2021 Rookie Draft Reference Guide: The QBs
John Cooney - 4/19/2021
QUARTERBACKS 2021: 4 STARS THEN ROLL THE DICE!
POSITION ANALYSIS –The 2021 draft is sure to be a challenge for all NFL clubs with the Combine cancelled under the due to the persistent cloud of the pandemic. Many of the players in this draft class were limited in preparation for the 2020 season, persevered through virtual practices and meetings, played a pared-down schedule or lined up with unfamiliar teammates due to some opting out of the 2020 campaign. College game film of all players must be dissected with proper perspective when evaluating this entire draft class. QBs in particular faced the steepest challenges in college this past year and pro scouts as well as NFL team decision-makers have some dicey draft conclusions to make. All that in consideration there appears to be 4 collegiate passers that merit serious 1st round consideration. Pro-Day workouts will matter most this year and there are some "pretenders" in this draft class that should look spectacular in those well-rehearsed drills performed in comfortable surroundings.
THE BLUE CHIPPERS
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, 6-6, 220 –A long, tall 6’6"-220+ pound QB with a very proportioned build, Lawrence is not just the typical lanky-limbed, stiff passer. He displays the motions and coordination of the "smaller" athlete. Lawrence has surprisingly quick and nifty footwork, is quick-twitched yet fluid in his actions. Set-up is rapid and sure, while platform may be a tad wide causing some flat-footed or back-foot throws that sail of just miss the mark; both the exception rather than the norm. The Clemson QB has a fine arm with plenty of zip and he gets the ball out relatively fast despite his stretch-physique and a slight wind-up. Biggest weak point is his tendency to stare down an intended target and must be mindful of that faux-pas at the next level. Lawrence completed 66.6% of his passes over 3 seasons at Clemson, connected for 70 TDs passing, added 18 more on the ground while getting picked off just 17 times in 35 collegiate games played.
PROJECTION:Deserving of going #1 overall for 2021? Sure, given the field of this draft class.I do think he’ll need time to absorb the speed and complex defenses of the NFL though and a slow start is not a shock should that occur. He has a fine resume of quality starts versus quality SEC defenses, starting 33 of his 35 Clemson appearances and has performed outstandingly in the brightest collegiate spotlights so the next stage is not too big for Lawrence. He goes 1 or 2 in the 2021 NFL draft and should have a fine pro career once he’s up-to-speed.
Zach Wilson, BYU, 6-3, 210 –Brigham Young U is about to send a winner to the NFL. Zach Wilson heads to the pro ranks with as much talent and physical tools as any in the 2021 QB draft class. He is as fine a runner as he is passer, though Wilson is almost always pass-first. BYU utilized his skillful motor attributes on practically every play as Wilson worked mostly out of shotgun (though he showed quite willing and able under center when play design called for such) and smartly navigated a moving pocket. Wilson can get a bit loose with the football as he bounces through the rush, creating ball-security issues. He seemed to be in perpetual motion from snap-to-play completion. As a pro Wilson needs to quiet his footwork, nifty and clean as it is. Because of this noisy footwork Wilson tends to get a tad too wide planting to throw and launch over his front foot. His strong arm most times masks these coachable flaws, and the ball comes off his hands with juice. He effortlessly changes arm angle and release points from high to sidewinding. The Cougar field leader excels seeking targets beyond the sticks. His high ¾ release comes quickly despite a somewhat lower ball carriage, another in-motion side effect. Wilson works the full field, sidelines and hash-marks and is a fearless thrower while protecting the ball at the same time. His 2020 final numbers are simply stellar: 33 TDs to just 3 INTs, a play-making 11.0 YPA and 73.5% completion rate on 336 throws. He added 10 rushing scores to boot. Zach Wilson stands in at 6’3-219 and looks to be a 4.6x40 runner. Wilson just looks like a starting pro QB, too!
PROJECTION:If there is any cold water to be thrown on Zach Wilson’s stellar 2020 campaign it is the level of competition he faced, which wasn’t exactly the elite of the NCAA and his somewhat slippery hands protecting the ball. Still, Wilson dominated those 2nd and 3rd tiered defenses in spectacular fashion. The BYU passer is a natural for the position and plays with great energy, fearlessness as well as elite-level skill. Wilson is #1-overall pick worthy in this 2021 draft class but doesn’t have the massive hype-squad behind his draft journey or the name recognition as Trevor Lawrence enjoys. In the right NFL location and under creative offensive coaching Zach Wilson may very well out-perform this entire QB class and be a fantasy top-12 passer for years.
