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2019 NFL draft QB analysis (part 3)

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THE NFL DRAFT REPORT PRESENTS

THE 2019 NFL DRAFT QUARTERBACK ANALYSIS -PART THREE

 

POTENTIAL TOP PICK IS THE DRAFT'S WILD CARD

The Arizona Cardinals have never been known for being at the "top of the food chain" when it comes to decision-making, especially their current regime. The formerly suspended general manager hires a coach with no NFL sideline experience who was fired from a college head coaching job and walked away from an offensive coordinator's position one month after he was hired.

Then, the new coach creates a draft faux pas by fawning over a player who "110-percent" was committed to baseball, only to have a change of heart after pocketing four million and costing the cost-conscious Oakland Athletics to waste an early first round selection on him. Keeping up his "me first" inclinations, the now suddenly "110-percent in" quarterback refuses to go through the paces at the NFL Scouting Combine, dictates what he might and might not do during his pro day and then cherry picks what team he will talk to leading up to the draft.

Talent-wise, there is no doubting that this Sooners quarterback can offer an exciting blend on the football field. Still, why do I get that "south Park" feeling, where Mr. Murray, not getting the love and attention he wants from his new team, will not suddenly pull an Eric Cartman and simply say, "Screw you guys, I'm going home." With that in mind, I caution all, tread lightly in making this young man your franchise quarterback;

Kyler Murray-#1

University of Oklahoma Sooners

5:10.1-207

Agility Tests...4.42 in the 40-yard dash…1.48 10-yard dash…2.47 20-yard dash…28 1/2-inch arm length…9 1/2-inch hands…69 1/2-inch wingspan.

College Career...Murray started 17-of-29 games during his college career, appearing in eight games with three starting assignments during the 2015 season at Texas A&M. After transferring to Oklahoma, he started 14-of-21 contests, including thirteen assignments with the first unit in 2018.

He completed 350-of-519 passes (67.4%) for 5,406 yards, 50 touchdowns and just fourteen interceptions while averaging 186.4 aerial yards per game. He carried the pigskin 207 times for 1,478 yards (7.1 ypc) and twelve more scores.

Background...An NFL team will be banking on an introvert, small-sized signal-caller who might have garnered Heisman Trophy honors in 2018, but caution lies in the fact that the two-sport athlete has already burned his bridges in one sport. His abilities in both baseball and football saw him become the first prep star to play in the Under Armour All-American games in both sports. At Allen High School, Murray was a consensus five-star recruit and rated the 13th-best player in the country on the gridiron. ESPN also touted him as the state of Texas' third-best recruit.

Murray led his football team to three consecutive state titles, as he never lost a game as a starting quarterback (43-0). He rolled up 14,500 rushing and passing yards and totaled 186 touchdowns in his three seasons, earning Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year accolades in 2014 by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. He was also named National Player of the Year by Parade, Gatorade, MaxPreps and USA Today after he completed 278 of 433 passes (64.2%) for 4,713 yards and 54 touchdowns against just eight interceptions and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry on way to 1,485 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior.

When it came to choosing a university to attend, the choice was simple for Murray - he was going to follow in his father's footsteps at Texas A&M. Kevin Murray lettered for the Aggies from 1983-86 and finished his career holding virtually every season and career passing record (534-of-926 passes for 6,506 yards, 48 touchdowns). His father was also inducted into Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2012.

Things did not go well between Murray and then Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin in 2015. The true freshman started three of his eight appearances, but for the season, his numbers rivaled what he could do in a few games in high school. He hit on 72-of-121 tosses (59.5%) for 686 yards and five touchdowns, but was intercepted seven times and had 24 passes deflected. He managed just one touchdown on 53 carries and as soon as the season ended, he bolted for Oklahoma.

Under NCAA transfer rules, the only playing time that Murray saw with the Sooners in 2016 came while running the scout team. He was a JAFO (just a f#4%king observer) mostly during his first varsity season at Oklahoma, appearing in seven games in mop-up duties as Baker Mayfield captured the nation's attention en route to a Heisman Trophy and eventually becoming the first player taken in the 2018 draft.

Murray made the most of limited playing time, completing 18-of-21 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns, adding 142 yards on fourteen rushing attempts in 2017. The Academic All-Big Twelve Conference pick enjoyed a nice debut as a Sooner, as he connected on 10-of-11 tries for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Texas-El Paso clash.

In addition to capturing the Heisman Trophy in his lone season as a starter in 2018, the All-American and Big Twelve Player of the Year completed 260-of-377 passes (69.0%) for 4,361 yards, 42 touch-downs and seven interceptions. He carried the ball 140 times for 1,001 yards (7.2 ypc) and 12 scores. He ranks seventh in the class with an average depth of target number of 11.06 and placed second while throwing under pressure, completing 37-of-66 tosses for a 103.3 rating that includes six touchdowns vs. two interceptions.

However, Murray only placed 18th on his long ball attempts, connecting on 38-of-77 chances for 1,468 yards and sixteen touchdowns, but five of his seven interceptions came when trying to go deep. He only fumbled twice, as he was sacked 18 times for losses of 109 yards and had 32 pass attempts deflected. After the season, the Allen, Texas native declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Scouting Report

Athletic Ability...Murray is shorter than ideal passer with a marginal wing span and adequate arm length, but he does have good-sized hands, with toned and developed legs, decent bubble and nice shoulder definition, but his frame might be at maximum growth potential and any additional bulk could affect his impressive quickness.

Murray shows very good foot speed and quickness getting back from center to his set point. He is a quick, mobile scrambler with above average balance and body control to make all the throws when on the move. He has that second gear needed to elude when rushing past the line of scrimmage and the vision to locate the cutback lanes. He is very smooth in his retreat from center to his throwing point, demonstrating the slide-&-adjust agility to step up in the pocket or roll out to avoid pressure. He shows very good knee bend and the ability to weave through traffic, making a good effort to provide ball security before heading up field.

Murray is a quick, mobile scrambler with above average balance and body control to make all the throws when on the move. He has that second gear needed to elude when rushing past the line of scrimmage and the vision to locate the cutback lanes. He is very smooth in his retreat from center to his throwing point, demonstrating the slide-&-adjust agility to step up in the pocket or roll out to avoid pressure. He shows very good knee bend and the ability to weave through traffic, making a good effort to provide ball security before heading up field. With his balance moving in the backfield, he must be accounted for running with the ball.

Football Sense...Murray does a good job of retaining plays and is quick to improvise on the run. His natural football instincts are displayed with his ability to create when his targets are covered. He plays with good field savvy, vision and decision making. He puts in the extra hours studying film and his low interception ration indicates that he has a good feel for route progressions and locating secondary targets. He takes the plays from the chalkboard to the playing field easily and demonstrates above average instincts scanning the field. He is capable of handling the mental aspect of the game, as he makes all of the required reads and checks to excel in a pass-oriented offense. He is very alert to defensive coverage and not the type to force the throw, evident by his career interception percentage (2.70%; 14-of-519 attempts picked off).

Set Up...Murray has the body mechanics and athletic ability to get back quickly to his pass set point. He operates a lot in the shotgun, but shows the foot speed to instantly drive away from center. He is very effective throwing on the move and carries the ball chest-high, but needs to do a better job of setting his feet to generate more power behind his throws. He steps to his target point with good balance in his drop and helps put good velocity behind his tosses by keeping his feet under him. He will sometimes revert to a wind-up delivery, but still has the ability to get the ball off quickly.

With his body control, agility and hip flexibility, Murray is quick driving back from center, doing a nice job of setting his feet in either 3-step or 5-step drops. He gets to his throwing point fluidly and has the balance to make all the throws on the run. He is nimble and agile rolling out of the pocket and has the balance to step up and avoid pocket pressure. His speed to his throwing point allows him to surprise the lethargic defender.

Reading Defenses...Murray does a good job of laying the ball away from defenders and he does not eyeball his primary target for too long. He is alert to underneath coverage, as he does not have many of his passes tipped at the line of scrimmage. He needs to work on his timing a bit, but has the vision to scan the field and make good progression reads. His low interception ratio indicates that his vision and patience won’t get the team into trouble with costly turnovers. He will get a bit over-confident and fire the ball into tight coverage (see Texas Tech game), but knows how to get the ball to his deep targets over their outside shoulder without the receiver having to adjust (see Baylor, Texas, Kansas State games).

