Scouting Report: Mitch Trubisky

By: Shae Dougall

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

6’2”, 222lbs

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Tape Viewed:

North Carolina vs Stanford (2016)

North Carolina vs Florida State (2016)

North Carolina vs Miami (2016)

 

OVERVIEW

Mitchell Trubisky (also known as #MitchNotMitchell) is the young, talented up-and-coming quarterback out of North Carolina who is likely to fly up draft boards on draft day due to his immense talent, big arm, lack of injury history, intangibles, and a bunch of other things that NFL GMs moan about in their sleep. In my opinion, Mitch is being underrated in the draft process, as I think he could eventually develop into a Diet Aaron Rodgers type of player (more on that later).


Mitch is also technically a dual-threat QB who ran a boatload of read option plays in college, so he’d be well-suited to go to a team that is willing to let him tote the ball a bit, because he has a lot of experience in that area. As a result of these read option plays, Mitch will need to learn how to drop back in a proper, traditional NFL offense, but there’s no reason he can’t be successful as we recently saw Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota excellently transition from shotgun shotfun to taking snaps from under center. The key for Mitch is landing spot, he’ll need to find a situation where he can continue to develop. If he’s forced to start right away, I fear a worse fate than the perennially underwhelming Ryan Tannehill. Though again, this is not a knock on Mitch’s talent level, but rather his relative inexperience as a signal caller.

 

PASSING

 

Accuracy: 12.5 out of 15

Short- No issues on any quick routes or screens.

Intermediate- The first tape I watched had Mitch hitting an 18 yard streaking receiver into the endzone between two defenders. The window was fairly tight, and taught me all I needed to know about Mitch’s willingness to throw into coverage and to do so with excellent accuracy. Another note: Mitch completes 62.1% of his intermediate passes, easily outstripping other QBs in this class. I also saw him throw behind a receiver and throw a pretty bad interception, so

Deep- Mitch has a big enough arm and throws with enough velocity to consistently attempt the deep pass, but he’ll need to work on his accuracy in this area. He overthrew receivers a lot, which is at least better than underthrowing.

 

Power: 5 out of 5

Mitch has a big arm. There is no denying that. The ball explodes out of his hand with jaw-dropping velocity. I actually wonder if he can put consistent touch on his passes, but that’s a concern for a different category.

 

On the run: 5 out of 5

Mitch is absolutely brilliant on the run. I saw quite a few opportunities at the end of the Stanford game where he had to escape the rush and then make off balance intermediate-length throws without setting his feet…and he nailed every one of them. Unfortunately, almost all of them were dropped by the receivers!

 

Consistency: 7.5 out of 10

It was a little concerning that Mitch only started for one full season of his entire college career, and the team wasn’t particularly great during his tenure as the starter. This is a very hard category to judge because of the lack of data and tape to go off of, but it’s definitely concerning that he can complete 81.5% of his passes at Florida State and then hit under 40% at home against Virginia Tech the very next week! What the heck?

Generally, though, Mitch had a great season and very few head-scratching games. I’ll give him what I believe to be a fair score for a strong season.

 

Field General: 17.5 out of 20

Arguable the most important category for any quarterback is his ability to read the field and understand where pressure is coming from, in addition to understanding where the ball needs to be placed. Mitch is solid in both categories, making up for his slight blitz reading deficiencies with exceptional read quickness. He is very, very good at determining the assignments of downfield safeties, and I trust him to not make too many crushing mistakes. With just one year of starting experience, Mitch has so far shown tremendous potential to get even better.

 

Athleticism: 4 out of 5

Great speed and lower body explosiveness to get away from oncoming defensive ends. Frequently ran read option plays out of shotgun, so he clearly has the ability to outspeed slower defensive edge players and break through weak tackle attempts.

 

Pocket awareness: 8 out of 10

Competent in the pocket by any definition, but it remains to be seen whether or not Mitch has the ability to drop back in a traditional NFL offense, since 100% of his college snaps came out of the shotgun.

 

Poise: 10 out of 10

Mitch is consistently ready to go in any and all pressure situations. He can dodge defenders and make plays down the field with flair and spectacular awareness.

