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Pro-style QBs exist in 2016 class

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2016 – 1:44 pm

Anyone who follows college football is wholly familiar with the explosion of spread offenses. It’s put a lot of NFL talent evaluators in a bind when it comes to projecting college QBs to the pro game knowing they’re not asked to do a lot of the same things at the position. But this spring there is at least a handful of quarterback prospects who ran pro-style systems in college.

ESPN Scouts Inc.’s Kevin Weidl broke down some of the more notable pro-style QBs in this year’s class.

“I think this is one of the deeper quarterback classes that we’ve seen, and there’s a lot of size who translate to the NFL level well,” said Weidl. “Pocket passers and guys that have come from pro-style systems. It’s getting more and more of these spread quarterbacks, but this year there are more of the Connor Cooks, Jacoby Brissetts, Brandon Allen from Arkansas, Kevin Hogan from Stanford, who have played in pro-style systems making pro-style reads and working from under center. That can give a prospect an advantage in terms of how quickly they can develop when they go to the NFL level.”

We profiled Connor Cook in particular with respect to his pro-style experience in Michigan State’s offense.


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