While not always patient waiting for the plays to develop, he is not the type that will hold on to the ball too long and then try to force the action to make the play, as he knows when he needs to throw the ball away. One thing you quickly notice on film is that he is not only innovative, but quite creative with his feet when the pocket collapses, making him a dangerous threat when pressured to tuck the ball and run long distances.

Release...Murray needs to develop a higher release point, but he shows the ability to improvise on the move. There are times he will drop his elbow before throwing and the result was several of his passes spraying all over the field (see Texas Tech and Alabama games). He has the ability to throw across his body effectively, but he will revert to sidearm action at times, forsaking use of an over-the-top release to utilize low-angle tosses.

When Murray demonstrates the compact delivery and throwing motion, along with the wrist flick to get the ball out cleanly and quickly, he does so with a compact motion, holding the ball chest-high to execute a fluid ¾ release. He has the ability to get the ball through the throwing arc well and has a lively arm, but needs to learn how to vary his speed at times (puts too much zip on his short throws). He plants well to throw and the pass comes out with a tight spiral, but you'd like to see a better spin behind his long tosses.

Arm Strength...Murray has good arm strength, but when he fails to set his feet properly, his throws will wobble. He shows good ease of movement unleashing the ball and puts good velocity on his underneath throws, but needs to take a bit off those tosses to make it easier for the receiver to secure without having to adjust. He seems more comfortable airing the ball out, but he is best served in the short-to-intermediate area, as some of his deep throws will sail, even though he can put the ball on a rope when needed. He has very good ability to throw from the far hash (little bit more of a wind-up there on go & post patterns). Still, he has a lively arm with very good zip when he sets his feet.

Accuracy... Murray is very accurate throwing on the move. There, he is consistent setting his feet and shows good mechanics delivering the ball on time. He is a nice rhythm passer and not one that relies on hot streaks. He can drill the ball through the seam, but on short routes, he needs to vary the velocity of those throws so receivers only have to execute minimal adjustments.

The thing I like about Murray is his ability to change the speed on his short passes to insure it being completed. He shows solid timing and consistency moving the chains and excels at connecting with his receivers when on the move and on touch throws, doing a nice job of threading the needle when throwing into tight areas. He likes to air the ball out more than stay underneath, as he knows how to get the ball to his targets in stride rather than have them wait or come back for it, as he shows outstanding placement that allows him to zip his throws through tight coverage.

Touch...Murray appears to have very good ability when reading the defense and making proper adjustments at the line of scrimmage and the vision needed to scan the field. He looks off the defense and distributes the ball well, utilizing all of his receivers with effectiveness. He is quick to look off his primary target and go through progressions. He is good at hitting his receivers in stride and over his target’s outside shoulder. He is decent connecting on corner routes from the far hash, doing a nice job of making his receivers look good.

Murray might not have faced as many complex defenses as he will experience in the NFL, but he shows good anticipation and timing making all of his throws. He makes good adjustment in his pre-snap and is good at hitting the receiver in stride, but he needs to vary the zip on his short area attempts, as he shows better ability and knowing when to take something off his throws.

Poise...Murray remains confident on the field and has good presence on the move. In 2018 film review, you do not see him ever panicking, even after getting sacked three times in each of the Oklahoma State and Alabama clashes. It is not in his nature to throw the ball up when the pocket collapses, thanks largely to his uncanny feel for pressure and ability to elude once he decides to run with the ball.

Murray has made steady improvement on the field. Earlier in his career (Texas A&M), he felt that he had to carry the team and make every play, getting into bad streaks of firing into a crowd, but he now keeps his cool when “bullets are flying” and knows that when all else fails, he has the feet to step up and avoid the pocket pressure. He stands tough under duress and shows confidence in his ability to execute the play, as he demonstrates a great feel for pocket pressure.

Pocket Movement/Scrambling Ability...Murray is the type that might win a fair share of foot races with a racehorse. He also has the hip wiggle and juke ability that will make the initial tackler miss. He has good body control rolling out of the pocket and does a good job of avoiding on the move. He is best when attacking from the far hash, as he is a threat with both his feet and arm. He has very good accuracy throwing the intermediate pass when on the run. His ability to get to the outside and throw makes the opponents defend the whole field.

Sometimes, he is more accurate throwing on the run than in his drops, making him an ideal West Coast offense candidate.  He is an excellent open field runner with a good second gear to burst into the open and has the body control and change of direction agility to avoid and elude. His instincts to make big plays as a scrambler separates him from most college quarterbacks.  Even when the pocket breaks down, he knows he can make all of his throws on the move. As a ball carrier, he shows good strength and body lean to gain additional yardage after the initial hit and is conscious of protecting the ball and shielding it from the defenders.

Compares To...Doug Flutie...Alright, everyone is pulling out the Russell Wilson card due to height, but look at their body structure - Wilson is much more muscular and thicker. He does defy the "football gods" logic for the position, but you have to admit, unless they catch him, he will hurt you on offense. I'm just not in tune with his mind-set and after walking away from baseball, he does not impress me that he is fully committed to the gridiron. Honestly, if things do not develop for him in the NFL, could he pull an Eric Cartman - screw you guys, I'm going home?

AFTER MURRAY, HASKINS GETS BIG DRAFT ATTENTION

The Giants wined and dined Haskins prior to his impressive Pro Day workout and there are whispers that team like Washington, Denver and Miami might try to leap-frog New York to take the one-year Buckeyes starter. Still, other teams did notice that Haskins was quite "lathered" and needed to hit the water bottle often during his 35-minute throwing session. One other good thing from that workout was the continued impressive performance by receiver Johnnie Dixon, whose route running and leaping skills saw him haul in for Haskins' passes most in attendance thought could not be caught.

Dwayne Haskins-#7

The Ohio State University Buckeyes

6:03.3-231

Agility Tests...5.04 in the 40-yard dash…1.75 10-yard dash…2.91 20-yard dash…28.5-inch vertical jump…33 1/4-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…79 1/2-inch wingspan.

College Career...In two seasons at Ohio State, Haskins has appeared in 22 games, starting his final fourteen contests. The 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist completed 413-of-590 passes (70.0%) for 5,396 yards, 54 touchdowns, nine interceptions and an average of 174.0 aerial yards per game. He has scored four times via 103 carries for 194 yards (1.9 ypc).

Background...The New Jersey native was first spotted by former Ohio State safety Shawn Springs while in elementary school and the former NFL standout convinced the youngster to attend the Bullis School in Maryland when he enrolled for ninth grade classes. He would go on to become a four-star prospect that Ohio State highly regarded as a pure passer and a leader.

The first-team consensus all-Maryland quarterback completed 170 of 286 passes as a senior for 2,217 yards and 20 touchdowns and was rated among the Top Five pro-style quarterbacks in his class. He also earned Washington Post all-metro honors and Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) player of the year honors as well. He led his team to consecutive IAC titles as a sophomore and junior. In 2014, he threw for 1,963 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior and was named the Maryland Gatorade player of the year.

With J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones ahead of him on the depth chart, Haskins was red-shirted as a freshman at Ohio State in 2016. He then served as Barrett's back-up in 2017, appearing in eight games. He hit on 40-of-57 attempts (70.2%) for 565 yards, four scores and one pass theft during relief duties. Never known for his mobility, he averaged 3.6 yards on 24 carries that season.

With Barrett off to the NFL and the New Orleans Saints practice squad, Haskins stepped into the starting lineup in 2018. With just 171 snaps under his belt before the season opener, he proceeded to have a season that saw him win the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the best player in the Big Ten Conference, and earn the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year awards.

The third-team Associated Press All-American appeared in fourteen games, completing 373-of-533 passes (70.0%) for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He ran for 108 yards and four scores on 79 rushing attempts (1.4 ypc). The Buckeye placed a lowly 46th among this quarter-back crop in average depth of target (8.61), but improved to 13th under pressure, completing 55.1% of his attempts (59-of-107) with four touchdowns, but also tossed three interceptions.

As for his long ball accuracy, he hit on 31-of-72 passes (43.06%) for 1,050 yards with seventeen touchdowns and only two thefts for a 118.1 passer rating. He was sacked twenty times for losses of 104 yards, turning the ball over twice on four fumbles, as the opposition deflected 43 OSU pass attempts (34 by Haskins). Still, from the first game of the 2018 season to the very end, Haskins left no doubt that he is one of the great quarterbacks in Big Ten Conference history and, very probably, the greatest throwing quarterback in Ohio State history.

