Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio examines two plays of QB Kurt Benkert’s that reveal notable strengths and weaknesses of this 2018 NFL Draft prospect’s game.
I like this quarterback class more than I thought I would and the reason is the depth of talent. When I place this class into tiers for the 2018 Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication (available April 1), there will be two tiers with potential to become effective starters during the span of their first NFL contract.
An unusual development this year is the healthy number of passers I have in a tier of prospects capable of becoming second-contract starters. Keep in mind that I don’t expect most of the players in this tier to actually become starters, but the potential is there.
That in itself has made this class an enjoyable evaluation project and they share a number of common traits that I like:
- Refinable accuracy and power at every throwing range.
- Maneuverability and toughness in the pocket.
- Only minor technical flaws that aren’t difficult fixes.
While likely at the bottom of this tier, Virginia’s Kurt Benkert belongs in this group. The two plays examined in this RSP Boiler Room reveal some of the notable strengths and weaknesses of Benkert’s game that will give readers an idea of what could make or break his potential upside.
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