed run play.

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Free Agent QB Predictions (2018)

We take a look at The Free Agent QB Landscape

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Isolation Series, Lamar Jackson (Louisville) on the move

We isolate one of his throws from the 2017 Season

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Evaluating Baker Mayfield’s Weak Areas

We provide you with a throw by throw look Baker Mayfield’s Rose Bowl Performance

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Is John DeFelippo Really Sean McVay 2.0?

We discuss Mike Zimmer’s hire of John DeFelippo

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In-Depth Look, Luke Falk (WSU)

Washington State QB Luke Falk looks eerily similar to Brady on multiple levels as a player. We take an In-Depth Look at Falk.

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Prospect Series, Josh Rosen (UCLA)

We Take an evaluative look at Josh Rosen’s game.

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In-Depth Look, Sam Darnold (Southern Cal)

We put Sam Darnold under the proverbial evaluative light and dissect his performance against Colorado from 2017

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Prospect Series, Kyle Lauletta (Richmond)

In our first edition of our 2018 Prospect Series Draft Evaluations, we look at Kyle Lauletta

 

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Isolation Series, Nick Foles to Torrey Smith

We take an All-22 look at the game defining play

 

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Isolation Series, Nick Foles to Zach Ertz (2017)

We take a look at Nuanced Scheme Design by Doug Pederson and Company

 

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Isolation Series, Jared Goff & Post Snap Processing

We take a look at a play from the Falcons game

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Film Review, Matt Ryan’s Final Drive in Philly (2017 Playoffs)

Author – Bryan Trulen

The Falcons came up short on the Final possession against the Eagles. We take a look at the All-22 Video & Form our own Conclusions.

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Player Analysis, Blake Bortles (Divisional Round 2017)

We Provide You With All-22 Cut-Ups of Blake Bortles Performance against the Steelers in the Divisional Round

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Isolation Series, Case Keenum (2017 Playoffs)

We isolate two big time throws from the Divisional contest

 

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Player Review, Drew Brees (Premium Analysis Sample)

Year end player review of Drew Brees (2016)

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Baker Mayfield & Processing Speed

Three throws that demonstrate Mayfield’s ability to process the field

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In Depth Look – Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)

We take an initial look at Baker Mayfield’s tape

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Jim Bob Cooter (Lions) Red Zone Perimeter Design

High level passing game design near the goal line

 

 

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Snapshot Series, Logan Woodside (Toledo)

We take a look at the processing ability of Woodside

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Late Season QB Talk Podcast (2017)

We discuss Big Ben, Philip Rivers, the Eagles QB Situation and an Aaron Rodgers Return

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Anatomy Of A Play, Throwing “Hot” even when it looks covered

We take a look at a play from the Titans game where Gabbert pulls back on his “Hot” read due to not trusting his ability to throw with touch. For all that Gabbert is and is not, throwing with touch is not a refined aspect to his game. We all know about Gabbert’s inherent athleticism, quick release and even sheer arm strength. However, he is not a quarterback who seems to have the innate ability to process intuitively and trust his ability to throw with touch.

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Arizona comes out in essentially 12 personnel with Larry Fitzgerald acting as a hybrid WR/Wing. The Titans show a stunt look pre snap but the left side of their Offensive Line should be able to slide left and keep Gabbert clean. Fitzgerald instantly becomes the “Hot” receiver versus pressure due to Man coverage on the (X) WR.

 

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All-22 Snapshot, Sean McVay & Jared Goff

The Rams have always had a great defense but with the addition of Sean McVay as a HC their offense has gone from worst to best in the league. McVay is an excellent play designer and has a knack for timing with his play calling. We take a look at a play from the Texans game where the Rams were inside their own five yard line and McVay took the opportunity to pull the trigger on a beautifully crafted shot play versus quarters coverage out of 20 personel

Note – Notice how (X) WR Sammy Watkins tight split and lazy route impact the Quarters FS as Watkins Lulls the defenders to him while Cooper Kupp & Robert Woods are in the process of executing a quarters beater on the other side of field.

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Rivers Revival, LA Style (Philip Rivers 2017)

Philip Rivers has put the Chargers on his back ever since the NYG game on October 8 and is playing some of the best football of his career. We take a look at his 434 Yard 3 Touchdown performance against Dallas from Thanksgiving Day.

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Isolation Series, Jared Goff 3rd Window Throw (2017)

 

Jared Goff put together a masterful performance Sunday against the Saints. We Isolate one of his touchdown throws for review.

 

 

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Isolation Series, Matt Ryan To Julio Jones (Post-Out)

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Inside the Design, Matt Moore to Kenny Stills (2017)

Author – Bryan Trulen

The Dolphins were sparked by Matt Moore’s entrance into the game sunday against Tampa as he threw for 282 yards and posted a 102 rating. We Isolate the touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.

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As the Bucs elect to play quarters coverage, Matt Moore sets up against a four man rush. He places his eyes down the MOF to give the illusion that he may be looking that way. Simultaneously, Kenny Stills is using deception to turn the SS Hips

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As the play develops, we see Stills who now is running a corner route while the two outside receivers are occupied by their respective defenders as they run underneath routes against man coverage leaving a huge void to the deep outside. Moore displays anticipation and trust as he is already releasing the football

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Stills is behind his defender and the ball is in the air

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Stills catches the football in stride and will soon be on his way to pay dirt!

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Player Analysis, Kirk Cousins (2017)

 

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We evaluate Kirk Cousins hidden abilities as a QB. Placement, Touch, Recognition and an Intuitive Feel for Timing.

Player Analysis, Colin Kaepernick (2015)

Bryan Trulen of QB Film Room takes a look at a handful of Colin Kaepernick throws that speak to the type of player he is inside the Pocket. Outside of the pocket he remains an electric talent and at times looks the part of a solid pocket player. He will be seeking consistency when he returns to the league.

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2017 QB Discussion (Prescott, Wentz, Eli, Rivers & Brees)

Bryan Trulen Discusses Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and More!

