By Adam Caplan
January 22, 2013
There's nothing like getting a chance to see a quarterback throw live. There's no mistaking it. It's a truly organic experience. Sure, coaching tape is great, but seeing the ball come out of a quarterback's hand 25 feet in front of you can't be duplicated on tape. And during Senior Bowl week, you can get a bird's-eye view right in front of you.
Here's an inside look at all three after watching them during Monday's 90-minute practice with the highest ranking of 5 and lowest of 1 in each category:
1) Mike Glennon/6066/220/North Carolina St.
Arm Strength: 4.75
Comments: Glennon is a pure power thrower. While he certainly could use another 10-15 pounds on his frame, the tall passer is still able to get power from his legs and hips. He had some passes come up short or off the mark when he didn’t get his feet set up properly, however.
Comments: Too often Glennon either put his passes too far in front of his intended passing target or he overthrew them. When he was on his game, Glennon had no issue on passes to WRs and TEs 20 yards or more down field.
Mechanics/Pocket Awareness: 3.25
Comments: At times, Glennon rushed himself through throws. He needs to set up with a consistent base and with proper footwork. When he was able to set up correctly, Glennon threw with great power and accuracy.
Grade For Session: 11.5/15.0
2) Ryan Nassib/6020/223/Syracuse
Arm Strength: 4.25
Comments: While he’s certainly not a power thrower, Nassib has plenty of arm strength. And he showed that he could hit on any throw 20 yards on in with accuracy and touch. The only issue he had was with throws 40-50 yards down field. On those passes, he put a little too much air on them instead of driving the ball off his back foot.
Comments: Nassib threw with really solid timing and anticipation during this season. You can tell, even in a limited throwing session, that he has been coached well over his career. He threw to spots on the field as his intended targets were in the middle of their routes. Most young quarterbacks wait for WRs and TEs to get open—but not Nassib. He throws a very catchable ball and his pass placement carries the intended passing target for extra yards—rare traits for a college QB.
Mechanics/Pocket Awareness: 4.5
Comments: Nassib’s footwork was really good throughout the session. He throws with proper balance and timing. Save for a few throws where he rushed himself, Nassib was able to put the passes where he wanted them to go. And because he throws with good timing, he wouldn’t have taken many sacks.
Grade For Session: 13.25/15.0
3) Zac Dysert/6027/224/Miami (Ohio.)
Arm Strength: 4.25
Comments: He did fairly well with intermediate throws throughout the session. Dysert, to me, appears to be a rhythm passer with solid arm strength, but his footwork can get occasionally away from him, and that takes some power away.
Comments: When Dysert sets up his feet correctly with good weight transfer, he’s able to drive the football fairly well. When he doesn’t set his feet well, his passes do not hit his intended targets with accuracy—this issue came up at times during the practice session.
Mechanics/Pocket Awareness: 3.5
Comments: Too often Dysert waited for his intended passing target to get open instead of throwing with proper anticipation. In the NFL, you can’t wait for the WR or TE to finish the route and then try to throw the ball. The passing windows are smaller and the time you have to throw the ball is shorter.
Grade For Session: 11.25/15.0