Justin Fields, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 –Justin Fields is an athletic, mobile QB with star-quality skills. Measuring 6’3-228, Fields is as physically coordinated as any QB to have played this IN COLLEGE. He can throw, throw with accuracy, remain that on the move, zip it or feather a throw short-to-deep. But what stands out in such a marvelous and outstanding way is his rapid yet purposeful footwork. The young passer rarely throws from an improper platform even after re-setting his feet on the fly. He almost always re-establishes sound lower-body passing form, gets his foundation pointed to the target and delivers a ball in fine receiving location for his intended targets. Fields works mostly from shotgun but has taken center snaps. As stated, he is quick setting his throwing platform, shows good ball carriage at ready-to-throw level. Fields spins ‘em with velocity, correct tempo and trajectory. While poised under pressure Fields becomes a rushing threat once he decides to vacate the pocket. Fields is confident and remains a sharp passer on the run, which he did in abundance and with purpose at OSU. The Buckeye QB weapon works the full width of the field well and is quite proficient targeting various depths of routes, though his long-ball heaves need some target practicing. Because of his confidence in both his legs and arm talent Fields will hold the ball too long at times and take sacks; it happens with his kind of QB. He must improve on his speed through progressions going forward. Make no mistake Justin Fields is bound for gridiron glory as a pro. In his last 22 games played (just 8 this season thanks to Covid cancellations) Fields fired off 63 aerial strikes for scores and suffered just 9 INTs. Chuck in 15 more scores on the ground in that span. He completed 68.4% of his throws in his 3-year college career (2018 w/Georgia) at a Yards Per Attempt clip of 9.2. These are not empty numbers fluffed up by a pro-like supporting cast (hello Dwayne Haskins, JT Barrett); Justin Fields earned his quality stats.
PROJECTION:Don’t be shocked if Fields goes #1 overall once the 2021 version of the Combine is completed, and he outshines projected overall #1 pick Trevor Lawrence in year-1… maybe over their respective NFL careers. Many might make the mistake of type-casting Fields as yet another Ohio State QB that pads the personal stats but can’t carry it over to the pro ranks. Fields ain’t that guy! Of course his NFL destination will matter much as to how he performs as a rookie, but this Buckeye QB is more mature, skilled and nuanced than his collegiate predecessors. No doubt Fields is a Day-1 draft pick in 2021. Justin Fields… Deshaun Watson? Yeah, I see that.
Mac Jones, Alabama, 6-2, 214–Mac Jones had a season that stands up against any of the QBs in the 2021 draft class. Considering the top-shelf SEC competition he lines up against, Jones completed an astounding 77.4% of his 402 passes for an equally astounding 11.2 YPA. That’s 4500 yards of passing for the campaign, which led to Jones hitting up 41 TD passes and a paltry 4 INTs. Jones is a throwback as a pocket passer with modest at best athleticism. He worked mostly shotgun and shows quick, decisive drop-back and set footwork. The ‘Bama QB measures out a classic 6’3-215 with a sturdy frame. Textbook ball carriage on his drop backs and an old-time over-the-top release, getting his shoulders squared and then torqued for velocity. He is a quick decision-maker which stems from being prepared weekly, reading defenses early and accurately and knowing where his open receivers are or will be. Excellent timing QB that anticipates and throws his receivers open. While not a power passer Jones delivers the ball with better-than-average velocity and hawkeyeaccuracy. He is a daring thrower who consistently places the ball for his targets only. Jones navigates the pocket with poise and there is no panic under pressure. His deeper launches will come up short at times when throwing on the move, but he remains sharp and on-point short-to-midrange. He vastly improved his accuracy downfield in 2020, mostly understanding trajectory and timing better. Mac Jones put up epic passing numbers while leading the best team in college football (Alabama) to an undefeated championship season against some of the best competition in college football (SEC).
PROJECTION:No doubt Jones is being dinged for NOT fitting the new "move" mold of the pro QB of today and he is coming into this draft vastly under-appreciated. At worst Jones is a solid backup type, but he is so much more than that if set in the right pro environment. Some NFL club is going to bag Jones at a draft day discount and come away with a potential franchise type passing QB when they call out Mac Jones as the pick. His post-season play and workouts are drawing rave reviews and ‘Bama’s championship QB likely now goes first day of the 2021 draft. The lights turned on in 2021 for Mac Jones… BRIGHT AS HECK!
