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QB Scouting Reports - 2022

Bird’s Eye View: Positional Analysis

What a difference a year makes. Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, QB was an extremely talented position – the top 3 picks were all QBs! But 2022 leaves the teams in need of a QB lacking any day one starters or any can’t miss prospects. In fact, there isn’t a single QB with a first-round grade in this year’s draft! However, there are several prospects who should be available on day 3 of the draft who possess intriguing skillsets including EJ Perry of Brown, Aqeel Glass of Alabama A&M, and Zerrick Cooper of Jacksonville State.

Positional Grade: D

QB, Sr., San Jose State

603.7 / 212 lbs

Good height but possesses a thin lower body. Originally committed to Texas A&M, transferred to Arkansas, then finally settled at San Jose State. Good, not great arm. Struggles with accuracy / timing / touch, especially the farther the route runs. Has a long, slow delivery. Good athlete but limited mobility. Good leader. Tough. Good intangibles. Had a poor, injury-riddled season in 2021.

Worth a camp invitation.

Nick Starkel

Brandon Peters


QB, Sr., Illinois

604.5 / 227 lbs / 10.2” Hands

Transfer from Michigan. Prototypical size. Huge hands. Good arm strength. Experienced. Can be rattled by pressure. Injury history is a concern. Tough. Surprisingly athletic.

QB, Sr., Kansas State

601.7 / 217 / 8.5” Hands

Dual threat QB who is productive in both the running game and as a passer. A bit of a wind-up in his delivery but the release time is adequate. Good arm strength. Displays good accuracy / timing / touch. Improved consistently throughout his career. Combine invitee.

Skylar Thompson


Chris Oladokun


QB, Sr., South Dakota State

601.2 / 208 lbs / 8.7” Hands

Good arm strength but ball will sail when his feet aren’t set. Displays good accuracy and touch. Confident and experienced leader. Makes sound decisions. Toughness and grittiness help compensate for what he lacks physically.

QB, Sr., Jacksonville State

602.6 / 234 lbs / 9.4” Hands

Transfer from Clemson. Good mobility and athleticism – dangerous with the ball in his hands. Excellent arm strength – can make every NFL throw. Nice fundamentals. Clean release – quick and consistent. Footwork is solid.

Zerrick Cooper


Cole Kelley


QB, Sr., SE Louisiana

607.3 / 249 lbs / 9.7” Hands

Transfer from Arkansas. 2020 Walter Payton Award winner as best player in FCS. Big and strong. Shows limited mobility. Extremely strong arm. Throws with nice timing and touch. Displays nice anticipation. Off the field issues (DWI in 2018) will need to be investigated by NFL teams. Combine invitee.

QB, Sr., Alcorn State

Left-handed. Athletic and displays excellent mobility. Accurate passer on the move, both to the left and right. Strong arm. Poised and handles pressure well. Lacks both height and thickness. Lack of size makes him more prone to injuries. Needs a moving pocket and has difficulty throwing from the pocket. Doesn’t demonstrate much touch or anticipation. May deserve consideration as a conversion to WR or CB in the NFL.

Felix Harper


Kenny Pickett

Player Comparison:
Derek Carr, Las Vegas

QB, Sr., Pittsburgh

603.2 / 217 lbs / 8.4" Hands

Prototypical NFL size. Consistent over the top delivery – quick, efficient delivery. Good arm strength. Displays nice touch and anticipation. Decent running threat but not overly quick nor elusive but can work the depth of the pocket to buy time and has gotten quicker and more athletic as a senior. Overall accuracy is satisfactory but still needs work. Too often stares his receivers down and often leads the safety to the target. Good pocket presence and feels the backside rush. Deft ball handler on play action. Small hands - can be inaccurate in inclement weather. Very experienced and has consistently improved throughout his career. Displays leadership qualities and seems to have the respect of his teammates. Combine invitee.

QB, Jr., Ole Miss

601.5 / 212 lbs / 9.5" Hands

Player Comparison: Marcus Mariota, Atlanta

Athletic. Explosive in the open field – accelerates smoothly and quickly. Good arm strength. Excellent release - quick and efficient. Good accuracy and throws with anticipation. Leader who responds well to pressure. Throws well on the run. Good decision maker. Needs work on going through progressions and working the entirety of the field going through receiving options. Footwork needs continued development. Only moderate size – even more of a concern due to his running style. Combine invitee..