Haskins would set 28 Ohio State records in 2018 and added seven additional Big Ten Conference records, including single season passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939). He also set a Big Ten record for most offensive player of the week awards with six.

The Scouting Report

Athletic Ability...Haskins has a tall frame with adequate muscle definition and while he does not possess noticeable muscle tone, he is not frail-looking. He shows good leg thickness with good-sized calves. He has the long arms and large hands with impressive arm strength that you look for in an NFL-type quarter-back. He shows decent midsection development, but could improve his mobility if he drops a few pounds.

Haskins has just average quickness and he does not show smooth feet on the move in the backfield to be considered a threat to take the ball long distances. His upper body frame demonstrates the fluid range of motion to put all of his power behind his follow-through when passing. He has made very good strides in his timing and shows much better field vision than he did in the past. He displays solid throwing mechanics and precision in the intermediate and deep passing game, registering seventeen touchdowns vs. two interceptions in long ball action.

Haskins has the size and the arm strength you look for in a pro quarterback. He lacks the foot speed and balance to be effective running with the ball and is a bit stiff in his hips when redirecting, but for a drop-back quarterback, he has the functional mobility to move in and out of the pocket to elude the pass rush. He is not effective rolling out to throw and is not effective on the QB draw. While he has enough agility to escape, he is not the type you would call fleet of foot, thanks to just adequate flexibility. He runs with a normal stride and shows just enough agility to adjust in the pocket and throw on the move, but is better when standing in the pocket. He does not have the sustained speed to run long distances, nor the acceleration to elude when rolling out of the pocket.

Football Sense...Haskins has shown improved ability to make proper reads and act instinctively on the field. He picks up coverage and schemes well, doing a nice job of reading the defense. He is quick to call audibles and generally makes good pre-snap judgment calls. His maturity on the field and his ability to read defenses has seen the coaching staff give him much more freedom calling his own plays. He will still make a few bad decisions, mostly when pressured (see fumbles vs. Nebraska and interceptions under pressure vs. Indiana) though and needs to show better ability converting drives in the red zone (Ohio State ranked 115th of 129 schools in this category in 2018). Coaches credit his willingness to do extra film work as a sign of his maturity, but at times, he does not adjust to changes during game situations as quick as a coach would like.

Set Up...While he will not win many foot races, Haskins is quick to get his feet set driving back from center, showing the back foot press to gain separation and get to his pass-set point. He is smooth and efficient when setting up to throw, but must be aware that he has to do it quicker than most quarterbacks in order to compensate for his long, deliberate throwing motion. He is fundamentally sound with his balance and agility when setting up. He still needs to refine his foot placement through his delivery (will throw off the wrong foot some), but he does a very good job of carrying out his fakes.

Reading Defenses...Haskins is a confident player, but over-confidence will see him make some bad reads (see Indiana game), more so in the intermediate area, when he fails to recognize second level coverage. He had a nice array of targets to work with, but he has to not lock on to his primary ones, especially when challenged by smart safeties in zone coverage.

Haskins has good vision, so it is strange he fails to recognize the blitz so much. He has to be quicker in making adjustments when flushed out of the pocket, as he is not the type that can just put the ball down and run with it. For a player with his intelligence, it is befuddling to see how much he just throws into coverage. He gets uncomfortable when pressured to bolt out of the pocket and does not do well throwing on the move, where he will tend to force the ball in order to make a play when he should just throw the ball away.

Release...Haskins shows good focus looking down field and has a tight circle with good wrist flick, but it is puzzling that he holds on to the ball so long, taking too much time to get rid of the pigskin. With that long, slow release, when he fails to follow through, it will cause some of his deep tosses to miss its mark. When he holds the ball at chest level, he comes off his hands much quicker, but when he drops it down to his hip, his arm slot reverts to ¾-sidearm, and that leaves his front side open, resulting in off-target throws (see Penn State game).

Haskins looked uncomfortable adjusting his release and delivery under pressure vs. the Nittany Lions and Nebraska, where it appeared that he just took too long to unleash the ball. His patience in waiting for his primary targets to get open can also be a detriment, as most of his sacks come from his slower than ideal progression reads, as he is not always instant in locating his secondary targets. He did show better check-down ability during the second half of 2018, but even though he has demonstrated marked improvement in seeing the pre-snap look and reacting to it, there are times he just has the wrong answer. He has good pass set up quickness, but he sometimes runs his feet too much and needs to do a better job of squaring with changes in his throws. As a junior, he showed better ability to take the hit and complete the hot read, but has to work on generating a quicker release.

Arm Strength...Haskins can throw the deep outs with good consistency. Despite his wind-up motion, the ball comes out cleanly and smoothly due to his wrist action. He can get the ball down field effortlessly and has the strength to make his throws from the opposite hash. His arm strength lets him to control a secondary, more so on deep tosses than on intermediate routes. 

Haskins has the arm strength to fire ropes down field, but he gets so confident in that power, he fails to vary the speed on his short throws and needs to develop better touch in that area. When he sets his feet, he can make all the NFL type throws, but he is too deliberate with his over-the-top motion, which takes too long for the ball to release from his hands. With his cannon for an arm, if a patient coach can rework his mechanics, he could unearth a find for a vertical passing attack.

Accuracy...Most quarterbacks tend to have more success moving the chains rather than living by the long ball, but the opposite holds true for Haskins. Yes, he does not anticipate linebackers dropping back in coverage when trying to attack the middle of the field, but most of those problems occur when firing along the boundaries. When he carries the ball too low, this results in him firing from his hip, causing more than a fare share of his underneath passes getting batted down by the defense at the line of scrimmage (34 of his passes were deflected in 2018).

When he throws from the outside hashes, he needs to refine his mechanics and start using a higher release point. He has good arm strength, but his accuracy and consistency with his intermediate throws are better when he stays in the pocket rather than throwing when flushed out. If he can put the ball into areas where his receivers can get more yards after the catch, the offense will be much more dangerous.

From the outside hash, he will sometimes over-lead too much and his receivers spend time having to adjust. With better zip, he could be more effective with the quick outs and post patterns. He has developed better touch on his deep throws, as he can feather the pass away from the defender and drop it into his receivers’ hands, but when he throws off his wrong foot, his passes lack touch.

Touch... As for touch, Haskins has to demonstrate a better feel when throwing the pigskin, especially going underneath, but he did a much better job of delivering the ball with timing when airing it out in 2018. He gets good deep ball placement thanks to his strong wrist flick and is efficient at getting the pass into the soft areas of the zone. Most of his deep ball success comes vs. Cover-2 defenses, as he can get the ball over the outside shoulder of the receivers operating along the perimeter. He underwent some mechanical revision during 2018 fall camp and the Buckeyes saw Haskins do a better job of throwing the fade effectively and he also knows how to time the receiver’s breaks better than in the past.

Poise... Haskins handles pressure well and does not panic stepping up in the pocket, but he does not like getting flushed out, knowing his accuracy is going to suffer throwing on the move. It is not like he gets “happy feet” under pressure, but when he runs with the ball, the defense knows it does not have to worry about accounting for him. He could be a little impatient with the blitz and force the ball under pressure. When he is flushed out of the pocket, he will make some poor judgment calls and throw into coverage (see Penn State interception and six pass deflections in each of the TCU, Minnesota, Purdue and Michigan State games).

Pocket Movement/Scrambling Ability...Haskins is not a mobile passer. His accuracy suffers when flushed out of the pocket and more often than not, his twenty sacks and four fumbles last year resulted in him just running into spots. He is slow to get into gear and is never considered a challenge as a ball carrier. When he steps up in the pocket, he can make things happen with his arm strength, but he just lacks the loose hips to suddenly move laterally when flushed out. He is more of a pocket passer and does just an adequate job of sliding or stepping up in the pocket to avoid the rush. He lacks good lateral agility and but fails to keep his feet on the move.

Simply put, Haskins is not as effective throwing on the move as he does when stepping up in the pocket, as he tends to lose accuracy working underneath. He lacks ideal speed and change of direction agility to get out of the pocket and pick up yardage on the QB draw. He's just not a threat to go long distances, as he will get too erect in his running stride. He also needs to improve his accuracy passing when rolling out or tuck the ball more securely when he has to escape when the pocket collapses.