Trey Lance, North Dakota State, 6-4, 228 –Trey Lance opted out of the 2020 season, leaving him with just 16 starts at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Lance brings outstanding size, athleticism, a fine arm and a very confident package to the field, however the North Dakota State passer lacks depth of practical game experience and another year of college ball in a quality program like NDSU would have greatly advanced his on-field acumen. The QB leaves the college ranks having never thrown an INT; 28 TDs and 0 INTs in 2019. Lance owns immense pro potential but much more development is needed. Working out of shot-gun mostly, Lance appears limited to pre-snap basic reads at best. Though owning supreme footwork he barely retreats to set his platform, which is a tad wide and beyond the pads. His footwork is smooth but oddly remains static standing in the pocket. The Bison QB shows little ability at this time to go through progressions, locking onto his pre-determined target upon snap, rarely looks off his initial target. If the play is not there Lance’s first "read: is take off and gain yards with his gifted wheels. He shows a pretty powerful arm and very good accuracy; the balls zips off his hand and spins tightly. Despite his zeroing in on his prime target too early Lance delivers passes with good ball location to his receivers. His performance successes appear to have come from elite physical tools and a well-scripted game plan. He likely was coached to run what is called or take off; protection by his coach. Lance can drive the ball downfield with power, in the pocket or on the run but downfield shots need work hitting the target in stride and on spot. Lance displays excellent form throwing the ball, with classic over-the-top delivery. He can run but is not just a scrambler out of the pocket, but rather a RB-worthy weapon. The QB is big, fast and agile with RB-like vision as a runner. Lance will take on tacklers and needs to learn to avoid the hit at the next level.
PROJECTION:Tray Lance is a QB coach’s dream project, but he is not ready for prime time action at this point. Much seasoning is required before this QB cake is baked and ready. The lack of abundant starts in college and the lower-level defenses he faced probably pushes Lance into Day-2 of the 2021 draft. If his next coaching staff is set to be patient and develop the uber-talented but raw QB, fanballers would be wise to watch and wait on Trey Lance.
Kyle Trask, Florida, 6-4, 240 –Big, strong pro-style QB at 6’5-240. A late ankle injury forced Trask to bow out of the Senior Bowl. Trask is a classic pocket passer, standing tall and confident while scanning for his receivers. He is not a mobile QB by any standard but manages the pocket well with "feel" and nuance for the position. Trask climbs the pocket smartly and in timely fashion to avoid the rush and make his throws when pressured. Works mostly shotgun but shows ability to take snaps under center. Solid footwork, quicker than anticipated and sets a well-balanced, ready-to-throw platform. Trask gets the ball out speedily after making quick reads and will go to secondary options when the defense cuts off the primary target. Though Trask avoids picks he is not a timid passer, throwing accurately to tightly covered receivers in locations only his intended target will catch. The ball arrives on time and with excellent velocity to all fields. Deep ball could use a little more air under it; flat trajectory at times. Trask plays with mature poise and appears to be prepared to play each game. His bigtime, over-the-top classic release and delivery combined with a sturdy 6’5-240 pound frame is NFL quality and surely will catch the eyes of pro draft planners. The Gator gamer led the nation's collegiate QBs with 43 TD passes and finished with the 3rd best yards passing per game average ever at 356.9.
PROJECTION:Kyle Trask doesn’t fit the mold of the hyper-active move QBs of today, but he is clearly an NFL-caliber starting QB talent and could be ready to play sooner than later. Trask requires a more traditional NFL offensive environment with a strong pass-blocking unit in front of him. With just 24 collegiate starts under his belt Trask may not be ready for a season or 2. A coach like Tampa Bay’s Bruce Arians (and watching Tom Brady show how it is done) would be the ideal set-up for this high quality throwback pocket passer destined for a Day-2 call out at the draft.
