Aggies ~ 6012/200
1 ~ Processing Speed
2 ~ Precision
3 ~ Pocket Presence
4 ~ FirePower
Processing Speed is my measure for a Player's capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the dynamically developing Tactical LandScape. This Capacity is crucial to the success of all 22 Players on the Field, but above all to the QuarterBack. Diagnostic Acuity supports this and is also crucial, but Knowledge without Processing Speed is fatal.
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, Placement, and Leading Receivers to DayLight.
Pocket Presence is all about how the QuarterBack responds to Pressure. Precision against mediocre Defenses or within simple Schemes matters not, if a QuarterBack mentally locks up under genuine Pressure against the better Defenses in The Only Games That Really Matter. Frankly, I'm not entirely sure that I even need this Category, because I strongly suspect that how a QuarterBack handles Pressure is far less about Testicular Fortitude than it is about Processing Speed.
FirePower is another Category that I am ambivalent about including, for it is simply DownField Precision. Furthermore, I don't consider it anywhere near as Short & Intermediate Precision, because DownField Precision makes for lovely HighLight Footage, but it's Short & Intermediate Precision that Moves The Chains and wins Championships.
Please note, if you will: I list FirePower last of the 4 Attributes I value most...and don't list 40 Speed at all.
Beyond this point, my Fellow FootBall Fanatics, you will find a lengthy Dissertation about QuarterBacks. Should you wish to take a look, I will of course be honored. But should you wish to spare yourself, the actual Scouting Report is far below!!
Yon Rambling Dissertation
Arm Strength is vastly overrated, and scrambling ability, while exciting, is ultimately worse than useless, because History makes it clear that noteworthy Scramblers, over the years ~ and indeed, the same could be said about the thousands of QuarterBacks who've failed despite a great Arm ~ ultimately fail to focus all their energy on QuarterBacking.
Mobility, alike, is vastly overrated. Steve Young is the only Scrambler who ever won a Super Bowl, and he won it because he was on a great team, because Barry Switzer can't coach at the NFL level or the CowBoys would've rolled the Miners again in 1994, and because he eased up on the scrambling. He became a QuarterBack.
Mind you: I'd hardly suggest that Arm Strength isn't nice to have...But the temptation to let'er rip ~ and to relying on that Capacity ~ can have a crippling effect on developing those skills that most matter, deep in the Heart of Winter.
And often they have been.
Countless times, in fact.
And don't get me started on Scrambling.
Processing Speed and an insatiable Work Ethic, producing that relentless Devotion to mastering every possible Aspect of the Job ~ the Aspects I've listed above ~ and Balls are what ultimately win Championships.
It's not as easy as simply counting the Rings, because Fortune & Circumstance play a large part in the Fates of Men.
And it sure as Hell isn't racking up gaudy Statistic during the regular Season. It's the Capacity and the Will to do the thousands of little things that put one's team in the best position to win, day in and day out ~ and doing them well ~ that is the ultimate measure of any QuarterBack, albeit one ~ ironically ~ that's impossible to quantify.
It's the ability to Read & React with Speed & deadly Accuracy against the nastiest, wiliest Defenses on the Planet, deep in the Heart of Winter...and the Will to dedicate Years to intensive Training & Study in order to be able to.
That ~ and his willingness to Use The Whole Pig ~ is what once separated Tom Brady from the Pack.
Processing Speed. He's still got quite a ways to go before I call'm Tom Brady, but Keeton's demonstrated impressive & intriguing Improvement, this young Year, in Working'is Progressions!!
Precision. Excellent. I pray that it's obvious by now that I'm not cutting and pasting that impression from'is Statistics, as Utah State runs a Spread that features scores of Easy Completions. A look at actual Footage shows that Keeton actually spreads the ball around quite nicely, both Vertically and Horizontally…and that while his Mechanics need plenty of Work, he is never the less remarkably impressive in his consistent Capacity to get the Ball where it needs to go. He has a lot of Work to do in improving his Touch, his Timing, and his Capacity to Lead His Man to DayLight…And his Mechanics have plenty of room for Improvement…But he is consistently outstanding at the most crucial Aspect of Accuracy: Throwing it where only his Man has a reasonable shot at catching it. It's painful to watch, but consistently effective. I would dearly love to see what George WhitField could do with this kid.
Pocket Presence. Bad. At this point, I've seen no Capacity or inclination to step up in the Pocket. Mind you: that could be the Offense's Design, for all my dumb ass knows!! Yet he's clearly extremely comfortable On The Run, and in complete Command. Given a decent amount of Time, he'll Reset and Launch very effectively.
FirePower. Given any time to throw, he exhibits tremendous DownField Precision. And'is Velocity is outstanding.
That might well be the most crucial word in the Evaluation Process: Assessing ~ speculating ~ not on where the Prospect is, now, but on where he seems to be going.
Considering that even evaluating where any Prospects game currently is, in terms of'is ability to adapt to the NFL, is a challenging task, setting out to project where his Game is going ~ and what the speculatively attendant chances of success ~ or degrees of success ~ at the next level might be…becomes a fascinating undertaking, indeed.
Witch Doctors are welcome and greatly appreciated!!
Of course: That's the Name of the Game.
And God only knows: I tend to get right out there in the Ether with my Projections.
I tend to get far less excited about a Prospect who's been starting for 3 or 4 Years than one those who've only been starting for 1 or 2…or who hasn't started at all!!
Many of those who've been starting for 3 or 4 Years have earned it…but many have not.
And many of those who've only started for 1 or 2 or never at all haven't earned better…but many have.
It seems to me that many men who's Talent or initial Hard Work ~ or a combination of the two ~ win them the Starting Gig…get complacent. And it seems to me that many men have great Talent and work their asses off…but due to lack of initial Exposure, have to scrape and claw their way up the Ladder.
And those are the guys that I want.
Chuckie Keeton is still very raw, but his Game has been growing and evolving, and seems to've taken an enormous step forward, this young Year. He has started to demonstrate an advanced Capacity to Work His Progressions across the Field, this Year, which is the first and foremost Aspect of the Game ~ Processing Speed ~ that I look for in evaluating any QuarterBack's chances of leading his Team to Victory against the Best in the Dark Depths of Winter…And while his Mechanics are often painful to watch, he continues to display an outstanding consistency in chucking the Ball ~ see what I did there?? ~ not only safely ~ where only his Receiver has a realistic shot at it ~ but with increasing and improved Capacity to hit his man In Stride and Lead'm to DayLight!!
Raw? Absolutely. And he'll probably go back for'is Senior Year and refine'is Game yet more.
But Chuckie Keeton, in my view, has shown not only tremendous raw Gifts ~ Power & Speed ~ but, far more crucically, as I measure things, he has displayed, by dint of the type and nature of'is improvements, evident in this young Year, not only the Processing Speed to Rapidly Read & React to the Enemy Defense, but, in so displaying, and in the other extremely impressive improvement over the last 3 Years ~ Completion Percentage, TD/Interception Ratio ~ a pronounced Dedication to'is Craft: a Lust for Greatness.
If you've read this drivel, I hope you won't consider it too presumptuous if I ~ by way of an Antidote ~ recommend an infinitely superior Scouting Report, written by one Darren Page at DetroitLionsDraft.com, who is quite demonstrably a phenomenal Student of the Game and Light Years my superior at Scouting Prospects!!
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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