NFL Scouting Combine: Top 3 QBs

It was the quarterbacks’ turn on Thursday at the combine to get their measurements at the Scouting Combine, and here are the top three players who impressed scouts yesterday and will likely be the first three quarterbacks taken in this year’s draft:

  1.      Deshone Kizer (Notre Dame): Kizer’s physical tools are obvious; 6 feet 4 inches, 233 pounds with the largest hands of any quarterback in the draft at 9.875 inches.  What scouts cannot measure, however, is the incredible arm talent that Kizer possesses.  He can make virtually every throw in the book, and has the ability to thread the needle into tight windows or throw the ball deep downfield.  He has great grip strength whoch makes his pump-fake effective, and the body to take hits and also to run with authority when the pocket collapses.  He’s certainly a dual-threat in the redzone, and rushed for 18 touchdowns in the past two seasons at Notre Dame.  Even though the Irish struggled with a 4-8 record last season, Kizer was able to throw for over 2,900 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2016.  He’s very intelligent, and there have been rumblings throughout the week that Kizer is viewed as having more upside than any of the quarterbacks in this class.  Scouts say that has the ability to be a starter in the NFL, but needs to work on his vision and ball placement in order to make that a reality.

2.      Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina): Trubisky measured in at 6 feet 2 inches and 220 pounds, which put some scouts who were concerned about his height at ease.  Trubisky has a muscular build built to handle the punishment that comes with the territory in the NFL, and has developed himself into more of a dual-threat quarterback along the lines of Matthew Stafford.  He doesn’t have breakaway speed, but he can pick up chunks of yardage at a time.  He shows toughness and courage in the pocket, and he has the arm strength to make difficult throws.  He can make all throws of all distances from all points on the field, and his 62 percent completion percentage on intermediate throws in 2016 is much better than any other quarterback in this class. He ranked fifth in the country with a 68.0 completion percentage last season, throwing 30 touchdowns against just six picks and averaging 288 passing yards per contest.  Overall, Trubsiky has the arm talent, size and accuracy to make it in the NFL.  Scouts would like to see him work on his blitz recognition after the snap, but he has a high floor and the potential to be great.

3.      DeShaun Watson (Clemson): The reigning National Champion measured in similar to Trubisky at 6 feet 2 inches and 221 pounds, but his statistics in 2016 separate himself from all other quarterbacks in this class. Watson was a second-team All-American after throwing for 4,593 yards and 41 while rushing for 629 yards, nine touchdowns.  He’s a great leader and a winner, and proved so with great performances in both of his National Championship appearances.  Watson has great pocket presence, often standing in to deliver a throw with the certainty of taking crushing hits.  He’s a clutch player who has great mechanics that add some zip to his throws and throws with anticipation better than anyone in the country.  He’s a fantastic athlete with a scary dual-threat ability, and his assets will definitely provide opposing defensive coordinators with plenty of headaches.  Overall, Watson is a special player.  Although his inconsistent vision and slender frame have some scouts concerned, his intangibles and athleticism make him universally regarded as a first-round player and one who has a high ceiling.  

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