Possesses above-average natural arm strength and can get the football outside the numbers, but isn't a guy who can consistently generate much zip on his throws because of his inability to throw consistently from his legs. Exhibits nice touch down the field, though, and looks comfortable/accurate on all bucket throws. However, doesn't spin a real clean football, causing passes to hang on him in the intermediate and deep passing game. Is more of a one read type of guy at this stage, staring down his initial receiver and can really only scan one side of the field. Doesn't decipher information real quickly and has a tendency to throw blind at times into coverage.
Impression: Possesses decent size and arm strength, but still has a long ways to go before he can be considered a legit NFL prospect."
Potts was highly-rated coming out of high school, passing on Notre Dame and Michigan to come in Tech's famed offense. After coming in as the top backup in 2007 and 2008 (55-for-85, 669 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs), Potts won the job in 2009 and had a good season (65.5 percent completion, 3,440 yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions), topped off with an Alamo Bowl MVP performance over Michigan State (29-for-43, 372 yards, two touchdowns).
He fought off fellow senior Steven Sheffield to keep the starting job during his outstanding senior season (67.0 percent, 3,726 yards, 35 TDs, 10 INTs), which also ended in a bowl MVP award, as Tech beat Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl on the strength of Potts' 43-for-56, 369-yard and four-touchdown performance.
Despite the lack of success of Tech quarterbacks in the NFL, the prototypically-sized and poised Potts appears to have enough tools to join high school teammate receiver Lyle Leong on most teams' minds when they look for late-round picks or priority free-agent signings after the draft.
Strengths: Tall, big-bodied quarterback who gets the ball in the vicinity of his receiver to move a very prolific offense. Displays some zip and accuracy on throws when set and stepping into the throw. Solid ball fakes. Changes protections based on formation. Occasionally looks one way to move safeties or linebackers, and then throws behind them to an open receiver. Will find second or third option if he has time in the pocket. Uncoils and reloads to find another target. Solid and poised in the pocket, his build will allow him to get off late throws. Much better squaring up his shoulders to deliver an accurate pass when running to his right.
Weaknesses: Works almost exclusively in the shotgun, will need to prove he can go under center. Not on-the-numbers accurate, even on short throws, receivers have to adjust for many passes. Sails deep outs, as he throws off his back foot on almost every delivery. Average arm at best, deep outs die before they reach their target. Deep balls float, allowing defenders to attack them. Lacks strength to hit intermediate routes off his back foot when pressured. Long wind-up to throw anything other than a quick pass into the flat. Ball flight very inconsistent, wobbles too much out of his hand. Long, leggy passer who will struggle to evade pro defenders in the pocket or gain chunks of yardage with his feet against NFL defenses. Lacks flexibility to effectively throw running to his left."
Positive: Tough, patient passer who challenges the vertical game. Buys time for receivers, stands strong in the pocket, and sells ball fakes well. Sets up screen passes and checks down if nothing else is available. Shows a sense of timing on passes and has some ability to get the ball through tight spots.
Negative: Not a sturdy passer who can withstand the rush. Stares down the primary target on occasion. Average arm and really cannot power the ball through the small windows.
Analysis: Potts is an underrated signal caller who has been very productive the past two seasons for Texas Tech. He has enough physical and mental skills to backup up in a timing or West Coast offense."
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