2018 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Quarterbacks
The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine gets underway in full on Friday, March 2nd. Each timed drill or on-field drill means something for each position. Some drills mean more and some mean less.
Today we are going to break down the Quarterback position as it relates to the Scouting Combine.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR AT QB?
The only timed drill that a QB will do in Indy that means anything is the forty-yard dash. Even that, however, doesn’t mean a lot in the grand scheme of things.
The main thing I look for during the field drills from quarterbacks is how they do with their five and seven-step drops. Especially since most passers now come from offenses that rarely, if ever, come from under center. I also look they can make certain throws with enough arm strength. Specifically, two routes that are staples of NFL offenses are the 15-yard OUT and the DEEP COMEBACK. Hence, if a QB can’t make those throws, they probably aren’t going to have long-term success in the league.
For the players not fortunate enough to play in an All-Star game (mostly underclassmen), official measurements are key. Whether we as fans or analysts like it or not, each of the 32 NFL teams has certain criteria that a player must meet or they will not draft them. Whether it is a height threshold, a weight threshold, or a certain hand size, teams will cross guys off if they don’t meet their numbers.
Another measurement for QBs at the Combine is pass velocity. This number is not ever formally released to the public, but it usually leaked out within a week. In fact, history has shown us that a signal caller that throws under 55-mph at the Combine does not go on too much success at the next level. However, a potential notable exception to this could be Texan’s QB Deshaun Watson. Watson was having a dominant start to his rookie year despite only throwing 49-mph at last year’s combine.
WHO IS PARTICIPATING THIS YEAR?
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Sam Darnold, Southern Cal
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Josh Allen, Wyoming
Luke Falk, Washington State
Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
Mike White, Western Kentucky
Riley Ferguson, Memphis
Kurt Benkert, Virginia
Logan Woodside, Toledo
Austin Allen, Arkansas
Chase Litton, Marshall
Tanner Lee, Nebraska
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Quenton Flowers, South Florida
Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech
Danny Etling, LSU
There is little doubt that Lamar Jackson will run the fastest 40. Also, Josh Allen will likely have the highest velocity.
A reminder: The Combine and Pro Days are only a small percentage of the evaluation. Above all, game tape is always the number one factor in prospect evaluation.
Next time we will preview the Combine Running Backs!