Summer Scouting: Top 5 Quarterbacks
1. Spencer Rattler
Rattler is the next off the production line at ‘QBU’. Another diminutive, athletic signal-caller with a cannon for an arm. His ability to go off script and make throws from crazy platforms is a neat fit for the modern NFL. In 2021, he will need to find the correct balance between uber-confidence and arrogance. At times it can manifest itself in over-aggressiveness and ultimately mistakes.
Best Trait: Rope for an arm.
2. Sam Howell
If Rattler is difficult to contain on the horizontal plane, Howell excels vertically. Rather than escaping to the side of the pocket, one of Howell’s best traits is the ability to buy time by stepping up in the pocket. Howell can push the ball downfield but doesn’t have the juice of Rattler. He has benefited from an elite surrounding cast and number generating offense. If he turns in another stellar year in 2021, he will deserve the first round plaudits.
Best Trait: Tough in the face of pressure
3. Matt Corral
Corral could be the player that burns me in this QB class. His tape is truly a rollercoaster. Having beat out JR Plumlee for the starting job last year, he thrived in Lane Kiffin’s offense. Corral is the definition of a playmaker, almost to a fault. His combined 11 interceptions against Arkansas and LSU highlight that. If the mental side catches up with the big arm and he can temper his attacking instincts, Corral has a high ceiling.
Best Trait: Playmaking ability
4. Malik Willis
Willis is the quarterback who plays with a chip on his shoulder. Having found himself on the outside looking in at Auburn, Willis transferred to Liberty and had a breakout year in 2020. With over 2200 passing yards and just shy of 1000 rushing, Willis is a dual-threat whose tape will bring a smile to your face. There is still plenty of polish needed around the edges, but his dynamism will appeal to scouts.
Best Trait: Unpredictability
5. Carson Strong
If you are searching for a more prototypical quarterback prospect, then Nevada’s Carson Strong could be your cup of tea. At 6’4, he is the tallest prospect of this group by some margin. With that, he loses on the athleticism front, but his arm makes him a legitimate NFL prospect. He can hit targets all over the field, showing necessary touch and accuracy. With a completion rate of over 70 per cent, he has faced lesser talent but doesn’t benefit from the best protection. His season opener against Cal could be a significant watch for the scouting community.
Best Trait: Ball placement
FCS Prospect to Watch: Eric Barriere
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