With the combine wrapping up, it’s now time to break down the top guys at their respected positions. Today, we break down the most important position on the field. The quarterback.
1. Jameis Winston (Florida State)- When I first saw him play, the one thing I immediately noticed was how pocket-savvy he was and that’s something you don’t see from a quarterback in college. Jameis Winston is the most pro ready quarterback I’ve seen since Andrew Luck. He possesses all the physical tools you look for in today’s NFL. He has the height at 6’4, the strong-arm to get the football down the field and makes every pass, he can move out the pocket but doesn’t rely heavily on his legs to make plays and he can move in the pocket which is a huge plus. He also delivers strikes to his receivers even before they break out of their route. The only thing that will concern NFL teams moving forward is his history off the field. Acting out like he has will get him released from a team and it’ll be hard for him to sign with anyone else.
2. Marcus Mariota (Oregon)- I’ve compared him to Russell Wilson. He’s an extremely hard worker and when he’s on the field, you have to watch for him at all times especially when he’s in the open field running the ball. He can have a very successful career in the NFL. He does an excellent job of keeping his eyes downfield and dancing his way out of pressure with his athleticism. He has a very strong-arm and makes very risky throws and isn’t afraid to get the football into tight windows. He puts an enormous amount of pressure on a defense because of his ability to scramble and make a big play. His biggest weakness is his ability to throw from the pocket and into coverage. What makes you successful in college won’t always transfer over to the pros.
3. Bryce Petty (Baylor)- I’ve been extremely high on Bryce Petty. He has the arm strength to make every pass and he displays excellent timing. When he gets into a rhythm, he’s very efficient throwing the ball down the field, shows touch, timing and placement and he’s shown flashes of mobility here and there and extend plays to get the ball down the field vertically. I truly believe this kid can have success in the NFL for years and years to come. Moving forward, the one thing he must improve is his reads from the pocket. Don’t be so predictable because that will make him a turnover machine.
4. Garrett Grayson (Colorado State)- He has very good instincts for the position. He keeps his eyes down the field and displays the necessary footwork to move in the pocket to avoid pressure. He has above average accuracy and the arm strength to make each pass along with the footwork and mobility to make a throw on the run. The football doesn’t explode when released but he gives it just enough zip. One weakness he displays is waiting on his receiver to completely break out of his route and then he will throw the football which brings up concern about his willingness to throw the ball off in time.
5. Brett Hundley (UCLA)- He was one of the best quarterbacks in the country during his time at UCLA. He has a tall and well-built frame that many NFL prospects look for and has the ability to fire the ball all over the field. He has a quick release and possesses the velocity and touch to make any throw. The elusiveness and accuracy are two things that stand out to me but his vision and poise in the pocket separates him from others. When he feels pressure, he’s willing to step up into the pocket to buy time which is a huge positive for the position. The biggest weakness he displays is taking every snap from the shotgun. To be successful at the next level, you have to be able to take snaps from the gun and under center.