Breaking down the 2012 QB class
Arm strength is important, but so are many other traits
When evaluating quarterbacks, it is important to consider all aspects of their games -- mental makeup, accuracy, release/arm strength and pocket mobility.Here's how we rank all draftable 2012 quarterback prospects in a variety of position-specific skill sets (non-seniors noted with an asterisk), followed by a look at all draftable prospects, recent measurement and timing averages for quarterbacks invited to the combine, market trends at the position and Round 1 and 2 picks from 2011.
Mental makeupMakes decisions that put his team in the best position to succeed. Makes intelligent pre-snap reads, including blitz pickup, coverage recognition and possible audibles. Can identify coverages while dropping from under center. Consistently looks off the safety and/or avoids telegraphing his throws. Understands the importance of ball security. Displays outstanding mental toughness and is poised under pressure. Tireless worker on and off the field.
AccuracySees passing windows develop quicker than most. Has excellent anticipation and can throw on target to a spot before receivers break. Hits receivers in stride. Shows touch and changes velocities skillfully.
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