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Is Aaron Rodgers ready for Mike Zimmer?

We take a quick look

 

 

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Deshaun Watson Pre-Draft Scouting Report

 

 

NFL: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals

 

 

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#4 Deshaun Watson, 6’2” 215 Clemson  

Overview                                             

Based on overall production in college and how he relished the big stage it is pretty obvious that Deshaun Watson deserves an opportunity to show that he can be a starting quarterback at the next level. Watson passed for just under 9,000 yards in 2015 and 2016 while amassing 1,300 yards on the ground during the last two seasons. While statistics alone can be misleading, Watson showed just enough pro level traits through the air that will garner him an opportunity to be selected at some point in the first two rounds of the 2017 draft. That being said, there are definite holes in his game as a thrower. Despite his production and poise on the big stage, he is not viewed in the same light as prospects such as Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford or Andrew Luck in terms of being a high end can’t miss prospect coming out of college. Some of this has to do with the system Watson was indoctrinated into at Clemson as well as his natural propensity to escape the pocket and fall back on his natural running instincts when faced with pressure. We view Watson as a more talented version of Alex Smith coming out of college.

Watson was a three year starter at Clemson passing for 90 touchdowns and rushing for 26 touchdowns during his time there.

 

Analysis/Scouting Notes on Watson

Steps up big during most critical moments which speaks to his ability to remain poised under duress. Watson may very well be the best or one of the best deep ball throwers in this draft class (both fade and back shoulder fade throws) as Watson perfected throwing this type of route utilizing anticipation, quick feet and touch from the shotgun formation. Watson continually made his money with critical moment back shoulder throws throughout his career as well.

Watson however is more of an aim thrower as opposed to being a “let it loose” type of thrower. Not as consistently natural of an intuitive passer as a Trubisky or Kelly.

Not extremely intuitive or flexible with release.

At times throws as if he is not fully aware of defenders around him, which can be both good and bad.Will drop his arm slot to ¾ delivery which impacts ball trajectory and leads to batted balls at LOS.  More of an athlete playing the QB position it seems at times. Needs to improve the fluidity of his drops. Very athletic and quick twitched yet his film indicates a guy who although quick in setting up does not look smooth and fluid dropping back from shotgun or under center. Had a static and almost heavy sense at times to his drop backs.

A tremendous leader on and off the field. Rare ability to put a team on his shoulders and lead them to victory. Has an overall knack for making plays out of the designed structure of a play. Extremely athletic.

An upper body thrower that almost seems robotic at times but still fluid for the most part.

Tremendous back shoulder fade thrower of the football

 

Film Notes –  Wake Forest  (2015) Florida State (2016) North Carolina (2014) Alabama (2016) South Carolina (2016)

Consistently beat the Wake Forest defense with the ball to all levels of the defense throwing with velocity, placement and touch on out breaking and deep routes from the pocket. Watson showed the ability to deliver with a consistently quick release. Flashed elite sense of timing and anticipation during this contest, something that he showed in spades during his up and down 2016 season.

Shows improvisational skills to maneuver and evade pressure at a high level.  Possesses ELITE pocket escapability instincts and plays with good poise. Shows the ability to get north/south fast when running the football. Does not possess a great feel for throwing shallow crossing routes. Does not protect himself as well as he probably should, which at the next level could mean missed time due to injury.  Down the field accuracy can be scattershot at time. Shows the ability to throw with excellent touch making some pinpoint bucket throws down the middle versus Tampa 2 and throwing the corner route with perfect timing and placement.

When he knows what he is getting pre-snap he can beat you with touch and down the field velocity on time, much like he did in 2014 versus North Carolina.

 

Pro Day Update 3/17/2017

Watson showed some noticeable improvements during his pro day. He has been working with Jordan Palmer on his game and it shows. Watson’s feet looked in-sync and quick while performing multiple under center style drop backs during his pro day and his throwing motion looked sharper with the ball came out crisp and cleaner than what his 2016 film showed. In our opinion he won his Pro Day. The work is done for him and he will be playing a waiting game until draft day.
Projection-  Deshaun Watson is among the top five quarterback prospects in this class. His combination of athleticism, poise and just enough arm talent will garner him an opportunity to prove he can be a franchise quarterback in the league. The jump to the pro game will be an adjustment for Deshaun coming from a pure spread system at Clemson and sitting in year one may be his best bet in order to give him the best chance at achieving long term sustainability as a starting quarterback at the next level.  Look for Watson to be selected anywhere from late Round 1 to Round 3 at the latest.

 

Trait Grades (Watson)

 

Arm Talent (B)                                 Toughness (A-)                              Anticipation (A-)

 

Arm Strength (B-)                            Pocket Presence (B-)                    Football IQ (A-)

 

Ball Placement/Accuracy (B-)          Intangibles/Off-Field  (A)               Touch  (B)

 

Delivery/Mechanics (B+)                  Running Ability/Athleticism (A)     Throw on Run (B)

 

 

Isolation Series, Kirk Cousins (2017)

Analysis and telestration work from us at QB Film Room as we delve into Raiders- Redskins tape and pull out three of Kirk Cousins best throws from the contest

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Kirk Cousins Recognition, Intuition and Accuracy

Bryan Trulen of QB Film Room Isolates three of Cousins best throws from Week 3 that illustrate his blend of instant recognition, reacting intuitively while displaying great feet and sense of timing

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Aaron Rodgers Scouting Report (Premium Content Sample) 2017

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#12​ ​Aaron​ ​Rodgers​ ​​6’2”​ ​223​ ​13th​ ​Year,​ ​California