 

Clutch: 4 out of 5

Came up just short against Stanford in the Sun Bowl, but did have a spectacular final drive that featured no fewer than 4 dropped touchdown passes and terrible offensive line work. Lost close games against Duke and NC State (tape not viewed), but engineered a terrific game-winning drive against Florida State early in the season.

 

Size: 4 out of 5

Mitch has decent height at 6’2”. Plays at an appropriate weight for his height.

 

Reliability: 9.5 out of 10

Mitch is tough both mentally and physically, never missing a game due to injury or choking under pressure due to mental fatigue. Despite only being 6’2”, he plays much bigger than his advertised size, and probably won’t suffer too many early NFL career wear-and-tear related injuries since he rode the bench for much of his college tenure.

 

Total Prospect Rating: 87/100

 

Pro Comparison: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

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Rodgers

Okay, don’t freak out. I know that there is almost no way that Mitch will reach the career heights of Aaron Rodgers. But the category says to look for similarities in play styles and the number one thing that sticks out to me is how much Mitch is willing to gun the ball in there every single time. Seriously, the ball explodes out of his hands and he has great short and intermediate accuracy. Both players stand 6’2” and have the same playing weight. Both have outstanding read-the-field ability. WHAT MORE COULD YOU POSSIBLY ASK FOR? Can you tell I love the prospect of Mitch Trubisky under center for an NFL franchise? Time shall tell if he works out, but my money is on Mr. Ohio.

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Scouting Report: DeShone Kizer

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DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

6’4 233 lbs.

Kizer

Tape Viewed: 2015 vs. Stanford, 2015 vs. Ohio State, 2016 vs. Texas, 2016 vs. Michigan State, 2016 vs. Miami

 

OVERVIEW

I’ve had the pleasure to watch every single start of DeShone Kizer’s Notre Dame career and this kid was perhaps the most precocious starter in his first season that I’ve ever seen. His deep accuracy, dropping dimes to current Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller especially, was jaw-dropping. He complimented that with a poise and moxie that rivaled NFL veterans.

People forget that Kizer led a comeback and was within a two-point conversion of knocking off Clemson in 2015 (Clemson would go on to be undefeated until the National Championship). This was all with a relative lack of NFL talent surrounding him, and a very poor defense that he was forced to make up for week in and week out.

2016 was more of the same for Kizer, except with a worse defense, and replacing Will Fuller with some tall guy named Equanimeous St. Brown. The point being, the talent around him got even worse, and he felt the pressure to will his poor team to wins. The struggles were predictable, and partly the fault of Kizer for setting his original bar so high. Kizer’s 2016 season is a very difficult study because it was such an unstable situation all year in South Bend.

 

PASSING

 

Accuracy: 12 out of 15

Kizer is the most accurate deep passer in this draft, and his accuracy on deep passes rivals anyone in the NFL. He has unbelievable touch to drop it to deep streaking receivers in stride. Kizer also flashes incredible accuracy on intermediate and short throws, but has strange lapses that could potentially be due to his inconsistent footwork and incredibly live arm.

 

Power: 4 out of 5

Can throw a heat-seeking missile at times: look no further than the Texas game with Kizer throwing to receiver Torri Hunter Jr. between 3 defenders. However, there are strange lapses in which Kizer’s velocity on short and intermediate throws fizzles.

 

On the run: 5 out of 5

Kizer can run off to the left, or the right, and throw an accurate ball without setting his feet. He can reach any area of the field, or work the sideline. It’s pretty incredible.

 

Consistency: 7 out of 10

This rating should seemingly be lower, with the huge disparity in wins from year one as a starter to year two. However, Kizer himself doesn’t see many drop offs in his overall game. The talent around him is often what lets him down. You’ll see this constantly, especially in the 2016 tape where three of the starters on his offensive line have no business being on the field.

 

Field General: 17 out of 20

Works through his reads quickly and naturally. Very decisive when he sees what he likes. He does have a tendency to tuck and run rather than take an easy underneath completion, but it really depends on the flow of the game. When Kizer is in a rhythm, he’s as decisive as you could ask for and usually gets it to the right guy.

 

Athleticism: 5 out of 5

For a player his size, he’s an incredibly fluid and natural athlete. He flashes impressive balance against the blitz, weaves in and out of run lanes with ease and can get skinny or even vertical when seeking the pylon on a rushing TD attempt.

