Nickel Package: Five-year QB averages
March, 20, 2013
By Todd McShay | ESPN.com
We spend more time evaluating tape on quarterbacks than any other position for obvious reasons. In addition to regular tape study, we spend dozens of hours re-watching tape specifically studying quarterbacks on "pressure drops." In addition to studying the tape, which makes up a large portion of the final grade, we must take into consideration certain results from combine and pro day workouts, as well as information I get from NFL teams regarding "intangibles," medical evaluations and psychological evaluations. Once all of the information is digested, it's time to give each quarterback a final grade.
One part of my grading process is to go over the past five drafts. There's a tendency to grade players higher or bundle them closer together because you're caught up in the moment. By making sure the grades are in line with the QBs from the previous five years it helps me keep things in perspective.
This year in particular I had to bring down a handful of my quarterback grades. My guess is that I pushed everyone up a bit too high initially because of the absence of an elite tier of quarterbacks in this class. By going back and taking a look at where I've had other QBs graded in the past -- based on what I felt about their NFL potential at the time -- it gave me a much better frame of reference for slotting the 2013 group of quarterbacks.
While I was going through this process, I thought it would be good to throw some of this out on Twitter (@McShay13) on Tuesday. I put out the top 10 quarterback grades for the past five drafts. In addition to taking a beating on certain grades (i.e. Blaine Gabbert, Mark Sanchez), it sparked some interesting debate and discussion as to where this year's QBs fit in compared to the five most recent classes.
It sounded like a good idea for a Nickel Package. And here we are.
Before we get into the grades of past and present, let's take a quick look at some of the quarterback traits we evaluate throughout the process each and every year.
1. Mental makeup
3. Release/arm strength
4. Pocket mobility
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2. Durability -- past, present and projected
3. Intangibles -- Football character, psychological test results, football intelligence, off-the-field behavior, work ethic
4. Measurables -- Height, weight, hand span, arm length, flexibility, 40 time, 10-yard split, jumps, shuttles
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