Overview

Aaron​ ​Rodgers​ ​is​ ​viewed​ ​by​ ​many​ ​as​ ​the​ ​best​ ​quarterback​ ​in​ ​the​ ​league.​ ​We​ ​believe​ ​he​ ​is​ ​the most​ ​physically​ ​gifted​ ​passer​ ​in​ ​the​ ​game​ ​today​ ​and​ ​possibly​ ​of​ ​all​ ​time.​ ​The​ ​transformation​ ​that Rodgers​ ​has​ ​gone​ ​under​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​his​ ​career​ ​has​ ​been​ ​astonishing.​ ​He​ ​came into​ ​the​ ​league​ ​as​ ​a​ ​tightly​ ​wound​ ​up​ ​somewhat​ ​antsy​ ​Jeff​ ​Tedford​ ​protege​ ​as​ ​he​ ​looked​ ​overly mechanical​ ​and​ ​robotic​ ​early​ ​on​ ​(2005-2007)​ ​It​ ​was​ ​not​ ​until​ ​he​ ​took​ ​the​ ​reigns​ ​full​ ​time​ ​in​ ​2008 that​ ​his​ ​true​ ​talent​ ​began​ ​to​ ​show.​ ​From​ ​the​ ​outset​ ​Rodgers​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​throw​ ​with​ ​effortless​ ​ease was​ ​second​ ​to​ ​none​ ​and​ ​his​ ​arm​ ​has​ ​always​ ​been​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​strongest​ ​if​ ​not​ ​the​ ​strongest​ ​arm in​ ​the​ ​game.​ ​For​ ​his​ ​career,​ ​Aaron​ ​has​ ​thrown​ ​for​ ​over​ ​36,000​ ​yards​ ​with​ ​297​ ​touchdowns​ ​to just​ ​72​ ​interceptions​ ​while​ ​also​ ​rushing​ ​for​ ​25​ ​touchdowns.

Analysis

Rodgers​ ​is​ ​arguably​ ​the​ ​best​ ​second​ ​reaction​ ​quarterback​ ​of​ ​all​ ​time​ ​-​ ​meaning​ ​he​ ​is​ ​able​ ​to extend​ ​plays​ ​at​ ​a​ ​Hall​ ​of​ ​Fame​ ​type​ ​level​ ​after​ ​he​ ​is​ ​forced​ ​to​ ​react​ ​off​ ​the​ ​initial​ ​stages​ ​of​ ​a given​ ​play.​ ​Rodgers​ ​executes​ ​this​ ​in​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​intuitive​ ​fashion​ ​and​ ​does​ ​it​ ​at​ ​a​ ​considerably higher​ ​rate​ ​than​ ​every​ ​other​ ​quarterback​ ​in​ ​the​ ​league.​ ​His​ ​success​ ​rate​ ​is​ ​very​ ​high​ ​as​ ​well which​ ​has​ ​resulted​ ​in​ ​weekly​ ​off-script​ ​highlight​ ​reels​ ​for​ ​Rodgers.​ ​​ ​Rodgers​ ​has​ ​a​ ​rare​ ​ability​ ​to play​ ​the​ ​position​ ​with​ ​a​ ​risk​ ​taking​ ​style​ ​while​ ​still​ ​bringing​ ​judicious​ ​decision​ ​making​ ​to​ ​the​ ​field. He​ ​will​ ​at​ ​times​ ​bypass​ ​throws​ ​that​ ​are​ ​open​ ​early​ ​in​ ​the​ ​down​ ​within​ ​the​ ​timing​ ​and​ ​structure​ ​of a​ ​play​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​create​ ​and​ ​play​ ​the​ ​game​ ​from​ ​the​ ​aforementioned​ ​second​ ​reaction standpoint.​ ​This​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​cause​ ​of​ ​frustration​ ​locally​ ​in​ ​Green​ ​Bay​ ​and​ ​around​ ​the​ ​league​ ​due because​ ​there​ ​are​ ​numerous​ ​instances​ ​when​ ​Rodgers​ ​solely​ ​relies​ ​on​ ​pocket​ ​precision​ ​and beating​ ​the​ ​opposition​ ​before​ ​the​ ​snap.​ ​It​ ​almost​ ​seems​ ​as​ ​if​ ​Rodgers​ ​is​ ​literally​ ​at​ ​times​ ​playing mind​ ​games​ ​with​ ​the​ ​defense​ ​just​ ​to​ ​see​ ​what​ ​he​ ​can​ ​get​ ​away​ ​with​ ​which​ ​has​ ​resulted​ ​in​ ​a​ ​fair amount​ ​of​ ​unnecessary​ ​hits​ ​over​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​the​ ​past​ ​few​ ​years.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​Rodgers​ ​best games​ ​from​ ​2016​ ​​(Lions,​ ​Bears,​ ​Vikings​)​ ​all​ ​at​ ​home​ ​by​ ​the​ ​way​ ​were​ ​due​ ​to​ ​Rodgers​ ​playing​ ​at a​ ​PHD​ ​level​ ​from​ ​the​ ​pocket.​ ​Rodgers​ ​has​ ​a​ ​Dan​ ​Marino​ ​type​ ​release​ ​which​ ​is​ ​regarded​ ​as hands​ ​down​ ​the​ ​quickest​ ​and​ ​most​ ​natural​ ​in​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​league.

 

2017​ ​Projection

Rodgers​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​have​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​healthy​ ​for​ ​the​ ​duration​ ​of​ ​2017​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Packers​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a chance​ ​to​ ​make​ ​it​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​postseason.​ ​Rodgers​ ​has​ ​shouldered​ ​quite​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years and​ ​2017​ ​would​ ​be​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​time​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Packers​ ​to​ ​return​ ​the​ ​favor​ ​and​ ​support​ ​Rodgers​ ​in ways​ ​not​ ​yet​ ​seen.​ ​Perhaps​ ​the​ ​defense​ ​can​ ​make​ ​strides​ ​and​ ​allow​ ​the​ ​team​ ​to​ ​be​ ​in​ ​a​ ​position to​ ​secure​ ​home​ ​field​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​playoffs.