 

Pocket awareness: 8 out of 10

Kizer is never taken unaware. He feels pressure immediately and slides in the pocket with very sudden moves. The problem is that he sometimes doesn’t trust his protection which causes him to feel pressure when it isn’t quite there.

 

Poise: 9 out of 10

Much more often than not, Kizer thrives under pressure. He can deliver a pinpoint accurate ball from any number of contorted poses, and he loves to stretch a defense on a broken-down play.

 

Clutch: 4 out of 5

All of Kizer’s biggest games of his career feature solid to outstanding individual performances by him. In fact, his game against Stanford in 2015 for a CFB Playoff bid was perhaps the best of his career. The knock though, is he lost that game, and the bowl game against Ohio State, and the game against Clemson. It’s a slight concern.

 

Size: 5 out of 5

He is the quarterback prototype, in every single way.

 

Reliability: 9 out of 10

Kizer is sturdy, he doesn’t get banged up despite his very physical style of play. The only slight concern here is the issues he had with Coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame and why he never quite seemed to get the keys to the Ferrari, so to speak.

 

Total Prospect Rating: 85 out of 100

 

Pro Comparison: Randall Cunningham, QB, Retired

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Cunningham

This comparison comes with a slight caveat: this is the Vikings’ Randall Cunningham, later in his career when he allowed his exceptional natural abilities as a passer to shine through. Cunningham and Kizer share that uncanny ability to deliver perfect passes running off to the left and right. They’re both outstanding natural runners that thrive on deep ball accuracy but flash accuracy to all areas of the field. Most of all, both appear to be very difficult to rattle and are borderline-unstoppable when in a rhythm. They also both happen to be prototype physical specimens.

 

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A Prospect A Day: Quarterbacks, Christian Hackenberg Scouting Report

Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

6’4 234 lbs

Christian Hackenberg

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) throws a pass to Penn State wide receiver Richy Anderson (19) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Penn State won 45-7. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

OVERVIEW

Looks like he’s in the wrong system at Penn State. Has the mechanics of a pocket passer in a pro offense. He has functional arm strength and average athleticism, he can throw dimes into tight windows but misses more often than he should for a potential starter in the pros.

He has strong pocket presence when’s he’s actually able to step into his pocket but he lacks talent around him and is forced to do too much to play comfortably for Penn State.

The pressure he feels to make a play is evident, especially in his ball placement, and because of this he’ll miss a throw attempting to lead his players into the open field. Part of that is his receivers’ inability to make the play for him, but he can also miss easy passes.

PASSING

Accuracy: 4 out of 5

His accuracy is only a small issue and he has the ability to place balls in perfect locations. He must improve his consistency but he’s well above average for a quarterback coming out of college.

Power: 3 out of 5

His arm is functional enough to throw the route tree but doesn’t blow you away on any given throw. Has the velocity to reach its mark on time most of the time.

On the run: 4 out of 5

Many of Hackenberg’s most brilliant throws on tape were on the run. He impresses greatly in this area but takes few risks.

Consistency: 4 out of 5

He’s a guy that can have a bad game and still look about the same as in his good games. He’s still a fairly accurate pocket passer with some mobility that makes some questionable decisions. Whether or not a good defense burns him for his mistakes typically determines what type of game he has.

Field vision: 4 out of 5

Shows more ability in this aspect than most in quarterbacks in this draft, Hackenberg is patient but efficient working through his reads to find an open man and will only take off when there’s nothing down field.

Athleticism: 3 out of 5

Hackenberg doesn’t scramble a lot, but he’s certainly not the statue in the pocket some are making him out to be. He can scramble for first downs when there’s room.

Pocket awareness: 4 out of 5

Being in a spread, he doesn’t work in a traditional pocket often, but he looks natural when he does.

Poise: 3 out of 5

Hackenberg can remain steady in pressure situations but he’s clearly rattled when he gets hit a lot. He will stop trusting his protection, get happy feet and start forcing passes, especially when down by a large deficit.

Clutch: 4 out of 5

In close games at the end, Hackenberg remains cool and rarely makes the game ending mistake. He projects well in this aspect for the next level.

