QuarterBack ~ Brett Hundley ~ Los Angeles Bruins ~ 6033/225
But I believe not only that Pocket Passing remains the Heart & Soul of successful QuarterBacking, but that the capacity of Speed QuarterBacks to master Pocket Passing can be and often is crippled by the Siren Song of Scrambling: A QuarterBack who has always had that "out" is far less likely to develop the skills that really matter.
Power QuarterBacks ~ the men with the Golden Arms ~ are equally susceptible to falling Prey to the seductive allure of their own physical Talent: The more powerful their Cannon, it says here, the more likely that they're going to rely on that crutch as a Get Out Of Jail Card as often as they can, and fail to develop a more comprehensive Skill Set.
And thus I perceive a Great Irony, one that continues, astonishingly, to elude most: The more explosive a Scrambler that a QuarterBack is, or the more powerful an Arm he boasts, the less likely that he is to achieve Greatness.
Conversely, it's the boring guys who consistently Move The Chains that give you the best Chance to win.
After New Year's Day, when The Only Games That Really Matter are played, History has been relentlessly savage to Power QuarterBacks and Speed QuarterBacks who failed to develop their Games: Once the weaker Teams have been eliminated, the PlayOff Defenses have invariably proven far too much for the Unprepared.
And if you're not prepared to compete after New Year's Day, why play at all??
In consideration of these thoughts, which, like many of my thoughts, fly in the face of what is amusingly considered to be Conventional Wisdom, this is how I break down the Criteria that I focus on, when evaluating QuarterBacks:
1 ~ Processing Speed
2 ~ Precision
3 ~ Pocket Presence
4 ~ FirePower
Processing Speed or Diagnostic Velocity is about how quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape. It's crucial at all 22 Positions, but utterly vital for a QuarterBack to succeed...or to even survive. Reading Coverages, working through Progressions, and selecting the best Receiving or Running Option.
Precision speaks above all to Mechanics: A QuarterBack's consistency with his Stance, his Set Up, and his Delivery. I refer to consistent Accuracy in the Short & Intermediate Zones, where the best Offenses all make their Bread & Butter. In breaking it down, I'm looking at Timing, Touch, and Trajectory: Leading Receivers to DayLight.
Pocket Presence & Poise Under Pressure is about Poise, or how one's Processing Speed and Precision stand up Under Pressure, and about one's Temporal & Spatial Instincts in navigating an often chaotic Pocket.
FirePower is a Category that I value, though not as much as others. I refer to Velocity and to DownField Precision, which I don't consider as crucial to Success as Short & Intermediate Precision. DownField Precision makes for tremendous HighLight Footage, but it's Short & Intermediate Precision that Moves The Chains and wins Championships.
Please note, if you will: I don't list 40 Speed among crucial Attributes at all.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Please Note: This is entirely about how rapidly the QuarterBack scans the Field and makes successful Decisions.
* Many College Offenses feature simple Offenses that make this challenging to evaluate.
* It is, nevertheless, far and away the most crucial Aspect of QuarterBacking.
* Accuracy ~ Placement that maximizes the Receiver's Advantage and minimizes that of the Defender.
* Timing ~ Being temporally In Sync with the Receiver. The Ball arriving precisely when the Receiver does.
* Touch ~ The right Speed for the right Play. Only throwing FastBalls when FastBalls are warranted.
* Trajectory ~ Being spatially In Sync with the Receiver ~ enabling him to catch the Ball In Stride.
* Processing Speed Under Pressure.
* Precision Under Pressure.
* Spatial & Temporal Instincts.
* Velocity, irregardless of where he's throwing it: How fast is'is FastBall?
* DownField Precision ~ can he through the Bomb accurately?
Precision: Adequate. Hundley is by all accounts a dedicated Student of the Game who improves every Year. His high percentage rate is inflated by short Passes, but he does indeed display increasingly crisp Mechanics.
Pocket Presence: Awful. Hundley looked terrific against Arizona State back in September, but, by and large, he tends to tweak out with or without genuine Pressure. This could prove to be fatal at the next level.
FirePower: Tremendous. Excellent Velocity and impressive DownField Precision.
As such, Brett Hundley, as of this Writing, has all the Potential in the world to get a Grade & Rank from me dramatically at odds with that of the World Wide Draft Community, as for instance in the case of Geno Smith, two Years ago.
Indeed, if the Arizona State Game ultimately proves to be The Real Thing, then I'll have some serious Crow to eat in the Years to come. And he gets tremendous Grades for'is Work Ethic ~ as did Geno Smith ~ so there is every reason that I might prove to be dramatically wrong on this guy.
But as I see it now, Hundley's propensity to Duck & Run when he's Under Pressure speaks dramatically in terms of how much Draft Capital is warranted to secure his Services. I'm not saying that he's cowardly. And I'm not saying that he's stupid. I'm saying that my Perception, based on the Tape I've watched so far, is that he, like myself, incidentally, is hamstrung by woefully inadequate Processing Speed, and that it is that which causes him to bail.
I just don't perceive that he can read the roiling LandScape rapidly enough, when Pressure's bearing down on'm, to consistently Make Plays before he's hit. I believe that he knows that. And I believe that that is why he bails.
And I believe, at this stage, that he's going to have enormous difficulties sustaining Success at the next level.
I would strongly advise him to stay in School and apply his considerable Intelligence towards reading Defenses.
Grateful Thanks, as always, for the crucial Work done by the folks at Draft BreakDown!!
This is not is even remotely a Complaint, mind you, but rather a Warning: Caveat Emptor!!