RSP Boiler Room No.59: A Window Into QB Study and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson

RSP Boiler Room No.59: A Window Into QB Study and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson

Matt Waldman in the RSP Boiler Room examines Clemson QB Deshaun Watson's film to determine his 2017 NFL Draft Stock and Grade

10 minutes on pre- and post-snap reads, footwork, releases, and the challenges of integrating technique, athletic ability,  and conceptual acumen of the game in quarterback evaluation.

Evaluating quarterback play is a tough gig. I’m wrong more than I’m right. I’m not alone in this regard.

There are so many important facets of competent quarterback play and there is no single formula that will indicate success. You can reverse engineer data and look good for a little while, but good luck with that information displaying a true and consistent understanding of the role across the spectrum of quality passers. Quarterbacks are unique puzzles

Quarterbacks are unique puzzles that share similar pieces, but not enough of them in common to apply them everywhere. At least from my perspective, that’s where I see the craft of evaluating the position today.

I’m by no means finished with adjusting my methods for evaluating the position. At the same time, I don’t like changing things every year and I won’t make changes based on a single player. It would be a bad process.

You’re going to have access to a lot of Deshaun Watson clips on my blog this winter. His performance against Louisville reveals positives and negatives common among college quarterbacks.

The first of these Boiler Rooms examines how I view a play, a glimpse into Watson’s decision-making against a zone defense, and notes about his throwing technique.


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