DeShone Kizer and Diverging Traits

The draft is a repetitive entity. Every draft process is engulfed in narratives that parallel previous years while teams repeat terms and prospects fall into the same categories. It can become monotonous, especially when it comes to coaches and GMs who transparently push the importance of character or integrity while pushing the Joe Mixons and Tyreek Hills up their boards.

Every once in a while something intriguing comes along. DeShone Kizer fits that description this year.

Kizer was a quarterback at Notre Dame for the past two years. He played in 25 games before leaving for the NFL at 21 years of age. On the whole Kizer’s play in college was uneven. He showed off the level of inconsistency that most college quarterbacks show off, the few exceptions are either star prospects or set up in simplistic offenses that don’t stress their whole skill sets.

Diverging traits are what make Kizer intriguing. Continue reading

Patrick Mahomes and the Allure of Upside

This is the time of year when you hear about what a player can be taught. You can’t teach speed, but you can teach route running. You can’t teach size, but you can teach hand placement. You can’t teach arm strength, but you can teach footwork.

Coaches themselves often drive these points home. It’s the kind of confidence that comes from making it to the top positions in your profession. The best coaches continue to develop all players they draft once they become professionals. The best coaches also understand that they can only change so much.

Players generally don’t change that much. You can teach a receiver to run better routes but it’s a rare exception when a guy goes from running mechanical routes and relying on screen passes to a receiver who perfectly times his breaks and deceives defenders with subtle movements. Developing a receiver is a lot easier than developing a quarterback. Even if a receiver isn’t good enough to start he’ll still have a chance to get on the field during the regular season. Unless a quarterback is good enough to start, he’s not getting any real development snaps. Continue reading

Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 (Pre-Order)

On Sunday the 30th of April, the Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue 2017 will publish. That is immediately after the NFL draft.
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Every quarterback who threw at least 200 passes in the 2016 season was included in the book’s charting. 17,110 passes were charted for the 33 quarterbacks who qualified. Tony Romo, Jimmy Garoppolo and Mike Glennon didn’t have enough pass attempts to qualify for the charting numbers but each player was given his own chapter of analysis ahead of the 2017 season.

Interceptable passes, failed receptions, accuracy percentages and sack analysis all return from last year’s book. Created receptions, play action analysis, depth of throw analysis, screen analysis and YAC analysis have been added.

Accuracy percentage is now broken down to every level of the field and created receptions were added to account for the positive plays receivers made, offsetting the negative sides that come in failed receptions.

The charting results are broken down into season-long numbers and rate stats.

You can pre-order your pdf copy of the book for $19.99 by clicking the link below. Payments are processed through paypal but you do not have to pay with paypal nor do you have to have a paypal account to purchase. The book will be emailed to you immediately on its release.

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The Overt Impact of Kyle Shanahan on the Atlanta Falcons Offense

Only one team remains available for Kyle Shanahan. The Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator was supposed to be a primary target for head coaching jobs this offseason but his unit’s success hasn’t led to competition for his services. Arguably the least attractive is the only one that remains, that of the San Francisco 49ers.

Shanahan should feel aggrieved that his resume hasn’t earned him a better opportunity. He has played a key role in creating the juggernaut offense that has pushed the Falcons into the NFC Championship Game. Continue reading