Isolation Series, Scott Tolzien Interception (2017)

Author – Bryan Trulen

Scott Tolzien got the nod Sunday at the Coliseum as the Indianapolis Colts opened the 2017 campaign against the LA Rams. It was an uneven performance with more bad than good for Tolzien as he went 9-18 for 128 Yards with 2 INT on the day. He also had a should have been TD pass stripped away by the Officials. We break down his first pass interception in detail.

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Tolzien is confronted with a 3rd and Long situation on Indy’s opening drive. His pre-snap indicator is most likely the SS playing bump and run press man on the middle receiver (His Intended Target)

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As Tolzien hitches up in the pocket, he has made up his mind and is placing trust in his intial pre snap read. The outside WR is running open and has green grass in front of him

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We are able to clearly see the open Colts wr running across the field.

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Tolzien’s line of sight is most likely inhibited due to interior pressure however this is a situation where throwing blindly with confidence comes in handy. The under route is clearly wide open and would have gotten the Colts a first down.

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The ball is in the air and the Ram’s DB is in prime position to intercept the pass. Tolzien getting a bit greedy in the pre snap phase and not taking what is there resulted in a pick six for Los Angeles.

The Alex Smith & Andy Reid Marriage

Bryan Trulen of QB Film Room goes inside the Andy Reid Playbook

Quarterback Cut Day Discussion (2017)

We take a look around the league at some of the notable quarterback cuts.

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Carson Palmer Analysis (2017)

Author – Bryan Trulen

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Photo Credit – USA Today, CardsWire.

Arizona Cardinals

#3 Carson Palmer 6’5” 235 15th Year, USC

Overview

Carson Palmer turned in an MVP Caliber Season for Arizona in 2015 while throwing for over 4,600 yards and 35 TD passes. Palmer was playing the best football of his career during year 3 in Bruce Arians’s system. Much like Drew Brees and Sean Payton, Palmer and Arians seem to be a match made in heaven for each other. Palmer has said Arians is the best coach in the league by far and is constantly educating his players on the finer points of the game.

Palmer took a step back in 2016 as he really struggled at times leading to an up and down year. The pieces around him were not as helpful as they were in 2015 and Palmer will be looking for a bounce back year in 2017 as this may be his final run as an NFL quarterback.

Analysis

Palmer is included in an elder group of signal callers (Brady, Brees, Rivers, Eli, Big Ben) who seem __ to read the full report on Palmer and every other rostered league QB purchase our 2017 Pro QB Almanac

Lions QB Matthew Stafford and OC Jim Bob Cooter’s Relationship (2016)

We take a look at some 2015 Lions Tape that show us how Jim Bob makes things easy for the Lions QB.

Mark Sanchez Scouting Report

Author – Bryan Trulen

 

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#6 Mark Sanchez 6’2” 225 9th Year, USC

Overview

Since entering the league in 2009, Sanchez has thrown for over 15,000 yards with 86 touchdowns and 86  interceptions for a 73.9 rating. Mark came into the league as a 1st round pick of the New York Jets as he decided to declare for the draft days after the best game of his life in the 2009 Rose Bowl. Sanchez has alway struggled with turning the ball over since his entrance into the league but he showed promise as a young quarterback even playing for a defensive minded head coach who treated the position like a commodity. After leaving the Jets in 2014, Sanchez had a chance to start 8 games during his first year in Philly. He put up the best numbers of his career and at times looked like he could become a starter again. Mark however laid eggs against Seattle and Dallas during the month of December that year which cost the team a playoff berth. Sanchez remained with Philly in 2015 and spent last year in Dallas.

Analysis

Mark has always been a technician due to how he was raised by former Elite 11 and Mission Viejo HC Bob Johnson. Since his days at USC his release has been consistently tight, his feet extremely fluid and crisp, and has showed the ability to change ball speeds intuitively (at least in the intermediate and deep game) After shoulder surgery in 2013 it has become apparent that Mark has lost some arm strength and his velocity is just not what it was from 2009-2013. What makes Mark valuable at this point of his career is the fact that he is a great teacher and mentor for a young quarterback as Mark has truly experienced about every emotion a professional quarterback can experience. Deep Playoff Run as a rookie, back to back wins against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in 2010, Disaster in 2012 dealing with Tebow mania, stellar offseason in 2013 and ready to roll with Marty Morhinweg only to get hurt during the Presason etc. Even though he has not fulfilled the billing of the “Sanchize”  Sanchez has proven a lot in terms of how much character and integrity he has as a human being during his nine year career. He has fought inner demons, kept getting up again and again and continued to work. It is hard to tell what his role may be this year with Chicago but the QB room is better for having him there.

Strengths

Release, Feet, Experience, People Skills, Temperament, Football IQ at times, Touch.

Weaknesses

Decision Making, Accuracy in short game, Erosion of Confidence, Pocket Navigation

 

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Brian Hoyer, 2017 Version of Matt Ryan?

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#2 Brian Hoyer 6’2 215 9th Year, Michigan State

Hoyer, who is entering his 9th year in the league has clearly made his stake as the 2nd best quarterback behind Matt Stafford to come out of the 2009 draft class. Hoyer is about as refined of a natural passer as there is in the league in terms of how he blends elements such as touch, throwing in rhythm, anticipation and is a very decisive thrower to all areas of the field. Simply put, Hoyer plays the position like a point guard who sees the entire court clearly and knows his physical limitations. At his core, Hoyer is a distributor who is essentially a less pliable version __ For the entire report on Hoyer and the rest of the Quarterback Landscape, be sure to purchase the 2017 Pro QB Almanac

Blake Bortles Isolation Series, Red Zone Anticipation (2017)

Blake Bortles fired back at his ever present critics with a solid Week 3 preseason performance against Carolina. We take a look at his touchdown pass.

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Carolina is showing cover 0 pure man pre snap as Bortles has an empty backfield.

 

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Bortles quickly takes a three step drop and has his eyes keyed on the corner immediately. Keep in mind the ball must come out fast in this condensed area of the field. 

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Bortles gets the ball out even with his elongated throwing motion as his slot receiver is getting into his break. This is the kind of timing and anticipation that he must display to give himself a chance to complete passes on a consistent basis. 

