The general consensus is the 2022 NFL draft features an extremely weak quarterback class. It almost sounds as if no more than seven quarterbacks in total will get the call. Are the quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL draft really not worth selecting? Here are some quarterbacks that can change the perception that this class is weak.
Brock Purdy- Quarterback- Iowa State
One of the first things a scout has to look at when evaluating quarterbacks is footwork. Setting your feet properly isn’t just important in the sport of fencing, it’s something you must have as a quarterback in the NFL. It is mandatory for success and Purdy has this nailed for the most part. His footwork, with few exceptions, is impressive. He doesn’t typically deliver the pass off his back foot as you typically see with passers who need serious fine-tuning before the draft. The footwork is usually spot on. He knows how to properly position his body to one side of the field to properly line himself up with the receiver he’s going to throw to. Proper quarterback mechanics are a must from the first game onward. Purdy may need a little bit of help to be consistent but that’s relatively easy to coach him on as sometimes he will make the mistake of “straddling” his feet which is something to be avoided at the next level. Purdy’s quick-release is going to impress a lot of general managers. He’s a dual-threat quarterback that will gather some attention. The one thing that is commonly associated with dual-threat quarterbacks is a lack of durability as they are more at risk of taking big hits and with that, season-ending injuries. However, mobility could prove more of an advantage than a liability for the former Iowa State Cyclone. Purdy is likely a fourth or fifth-round projection at this point with the potential to rise up the boards.
Jack Coan- Quarterback- Notre Dame
Coan is a great pocket passer who delivers sharp, crisp passes with excellent throwing velocity. To say Coan has a cannon arm is an understatement. He has great pocket presence and the difficult ability to make accurate throws under pressure. Why is he a late-round projection? Why does he currently look no better than a fourth-round projection at best? Coan doesn’t display much mobility which can be a major weakness at the NFL level. He needs to learn how to properly evade pass rushers or he could be vulnerable to big hits. He’s capable of having career days like his Notre Dame debut against Florida State. He set school passing records and he knows how to get the job done. He trusts all his receiving options so he’s good at getting everyone involved.
Michael Beudry- Quarterback- UConn/ Idaho
Beudry doesn’t have the advantage of entering the draft out of one of the big-name programs so he’s not a familiar name at all. He transferred to Idaho after playing for the Connecticut Huskies. He’s a pro-style quarterback who could easily transition to the NFL. The main issue is unfamiliarity. There isn’t much game film or an overall body of information on Beudry. He throws passes with zip so the arm strength is there. He displays good footwork in the pocket and can take off in a hurry when a play breaks down. He throws a good deep pass. Teams need to spend a lot of time with Beudry to get a better feel for his strengths and weaknesses. He has the right height to be a successful NFL quarterback at 6’5″ and weighs approximately 250 pounds.
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