One reason it’s so hard for GMs to scout college QBs . . .

Recently Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton was asked what he looks for in a college QB prospect, and said the number one thing he is looking for is “quick processing” at the line and when the play begins, and said it’s really hard to evaluate that stuff.

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah, now a draft analyst for NFL Network, agreed with Payton.

“It’s darn near impossible,” Jeremiah said about the challenge of evaluating the quick processing element. “You do your best to try and figure it out. You try to follow their eyes and how they’re getting to one to two to three and how quickly they’re doing that.”

But the problem is how often are college QBs asked to get past their first read?

“In the college game you can win a lot of games on first read throws,” Jeremiah said. “They spread people from sea to shining sea. You know presnap where you are going with the ball and you deliver it, and you can win games and get a bunch of big plays that way. It’s a little bit of a different game (then the NFL) in that regard.”

This is why it is so hard for GMs and scouts to evaluate the QB position consistently well, and why there are so many misses at the position.


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