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How We Scout The Quarterback Position | NFL Draft | Football Scouting and Analytics

Scouting the quarterback position in football is an essential task for coaches and talent evaluators. A quarterback is typically the leader of the offense and can have a significant impact on the success of the team.


In today's NFL, the QB position is the most critical in football, especially at the collegiate and NFL level. NFL teams invest anywhere from 6% of their total cap space to 25%, and the price tags will continue to rise.


Below is a list of critical components we use to grade the QB position during the NFL Draft process. Every QB receives a grade on a scale of 1-10 for each of the below components during the scouting process. Once each player component is graded, we attach a final grade to indicate where the player stands before entering the NFL Draft, and then we attach a ceiling grade based on future potential.


Here are some key factors to consider when scouting a quarterback


Arm Talent: A quarterback's arm talent includes their ability to throw accurately and with power. This includes their ability to throw deep balls, intermediate routes, and short passes with accuracy and velocity.


Decision-Making: A quarterback's decision-making skills are critical to their success. This includes their ability to read defenses, make quick decisions, and avoid turnovers.


Leadership: A quarterback is often the team leader, so their leadership skills are important. This includes motivating their teammates, communicating effectively, and remaining poised under pressure.


Mobility: A quarterback's mobility can be an asset, allowing them to extend plays and make throws on the run. However, it's important to note that more than mobility alone is needed, as a quarterback still needs good footwork, pocket presence, and decision-making skills.


Football IQ: A quarterback's football intelligence is important in order to make quick decisions and adjustments on the field. This includes their ability to recognize defensive coverages, understand offensive schemes, and make adjustments at the line of scrimmage.


Character: A quarterback's character is important, as they need to handle the pressure and scrutiny of the position. This includes their work ethic, competitiveness, and ability to handle adversity.


When scouting a quarterback, evaluating all of these factors and the player's overall performance on the field is essential. It's also important to consider the team's specific needs, and whether the quarterback's skills and attributes are a good match for the team's offensive system and style of play.


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