Compares To...Jason Campbell-ex-Washington…Like Campbell, Haskins seems to be much more effective standing in the pocket and airing the ball out. He lacks accuracy and touch throwing in the short areas, especially when forced to throw on the move. He can buy time with his feet in the backfield, but is no threat as a runner. He has the size and arm strength you look for in a starting quarterback, but there are several areas of his game (scrambling, accuracy throwing on the move) that need to be addressed before he can compete at the next level. While he is an impressive athlete, he might need to control his weight, as he looked pretty "gassed" shortly into his pro day workout.

OUR STAFF KEEPS LIKING LOCK MORE AND MORE EVERY DAY

Just a little note...While Gruden and company are saying all the right things about Derek Carr as their franchise quarterback, the Raiders head coach was paying lots of attention to Lock during their week together at the Senior Bo0wl. Mike Mayock has intentions of using the team's three first round picks to fix the defense, but if Lock somehow, some way slips down on the first round board, could Chucky over-rule his new general manager to take a quarterback that he sees a lot of Rich Gannon element?

Drew Lock-#3

University of Missouri Tigers

6:03.6-228

Agility Tests...4.69 in the 40-yard dash…1.61 10-yard dash…2.74 20-yard dash…4.12 20-yard shuttle…7.03 three-cone drill...31-inch vertical jump…9'-04" broad jump…32 1/2-inch arm length…9-inch hands…77 1/8-inch wingspan.

College Career...In forty games at Missouri, Lock started his last thirty-six appearances. He ranks second in school history with 883 completions of 1,553 passes (56.9%) for 12,193 yards and 99 touchdowns, ranking third with 39 interceptions. The record-holder is Chase Daniel (1,094-of-1,609 tosses for 12,515 yards, 101 touchdowns, 41 interceptions; 2005-08).

Lock added 437 yards and nine touchdowns on 202 carries (2.2 ypc), as he also scored on a 21-yard reception. His 12,630 yards in total offense placed third in school annals. Among quarterbacks who were active in college last season, Lock ranks third in interceptions thrown, total touchdowns responsible for (109) and yards in total offense. He is also second in touchdown passes, fourth in passing attempts and passing yards, fifth in total plays (1,756), sixth in pass completions and seventh in passing yards per attempt (7.85). He finished 46th among active passers with a pass efficiency rating of 138.82.

Background...Lock returned to his birthplace to play college football. The Kansas City product first called Columbia home and his decision to play for the local team gave him a great chance to start, as he would spend just four games in reserve before the coaches turned over the team's reins for the next thirty-six contests. Besides, it was only natural that a legacy returned to the program. His father, Andy, played football at Mizzou, lettering four years as an offensive lineman and his grand-father, Jerry, also played at Mizzou in 1961-62.

Lock was a highly sought-after quarterback from Lee’s Summit with incredible upsize athletically. He caught the attention of the Tiger coaches with his competitive nature and leadership abilities while being a great all-around athlete. He had thrown for 63 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions over his junior and senior seasons. The Kansas City Star All-Metro Player of the Year threw for 2,731 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior to earn the Simone Award, which honors the best high school football player in the Kansas City metro area as a senior.

Ranked as the top recruit in the state of Missouri and the seventh-best quarterback nationally by Rivals.com, Lock competed at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Beaverton, Ore., in the summer of 2014. He concluded his prep career by playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and tossed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. He was also an outstanding basketball player who was a first-team all-state selection as a junior, and who had scholarship offers to play hoops from numerous high-level programs, including Mizzou, Oklahoma and Wichita State, among others.

Lock enrolled at Missouri in 2015, but after four games, starter Matty Mauk ran afoul of the law and the administration. The coaches tossed Lock into the lineup, as he became the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Tigers since Corby Jones in 1995. He responded with 129-of-263 pass completions for 1,332 yards and four touchdowns vs. eight interceptions, as the team that went 11-3 in 2014, stumbled to a 5-7 record during off-field turmoil.

Missouri's plight continued in 2016, as they recorded a 4-8 record. Lock was one of the few bright spots, though. He finished the regular season ranked first in the Southeastern Conference in passing yards (3,399) and second in passing yards per game (283.3) and yards per completion (14.34). He posted top-20 marks nationally in all three categories as well, peaking at 10th nationally with his 3,399 passing yards. He placed second in the SEC in completions per game (19.75) and third in total offense (293.5). His 3,399 yards through the air are the fifth-most in program history in a single season and the most ever in a 12-game season at Mizzou. His 23 passing touchdowns are the sixth-most in program history and only three Mizzou quarterbacks have thrown for more in a single season.

The 2017 season saw Missouri start with a 1-5 record before Lock light up the skies to pace a six-game winning streak that returned the team to the bowl season. The junior turned in one of the most prolific seasons in school and SEC history, thanks to his record-setting 44 passing touchdowns, breaking the single-season record for both, and a total which also led the nation in 2017. He ended the season with 3,964 yards on 242-of-419 passing. His season passing efficiency mark of 165.67 broke the Mizzou single season record of 159.4 set in 2008 by Chase Daniel, and it ranked as fourth-best in the nation for the season.

Lock also led the SEC in several other statistical categories, including passing efficiency, passing yards, total offense, passing yards per game (304.9 avg.), yards per completion (16.38 - also a nation-leading mark) and points responsible for (270). During MU’s six-game win streak, his numbers were ridiculous - a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 26-to-5, an efficiency rating of 193.76, as he averaged 328.7 yards per game while completing 63.2 percent of his passes (117-of-185) in the stretch.

In 2018, Lock led the Southeastern Conference in pass completions and attempts, as he hit on 275-of-437 chances (62.9%) for 3,498 yards, 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. On the ground, he picked up 175 yards on 55 tries (3.2 ypc), scoring six times. He completed 72.1% of his passes vs. the blitz, but managed just one touchdown vs. three interceptions throwing 84 times with 39 pass completions under pressure.

He recorded a passer rating of 126.3 on his long tosses, completing 30-of-64 attempts (46.88%) for 1,160 yards, fourteen touchdowns and only one interception. His receivers dropped 26 of his pass attempts (4.9%) and he had 45 other throws deflected by the opposition. He was sacked thirteen times for losses of 98 yards, turning the ball over twice via six fumbles.

The Scouting Report

Athletic Ability...Lock has an NFL-sized quarterback's frame with broad shoulders, adequate overall muscle development, smooth tone and room to add more bulk. He looks the part of a pocket passer, with good arm length, big hands, decent chest thickness, good quadriceps and calves, but also has the quickness to avoid some pressure. His frame is such that he could add at least another ten-to-fifteen pounds without the additional bulk affecting his mobility.

Lock has a strong arm that allows him to deliver the long ball with touch and accuracy. He has the ability to put the ball where the receiver can catch it and shows good balance throwing on the move. He has the avoidance quickness stepping up in the pocket and the strength to pull away from pass rushers when pressured. He shows some elusiveness on the run with decent mobility, but won’t frighten any defense when having to carry the ball. He has functional change of direction agility and shows nice quickness to slide and move around the pocket. Despite good timed speed, he is not the type that can consistently make plays with his feet, but he does run with a normal stride and good balance.

He has functional playing speed and while he won’t win many foot races, he does show good balance to break arm tackles on the move. While not fast, he does show adequate change of direction agility and good strength. He runs with a normal stride and shows good movement retreating in the pocket. His balance and body control allow him to throw on roll-outs and he displays good lateral agility (4.12 shuttle), evident by the way he slides.

Football Sense...Lock is a good student of the game, showing the field vision and intelligence to recognize coverage on his pre-snap scan of the field and in his pass drop. He is field savvy, doing a very good job of making checks. He has no problems retaining plays, but it was uncharacteristic to see him make the mental mistakes that were exposed last year vs. South Carolina (two interceptions, eight pass deflections, five pressures), Alabama (two thefts, seven pressures, two fumbles lost) and Georgia (two fumbles on the center exchange, nine pass break-ups).

Generally, he plays with good awareness and is a quick decision maker with the ball in his hands, but he will disappear at times vs. top competition (threw seven interceptions vs. fourteen touch-downs in eight games vs. Southeastern Conference teams). When given time to scan the field, Lock reads coverage well and makes proper checks, showing football savvy and field smarts. He is quick to retain plays and takes the plays from the board to the field with no problems.