WILD CARD!Davis Mills, Stanford, 6-4, 225–Davis Mills is a Stanford senior enters the 2021 draft with just 14 college game appearances and 11 starts total. Mills got his shot in 2019, taking over for now fellow 2021 draft hopeful KJ Costello. Mills showed flashes of good QB vision, accuracy, and arm talent out of the box, but his lack of practical game experience creeped into his performance as well. Still, there is no denying Mills’ natural QB talents and his unusual maturity despite the sparse amount of action he saw. His highlight game in 2019 was 504 yards and 3 TDs (2 INTs) versus Washington State. In his 14 games at Stanford over 3 years Mills produced 287 completions on 438 tries (65.5%), 3468 passing yards (7.9 YPA), 18 TDs and 8 picks. IN a 4-game stretch finale to his college career Mills hit 70.1% of his passes, had an outstanding 8.5 YPA and tossed 6 TDs to 3 INTs. His last game as a Cardinal popped with 428 yards (9.1 YPA) and 3 TDs (3 INTs) versus UCLA. Mills is a classic pro-QB that stands strong and tall in the pocket. Though he is not overly athletic the Stanford passer is nimble and savvy in the pocket and uses efficient lateral jumps and slides to avoid the rush. He owns an evenly distributed 6’4-225 frame and moves with excellent body coordination. Mills is not a statue-stiff pocket type. He is proficient working from under center of shotgun. He appears well-coached, poised and remarkably quite ready for the professional level. Mills is smart and efficient in his drop-back, plant and throw, with a quick and high release. His snappy reads, swiftness through progressions and confident decision-making within the pocket most often result in timely passes arriving at play-making location for his targets. The pro prospect whips a zippy yet catchable ball with above average velocity and becomes a sharpshooter on most short-to-midrange routes. He is deadly accurate and on-time hitting slants and seam routes. Mills has an uncanny recognition of receiving angles and windows. Where his game breaks down some is when flushed out of the pocket and deep launches. Working outside the tackles is not his strength and his long ball needs sharpening in both timing and accuracy, though distance is not an issue. Oddly, Mills does need work on his screen mechanics and recognition of defenses sniffing those passes out. Davis Mills surely has his best football ahead of him as he owns very impressive and natural QB skills.
PROJECTION:There is not an abundance of game "film" on Davis Mills since he only took starter snaps for 11 games in college and many will skip over this excellent pro QB prospect for a lack of numbers. Make no mistake Mills has true NFL goods… starter goods! In 2019 he played just 8 games after taking over for a struggling KJ Costello (who transferred to Mississippi State for the 2020 campaign) and this past season Stanford only played a 6-game slate due to the pandemic mess. Given the very trying and unusual circumstances of 2020 (truncated camps if any, barebones practices, players quarantined, etc) Mills still put sneaky good numbers and game tape. Stanford QBs have made big impact in the NFL over the years and it is only a matter of time and sound pro coaching before fanballers are asking "Where did this guy come from?"
THE BEST OF THE REST
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, 6-3, 214 –Kellen Mond stands in with a slimmer 6'3-214 build. He is athletic for a QB but plays with a somewhat tentative demeanor. Mond appeared to regress last season compared to his impressive work in 2019. The Texas A&M star looked less confident and sure, especially in the pocket and his decision-making. Mond works out of the shotgun and sets up with choppy, unsettled footwork. His feet are noisy in the pocket and his throwing platform needs refining. Mond is often throwing over-top of his plant leg, leading to tosses arriving short or behind his intended targets. He mostly uses a 3/4- delivery but because of his flawed platform Mond very often fails to drive the ball. He does possess a strong arm but poor mechanics restrict top velocity and consistent accuracy. Mond is skittish in the pocket and "feels" the pass rush prematurely, racing through progressions and making poor target decisions a bit too frequently. There are far too many "college" reads and throws Mond has made that won't fly versus NFL DBs. On the move and flushed out of the pocket, Mond will gain chunks of ground yards as he is a fine athlete, but accuracy and timing become challenged.
PROJECTION:With Kellen Mond, it is all about mechanics and poise. He has the tools to be a pro QB but must clean-up and quiet down the footwork. There is upside here for sure, but Mond also displays flaws that must be coached up and/or out of his game. I won’t be shocked to see the Texas A&M star fall to Day-3 in the 2021 draft. The anchor weighing him down is the down-tick in quality game film from 2019 to this season.Mond may rediscover his potential and become a regular starting pro passer but more likely he makes it as a solid NFL bullpen QB.