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The pass is complete and Bortles can breath a sigh of relief. 

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Tom Brady Scouting Report (Pro QB Almanac, 2017)

#12 Tom Brady 6’4” 225 18th Year, Michigan

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Author – Bryan Trulen

Overview

Viewed by many as the best to ever play the position Tom Brady responded to off the field adversity about as well as anyone could have predicted as he played some of the best football of his career in 2016. Brady stepped in after a four game suspension and ended up completing 67% of his passes while throwing for over 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. And as a footnote  he also led arguably the best 4th quarterback comeback in Super Bowl history earning his 5th Super Bowl ring. Brady seems to get better every single year even as he is pushing 40 years old and has stated he wants to play well into his 40’s. The story really is too good to be true but the fact of the matter is that nobody works harder at his craft than Brady and he enters 2017 as possibly the greatest football player of all time.

 

Analysis

Because Tom Brady is so technically sound as a thrower some have a tendency to overlook his  physical ability as a passer. From a mechanical (Base, Feet, Balance, Throwing Motion) perspective Brady is as good as they come. He intuitively understands all of the micro elements that go into high level quarterback play. Touch, Timing and accuracy are Brady’s calling cards as a passer but his arm is strong enough for him to throw with velocity to all levels of the field as he has shown throughout his career. Even during 2016 his arm strength seemed to get better as the year wore on and when you add to the equation his___

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2017 Pro QB Almanac Sample, Brandon Allen (Rams)

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#10 Brandon Allen 6’1” 217 2nd Year, Arkansas

Analysis

Allen is a streaky thrower with a quick release and is instinctually accurate as a passer to all levels of the field. Allen does not have a strong arm and his passes will lose steam the deeper down the field he has to throw. Allen does however have a great understanding of defensive coverages and works his feet and his eyes together in tandem which allows him to throw with top level anticipation___Purchase the 2017 Pro QB Almanac for the entire Allen report as well as reports on EVERY Rostered Quarterback in League

Jeff Driskel Evaluation (Pre-Draft)

Bengals QB Jeff Driskel blends athleticism and arm talent as a player and has starting potential.  A guy who we were high on coming out of college in 2016 the fact that Chip Kelly dismissed him in favor of Christian Ponder is very odd.

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Deshaun Watson – Recognition and Instincts (2017)

Watson showed us some things during his first pro action against Carolina. We go frame by frame on his touchdown run. (All Video Content courtesy of NFL Game Pass)

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Carolina is playing a two high safety look in the red area. Watson recognizes the inherent weakness in this alignment pre snap.

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Early stages of post snap – Watson is feeling out the route concept while “feeling” middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. Watson knows Kuechly has pass game responsibility.

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Watson feels the void created by the rush and from this point on it is all instincts coming into play.  By now we can clearly see Kuechly turn his back and run with the seam route.

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Watson takes off and his (X) receiver has an under route against man coverage further creating a running lane for him.

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Watson shows off his quickness and ability to accelerate quickly as he takes off in the alley.

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The definition of dual-threat on this play as Watson heads toward pay dirt.

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Too little too late.

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Isolation Series, Jimmy Garoppolo Injury (2016)

Coaches generally do not want their quarterbacks to freelance and would much rather have them operate from the pocket by working within the confines of the system. The main reason for this is due to the inury risk of straying from the pocket and taking a shot while on the move. We examine the play against Miami from 2016 where Jimmy Garoppolo was injured which speaks to the reason coaches demand that their quarterbacks play the game from the pocket.  We look at how leaving the pocket can turn ugly.

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Garoppolo initially sets up to throw to the left but feels some pressure in his face. His vision is obstructed by pressure but he has Amendola open.

 

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Garoppolo responds to pressure by looking to escape the pocket as opposed to sliding to his right and stepping up to create a throwing window to get the ball to Amendola.

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By now he is looking to create and find an open target down the field.

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Garoppolo ends up throwing on the move while taking a vicious shot from a linebacker who reacted to Garoppolo moving off-script. The pass is complete but Jimmy ended up getting injured on the play due to not protecting himself.

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Kiko Alonso is gaining steam and reacting to a moving target (Garoppolo)

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The blow is delivered

In-Depth Look, Joel Staave (Wisconsin)

Player Analysis, Ryan Tannehill

2017 Pre-Season NFL Quarterback Rankings

Author – Bryan Trulen

For In-Depth Analysis on the entire NFL Quarterback Landscape be sure to purchase our 2017 Pro QB Almanac

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  1. Tom Brady His Clutch SB performance was arguably the best of All-Time
  2. Aaron Rodgers His 2nd half of 2016 was MVP Esque
  3. Matt Ryan Replicating 2016 will be impossible but still a top gun
  4. Matthew Stafford Dark Horse Super Bowl Pick. Playing in Detroit makes him fly under radar still
  5.  Ben Roethlisberger Is this the year Pitt gets back to SB? May be Big Ben’s last shot..
  6.  Russell Wilson Does everything you can ask him to do and then some. Needs to stay healthy
  7.  Derek Carr Sky is limit for him as he has all the tools to be elite
  8. Joe Flaaco If he can stay healthy and be more consistent he will be in MVP race.
  9. Andrew Luck HEALTH!! Luck needs more help from his defense.
  10. Drew Brees On last Leg of career, 2017 may be his last as a Saint.
  11. Marcus Mariota Did everything right last year, will he be able to duplicate again?
  12. Kirk Cousins Expect more of the same in 2017
  13. Eli Manning Ready for bounce back year
  14. Carson Palmer Last Hoorah for Carson.
  15. Dak Prescott Pump the breaks, get ready for a soph slump
  16. Cam Newton Needs to stay healthy
  17. Sam Bradford Was amazing at times in 2016. Should be even better in year 2
  18. Brian Hoyer 2017’s Matt Ryan?
  19. Jameis Winston Rising as a player, 2017 might be the year they make the playoffs
  20. Philip Rivers LA seems to have rejuvinated him. Cut down in INT’s in 2017 will help
  21. Ryan Tannehill Stock is up as he enters year 2 in Gase’s system
  22. Andy Dalton Needs to play better in 2017 or they may give AJ McCarron a shot
  23. Alex Smith His team in 2017 at least
  24. C.J Wentz Should be more consisten in year 2
  25. Mike Glennon I am banking on him solidifying himself as Bears QB of Future.
  26. Trevor Siemian Deserves to start based on 2016. Politics may hinder that.
  27. Tyrod Taylor Electric style of play and huge arm = wins?
  28. Tom Savage Ready to Roll as starter.
  29. Brock Osweiller Look for him to open week 1 as starter
  30.  Christian Hackenberg SHOULD be week 1 starter
  31. Jared Goff Lets hope he plays half as well as Cousins did in McVay’s system
  32. Blake Bortles Will be on a very short leash in 2017