Set Up...Lock shows decent foot quickness in his set-up, keeping his feet under him while maintaining balance. He can reach his throwing point with a normal stride and has the body control and agility needed to drive back from center quickly. When he steps into his throws, he is ready to unleash in an instant, doing a nice job sliding in and out of the pocket.

Lock shows good body control driving back from center, displaying the quick feet to get into position to make all of his throws. He has good upper and lower body mechanics, as he also displays enough functional strength to break arm tackles on the move. While he can elude, he is more comfortable in a three-step drop when retreating from center, as he likes to get the ball out quickly (in five steps, he will usually lose poise, as pressure is generated on the pocket). He does a nice job of scanning the field and looks comfortable setting up in the pocket and executing his follow-through. He shows good fluidity and quickness when he sets up and is a pretty athletic mover.

Lock puts very good zip on all of his throws, especially in the intermediate area or when going long. He can throw in the seam with consistency and you now see a more accurate long ball and a lively short pass. He will still revert to a long arc on his deep outs, but continues to improve in that area. He still needs to be conscious of setting his feet better in order to put more power behind his tosses

Reading Defenses...Lock was sacked only thirteen times in 2018, but was pressured often, which does affect his poise, as he is then prone to forcing the issue and it results in ill-advised passing situations (see South Carolina, Alabama, Vanderbilt games). Usually, Lock is a quick decision maker and even when he makes the wrong move, he does not allow his mistakes to linger. He is a good field technician, knowing how to operate within the framework of the offense, which is predicated on him making quick reads and getting the ball out to his receivers even before his targets are able to break, as this prevents the opponents from getting into position to defend.

Still, when under pressure, you will see him force the ball into a crowd, or hold on to it too long that it leads to a costly sack. He is good at reading defenses and when he shows patience, he can pick apart zones. When he forces some into coverage, it is because he holds the ball too long (needs to learn to look for his secondary targets). The thing that stands out is his ability to throw with touch and good timing. When flushed out of the pocket, he has enough agility to throw on the run, but will more often throw the ball away than force the pass into traffic.

Release...Lock carries the ball medium/high and can flick it out either with a high ¾ delivery or over the head. He used to be a big long-gaited throwing the ball, but he has developed a compact release to unload the ball quickly and good mechanics when launching the ball long. As soon as he gets to his throwing point, he is ready to throw. His overall throwing mechanics are very good and he shows good quickness and snap in his release. Because of his solid mechanics, he can launch the ball with accuracy, even when he does not have his feet set. With his compact, quick delivery over the top and a smooth motion getting rid of the ball, defenses have little time to settle under his throws, as he excels at hitting his receivers before they come out of their breaks.

Arm Strength... Lock has very good arm strength, but will revert to dropping his arm slot while trying to throw under pressure, effecting his trajectory to result in 45 passes being deflected last year (10.3% of his 437 attempts). Given time to throw, his ball speed is excellent, as it comes off his fingertips easily and receivers don’t have to make too many adjustments, as he leads his targets well. He generates a lot of velocity and ball speed, doing a nice job of throwing the ball across his body while displaying good hip flexibility. He has very good accuracy going long (third-best in this draft class with a 126.3 passer rating on 30 completions for 1,160 yards for a 38.67-yard average, with fourteen touchdowns and just one interception) and a lively snap on the short tosses. He demonstrates good arc on his long outs, as receivers settle over those throws to effortless secure over their outside shoulder. The thing he does best is to generate velocity behind his long throws, as he has a very easy and smooth release.

Accuracy...Lock is like two different quarterbacks - confident with his arm strength while protected, but very inconsistent hitting his targets under pressure (went 39-of-84 under a rush). Generally effective at hitting his receivers in stride, he will misfire quite a bit on crossing patterns when he has to side-step the pass rush. In the short passing game, Lock puts the ball where the receiver can catch it. He throws a catch-able ball with zip or touch and does a nice job of keeping the receiver in the route. He will still sometimes force the receiver to adjust a bit on crossing patterns and needs to take something off his passes when dumping off, but can drop the ball over the top.

He showed better touch in 2017 on flares than he did as a senior, but he also had much less quality targets to work with in 2018 than in the past. He can also air it out well on his deep throws. When going long. Lock gets good velocity and timing behind his throws. He possesses that overpowering arm to lead the receivers going deep, and he can put good touch on those throws.

Touch...Like stated in his accuracy report, Lock gets into trouble when he puts too much "oomph" behind his short tosses, as it can result in the high amount of drops (4.9% of his attempts) by his receivers last year. He also gets too enamored with his arm power at times, resulting in more of a shot put performer. He has better timing when taking a three-step drop, but may hold the ball a little too long, resulting in interceptions or sacks when he takes a longer (five-step) drop.

In 2017, Lock was very effective at anticipating the receivers’ routes and knowing when they will come open. He has very good overall timing and knows when to throw the ball, but you saw in 2018 that he has yet to grasp the art of knowing when to take some heat off his short throws, resulting in better accuracy. His timing is good from the three-step drop backs, but when he holds on to the ball a little too long at times, it will result in a sack or costly interception.

Poise... Lock runs hot and cold here, as he has good avoidance skills, but seems to want to force the issue when under pressure. When he gets his feet too narrow, his production suffers on the move and he has to do a better job of squaring up before releasing. More often in 2018, he would hold on to the ball too long, resulting in either interceptions or a costly fumble on the sack.

When given ample protection, Lock does a nice job of setting his feet so he would not sail his deep passes high. He knows he does not have the foot speed to tuck the ball and run with it, so he stands tall in the pocket and will absorb the hit. He keeps his cool when forced to roll out and will throw the ball away if it takes too long for his targets to get open rather than force the pass into a crowd.

Pocket Movement/Scrambling Ability... Lock can avoid pressure, but despite his timed speed and six touchdown runs last season, he will not make a great living as a ball carrier. He needs to square up better when on the move and must continue to work on ball security (six fumbles in 2018, see Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky games). Generally, he has the delivery timing needed to throw into windows and can keep the play alive by stepping up and finding lanes when avoiding the pass rush. One thing he does need to improve on is getting a better feel for pocket pressure, as it did not seem that he knew when to step up or escape when his protection broke down in contests vs. Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky last season.

Compares To...Matthew Stafford-Detroit Lions...Like Stafford, Lock can rip apart a defense one minute, then get flusters under pressure and the barn drops down on him. Like Stafford, he is quick to scan the field and go through his progressions and you can see similar arm strength. Lock can make all the throws and shows power and toughness getting the ball deep, except for when defenders are closing and making contact.

FROM WALK-ON TO DAY TWO DRAFT TALENT

In November, there seemed to be a bunch of scouts and analysts anointing Jones as the next "it" factor at quarterback. While it was not a case of the emperor being exposed for not wearing clothes, the deficiencies in Jones' overall game and weak lower body frame, along with inconsistent throwing in Mobile, likely has the Blue Devil waiting until Day Two to hear his name called. Still, with Miami and the Giants holding mid-first round selections, one of those teams could draft him a round too early rather than be a round too late (Redskins interested with pick #46 in round two).

Daniel Jones-#17

Duke University Blue Devils

6:05.1-221

Agility Tests...4.81 in the 40-yard dash…1.71 10-yard dash…2.83 20-yard dash…4.41 20-yard shuttle…7.00 three-cone drill...33 1/2-inch vertical jump…10'-00" broad jump…32 1/2-inch arm length…9 3/4-inch hands…78 1/8-inch wingspan.

College Career...Playing for head coach David Cutcliffe, the walk-on has responded under the guidance of a man aptly titled a "quarterback whisperer." The fourth-year junior played in 36 games at Duke, where he completed 764-of-1,275, as both figures rank fifth on the school career-record chart. His pass completion percentage of .599 is second-best by a Blue Devil, topped by Sean Renfree (.647; 898-1,389; 2009-12). With 8,201 yards passing, he is one of just five Duke's passers to reach the 7,500-yard level. He is also one of five Duke players to throw for at least fifty touchdowns (52). He did have 29 passes intercepted, but on 406 carries, he scored seventeen times while gaining 1,323 yards. He caught two passes for six yards and amassed 9,524 yards in total offense. He also had five punts for 170 yards (34.0-yard average).

