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.

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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!

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