Help Wanted: QB

Help Wanted: QB

Dec 28, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) attempts a pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

We at unspecified team Inc. are in the process of looking for a quarterback to carry and or compliment our current athletic structure in the goal of winning a Super Bowl in the near future. As an applicant you must illustrate a higher moral standard, leadership both on/off field among others things the ability to stick a ball on the outside shoulder of a wide receiver with pressure barrelling down in your face.

Quarterback still remains one of if not the single most difficult positions in the sporting world. This point is only amplified when you’re a prospective NFL QB with the dreams of calling out plays in huddles on a Sunday afternoon in the fall.

For the 2017 QB class, there may be no greater scrutiny of the position as whole than, well, the 2016 QB class.

Remember the initial impressions of class led by a skinny, Blonde-haired pivot from Cal, and some wonder-kid from North Dakota who played primarily FCS competition a majority of his college career. While both guys had their ups and downs -a typical rookie timeline- it was a fourth round, 135th selection by the Dallas Cowboys that took the league for ride this past season. According to an NFL.com profile Dak Prescott needed improvement in his “mechanics, poise, and quickness through his progressions if he’s to become a full-time starter”. Young Dak must’ve been a quick study as he torched the league with his passing, decision-making and poise that analysts in the spring did believe existed. Granted he played behind the best offensive line in football, surrounded by an outstanding cast of receiving targets and tag-teamed with the other candidate for rookie of the year in RB Ezekiel Elliott. When the situation required it, Dak made the play, you can see that in his NFC divisional round performance in Dallas’ biggest game in years.

This is all to say that while the initial read of 2017 QBs projects as “developmental candidates” that could perhaps pan out later in their careers, we can not simply right off an entire class, especially in January.

Deshaun Watson is coming off an walk-off home run ending after delivering a winning TD drive against the juggernaut of an Alabama program that was everyone’s favourite to add another trophy to their already immaculate facility. There was little secret as to Watson’s intention to enter the draft after celebrating Senior Day in Death Valley, SC as a junior. Opting to let his most recent victory promote his stock, Watson declined an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl -who knew juniors were allowed to participate-, instead focusing on the combine in Indianapolis weeks after Super Bowl LI.

DeShone Kizer has long been prepping for the draft after a dismal season quarterbacking the Fighting Irish to a 4-8 record that saved Notre Dame detractors from enduring one game come bowl season. Kizer looks the part, standing 6’4 and weighing 230 pounds, this past season seen him take the sole starting responsibility after finishing 2015 as the starting after QB Malik Zaire went down with a broken ankle, and then beating him out for the job after splitting snaps week 1 against Texas. Named team MVP and serving as a captain, Kizer was the lone bright spot in a disappointing season for ND.

The early belle of the group is former North Carolin Tar Heels QB Mitch Trubisky. Casted to the shadows during his first two years at Chapel Hill, serving as QB Marquise Williams understudy, 2016 was the first chance that Trubisky was able to take hold of the wheel. With firm control, Trubisky put up an impressive 28 TD- 4 INT ratio in his junior year helping to lead the Tar Heels to an 8-5 record. A QB that while not a scrambler, he posses enough athleticism to get him out of a jam in the pocket and use his legs to gain yards. His decision-making with the ball in his hands likely speaks to his football acumen that scouts and teams are enamoured with.  Before the the interview and workout phase of the scouting season, Mitch is “The Guy” in a draft where their is no consensus on who that franchise guy exactly is.

Brad Kaaya serves as one of the more intriguing studies for the next couple months. He has some of the highest highs, and lowest lows of any prospect in the entire draft. He believes in his arm talent, yet sometimes it can be to his detriment as will try to force the ball into tight windows, which is a trait that is often asked of NFL QBs, is it not? His sense of awareness in the pocket will need work after having to fend himself behind a line that was pretty mediocre, doing him no favour. With all that said, Kaaya is a 3-year starter that improved his attempts, completions, TDs and yards each season.  In wanted turned out to be his final game as a Hurricane, Kaaya passed for 282 yards with 4 TDs after beginning the game in sluggish fashion to come away with winning MVP for the game. Most often if a junior QB is declaring himself apart of the draft, there’s significant talk from enough team sources to indicate that their value would be in the early rounds, often in rounds one or two. However, at the time being, Kaaya is being mocked as an average 3rd round selection.

The draft process will be the only way to confirm these prognostication for Kaaya as well as the rest 2017 QB class if the experts are correct.

 

 

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