Jamie Newman, Georgia, 6-3, 235–Jamie Newman is a big, physical and flat-out tough QB that transferred from Wake Forest to Georgia as a 2020 red-shirt senior. That season that never happened for Newman as he opted-out under the pandemic uncertainty. Newman had 1 full season of "breakout" play while at Wake (2019). In that last year as a Demon Deacon Newman completed 61% of his 361 throws for 2866 yards (7.9 YPA), 26 TDs and 11 INTs. He pounded out 574 yards rushing, with an emphasis on pounded, and logged 6 ground scores. As Wake Forest QB Newman ran many designed QB runs. His vision is limited as a runner but he is athletic and game in his efforts, often driving into tacklers for extra yards. Newman is not an easy bring-down and while that is admirable in the college ranks, that rugged style is a QB injury-in-waiting in the pros. Newman worked mostly shotgun and shows fair footwork that could use some good NFL tweaking. He is not a proficient reader of defenses and only gets worse once flushed out of the pocket. In the pocket the never-was Georgia passer stands tall but impatient. HE rarely allows routed to develop and takes off far too soon, too often. As a thrower Newman has a compact release with just a slight wrist-hitch before letting it go. His ball has zip but a little wobble cuts back on max MPH and accuracy. A breakdown of his throwing platform on the move causes loss of mechanics, with passes arriving late and/or behind crossing or slanting receivers. Newman will WOW us with one pass and UGH with the next as decision-making is an adventure. Defenses seem to read his eyes quite easily as Newman locks in on the called target early and hardly checks through his progressions. He trusts his rather strong but inconsistent arm a bit too much and forces throws into ill-advised windows. Leadership is not an issue as Newman is energetic and full-speed ahead on the field. Jamie Newman’s highs and lows are plentiful and frequent just about every game. Solid NFL QB coaching and a lengthy internship under an accomplished pro QB is required here.
PROJECTION:Jamie Newman lost his 2020 season when he opted-out, a season he had hoped to take his game to the next level and get in the 1st-round conversation of the 2021 draft. It was a year that this QB very much needed for experience and validation. Instead, he enters the draft with loads of question marks. This is one tough, big QB though. His 2019 performance versus Boston College is proof; 21 of 33 passing, 243 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT… 23 (YIKES) rushes for 102 yards. Hard-as-nails aside, Newman’s hand grenade accuracy and spotty consistency are the big negatives. Can he throw a tighter spin? That would help. Jamie Newman looks a lot like Jameis Winston chucking the rock out there but is a better athlete than Winston. Newman needs a couple of solid years learning from the sidelines.
Feleipe Franks, Arkansas, 6-6, 228–Feleipe Franks is a big, rugged QB with functional mobility, a big-play arm and evolving accuracy. Franks transferred to Arkansas after 3 years at Florida, where he started as a freshman and played 28 games. An ankle derailed his chances to continue at Florida as Kyle Trask took over for him and never looked back. Franks was coming along in development as he was completing an astounding 76.1% of his passes in 2019 before injury struck. No doubt 2020 was a daunting challenge for this transfer QB, coming into a new program, new offense and little opportunity to prepare before taking first game-day snaps at Arkansas, but Franks continued to play with the "light on". He completed 68.5% of his 238 passes as a Razorback QB, stating 9 games and tossing 17 TDs to just 4 INTs. Franks is not "pretty" or fluid in his play, but he gets his work done. The 6’5 field leader shows a more mature pocket presence than he had his first 2 seasons at Florida, carrying over from his truncated 2019 campaign. There is a change in his movements compared to before his ankle injury. He appears a tad clunkier in his running and his throwing technique is clearly less fluid. However, Franks’ more deliberate play has raised his decision-making, poise and accuracy. He works comfortably in shotgun formation and saw more snaps under center in Florida. Drop back is efficient and on-time and he sets his passing base a bit wide, slightly outside the pads. High carriage leads to a rapid release, with a slight hitch at the top. He throws over the top and can adjust to ¾ action when needed. Franks has progressed as a pre-snap reader and post-snap decision-maker. He stays high and strong in the pocket and will chug for yards if flushed. Currently Franks seems to overcompensate and telegraph his throws for accuracy, but he makes it work. He’s improved targeting the sidelines and down-field accuracy, in the pocket or on the move. His size, strength and strong arm are sure to catch the eyes of pro personnel folks in the 2021 draft, and a solid QB-coach at the next level is needed to advance his mechanics.