Background...Jones was eligible to participate at the 2019 Senior Bowl because he graduated from Duke in December, 2018 with a degree in economics. He is not the only college athlete in his family, as sister, Becca, lettered four seasons (2013-14-15-16) as a member of the field hockey program at Davidson College. Their brother, Bates, is a member of the basketball program at Davidson. Their sister, Ruthie, signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Duke University beginning in the fall of 2019.

Jones lettered three times on the gridiron at Charlotte Latin High School, where he helped the Hawks to a 19-5 record and two state championship game appearances. Elected a team captain as both a junior and senior, he departed Charlotte Latin holding school career records for total offensive yards (8,344), passing yards (6,997) and total touchdowns (98). During his senior campaign, he completed 151-of-268 passes for 2,949 yards and 43 touchdowns while rushing 109 times for 778 yards and ten scores to help Charlotte Latin to a 10-2 record and North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) Division I state championship game appearance.

As a senior, Jones earned first team NCISAA all-state honors, first team all-conference accolades and the South Charlotte Sports Report Quarterback of the Year Award after setting school single-season records for total yards (3,727), passing yards and passing touchdowns. He also lettered three times in basketball, serving as a team co-captain during senior season.

Jones did not receive any major college offers, so he decided to enroll at Duke, joining the team as a walk-on in 2015. After spending that season with the scout team, he earned Freshman All-American honorable mention in 2016. He was the recipient of the program’s Carmen Falcone Award as Duke’s Most Valuable Player, as the Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection was also a four-time ACC Rookie of the Week choice following performances against Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Miami.

In twelve games, the red-shirt freshman completed 270-of-430 (.638) passes for 2,836 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing 141 times for 486 (3.45) yards and seven scores.  He posted a pass efficiency rating of 126.28 in addition to catching one pass for zero yards and punting twice for 71 yards (35.50) with one boot downed inside the opponent 20 yard line.

In 2017, Jones was one of five major college quarterbacks to throw for over 2,500 yards and rush for over 500 yards during the campaign. The team captain and Quick Lane Bowl MVP was an Academic All-ACC selection and recipient of the program’s Ace Parker Award, an honor presented annually to an individual who displays unparalleled commitment to the team and overcomes adversity to contribute. He started all 13 games, completing 257-of-453 (.567) passes for 2,691 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing 161 times for 518 yards (3.22) and seven scores. He posted a pass efficiency rating of 111.97, compiled 3,209 total offensive yards and punted once for 45 yards.

The Independence Bowl Offensive Player of the Game received the program’s Carmen Falcone Award as Duke’s Most Valuable Player in 2018, becoming the sixth two-time recipient of the honor, joining Leo Hart (1969-70), Keith Stoneback (1973-74), Scottie Montgomery (1998-99), Mike Hart (2000-01) and John Talley (2005-06). He started all eleven games he appeared in, but missed the Baylor and North Carolina Central tilts after he suffered a fractured left clavicle in the third quarter versus Northwestern, undergoing surgery on September 9th.

Jones connected on 237-of-392 (.605) passes for 2,674 yards with 22 scores and nine pass thefts while rushing 104 times for 319 yards (3.07). He recorded a pass efficiency rating of 131.69 while tallying 2,993 total offensive yards, an average of 272.09 yards per game. He caught one pass for six yards and punted twice for 54 yards (27.00) with both kicks downed inside the opponent 20-yard line.

 

Among the top quarterbacks in this draft class, his average depth of target ranked 40th (8.69 ypc), placing 37th within that group when throwing under pressure (47-of-114 passes, 41.2%, 53.9 pass rating with three touchdowns, four interceptions). As for his deep passing skills, he ranks 47, having hit on only 11-of-45 chances (24.44%) for 425 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions (69.0 passer rating). He was sacked 28 times for losses of 172 yards, turning the ball over four times on five fumbles, as he saw 51 passes deflected by the opposition.

 

The Scouting Report

Athletic Ability...Jones has a tall frame with adequate upper body muscle definition, and his lower frame needs to develop better muscle tone. He has adequate thighs and calves, but displays good hand size and arm length that you look for in a pocket passer. His frame certainly has room for further bulk and muscle development.

 

Jones has good size and arm strength for the quarterback position, but despite average straight-ahead speed, he lacks athletic agility and looks stiff in his change of direction (4.41 20-yard shuttle). He can get some yardage off the bootleg, but seems to lack vision on the move, as he will run into spots or just toss the ball away with dire consequences (see fumbles vs. Army, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and North Carolina in 2018). He operates in a play-action scheme, but when he tries to work under a run-pass option format, he needs to be more conscious of protecting the pigskin.

 

Jones does have the arm strength that pro teams want him to display, but has had just “pedestrian” numbers in each of his three seasons, never cracking the 3,000 aerial yards or 25 touchdown level.  He has adequate quickness dropping back from center, but lacks the feet to avoid the pass rush, as he tends to lose balance when flushed out of the pocket. His arm strength is his best asset, especially on short-to-intermediate tosses, but his long ball game suffers, having hit on just 11-of-45 of those attempts last season. He has enough ability to consistently put the ball where the receiver can catch it in the short areas, but when he attempts to go the distance, perhaps he would be better suited locating second and third option targets instead of just throwing the ball into a crowd (four of his 45 deep passes were intercepted, seven others were deflected).

 

Football Sense...Jones benefits from having one of the better quarterback coaches in the game of football (David Cutcliffe). The former walk-on is a quick learner who seems to know protections, but you would like to see him improve when it comes to recognizing coverage on the pre-snap and on his pass drops. He is effective at reading hot routes, but must become quicker in attempts to pick up the blitz. He is a three-time Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick and graduated after just three years, so it is obvious that he will not have problems digesting a complicated playbook.

 

Still, this is a young player who needs to do a better job of reading zone coverage, at times, as he will throw into tight windows (See Virginia and Temple games) and he will force the ball into a crowd every so often. In order to increase his chances for starting at the next level, he must do a better job of looking off his primary targets and go through route progressions.

 

Set Up...As book smart as he is, Jones still looks like a neophyte when it comes to reading defenses. Having a coach call your plays eliminated much of his thought process, but he is not the type who will stand tall and absorb the sack, making poor choices trying to throw the ball into the crowd (51 pass break-ups included 18 at the line of scrimmage). While not alarming, his fumble issues seem to be the result of poor ball distribution when forced to improvise on the move.

 

He does not really have heavy feet, but there are times where he looks too methodical in his drops. Once his feet are set, he will stand and deliver, though. He has a decent throwing motion, but has a bit of a wind-up in his release. He has the body control to stand tall and be ready in the pocket, but he seems to lose some velocity on his tosses when throwing on the run. His quickness dropping back from center is good and he does keep his feet under him, playing with good balance in the pocket (does not translate when flushed out though).

 

Reading Defenses...Jones has to overcome his “love” for his primary target and do a better job of going through route progression to locate secondary targets. When he tries to force the issue too much when under pressure, it results in him firing the ball right into windows. While his interception rate was low (nine in 2018 on 392 attempts), the opponents go to deflect 13% of his passes (51) in 2018. He is prone to making some bad decisions, as he just seems to throw too much into double coverage (see at least eight passes deflected in each of the Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson games). When he is quick to pick up the blitz, he knows where to go with the ball, showing good vision and judgment on his reads, but he tends to force the ball into coverage when his protection breaks down. He does show good timing and touch, but he has to stop forcing his throws into coverage.

 

He can be smooth driving back from center to his throwing point, but lacks the suddenness to avoid and slip tackles on the move. When he stands tall in the pocket, he is more accurate, but he needs to work on making all his throws from the outside hash (loses accuracy, especially when he doesn’t step into his passes).

 

Release...With that little hitch/wind-up, Jones will be inconsistent with his release. He locks on to his target, starts patting the ball waiting for it to open and fails to make progression reads as you would expect from a player with his intelligence level. In Mobile, he seems to show a high release on his throws. He sometimes reverted to a full wind up, but there were times that he showed the ability to deliver most of his throws with quickness. Even when he used a long throwing motion, he got the ball away in time. When he kept his delivery a little bit higher than ¾, he carried the ball properly to get a quick release.

