Originally Posted by thunderkyss
A 5.9-5.6 is a second round pick..... solid back-up, possible starter
So for the group of QBs we're looking at, those grades say mid 1st to mid 2nd.... at least that's how I look at it. & they're close, as there isn't much separating them.
Bridgewater: uncanny pocket awareness & accuracy
Bortles: elite size
Manziel: Play makah
Pros:Elite size, good accuracy, good decision making, high to middle football IQ, decent mobility, major conference, major program, played under bright lights & delivered more times than not.
Cons: Played with too much talent on his team on both sides of the ball (Manziel was only surrounded by elite talent on the offensive side of the ball, Bridgewater had no talent on offense, but played with the #1 defense in NCAAF)
Again, my grades don't shake out like theirs, but the grouping is closer to what I've got.
I think the thing is: the smallest things make all the difference in the world. Being able to read the defense 0.5 seconds faster than another guy could be the difference between a bust and a top 10 QB. Being able to stay calm with pressure up your face and still do the right thing is something else like that.
If you look at Bridgewater, you got football intelligence and instincts that are rare in college football. Other QBs like McCarron may also be smart, but they don`t have this high football IQ. Another thing about Bridgewater is his drive. He is a film and playbook nut who is guaranteed to always be the hardest worker. And a third thing would be his pocket presence. He can feel the rush, do little but very effective moves in the pocket and still do the right throw with a 300 pounds guy about to hit him.
People who love Bridgewater believe, that these 3 things are just about the most important things for a QB - and if you look at recent busts, it usually has something to do with either football IQ, his drive or his inability to deal with pressure.
People who don`t like Bridgewater don`t like his size and frame - and maybe some mechanical problems. And they are scared, that his lackluster competition didn`t expose his weaknesses. To me, a guy with his stats (and the extremely low number of INTs and fumbles, great completion percentage and a guy that has had his best games against the best competition is worth a long hard look...