Size: 5 out of 5

Has nice height and his weight is well-distributed.

TOTAL PLAYER RATING: 38/50

NFL Comparison: Kyle Orton, QB, Retired

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Lacks a special NFL arm but makes up for it by throwing an accurate ball and making mostly good decisions. Orton and Hackenberg have very similar physical dimensions and both are adequate runners that allow the full range of the playbook (rollouts, bootlegs)

A Prospect A Day: Quarterbacks, Connor Cook Scouting Report

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

6’4 218 lbs

Big Ten Championship - Ohio State v Michigan State

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans looks to pass against the defense of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Conference Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

OVERVIEW

Really improved his game and helped his draft stock in the 2015 season. He has a lot of what teams look for at the position: live arm, deep ball accuracy, solid mechanics, excellent pocket presence and footwork, and functional athleticism.

However, Cook suffers with decision making, especially when his first read is covered. He has a bad tendency to predetermine throws and go through with them even when they’re covered.

This is on perfect display against Alabama in the CFB semifinals when corner Cyrus Jones intercepts his pass intended for receiver Aaron Burbidge. Cook also struggles with consistent ball placement and too often forces his receivers to adjust to his throws.

He’s not a phenomenal athlete and doesn’t have a natural feel in the run game, but he can scramble when there are large enough lanes. He led his team to a lot of success in his time as a starter at Michigan State but he must improve in certain areas if he’s going to be viable as a starter on the next level.

Right now, the Alabama game is a good example of all of his weaknesses coming to a head. He doesn’t look ready to start in the NFL.

PASSING

Accuracy: 3 out of 5

Tends to throw high or wide, indicating he’s manufacturing arm strength. This further evidenced whenever he drives a ball right into the turf. He makes some brilliantly placed throws but doesn’t do it with any consistency.

Power: 3 out of 5

While he has a gorgeous deep ball, he allows shorter passes to wobble and doesn’t make the big-time velocity throws you see from Lynch or Wentz in this draft class.

On the run: 4 out of 5

A natural thrower on the run, there’s very little difference than when he’s throwing from a clean pocket from a ball placement standpoint.

Consistency: 3 out of 5

Cook can turn it on, and he can make some bone-headed mistakes, but he’s almost always a high percentage passer that prefers to take what defenses give him.

Field vision: 3 out of 5

Has shown ability to work through progressions but forgets that ability in pressure situations, when he does, it’s more mechanical and less fluid.

Athleticism: 4 out of 5

Not a natural runner, but a natural athlete, he can move quickly and has very good balance and body control.

Pocket awareness: 5 out of 5

Though there are a couple of poor plays on tape, he does an excellent job of climbing the pocket and moving around to avoid pressure. His feet are quick and his mechanics are sound.

Poise: 2 out of 5

Probably my biggest issue with Cook is his tendency to get tight with his mechanics and decision making at times. It’s not always late in the game either. But you can really tell when he feels the pressure to make a play.

Clutch: 4 out of 5

Despite his lack of poise at times, he’s a strong finisher in the tape I reviewed. He has plenty of late game heroics in his winning career at Michigan State and is able to engineer a game-winning drive when called upon.

Size: 5 out of 5

Cook has the height you want, and passes the eye test. A small amount of muscle could be added to his legs but he’s fairly prototypical.

TOTAL PLAYER RATING: 36/50

NFL Comparison: Shaun Hill, QB, Vikings

NFL: Preseason-Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings

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Hill and Cook share clean mechanics, size, functional athleticism and strong deep accuracy. Hill is a slightly better decision maker and Cook has a slightly better deep ball but the two are very similar as prospects.

A Prospect A Day: Quarterbacks, Carson Wentz Scouting Report

Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

6’5 233 lbs

Wentz

OVERVIEW

Wentz is, easily, the most exciting quarterback prospect in the 2016 draft. A true gamer, Wentz thrives on pressure, is poised in all game situations and throws an absolute missile.

His deep throws are gorgeous, though the accuracy on those throws is spotty. His short and intermediate accuracy is, at times, unreal. He has ridiculous athleticism, especially for his size. A 6’5 233 lb man should not be able to move like he does.

He has a hurdle over two defenders in the open field against Iowa State that looks straight out of a video game. My main gripe with Wentz is he’s a little bit too aggressive.

