With the draft on the horizon and some of the top QB prospects having their pro days done already, let’s look at what we learned about those promising signal-callers this week.
SAM DARNOLD – USC
Darnold held his pro day on Wednesday, and after not throwing at the combine, he was able to impress everyone in attendance, showing his full repertoire without a hitch, despite unexpected rain. In fact, the bad weather just helped him to improve his stock, and people around the league are convinced he’ll be the Browns’ guy at #1 overall.
JOSH ROSEN – UCLA
Rosen held his pro day last week, March 15, and also made most of it. Former #1 overall pick David Carr compared him to Peyton Manning and NFL.com draft guru Mike Mayock had this to say about him:
“I thought he threw the ball beautifully. By the way, not a surprise. The most natural thrower in the draft. Clear feet. Clear vision. He’s beautiful. His issue is going to be, in my opinion, durability and the ability to survive in the NFL pocket.” – Mike Mayock
BAKER MAYFIELD – OKLAHOMA
Mayfield showed up dressed like karate kid on his pro day, held at an indoor OU practice field. Watched closely, especially by a large group of Denver Broncos staff members, the 2017 Heisman winner helped himself with his workout:
Final numbers from Baker Mayfield workout at #OUProDay— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 14, 2018
Not that he needed it but helped himself. Good velocity, moves around well, can flick it deep. Made $$
Mayfield was also featured in an interesting MMQB article raving about his smarts and how well he does in comparison to the others QB prospects in this draft, according some analytics.
JOSH ALLEN – WYOMING
After an impressive showing at the NFL scouting combine, Allen is holding his pro day today.
There’s no doubt he has the strongest arm in this year’s draft, but teams will be watching closely to see if he can clear some questions about his inconsistent accuracy:
LAMAR JACKSON – LOUISVILLE
The polarizing 2016 Heisman winner has his pro day scheduled for next Thursday, March 29, and it will be an interesting one. Pro Football Focus’s Steve Palazzolo wrote an intriguing article about the potential of an NFL offense built around Jackson’s strengths, showing off the pros and cons that come with the former Louisville Cardinal.
Only 27 percent of Lamar Jackson's career rushing yards came on scrambles.— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) March 21, 2018
73 percent came through the designed running game.
He was not just dropping back and running around
Passing yds 9,018
Scramble yds 1,286
Designed rush yds 3,520
MASON RUDOLPH – OKLAHOMA STATE
Rudolph also did well in his pro day last week, especially at pushing the ball downfield to his pair of star receivers, James Washington and Marcell Ateman. The Steelers reportedly watched it closely and could be envisioning Rudolph as their new Big Ben. Some similarities are there, but after watching the workout, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks had another comparison in mind:
Mason Rudolph's pro day workout reminded NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks of Super Bowl-champion QB Nick Foles. "A lot of passes ranged from zero to 20 yards, digs, skinny posts, seams, comebacks, all thrown on time. And most importantly, he threw them all on target," #NFLDraft— First N Goal (@First_N_Goal1) March 16, 2018
With the remaining pro days taking place over the next few days and private workouts already being done, things will become even more interesting as the draft approaches. Cover 1 will be monitoring every step of this process to keep you up to date.