Inside the Design, Adam Gase and Ryan Tannehill

We take a look at a just outside the Red-Area Concept Miami uses to perfection against Arizona from 2016

2017 Draft Guide Overview

Bryan Trulen provides a Visual Overview of our 2017 Rookie QB Guide

Peyton Manning – The Comeback (2015 Chiefs Game)

Bryan Trulen takes a look at Manning’s best performance of his final season.

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Roster Overview Podcast, Detroit

Bryan Trulen discussed the Lions QB Room entering Training Camp.

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Blake Bortles All-22 Evaluation

Here, we take a look at some Blake Bortles Rookie Tape.

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Roster Overview Podcast, Chicago Bears (2017)

Bryan Trulen evaluates the Bears quarterback room heading into training camp.

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Isolation Series, Jamies Winston Anticipation

 

Winston enters year three with plenty of solid starting experience

AFC In-Division Quarterback Rankings (Pre-Season 2017)

The Dead Period, 2017 Pro QB Almanac and AFC Quarterbacks are discussed.

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Derek Carr Rookie Film Evaluation (2015)

Derek Carr recently signed a long term deal that will pay him well. We go to our archive and present you with an evaluation of his game.

NFC In-Division QB Rankings (Pre-Season 2017)

Isolation Series, Sam Bradford to Adam Thielen All-22

Roster Overview Podcast, Green Bay (2017)

Bryan Trulen takes a look at Green Bay

Roster Overview Podcast – Minnesota (2017)

Our first episode of our Summer Podcast Series featuring a Roster Overview of the Minnesota Vikings QB Room.

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2017 Rookie QB Guide Publication

Bryan Trulen provides an Overview on our 2017 Rookie QB Guide

Sean Mannion Evaluation (2016)

With Rams HC Sean McVay stating that the best player will ultimately play at the Quarterback Position we wanted to put some Sean Mannion content up as he is often overlooked at the position. Here are some notes we had on Mannion from August of 2016.

Inside the Design, Josh McDaniels/TomBrady

McDaniels has a rare ability to design and implement go to Concepts all over the Field.

Post Draft QB Thoughts (2017)

Author – Bryan Trulen

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With the 2017 draft and UDFA period coming to an end lets take a minute and assess the market.

Big name and other veterans( most were once starters) could be out of work for a while..  Jay Cutler, Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Nassib, Christian Ponder, Matt McGloin, Dan Orlovsky, Austin Davis and Thadeus Lewis.

With ten quarterbacks selected over the weekend via the draft and with free agent quarterbacks like Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Case Keenum, Mark Sanchez, Mike Glennon etc already signed with new teams there ae few if any openings currently around the league at the position. Injuries in August or during the year could change this obviously but dont’ expect much action on the market.

A part of me wants to believe that many of these current free agent quarterbacks will get a call fairly soon but the stark reality is more likely that their careers as professional quarterbacks at the highest level are likely over.

For In-Depth Reports on the 2017 College QB Class check out our  2017 College QB Prospect Guide

Inside the Design, Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers put together his best all around performance of the year on Christmas Eve against Minnesota. We isolate a handful of his masterful throws on the day in the video below

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Prospect Series, Patrick Mahomes II (Texas Tech)

Mahomes put up huge numbers during his time in Lubbock. Will his game translate to the Pro Level?

First Reaction – Round 1 Quarterbacks (2017)

Author – Bryan Trulen

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Thoughts on Trubisky going to Chicago Like most, I did not see the Bears selection of Mitchell Trubisky at #2 overall coming in advance, we had him pegged as our first QB off the board but I truly believe that Bears GM Ryan Pace sees Trubisky as a true developmental quarterback with a high ceiling. Mike Glennon was signed for a reason and he will remain the starter in 2017 but this pick shows us that Chicago feels really strongly about Trubisky, much like how Philly felt about Carson Wentz last year. I do not foresee Trubisky leap frogging Mike Glennon in 2017. The domino effect on the Bears QB room will be felt somewhere as the Bears will be bringing Trubisky, Glennon, Mark Sanchez and 4th year pro Connor Shaw to training camp in July.  Sanchez or Shaw will end up being cut at the end of training camp.

Patrick Mahomes goes to an ideal situation in KC Andy Reid gets a quarterback he is extremely high on. Reid is a known quarterback guru and puts them in positions to succeed in terms of scheme design, play calling and with how handles them from a communication perspective. Mahomes may be the biggest winner from Round 1. It is going to become very apparent once Mahomes gets to campus how big of a difference exists between him and Alex Smith in terms of arm talent. Mahomes should sit during 2017 but he is in a prime position to take over for Smith sooner rather than later.

Houston selects Deshaun Watson Texans HC Bill O’Brien and Rick Smith were on the same page with the selection of Watson at pick 12. Like Mahomes, Watson will be viewed as a #2 during his rookie year and will be on the developmental track. From a player perspective Watson gives the Texans and O’Brien something they have never had, an athletic quarterback who excels in a timing based passing system and as both O’Brien and Rick Smith stated during their press conference is a “Winner” . Watson displays elite level poise and is a big time performer in clutch situations. Watson has the internal structure in Houston to give him a chance to be highly successful.

