Finding Broncos: Scouting Quarterback Nate Sudfeld

Continuing his focus on quarterbacks, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at an Indiana prospect.

http://www.scout.com/player/157694-nate-sudfeld?s=101

Combine Results

VERTICAL JUMP: 29.0 inches
BROAD JUMP: 105.0 inches

Pros

  • Has the NFL size and build teams want
  • Works well in a timing based offense
  • Has plenty of college experience
  • Has the arm strength to handle the NFL passing tree
  • Has the intangibles teams want in quarterbacks
  • Hurries throws when pressured, but does so with good enough accuracy
  • Isn’t afraid to sling the ball through tight windows
  • Gets rid of the ball instead of taking sacks
  • Has solid legs to scramble and pick up yards
  • Throws accurately from the pocket

Cons

  • His stance, base and hip level during his throws need a lot of work
  • Doesn’t always follow through with his throws
  • Struggles to read and understand zone concepts on the field
  • Needs to get better at seeing the whole field
  • Feels pressure and lets it affect him, especially when blitzed
  • Doesn’t always take what is there and tries to force passes
  • Long arms affect his throwing motion and consistency with his throwing motion
  • No consistency

Overall Thoughts

For the Denver Broncos, picking up Sudfeld wouldn’t be a bad idea, but he wouldn’t be a day-one starter. He shouldn’t even be a year-two, or three starter. He needs a few years of sitting and taking coaching in order to be potentially ready to start at the NFL level. There is a lot to work with, but even more that has to be worked on.

If Denver is planning on carrying three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster and a fourth on the practice squad, I can see them picking up Sudfeld as that fourth guy. This would give them time to work with him and put no pressure on him. However, they already have a developmental guy they like in Trevor Siemian and they probably would rather keep working with him, and pick up another short-term project, instead of a long-term project like Sudfeld.

Broncos Round Projection: 7th round to priority undrafted free agent

Where He Goes: 6th-7th round

Per sources, Sudfeld is viewed by many to be a three-year project at least. With how quick coaching jobs can open up, no team may be willing to use a draft pick on Sudfeld, only to take that amount of time to work with him.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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