The Road Thru Indy: Quarterbacks
The final preview features future franchise cornerstones
If you missed any of our previews, read up on them here.
Part 1 – Specialists
Part 2 – Offensive Lineman
Part 3 – Interior Defensive Lineman
Part 4 – Edge Rushers
Part 5 – Linebackers
Part 6 – Defensive Backs
Part 7 – Pass Catchers
Part 8 – Running Backs
The Known Commodity: Mitch Trubisky, QB – North Carolina
Where do I start with this one, number one this QB class is awful which is why 1. I think people are getting a very inflated view of what Trubisky will be in the NFL (a la Blaine Gabbert circa 2011) and 2. Why he came out of college as a one year starter in the first place. I will need to see better throwing mechanics in terms of release point and quickness of the motion and a better ability to consistently drive the ball using the lower half of his body. He’s got some competition (Mahomes, Webb, Watson, Kizer, etc) so he needs a solid outing in Indy.
The Name You’ll Learn: Brad Kaaya, QB – Miami
There’s an argument to be made that it should be Patrick Mahomes here instead of Kaaya because of the current buzz surrounding him at the moment. On the other hand though I still think Kaaya is the best of a bad QB group and I think he will do a lot of things to move himself up some boards and solidify himself as a round 2 selection. His throwing motion is about perfect (had some troubles playing with a shoulder injury last year), he makes throws with accuracy to all levels of the field, and was a three year starter at Miami and became the schools leader for passing yards. I’m banking on Brad Kaaya to make some noise this week.
The Virtual Unknown: Davis Webb, QB – Cal
He’s not a virtual unknown to some but to many I think Davis Webb is being incredibly underrated. To be honest I think he’s the second best QB in this class behind Kaaya and I think this week could be a coming out party of sorts for the Texas Tech transfer. He was beat out by Patrick Mahomes and transferred to Cal and followed up Jared Goff very well (another QB I wasn’t sold on) tying his school record for touchdowns in a season with 43. He’s got all the size and arm strength which will leave NFL scouts and execs foaming at the mouth. I think he could get some QB1 buzz leaving the combine.