The Good: A natural leader who knows how to handle the pressure of being an NFL quarterback. Possesses above-average arm strength, but it's his accuracy and timing that make him efficient. Has been tutored in an NFL-style offense at USC and showcases the ability to make NFL-type reads. Is a tough, competitive prospect who puts the time needed to excel. The Bad: Has only one year of starting experience at USC and at times will lock onto his primary receiver. Needs to learn to trust his throwing motion and stride into his passes underneath. Has a tendency to short arm throws.
Positives: Very good foot quickness to slide in the pocket, avoid the rush and create some plays with his feet. Looks natural moving backward from under center. Does a very good job balancing his feet and throwing on the run. Can work through progressions and anticipates well where receivers will be. Played in a pro-style offense and has natural passing instincts. Has risen to the occasion vs. better competition (see OhioState, Penn State) and performed well in the clutch. Has shown he can handle pressure. Has good arm strength to make all the throws. Good accuracy and ball placement. Plays with poise and understands the game. Fine decision maker. Shows maturity beyond his experience. Works hard, is well respected and knows how to win a huddle. Negatives: Only a one-year starter. Not an overly impressive physical specimen and has a somewhat dumpy looking body. Too often sprays the deep ball. Had an exceptional supporting cast with a talented offensive line that often provided a clean pocket and talented receivers who often were surrounded by nothing but grass. Showed he could be rattled by pressure in a loss to Oregon State. Too many balls come out with a loose wobble. Has been dinged up throughout his career and does not have a strong build to withstand contact. Summary: Does not enter the NFL with desirable experience and durability, and his character will require further examination, but he has the foot quickness, agility, arm strength and intangibles to develop into a solid starter. Grade: First-round talent.