He has a reckless abandon for his body and doesn’t appreciate the football enough, which results in boneheaded turnovers. But he has the makeup and DNA of a franchise quarterback.

 

 

PASSING

Accuracy: 3 out of 5

Flashes some throws that are jaw dropping, but misses far too often, especially deep. Will need to clean that up to start at a high level.

 

Wentz accuracy

Gif via Draft Breakdown. Wentz shows poise and accuracy stepping up in the pocket and delivering a strike in double coverage against Division 1 Northern Illinois.

 

Power: 5 out of 5

His arm strength is on full display throwing a 10-yard out from the right hash straight to the left sideline against Montana this past season. His arm strength is right there with the Carr’s and Rodgers’ of the league.

 

Wentz power

Wentz drives the ball with velocity to the far sideline on a deep flag pattern. This is the kind of throw many college kids struggle to make. He makes it look easy.

 

On the run: 3 out of 5

Had a few excellent throws on the run, but must improve to be viable in the pros.

 

On the run

Wentz steps up in the pocket again here, but keeps head up looking for downfield target and delivers an accurate pass on the run.

 

Consistency: 3 out of 5

Wentz can go from a world beater to a circus clown from one play to the next, but he almost always brings the moxie and gamer-mentality, from game-to-game.

 

Field vision: 5 out of 5

He never misses an open man, and manipulates defenses with his eyes and body language constantly.

 

Athleticism: 5 out of 5

The best pure runner at quarterback in this class, and probably in a few classes, he has the vision, burst and brute strength to be a legitimate threat every play, and with his size, he always finishes forward for extra yards.

 

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Gif via Draft Breakdown. Wentz is among the most gifted play-makers in this draft class, and shows he’s a dangerous runner on this play.

 

Pocket awareness: 3 out of 5

When he trusts his blocking and steps up, he has gorgeous mechanics, but he’s too eager to move backward for his own good and must avoid that on the next level.

 

Poise: 5 out of 5

Wentz is a constant miracle worker. Even against the highest competition, he plays up to the moment and never looks like he’s doing anything other than having the time of his life. He is literally always loose.

Wentz poise pocket presence

Gif via Draft Breakdown. Shows poise to step past the rusher breaking free and is clearly loose and relaxed delivering an accurate strike downfield.

 

Clutch: 5 out of 5

Wentz thrives under the pressure of a game-ending situation. These are often some of his most brilliant moments consistently on tape. I was breathless watching his finish against Northern Iowa.

 

Size: 5 out of 5

Wentz looks like he was molded in a lab to play quarterback. Upper and lower body are equally powerful and he’s just a load to bring down.

 

TOTAL PLAYER RATING: 42/50

NFL Comparison: Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

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While Wentz doesn’t have the polish of Luck coming out of Stanford, he has a ton of the same traits: plus athleticism to go with a rocket arm, throws a gorgeous ball into tight windows constantly, has the poise and confidence of a ten-year pro and is an absolute gamer, especially late in games.

 

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A Prospect A Day, Quarterbacks: Paxton Lynch Scouting Report

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

6’6 225 lbs

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OVERVIEW

Extreme confidence to go along with his massive frame and height. He uses his size to his advantage as an adequate athlete when plays break down.

His accuracy is excellent on the run, and average from the pocket. He has above-average arm strength and can throw the entire route tree easily. Can unload a deep ball with accuracy and ease.

Does not throw with anticipation well typically, except when on the run. Rarely makes questionable decisions, often doesn’t bother pushing the ball downfield, relying instead on his receivers to gain yards after the catch.

Can diagnose and read defenses, but will need to refine that part of his game, as well as his footwork, at the next level. Not a day 1 starter, no matter how you slice it.

PASSING

Throw Accuracy: 3 out of 5

Misses most often on intermediate throws in traffic from the pocket. Really struggles hitting his receiver in stride on moving routes, forcing his receivers to make the adjustments. Has solid accuracy on deep balls and is excellent on short throws.

Throw Power: 4 out of 5

His arm is more than adequate to throw an entire route tree. It’s not transcendent however, he doesn’t have the arm of a Rodgers, for example.