 

In a recent report from one team with a quarterback need, they recognize that Jones is generally effective vs. man coverage, but does struggle quite a bit in attempts to recognize the zone coverage, where most of his costly mistakes (interceptions, pass break-ups) happen. He makes questionable decisions when flushed out of the pocket (see Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina games) and needs to do a better job of surveying and going through progressions rather than locking on to his primary target (does not look off well enough).

 

Arm Strength...There is no questioning his arm strength, but Jones needs to improve his touchdown to interception ratio. His short passes are generally on target, except when forced to throw on the move. He has good touch with accuracy on the short throws, putting the ball where the receiver can catch it. He just does not show great accuracy throwing long, as he will force several throws into coverage rather than toss the ball away. He needs to do a better job of reading defenders and coverage before he attempts to air it out.

 

Jones compensates for his adequate zone coverage reading skills with good power and snap in his release. He delivers the ball with good over-the-top mechanics and releases the ball with good quickness, coming straight back with the ball to generate more power behind his throws. He tends to generate a higher push in his delivery when throwing on the move, as some of those throws will wobble a bit, especially when he uses a big wind-up. Still, for a long-armed passer, he is conscious of not using a windmill motion much.

 

Accuracy...Jones shows adequate zip on his short to intermediate throws, but his long ball does float too much and he needs to get the ball away with a more consistent spiral (ball gets away from him when going deep). He can throw in the seam, but tends to feather the ball more than he should (has completed just 59.9% of his career passes). Jones won’t spray the ball all over the field, but when he tries to fire it at the numbers, he left more than a few passes behind in 2018 (see Virginia Tech, Virginia, Clemson, Wake Forest games). When he holds the ball too long waiting for his targets to break, he struggles. He shows very good touch and accuracy on the fade routes, but sometimes will hang it in the air of deep tosses.

 

Touch...Jones is a bit inconsistent throwing the deep comeback from the opposite end of the field. He shows better touch and accuracy throwing short and intermediate. He takes a little too much off the ball throwing long (ball floats). He has decent anticipation and timing on routes, but there are occasions where he needs to throw the ball quicker, especially when pressured. On most of his pass thefts, it seemed as if he was not taking a good enough pre-snap look to see coverage and make the adjustment.

 

Poise...Jones plays with good poise, as he will stand tall in the pocket and step into his throws. He can take a shot and stay composed in the pocket, but he will try to force some throws when trying to escape pressure. He has a presence standing in the pocket and is mechanically sound when not flushed out. He has good touch on short-to-intermediate throws and shows more than enough arm strength going deep (just inconsistent), but his long ball gets him in trouble when he does not properly read zone coverage, resulting in him forcing his throws when going deep (tends to float it up for grabs). He generally throws a nice, easy ball with very good placement standing or stepping up in the pocket, though (troubles happen on the move). When given time, he can get the ball off with a tight spiral and good arc, allowing the receivers to catch in stride rather than have to adjust in their routes.

 

Pocket Movement/Scrambling Ability...You would like to see Jones slide and avoid rather than try to run over defenders, as that led to injury issues early in the 2018 campaign. He seems to go through a long timing pattern before bailing on the pocket. He is only adequate when throwing the ball rolling out and scrambling, as he lacks great mobility and elusiveness in and out of the pocket. He moves around, but lacks the sudden burst to be effective running the ball. He will step up and buy time, but is not a threat with his feet. He does have decent timed speed, but perhaps due to his tall, lanky frame, he fails to sink his pads and looks awkward when he has to run with the ball.

 

Jones is more effective looking off and freezing a safety when standing in the pocket than when forced to roll out. He can move well enough to stay alive, but when he holds on to the ball too long, he then forces it into a crowd. If your offense is looking for Jones to scramble or get any yards running with the ball, that could be a problem. He is a productive quarterback in the pocket, but even with his timed speed, he is also a marginal open field runner. He squares his shoulders properly on delivery, but does not have the scrambling skills or avoidance ability to throw on the run, as he does not look natural doing this. He seems to be more productive throwing when running to his right than to the opposite field.

 

Compares To...Marc Bulger-ex-St. Louis Rams...Some think Jones is the second coming of Ryan Tannehill, but there is more polish in the Blue Devils game. While Jones has the pro size, he will need to add more bulk. He has good command in the huddle, but despite what some others feel, there seems to be too much inconsistency with him throwing long, especially on the move. He tries to force the ball too much between second level defenders and one look at the high amount of passes that have been picked off or deflected, he still needs a lot of coaching and tutoring.

 

 

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SIXTH-YEAR COLLEGIAN READY FOR THE NEXT LEVEL

Ryan Finley-#15

North Carolina State University Wolfpack

6:04.0-213

Agility Tests...4.73 in the 40-yard dash…1.69 10-yard dash…2.75 20-yard dash…4.20 20-yard shuttle…7.20 three-cone drill...30 1/2-inch vertical jump…9'-08" broad jump…32 7/8-inch arm length…9 1/2-inch hands… 77 1/8-inch wingspan.

 

College Career...Finley began his career at Boise State (2014-15), but only appeared in seven games during his time at the school. He finished his BSU career with 646 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions on 58-of-97 passes, as he rushed 29 times for 73 yards (2.5 ypc).

Finley was granted immediate eligibility upon transferring to North Carolina State (2016-18). In 39 games at the helm, he hit on 880-of-1,364 tosses (64.5%) for 10,501 yards, sixty touchdowns and 25 interceptions. On 185 carries, he totaled 309 yards with five scores and even caught a pair of passes for 18 yards. He finished his N.C. State career with 10,810 yards in total offense.

 

Finley closed out his Wolfpack career ranked second in passing yards, total offense and pass efficiency (141.14), topped by the Chargers' Philip Rivers (13,484 yards passing; 13,582 total offense yards; 144.16 pass efficiency rating; 2000-03). His sixty touchdown tosses are fourth in school annals and his yards gained per play (7.1) topped Rivers' previous record of 6.92 yards.

 

For his complete college career, Finley was successful on 938-of-1,461 attempts (64.2%) for 11,147 yards, 63 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. On the ground he carried 214 times for 382 yards (1.8 ypc) and five scores.

 

Background...The Phoenix native was an All-State performer in both football and basketball at Paradise Valley High School. He was named Arizona Division III, Section III East Co-Offensive Player of the Year and the 2012 Arizona Cardinals Player of the Year across all divisions.  A first-team Arizona Republic and Arizona Football Coaches’ Association all-state choice. NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Year and first-team pick in Arizona, he was one of six finalists for the Ed Doherty Award, given to the top player in Arizona high school football. He was also one of 33 finalists for the NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Award.

 

As a senior in 2012, Finley completed 270-of-424 passes, leading the state of Arizona with 3,442 yards. He also threw 35 touchdowns (vs. eight interceptions), and rushed 96-282 yards and four scores. As a junior, he was successful on 239-of-381 passes for 2,911 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven touchdowns. Also a standout on the hardwood, he earned second-team all-state honors (Division II) and helped lead Paradise Valley to the 2012-13 state title.

 

Finley enrolled at Boise State in 2013, but was red-shirted. In 2014, he saw limited action in four games behind center, finishing with 161 yards, two scores and an interception on 12-of-27 passing. He was named the starter to open the 2015, but only played through three games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against Idaho State. For the season, he went 46-for-70 for 485 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions.

 

Finley then transferred to North Carolina State, where he emerged with the first unit. He threw for 3,059 yards in 2016, the sixth-best mark in school history and the highest mark ever for a Wolfpack sophomore. His eighteen touchdowns tied as the 11th-best single-season mark in school history and the third-best total ever for a sophomore. He turned in 3,153 yards of total offense in 2016 - the seventh-best single-season mark in school history. No N.C. State quarterback had more attempts as a starter before throwing his first interception (139).  His interception avoidance mark of 1.99 was the sixth-best single-season mark in school history and would rank second on the career list. He also posted the seventh-best passing efficiency mark in school history (135.16).

 

In 2017, Finley was named to the Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, as he earned a 3.889 GPA while pursuing a Master’s degree in liberal arts. He passed for 3,059 yards in 2016, the sixth-best mark in school history and the highest mark ever for a Wolfpack junior. The team co-MVP connected on 312-of-479 passes (65.1%) for 3,518 yards, seventeen scores and six interceptions. At one point, he threw 339 passes without an interception, second-best in school history to Russell Wilson's FBS record of 379 (2009-10).
 