Annual Quarterback Mock Draft (2017)

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2017 College Prospect QB Guide

2017 Quarterback Mock Draft

Author – Bryan Trulen

Here it is! Our annual Quarterback Mock Draft. Enjoy

Round 1

1(1) Mitchell Trubisky (Cleveland) There was never any question Mitchell was not coming home to Ohio. With so many QB needy teams directly behind Cleveland, the Browns have no choice but to pull the trigger on their guy at #1.

1(2) Patrick Mahomes (Arizona) Rare In Division Trade with SF (SF Drops back to 12 and accumulates picks) Arians and Company driving this one as they view Mahomes as their guy for years to come.

1(25) Deshaun Watson (Houston) Bill O’Brien brings in something he has never had, a dual threat athletic quarterback who can still throw well. Don’t rule out Houston adding yet another QB later on.

1(27) Chad Kelly (Kansas City) Andy Reid takes a huge gamble on what he hopes to be Alex Smith’s eventual replacement.  

1(30) Deshone Kizer (Chicago)  Chicago Trades with Pitt to draft Kizer.

Round 2

2(39) Joshua Dobbs (NY Jets) Dobbs immediately competes for starting Job in a crowded QB room in New York. Dobbs athleticism makes him the favorite to win the job in 2017.

2(49) Nathan Peterman (Wash) If Kirk Cousins is dealt this would vault Peterman in an outright competition with McCoy and Sudfeld. If Cousins stays in WA this pick may not take place.

Round 3

3 (66) Philip Nelson (49ers) Kyle Shannahan reaches for a pure passing QB early as Nelson will come in and learn behind Brian Hoyer in 2017.

3 (69) C.J Beathard (LA Rams) New coach Sean McVay brings in a similar in a sense QB to Kirk Cousins who will compete from the outset with Jared Goff (Still will be Goff’s job to lose)

3 (103) Dane Evans (New Orleans) Saints take their QB of the future in round 3 as opposed to waiting until their next selection in round 6. Considered a reach but a calculated one by Sean Payton.

3 (105) Davis Webb (Steelers) Mike Tomlin brings in Davis Webb to compete with Landry Jones in 2017 and to eventually replace Ben.

Round 5

5 (148) Alek Torgersen (Jaguars) Coughlin and Company bring an a guy to Push Bortles and compete for the #2 job.

5 (151) Brad Kaaya (LA Chargers) The Chargers get a Developmental generally accurate QB to learn under Phil Rivers and hopefully take over in 2019.

5 (167) Garrett Fugate (D2) (New York Giants) Ben McAdoo gets a Trevor Siemian like QB to take over after Peyton’s younger brother retires or is released.

5 (169) Jack Nelson (D2) (Houston Texans) Houston gets another QB in the RG3/Kirk Cousins Model of 2012. And if we are being honest, Nelson has better Arm Talent than Deshaun Watson and will be competing with Watson in Houston..

Round 6

6 (186) Jerod Evans (Baltimore Ravens) Evans competes for backup job from Day 1

6 (195) Cooper Rush (Buffalo)

6 (210) Trevor Knight (Seattle Seahawks) Competes for backup job with Trevone Boykin from Day 1.

6 (211) Mitch Leidner (Dallas Cowboys) Cowboys OC Scott Linehan has faith that he can fix Leidner.

Round 7

7 (232) Patrick Towles, Boston College (Minnesota Vikings

7 (233) Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati (Carolina Panthers)

Patrick Mahomes II (Texas Tech) Evaluation

Bryan Trulen of QB Film Room takes a look at Mahomes against TCU from 2016

For an In-Depth Report on Mahomes purchase our 2017 College QB Prospect Guide

Garrett Fugate (Central Missouri) Evaluation

Bryan Trulen of QB Film Room takes a look at a rising prospect with the draft less than a week away.

Read More about Fugate Here 2017 College QB Prospect Guide

Prospect Series, Chad Kelly (Ole Miss)

Bryan Trulen of QB Film Room takes a look at four Kelly throws that lend us insight into the type of Arm Talent he possesses.

Read more about Kelly in our 2017 College QB Prospect Guide

Prospect Report – Dane Evans (Tulsa)

Author – Bryan Trulen

Dane Evans 6’0” 212 Tulsa

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(Image Credit – UT Athletics)

Read More about Dane Evans in our newest publication – 2017 College QB Prospect Guide

Overview

Dane Evans quietly had a very productive senior season at Tulsa throwing for over 3,300 yards and 32 touchdowns in leading Tulsa to a convincing victory against Central Michigan where he capped off his career in the Miami Beach Bowl by throwing for over 300 yards and five touchdowns. Evans was a three year starter at Tulsa who improved each year down in Green Country.

Film Notes – (2016) ECU, Fresno State, Tulane, Central Michigan (2015) Oklahoma  

Evans possesses a quick, natural delivery of the football. Shows the ability from the ground up to get the ball out in a hurry.  Decisive with pre snap reads operating from a shotgun based multiple receiver offense at Tulsa. Confident thrower who trusts what he sees and does not hesitate. Shows the ability to change trajectory throwing with velocity and touch when required. Innate feel for throwing his receivers open depending upon coverage. Solid internal clock. Anticipates windows with regularity within the intermediate game. Let it loose thrower. Single handedly kept Tulsa in the game against Oklahoma in 2015 by making throw after throw. Showed the ability to be consistently accurate at all levels while at Tulsa. Offense in college consisted of many short, predetermined throws that Evans mastered but won’t necessarily translate to the pro game. Film shows a quarterback who mastered the offensive down at Tulsa – something which carries weight.  Good but not great mechanics throwing the football. Reminds us a bit of Matt Barkley at times. Showed the ability to place the ball at the facemask level and in stride to short crossing routes. Sixth sense almost in terms of sensing when to get rid of the ball to open targets down the field, almost Drew Brees esque coming out of Purdue. You can tell he has an intuitive understanding of

where the ball should go against certain coverages. Undersized at just over 6’0” tall. Is going to have to be placed with a quarterback centric coaching staff in order to have a chance to develop at the next level.

