We covered the Mike Evans/Sammy Watkins Sports Science yesterday. Today we turn our attention to the quarterbacks. Starting with Blake Bortles first, as he is considered most likely to go off the board first. Bortles is somewhat unknown by many. Assumptions and comparisons are often to Ben Roethlisberger and that he has a big arm due to his big size. While he does have the size and mobility of Big Ben he doesn’t yet have the rocket arm. Scouts believe this is due to his footwork more then his actual arm strength and that it can improve. Lets take a look at Sports Science and anything we can learn about this possible Cleveland Browns target at #4:
Without giving specifics Sports Science says that Bortles stood out in their testing. In QB play measurable qualities tend to be need but less important. Mobility with no accuracy is point less. Big arm with no touch, pointless. Statistics in college, pointless. Yet the measurable qualities do help us understand the qualities the player brings to field to go along with those other more important factors. Sports Science looked at a few:
Mobility - “Throws on the run with text book technique.” Throwing on the run and throwing while being chased are two different things but the next piece they mention is huge, technique.
Technique - While throwing on the run with good technique seems easy, muscle memory is key to doing so. Bortles showed much of the same technique while in college. The fact that he was the only QB ever to go 10 for 10 is impressive.
Accuracy - While a silly looking test, the “rushing defenders” drill shows his ability to change his throwing angle and still be fully accurate. The fact that the wind was blowing so hard also makes it impressive. Browns fans are far to used to fade patterns being thrown 3 yards out of bounds. Bortles looks to have the technique and accuracy to make that a thing of the past.
Ranking - This is where Sports Science creates some concerns. They rank him below E.J. Manuel and just above Andy Dalton. For a QB that is suppose to be overly athletic it would be expected that he tested out higher then this. The fact that he is the highest rated, but the scores for the others are not noted, create some concerns for the draft class as a whole.
Do these type of videos impact how you see the QBs?