On the run: 5 out of 5

Lynch is one of the rare QB’s whose game elevates when he’s scrambling. On tape, he made some impossible throws between double and triple coverage.

Consistency: 3 out of 5

Lynch can take all sorts of forms throughout a game and from game to game. He can be a running qb that forces it to his first option one week and a pocket passer that launches bombs behind strong o-line play the next. He usually plays well though, regardless.

Field vision: 3 out of 5

Reads defenses better than most QBs outside a pro offense, still he could stand to improve in this area, he’s too content to check it down.

Athleticism: 4 out of 5

Outstanding athlete for his size, and usually transfers that into being an effective scrambler. Keeps plays alive far longer than they should be with his pure ability.

Pocket awareness: 3 out of 5

Might get him in trouble at the next level, Lynch isn’t great at working the pocket and will sometimes bail completely. He’s not as bad as some option QBs at this though and has shown a comfort level when the blocking is strong consistently.

Poise: 4 out of 5

Lynch had a fantastic 2015 season, he had several big moments leading Memphis to a 9-3 record and handled the pressure of being in the national spotlight. Until the bowl game, he looked rather ordinary posting a stat line of 16/37 for 106 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. That’s concerning, but there’s no reason to suggest it wasn’t an outlier.

Clutch: 3 out of 5

Not always at his best late in the game, Lynch is more of a game manager and doesn’t really rise to the occasion.

Size: 5 out of 5

Lynch is massive, and he uses that size to his advantage to keep plays alive and see over the head of his lineman. NFL teams will covet his sturdy frame.

TOTAL PROSPECT RATING: 37/50

NFL Comparison: Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

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Both jump off the tape for their sheer size and speed. Both struggle with their accuracy and thrive on the run. Both tend to get stuck on their first read and struggle on crossers, ins and outs. They’re nearly identical, except Kaepernick has a stronger arm and is a better runner and Lynch tends to make better decisions.

A Prospect A Day: Quarterbacks, Jared Goff Scouting Report

Jared Goff, QB, Cal

6’4 215 lbs

Jared Goff, Dylan Wynn

California quarterback Jared Goff (16) scrambles out of the pocket from Oregon State defensive end Dylan Wynn (45) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

OVERVIEW

Poise and moxie in abundance. Can miss throws high, low and wide, most common when trying to compensate for his lack of a rocket arm.

Has adequate arm strength for a standard NFL route tree, accuracy is solid and can fit into tight spots. Ideal size and play strength, decent athleticism and average pocket awareness.

Struggles with accuracy when throwing on the run, will make questionable decisions, but only once or twice a game. Will sometimes force to his first read, even if he isn’t open.

PASSING

Throw Accuracy: 4 out of 5

Can miss in all ways, but fits into tight windows better than most quarterbacks coming out of college on a given year.

Throw Power: 3 out of 5

Can unload the deep ball with the best of them, but doesn’t do it consistently, also has to manufacture power on deep outs from the opposite hash.

On the run: 2 out of 5

Accuracy really suffers on the run. A couple of nice plays on tape, but more bad than good.

Consistency: 4 out of 5

You get what you get from Goff, he rarely has an awful game and fairly steadily brings his best from the moment he steps on the field.

Field vision: 4 out of 5

Reads defenses as well as anyone in this draft and very often identifies the open man.

Athleticism: 3 out of 5

Can outrun defensive lineman to the edge if needed, scrambles for first downs when lanes are open.

Pocket awareness: 3 out of 5

Can sometimes be blind-sided, but slides around and steps in the pocket more often than not.

Poise: 5 out of 5

No moment is too big for Goff. He doesn’t seem to have a stressed bone in his body, and he often elevates his play against higher competition.

Clutch: 5 out of 5

He’s a guy who can engineer the miracle drive at the end of the game, or the three possession comeback out of halftime.

Size: 4 out of 5

Goff has the look, makeup and build of the modern day NFL quarterback. Could stand to put a little more weight on.

TOTAL PLAYER RATING: 37/50

NFL Comparison: Matt Cassel, QB, Dallas Cowboys

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Both have prototypical size for the position and more accuracy than arm strength. Both Goff and Cassel remain poised in all game situations, can use their legs if needed and can routinely fit balls into tight windows.