Projection – Late round prospect who will surprise people when he gets into camp somewhere. Evans has the tools as a pure passer to garner serious consideration as a developmental prospect for a team. Look for Evans to possibly be selected in Round 6 or 7 but more than likely will be a priority UDFA.  

Trait Grades (D. Evans)

Arm Talent (B+)                            Toughness (B-)                                    Anticipation (A-)

Arm Strength (B)                           Pocket Presence (B)                           Football IQ (B+)

Ball Placement/Accuracy (B+)       Intangibles/Off-Field  (B-)                    Touch  (A-)

Delivery/Mechanics (B+)               Running Ability/Athleticism (C+)         Throw on Run (B)

In Depth Look – Mitchell Trubisky (North Carolina)

We take a snap by snap look at Trubisky’s last game against Stanford

For an In-Depth Scouting Report on Trubisky be sure to purchase our 2017 Rookie QB Guide

Philip Nelson (ECU) Evaluation

Bryan Trulen evaluates the pure passing ability of former Gopher and ECU Quarterback Philip Nelson

In Depth Tape Based Scouting Report on Nelson can be found in our 2017 College QB Prospect Guide

 

Isolation Series, Brad Kaaya (Miami)

Bryan Trulen takes a look at a mechanical flaw Kaaya has embedded into his throwing motion

For an In-Depth Report on Kaaya be sure to purchase the 2017 Rookie QB Guide

Isolation Series, Philip Nelson (ECU)

Nelson is gaining steam in the pre draft process and could end being a starter at the next level

Isolation Series, DeShaun Watson & Pitching It Deep (Clemson)

 

Within a handful of things Mr. Watson does well, throwing down the middle of the field is one of them. In this clip we isolate a throw that speaks to his ability to make sound pre snap judgment and deliver with great placement and velocity

 

 

Prospect Series, Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee)

 

Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs is an intriguing guy at the QB Position.

For an In-Depth Scouting Report on Dobbs check out our 2017 College QB Prospect Guide

 

In-Depth Look, Mitch Leidner (Minnesota)

2017 Free Agent Quarterback Supply (Part.1)

2017 Free Agent Quarterback Supply- “The Highly Qualified”


Author – Bryan Trulen

 

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The Free Agent Quarterback market is extremely robust. A number of qualified to highly qualified (by NFL standards) quarterbacks will be in supply for a finite number of potential job openings around the league. Let’s take a look at the high end market landscape as we enter free agency

Highly Qualified – Just because a quarterback finds himself in this category does not mean he will automatically be given an opportunity to come in and start somewhere. More often than not this type of category is filled with quarterbacks with moderate to extensive starting experience but over time the warts of their respective game have been identified and exposed.

 

  1. Tony Romo – Romo will turn 37 in April and is coming off an injury riddled 2015 and 2016. He has limited game experience during this time although looked like a bona fide MVP Quarterback just three years ago during the 2014 season. If his motivation is still alive and burning and If he can manage to stay healthy for a full season, Romo clearly becomes in theory the no-brainer top free agent option in 2017 much like Peyton Manning in 2012. Jacksonville, Denver and Houston are places where he could go to and immediately make a big difference. And a dark horse would be the Los Angeles Rams- where a partnership with Sean McVay could have the potential to pay off big if things go as well as they did in 2014 for Romo. 

 

  1. Mike Glennon – Glennon took the starting job away from Josh Freeman as a rookie in 2013 as he threw for 19 TD’s and 7 INT and basically beat the Seahawks in Seattle all by himself. Glennon was a victim of bad luck in 2014 as new HC Lovie Smith dismissed Glennon as a legitimate option from day 1 without doing homework on him and brought in Josh McCown to Tampa to be the guy. Glennon obviously took a step back during 2014 but still showed flashes of Matt Ryan esque qualities as a passer when he did play. The argument can be made that Glennon is an equal or even better quarterback than Jameis Winston in many areas but did not hold the cache as the #1 overall draft pick. Do not be surprised if Glennon ends up being the face of a franchise such as Chicago, New York or San Francisco for years to come.

 

  1. Brian Hoyer – Hoyer, who is entering his 9th year in the league has clearly made his         stake as the 2nd best quarterback behind Matt Stafford to come out of the 2009 draft class. Hoyer is about as refined of a natural passer as there is in the league in terms of how he blends elements such as touch, throwing in rhythm, anticipation and is a very decisive thrower to all areas of the field. Simply put, Hoyer plays the position like a point gaurd who sees the entire court clearly and knows his physical limitations. At his core, Hoyer is a distributor who is essentially a less pliable version of Matt Ryan. Hoyer may not have a ton of time left but do not be surprised if a team such as the 49ers, Jets or even Chicago (his current team) bring him in or back as their un-questioned starter in 2017.

Player Profile – Mike Glennon

Glennon is only 27 years old and at one point was considered the Bucs QB of the future until Greg Schiano was fired. Glennon threw for 19 TD’s and 7 INT’s as a rookie and has a propensity for being calm in critical situations

The Art of Play Calling – Pat Shurmur/Sam Bradford

 

In the video below, New York Giants HC Pat Shurmur demonstrates his ability to be deft with play calling

 

Isolation Series, Jimmy Garoppolo

Garoppolo showed well on during his short stint as starter for New England during 2016. We isolate a throw that demonstrates touch, timing and anticipation

       For an In-Depth Report on Garoppolo purchase our 2017 Pro QB Almanac

Prospect Series, Mitch Leidner (Minnesota)

Mitch Leidner is a prospect who possesses many if not all of the physical traits teams look for. It is his ability to be  refined passer that will determine if he is successful at the next level