PROJECTION:Feleipe Franks is pro material, no doubt. He has the size and arm that NFL QB coaches cherish and the climbing statistical evidence showing he is capable of taking his play onward and upward. Franks is a bit methodical after his darn tough ankle injury and his motions now a somewhat clunky and deliberate, but he appears able to make it all work for him, and at times WOW the scouts. Franks is the proverbial work-in-progress and that usually translates to Day2-3 draft value. He needs to be coached up and fanballers should not expect NFL snaps for Franks for a couple of seasons.
Brady White, Memphis, 6-3, 210 –Very underrated 2021 QB prospect. Brady White brings fine QB proportions to the field at a well-distributed 6’3-210. His biggest negative ishe will be 25 when the 2021 season begins. Some might see the positive there as he is clearly experienced, and it shows in his play. Transferred after 2 years at Arizona State where he played just 2 games before a season-ending injury (2016). /started 39 games for Memphis, firing 90 TDs against 30 INTs, topping 30 TD throws in 2 straight seasons. Averaged a sharp 8.7 YPA but his completion rate appears quite average (62.4%), belying the accuracy on display in his game cut-ups. White works easily in shotgun or under center. His drop-back-and-set is crisp with efficient footwork. White navigates the pocket expertly, able to roll away from or step-up and past the rush to deliver the ball. Excellent high carriage produces a compact, high release with ample zip on the ball. White doesn’t possess a power arm, but his rapid processing of a defense allows him to deliver the ball in rhythm, on time and target. Despite the lack of a strong arm (though he has more than enough juice) White is a terrific boundary attacker, smartly reading and making astute sight-adjustments. He SEES windows like a seasoned pro. He is outstanding throwing from the pocket and better-than-anticipated throwing on the move. White’s rapid decision-making gets the ball out fast and his accuracy sets up his receivers to become athletes after the catch. Deep attempts tend to be flat in trajectory, but the ball arrives in excellent location and on time. He leads his receivers for YAC-attacking plays but protects them as well when defenders are bearing down. Brady White is a perfect West Coast QB. He is best in a rhythm and timing format but is not limited to horizonal route acquisition. He may be 25 come draft day, but his experience is quite evident already. He possesses NFL-level tools and ability.
PROJECTION:Brady White enters the 2021 draft as an over-aged (25) prospect, but that’s not a true negative for the QB position and a pro hopeful not viewed as a Day-1 blue chipper. White fits the West Coast QB profile to the letter. He is quick with his reads, accurate, savvy working the sidelines, can be deadly on slants and mobile enough to maneuver around a pocket. He won’t wow scouts with big MPH numbers on the Juggs gun, but there’s more than enough zip on his passes to be a solid pro QB. Brady White will make a 2021 NFL roster and could be a back-up sooner than anyone might think. In the right offense Brady White can thrive as a starter.
Shane Buechele, SMU, 6-1, 207–Out of the gate, think Gardner Minshew. Shane Buechele has the same build and same fiery, up-tempo style as Minshew displays. After 3 years at Texas (2016-2018) Buechele transferred to SMU and stepped up as an immediate starter. IN 2 seasons at SMU the ex-Longhorn fired 57 TDs to just 16 picks, completed 63.8% at a nifty 8.2 YPA. Buechele shows active and smooth footwork, works well on the move and is always primed to throw. He is not big at 6’1 (that’s probably a stretch of the tape) but slide steps and rolls his way into open passing lanes. He is decisive and accurate in the pocket or rolling out. Works shotgun, sets quickly and lets it rip in a hurry; quick reader of defenses. His throwing motion is fluid and effortless and the ball has juice coming off his hand though his arm strength is quite average. Buechele runs his progressions and is poised under pressure. Best throws are short-to-midrange and in rhythm. His arm limitations appear when he chucks it downfield, with a flattened trajectory to "get the ball there." He does maintain his top velocity while in motion outside the tackles. Buechele is a sound ball-handler and can set up play-action convincingly. Height and ball velocity are his biggest negatives heading to the NFL. He has the tools to produce in a West Coast format, working in rhythm with that WCO horizontal approach.
PROJECTION:Shane Buechele is a gamer and has talent, but he also comes with physical ceilings that lower his pro projections. He needs to be in exactly the right place at the right time with the right play-caller in the NFL to succeed. Buechele has the skills and poise to be a solid bullpen type in the NFL. Extended action however may very well expose his limitations.
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