Brett Hundley QB UCLA #17
Size/Athleticism: Full report coming soon…
Comments: At this stage of his career, Hundley is an athlete who is still learning the nuances of the being a pocket passer. In a clean pocket, Hundley is calm and can pick apart the defense but he’s easily rattled by pressure. His upside is on par with Robert Griffin III, but he’s raw and shouldn’t be considered a viable top-10 pick because there is simply too much growth still needed.
Aaron Murray QB Georgia #11
Size/Athleticism: Undersized. Lacks ideal height and bulk is only average. Gets the ball batted down at the line too often. Seems to struggle to see over linemen at times and has made some bad screen passes because he appear to not see a defender. Mobility is far from special, but he’s capable of moving with the pocket.
Arm strength/Accuracy: Arm strength is definitely lacking, and the ball tends to wobble a little too often as it comes out. He can get the ball down the field, but it hangs in the air a little too long—NFL safeties will close those gaps quickly and he’ll pay the price. Accuracy is an asset at all levels. Doesn’t throw the deep ball on a rope, but the timing of his throws is consistent. Fits the ball into tight windows on the intermediate routes. Timing is strong and consistently leads his receivers.
Footwork/Release: Does a nice job stepping up in the pocket to elude pass-rushers while keeping his eyes downfield. Very fluid movements in the pocket. Looks comfortable and convincing on his pump fakes, and effortlessly puts himself back in position to make a throw. Consistently throws from a sturdy base and displays good weight transfer. Has a consistent, quick release.
Decision making: Seems to know his limitations in terms of arm strength. He doesn’t usually test the defense down the field when a clear window isn’t there. Does a nice job looking off his receiver to draw defensive backs away from his primary target.
Intangibles: A true team leader who was loved by coaches and well respected by his teammates. Has all the intangibles you could ask for in a quarterback.
Durability: Suffered a torn ACL at the end of his senior year.
Comments: Murray has been among the most successful college quarterbacks in recent years but skills don’t necessarily translate well to the NFL. His leadership and football intelligence makes him a prime candidate to carve out a long career as a backup, but his upside is very limited beyond that. He reminds of me a less mobile version of Colt McCoy.
Derek Carr QB Fresno State #4
Size/Athleticism: Adequate height and overall size, although he could certainly benefit from adding a few pounds so that he’s better able to take hits. Definitely not a run-first quarterback but he’s a much better athlete you’d expect based on how he plays. When he needs to buy time, he’s more than capable of rolling out of the pocket and he still looks good throwing on the run.
Arm strength/Accuracy: Legitimate NFL arm strength. Has the ability to make all the throws and doesn’t necessarily need to have perfect footwork and mechanics to get the ball down the field. Makes some throws off his back foot under pressure that most prospects in this class can only make with perfect fundamentals. Accuracy is average to above average at all levels. Due to his arm strength, he has a habit of not setting his feet and sometimes throwing from an awkward open stance which diminishes his accuracy. Can fit the ball in tight windows with his arm strength but also knows when to take something off and throw a catchable ball.
Footwork/Release: Overall mechanics are solid, but not always consistent. When he’s consistently under pressure he starts to rush and forgets about his feet. Needs to learn to throw from a sturdy base due to its effect on his accuracy, even though he doesn’t necessarily need it for arm strength.
Decision making: Trusts his arm too much. He throws far too many passes into tight spaces under pressure when he can’t get set and doesn’t have the velocity or accuracy he needs to fit the ball into tight windows. Needs to learn when to take a sack or throw it away. Extremely limited in what he was asked to do in Fresno’s offensive system—over 50 percent of his passes as a senior were within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Doesn’t have a ton of experience reading the defense and going through his progression.
Intangibles: Reportedly interviewed very well at the combine. A smart player on and off the field. Younger brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr. Mature off the field compared to many prospects. Already married with a son.
Durability: Played through a sports hernia in 2012 which required offseason surgery.
Comments: Carr has elite potential, but needs to iron out some flaws in his game. His arm strength is an asset, but it’s led to some bad habits because he hasn’t needed to perfect his mechanics. His accuracy suffers due to poor footwork, and it must be fixed in order for him to play at a high level. It’s tough to see him succeeding right away because he was so easily flustered by pressure at Fresno State and he’s sure to see even more in the NFL—especially if he’s drafted into a bad situation. But he has the raw tools that you can’t teach, and is definitely a candidate to emerge as the best quarterback from this class.
Tajh Boyd QB Clemson #10
Size/Athleticism: Shorter than the ideal quarterback prospects but is well build and can take a hit. Mobility is an asset. His straight-line speed is impressive for a quarterback. He has the build of a running back, which gives him the ability to breaks some tackles and bounce off would-be tackles who don’t wrap up him.
Arm strength/Accuracy: Adequate zip on his passes on the short and intermediate routes. Touch on his passes is inconsistent—doesn’t always take something off when possible and makes life difficult on his receivers. Can get the ball downfield but it tends to hang in the air. General accuracy is adequate but exact placement is very inconsistent. He’s not the type of quarterback who can throw a receiver open.
Footwork/Release: Footwork is consistent. He shows proper weight transfer. Moves well within the pocket. Quickly slides away from pressure and sets his feet again. Only major flaw in terms of mechanics is his slight windup in his release. Has a knack for adjusting his release point to avoid pressure and maintaining accuracy on shorter routes.
Decision making: Wasn’t asked to do much in terms of reading defenses at Clemson. Through a high percentage of screens and other short routes. Deeper routes were typically go routes and jump balls in the red zone, which also don’t requite a ton of ability to read the defense. Makes some decisions that can only be classified as just plain stupid, especially when the initial play breaks down (see goal line interception and safety vs Ohio State). Needs to learn how to just hold the ball and take a sack.
Intangibles: Well liked by teammates. Reportedly developed as a leader late in his college career. Struggled with weight issues. Reportedly lost 20 pounds between sophomore and junior year.
Comments: Boyd has the athleticism to run the read-option at the next level and he’s built like a running back which will ease concerns about his ability to handle the physical pounding. He’s also improved significantly as a pocket passer throughout his career and has the potential to excel in any system. He lacks the elite physical tools to be projected as a sure-fire first rounder, but he has most of the physical tools you look for in a developmental prospect. He’s far from a finished product, but he’s worth keeping around as a third-string developmental guy on the roster.
Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville #5
Size/Athleticism: Full report coming soon…
Comments: Bridgewater shows all the skills necessary to excel at the next level. His touch on passes is special and he can make every throw on the field. Additionally, he’s so patient and poised in the pocket. However, he’s rarely been pressured consistently at the college level which does raise a small amount of doubt as to how he’ll handle the jump to the NFL. His decision-making skills at the college level were elite, but will it translate when the game speeds up significantly at the next level?