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Nick Foles scouting report

Nick Foles QB Arizona #8
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 240

 
Strengths:
Elite height. Decent athleticism for his size; can avoid pass rushing ends and tackles relatively consistently. Looks good throwing on the run. Strong fundamentally; no significant flaws in throwing motion. Quick release. Above average accuracy on short and intermediate routes. Does a nice job going through his progressions; not afraid to check down. Made significant improvement in decision making from junior to senior year; cut down on number of times he forces the ball into tight coverage.
Weaknesses:
Quick release is a plus, but also has a tendency to rush when pressured; leads to poor decisions and inaccurate throws. Gets happy feet when pressured consistently; needs to learn to remain calm and patient, even when offensive line is struggling. Kind of an awkward athlete; reasonably mobile, but takes a lot of false steps and just doesn’t look fluid moving around in the pocket. One-year wonder? Very inconsistent until second-half of senior year.
Comments:
Assessing Foles’ NFL future is extremely difficult due to his Jekyll and Hyde routine. At times, Foles looks lost; at other times he flashes NFL starter ability. However, it wasn’t until relatively late in his senior year that he began to show any consistency. This could be a great sign, indicating that his best football is still ahead of him. Or it could be a fluke; nothing more than a string of good games, to be followed up in the future by a string of mediocre performances. Given his size, decent athleticism and improvement late in his career he definitely deserves a shot at the next level. However, his late-season performance in 2011 will likely lead to a lot of hype, and he simply doesn’t have the body of work to warrant the praise.
Videos:
2011 vs Arizona State (great example of the good Foles)
2011 vs Oklahoma State (great example of the shaky, inconsistent Foles)
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