Matt Corral


Sam Howell

Player Comparison:
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland

QB, Jr., North Carolina

600.5 / 218 lbs / 9.1” Hands

On the short side but is not small. Thickly built. Powerful arm. Can zip the ball in tight spaces. Quick release. Efficient delivery. Accurate when given time. Displays excellent timing and touch. Good mobility but doesn’t display a lot of quickness. Physical runner. Sometimes doesn’t set his feet leading to accuracy issues. Will trust too much in his arm and force the ball into traffic. Has a gunslinger mentality that sometimes leads to mistakes. Offensive line issues impact his ability to set his feet – noticeably effects his confidence. Is prone to giving up on progressions, instead breaking the pocket and running the ball. Tough. Leader. Combine invitee.

QB, Jr., Liberty

600.4 / 219 lbs / 9.4” Hands

(**UPDATED 3/22**)

Transfer from Auburn. Sturdy and strong but not tall. Extremely athletic. Fast - Recorded a 20.56 mph GPS at the Senior Bowl. Great lateral agility. Excellent arm strength. Raw – needs development. Slight hitch in his delivery. Tends to stare at the pass rush and fails to keep his eyes downfield looking for an open receiver. Arm strength is unaffected by bad weather. Willis has tremendous upside but needs development in his footwork and technique – tends to throw off balance or with a poor base. Will bird dog his primary receiver and often fail to go through his progressions. Needs development in pocket awareness – sometimes doesn’t feel the back side pressure. Plays exclusively out of the shotgun and will need reps taking snaps under center and dropping back into the pocket. Combine invitee.

Malik Willis

Player Comparison:
 Trey Lance, San Francisco

Desmond Ridder

Player Comparison:
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis

QB, Sr., Cincinnati

603.3 / 211 lbs / 10.0” Hands

Experienced – has started four straight years for the Bearcats. Good size – good height with a slightly narrow build. Consistent set up and delivery. Arm mechanics are sound. Footwork needs development. Good, not great arm strength. Accuracy / timing / touch can be streaky – sometimes sails passes and overthrow receivers. Pocket presence is adequate – susceptible to the backside rush. When his footwork is adequate, can be very accurate. Very good athlete. Fast. A threat with the ball in the open field. Good leader. Winner. Has continuously gotten better throughout college career. Shows traits to be a playmaker on the NFL level due to his experience, intelligence, and overall athletic profile. Combine invitee.

QB, Sr., Iowa State

600.5 / 212 lbs / 9.2” Hands

(**UPDATED 3/22**)

Experienced, effective multi-year starter as the Cyclones starting QB for the last 4 seasons. Leader. Tough. Hard-nosed. On the short side but is thickly built. Good, not great, arm strength. Can throw with good timing and touch when he plays with an adequate base and footwork and doesn’t force the ball. Throws with anticipation. Prone to trusting too much in his arm and will sometimes make bad decisions. Has improved in his ability to read progressions. Prone to failing to sense backside pressure. Streaky passer. Decent mobility but is not a threat as a runner. Combine invitee.

Brock Purdy

Player Comparison:
Sam Ehlinger, Indianapolis

D’Eriq King

Player Comparison:
Greg Ward, Philadelphia

QB / WR, Sr., Miami

508.6 / 196 lbs / 9.2” Hands

(**UPDATED 3/22**)

Transfer from Houston. 6th year player. Returned from an ACL injury that ended his 2020 season and another injury ended his 2021 season. Short. Athletic. Threat throwing on the run or as a runner. Leader. Smart. Sometimes forces the ball trying to make a play. Lacks experience reading coverages and going through progressions – tends to look for his primary read and, if covered, tucks the ball and runs. Size leads to susceptibility to injury. Last two college seasons ended by injury. Listed on the East-West Shrine Game roster as a QB / WR. Appears to have enough speed and athleticism to be able to convert to slot WR. Combine invitee.

QB, Jr., Nevada

603.3 / 226 lbs / 9.1” Hands

(**UPDATED 3/22**)

Excellent size. Quick release. Accurate in the short to intermediate game. Arm strength is adequate but not outstanding – lacks zip on out patterns. Ball seems to hang in the air the farther he has to throw downfield. Experienced. Displays natural leadership skills. Capable and efficient in the use of audibles at the line. Poised and feels backside pressure. Consistent and efficient release. Limited mobility. Gutsy and tough and displays good pocket presence. Has had multiple knee injuries at Nevada and a team has to be comfortable with his medical prognosis prior to drafting him. Combine invitee.

Carson Strong

Player Comparison:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington

Dustin Crum

Player Comparison:
Daniel Jones, NY Giants

QB, Sr., Kent State

601.0/ 210 lbs / 9.3" Arms

(**UPDATED 3/22**)

Very experienced, multi-year starter who led Kent State to their first ever bowl victory. Extremely mobile and athletic. Nice burst. Physical runner. Team leader who teammates rally around. Decent size. Adequate arm strength. Accurate passer in the short and intermediate passing game but passes tend to sail deep. Consistent over the top delivery. Composed in the pocket. 2021 MAC Player of the Year. Combine invitee.