In thirteen games during the 2018 schedule, the first-team All-ACC choice completed 326-of-484 passes (67.4%) for 3,928 yards, 25 touchdowns and eleven interceptions, scoring once while gaining 21 yards on four carries. He was sacked eleven times for losses of 72 yards, turning the ball over four times via six fumbles while his opponents deflected 48 pass attempts. His average depth of target was 10.24, as he hit on 44-of-98 passes (44.9%) with four touchdowns and four interceptions under pressure. In the deep passing game, he connected on 31-of-71 attempts (43.66%) for 1,009 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions, as his receivers averaged 32.55 yards per catch.

 

The Scouting Report

Athletic Ability...Finley has a tall, developing frame with good bone structure and average muscle tone. He can easily carry at least another ten pounds of bulk without the additional weight affecting his overall quickness. He has average-sized hands and good arm length, but needs further lower body development.

 

Finley is a mobile passer who shows good slide and escape agility, but lacks the second gear to run long distances with the ball. He demonstrates good balance throwing across his body and the loose hips to get to the outside hashes. He has just adequate acceleration past the line of scrimmage, but does a good job of squaring his shoulders to break arm tackles. He has good mobility and decent quickness, showing balance rolling out of the pocket, along with the change of direction agility to avoid pass rushers. While he looks lean, he has the strength to absorb punishment standing in against the rush.

 

Football Sense...Some liken Finley to Alex Smith - an efficient game manager, but some scouts were not pleased with his low touchdown rate. Still, you can see he is a student of the game - the type you might find sitting in on coaches’ meetings and has the work ethic to study and break down game film. He has a bit of a gambler in him on the field (will throw ill-advised passes under pressure, especially in the red zone), but does a good job of scanning the field. He is quick to make his decisions, calmly making his progression reads while showing alertness to zone coverage. There is no question that he can handle and digest a complicated playbook. He has very good football smarts and also does well in the classroom. When he's flushed out of the pocket, he's difficult to defend, because he's a good thrower who is also mobile, and he's one of those players who can make something out of nothing at times (just needs better targets to work with).

 

Finley shows good toughness for this position. He will not hesitate to tuck the ball and run with it when his targets are covered. He can take a shot and still stand tall in the pocket and in the early part of the 2018 schedule, he showed that he certainly plays with pain. Whatever it takes to win the game, Finley will do. He is a tireless worker who organizes off-field workout sessions, spends lots of time in the weight room and film room and plays as if each play will be his last. He has the total respect of the staff and teammates and the younger players emulate his work ethic.

 

Set Up...Finley has the quick retreat skills from center to get to his drop point and sets his feet well to be ready to throw. He has the body control to throw off-balance and shows good ability to pass on the move. Whether off the sprint or in drop-back action, he can easily scan the field and demonstrates a smooth follow-through motion. He is usually operating out of the shotgun, but when he does line up under center, he shows decent set-up quickness. He has the foot speed to drive back from center and moves effortlessly in the pocket. He is ready to throw at the end of his drop. He shows a smooth release and gets to his set point with balance and agility.

 

Reading Defenses...Finley has a bit of gambler in him, but with his vision and patience in the pocket, he does a very good job of going through route progressions. There are times when you will see him force his throws under pressure. He can get into trouble with turnovers when he tries to throw long (had seven of his eleven interceptions on throws inside the red zone in 2018). He sees the entire field, whether standing in the pocket or on the sprint.

 

Finley has the ability to read the coverage and knows what is going on. However, when he locks on to his primary target he does not always locate his second and third receiver. He will make some bad decisions when flushed out or when pressured. That is when he might try to force the ball into tight areas. Still, he is a confident player, and when given time, he is effective when trying to read off on underneath throws.

 

Release...With his height and arm length, Finley’s over-the-top release gets the ball out with good quickness. He carries the ball chest high and is generally quick to get into position to throw. He has that quick wrist flick that gets the ball out effortlessly, but does need to improve his foot plant before throwing the deep ball. He gets rid of the ball on time and usually does so with a smooth motion. When he has time to throw, he will utilize a tight circle in his release that allows him to flick the ball out quickly.

 

Arm Strength...Finley is more effective when he keeps the ball in the short area, as he has much better velocity on his throws there (only completed 31-of-71 long tosses in 2018). He lacks the great arm strength to attack the deep secondary and most of his interceptions are the result of seeing his long tosses wobble or lose air. He will generally under-throw his targets when attacking the seam, but does show good zip working underneath. He can air the ball out if needed, but is better as an inside hash thrower. He has some power to play in the vertical game, but just has to pick his spots better. He likes to move around to get his throws off and is a dangerous short-to-intermediate passer from either hash.

 

Accuracy...Finley is quite effective throwing to the short-to-intermediate areas when on the move and knows how to hit his targets without having his receivers adjust much in their routes. He knows how to back-shoulder the ball to keep it away from defenders. When he operates in the short-to intermediate area, he shows much better timing on his attempts. He throws a tight spiral working underneath and does a good job of “threading the needle” when throwing into tight areas. He is precise throwing short on the move, as he does a good job of unleashing it across his body. He is also effective when passing off his back foot.

However, when attacking the deep zone, his long throws tend to spray some and if that long toss flutters, the defense can settle under it to make the interception (see Texas A&M, Boston College, Clemson games). He possesses good touch, doing a nice job of leading the receiver to the ball with minimal adjustment. He throws good fades and is effective on wide-open streaks. On his long throws, when provided protection, he has the ability to hit his receivers in stride and over the outside shoulder (gets in trouble when he forces the issue, though).

 

Touch...Finley shows better touch when he drills the ball into the short area. He can throw on the run and keeps his receivers in their routes with minimal adjustment when working underneath. He just runs hot and cold when trying to air the ball out. In the short passing game, he knows how to take something off his tosses and vary its speed. Once he works on his deep timing and shows more consistency with the 4-5 cut, he will be more effective delivering the ball in a seam. He has good touch and can lay it on a receiver in the short windows. The ball comes out fast from his release when he does not rush his throws. Rarely do his receivers have to adjust or break off their routes to get to his passes through the intermediate areas.

 

Poise...Ice water runs through Finley’s veins, reminding me a lot of Phil Simms (ex-Giants) and of course, Matty "Ice" Ryan, with his calm demeanor on the field, even in pressure situations. He has the loose hips to side-step and avoids pressure well, doing a fine job of stepping up and standing tall in the pocket. It is rare to see him rush his throws, but when he does so, the ball will sail a bit when he does not set his feet. With his size and balance, he is hard to knock down in the pocket. He’s the type of hard-nosed player that can not be rattled, one that plays with injuries that would sideline most and one who hangs tough under the rush. He is cool rolling out of the pocket and has the strength to break arm tackles when forced to run with the ball.

 

Pocket Movement/Scrambling Ability...Finley is very alert to pressure and takes advantage of his hip swerve to avoid the pass rush. He does take a sack rather than throw the ball away at times, but he is effective throwing on the roll-out. He has that peripheral vision that lets him quickly sense backside pressure, doing a nice job of stepping up to avoid. Still, he needs to protect the ball better (see fumbles vs. Virginia, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Clemson), as he is prone to fumbling it when he rolls out. He has mobility and good poise in the pocket, with the ability to step and slide. When he does slide, he keeps looking down field for his targets to get open. He shows a keen sense for the pass rush and a good feel to avoid pressure. He can not be distracted by defenders and does a nice job of maintaining his composure in pressure situations.

Finley might not win long distance foot races, but he is quite nimble moving out of the pocket and throwing on the run. He has very good balance that lets him get the ball out quickly, even when throwing without setting his feet first. He maintains his velocity and accuracy throwing to the short area from the outside hashes. When he scrambles, he can make plays. While he will look to throw first, if there are no targets free, he will run with the ball. He does not have blazing speed, but is fast and strong enough to  break arm tackles and fight for yards.

Compares To...Ryan Fitzpatrick-Tampa Bay...Finley is just starting to come into his own. He can easily be groomed in a pro-style offense and while he might lack the game experience there, he does show a lot of moxie on the field, along with good timing and touch. He might not be effective in a strong vertical attack, as he does get into interception trouble when firing the ball deep. Still, you can see that with patient coaching, he has the "smarts" to anticipate his receivers before they come out of their breaks.

 

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