Finding Broncos: Scouting Quarterback Jeff Driskel

Erick Trickel's run on scouting quarterbacks nears its end. For the second to last we go to Jeff Driskel from Louisiana Tech.

http://www.scout.com/player/133719-jeff-driskel?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.56 seconds

VERTICAL JUMP: 32.0 inches

BROAD JUMP: 122.0 inches

3-CONE DRILL: 7.19 seconds

Pros

  • Has NFL size and athleticism
  • Quick feet
  • Sets up to throw quickly
  • Doesn’t take sacks when he has time to throw the ball away
  • Excellent situational awareness
  • Dangerous runner outside of the pocket, but looks to throw before taking off
  • Can execute zone read plays very well
  • Confident in short passing situations, and has the accuracy to go along with it
  • Sound fundamentals and technique
  • Has the arm strength to challenge defenders
  • Can make the throws to take advantage of man cover corners and zone cover linebackers
  • Really good footwork
  • Bouncy in the pocket
  • Keeps his eyes scanning through his targets
  • Gets the ball out quickly
  • High football IQ
  • Excellent ability to adapt
  • Puts in the work off the field and in the film room
  • Has excellent awareness in the pocket to protect the ball if he can’t avoid a sack
  • Excellent zip and velocity on throws under 20 yards
  • Can move defenders with his eyes
  • Quick through his reads

Cons

  • Struggles to hit open receivers on deep passes, missing out on big plays
  • Inconsistent when throwing on the run
  • Feels phantom pressure
  • Doesn’t alway show proper ball placement on throws 10+ yards downfield
  • Reemerged in an easier scheme at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Florida

Overall Thoughts

I was surprised at just how much I liked Driskel’s film. He looked great at just about everything he did in college. The concerns with him are easy to coach up and overcome. There are many things he does very well that are natural to him, and come with ease.

For example, his technique and fundamentals are simply natural and don’t seem like they are forced. Driskel was born to be a quarterback and you can see it when scouting him. The footwork is fantastic and he has the perfect frame for an NFL quarterback.

In regards to the Denver Broncos and their scheme, Driskel can be a day-one starter. It all depends on how well he grows over the summer and during training camp. If he can get better and more consistent on passes 10+ yards down the field, he could excel in the Broncos offensive scheme and really utilize the players the Broncos have around him. Of course, there would be a learning curve as there is with any rookie quarterback at the NFL level.

Broncos Round Projection: Late 2nd to Mid 3rd

Where He Goes: Mid/Late 4th

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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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