QB, Sr., James Madison

604.2 / 207 lbs / 8.7” Hands

Player Comparison: Joe Flacco, NY Jets

Tall and lanky. Quick release. Consistent, over the top mechanics. Adequate arm strength. Displays nice accuracy, timing, and touch. Surprisingly mobile but not especially quick or fast. Throws well on the move, even to his left; squares his shoulders and sets feet. Poised. Very good mechanics. Flashes ability to read coverage and go through available receivers but too often is too quick to tuck and run. Tends to stare down his primary receiver and although poised under pressure, makes rushed decisions when he does not have a clean pocket. Operates nearly entirely from the shotgun – may need reps from under center.

Cole Johnson


Kaleb Eleby


QB, Jr., Western Michigan

600.6 / 208 lbs / 9.2" Hands

Multi-year, experienced starter for the Broncos. Strong build but lacks ideal height. Tough and calm – not rattled by pressure. High football IQ and processes effectively pre-snap. Good at going through his progressions. Good arm strength but accuracy wanes on longer throws. Accurate in the short and intermediate range. Too often fails to sense backside pressure or the delayed blitz. Good athlete but not a running threat. Natural leader. Combine invitee.

QB, Sr., Louisiana

508.7 / 192 lbs / 9.3” Hands

Very undersized. Left-handed. Very experienced. Winner. Strong arm. Knows the offense well – spread, RPO-based. Good decision maker. Athletic. Quicker than fast. Good accuracy. May warrant a look at WR or CB. Could interest a team that utilizes moving pockets but size seems to indicate a position switch

Levi Lewis


Jack Coan


QB, Sr., Notre Dame

603.2 / 218 lbs / 9.4” Hands

Transfer from Wisconsin. Experienced, productive at both Wisconsin and Notre Dame. Good height but relatively thin frame. Good arm strength. Throws with anticipation. Slick ballhandler on play action fakes. Smart. Plays well in big games. Limited mobility and not a threat outside the pocket. Combine invitee.

QB, Sr., Brown

601.5 / 211 lbs / 9.0” Hands

(**UPDATED 3/22**)

Dual threat QB. Quick delivery. Consistent release point. Quick footed. Athletic and fast. Sometimes has too narrow of a base and that leads to accuracy issues. Otherwise, generally accurate and throws with anticipation and timing. Adequate arm strength but accuracy drops the further the route is downfield. Good field vision. Leader. 2022 East-West Shrine Game Offensive MVP – threw for nearly 250 yards, all in the second half.

EJ Perry


Bailey Zappe


QB, Sr., Western Kentucky

600.4 / 215 lbs / 9.6” Hands

Transfer from Houston Baptist. Threw for nearly 6,000 yards and 62 TDs in his lone season at Western Kentucky. Good football IQ. Effective in his ability to go through his progressions and see the entire field. Good but not great arm strength. Poised and handles pressure well – feels the backside rush. Lacks ideal size, barely measuring over 6’ tall. Footwork is inconsistent and he tends to throw from a narrow base. Decent mobility but is not a running threat. Good arm. Very good leadership traits. Invited to 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

QB, Sr., California

602.0 / 218 lbs / 9.0” Hands

A 4-year starter for California. Excellent athlete with good height and frame. Ran for over 1,100 yards in 2021. Athletic and fast. Calm demeanor. Feels pressure well and effectively buys time with his feet. Sometimes rattled by pressure and tucks the ball and runs too early. Ball sometimes flutters when his feet aren’t set. Very good accuracy / timing / touch on short and intermediate throws. Doesn’t throw a reliable deep ball, putting too much air under the ball but overall has a good arm. Good with reading coverages post snap and defensive alignments pre-snap. Improving at his ability to go through progressions throughout his career. Leader.

Chase Garbers


Aqeel Glass


QB, Sr., Alabama A&M

603.6 / 233 lbs / 8.5” Hands

Good size. Very strong arm. Displays good mobility and can beat a defense with his legs. Very accurate and productive at his level of competition. Displays nice timing and touch. Slight hitch in his delivery. Release is a bit slow. Small hands could lead to ball control issues, especially in inclement weather. Looks the part.

QB, Sr., Oregon

601.3 / 228 lbs / 9.5” Hands

Transfer from Boston College. Mature. Seems like a natural leader. Seems perfectly made for the shotgun / spread / RPO based offense Oregon runs. Poised. Good size and athleticism. Awkward release. Inconsistent mechanics and poor footwork leads to accuracy issues.

Anthony Brown

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