Rookie Scouting Portfolio contributor David Igono examines the arm talent of Marshall QB Chase Litton
The onset of on-campus pro days gives fuel to urban legend fodder for quarterback prospects. Eighty-yard throws from one knee or no dropped passes in a session may get a particular “moving” up the charts. Talent evaluators are constantly scouring for reasons to believe a prospect merits a grade or draft slot.
Arm strength and accuracy are constantly debated from prospect to prospect. More often than not arm strength is overrated in a prospect’s profile. It’s usually a detail to create tiers or a pecking order that helps sort who has a higher ceiling as they transition to the pro game.
Marshall quarterback Chase Litton has noteworthy arm strength and accuracy. I don’t know if he can throw a football 75 yards on a line, but he is the owner of an inch-perfect Sherman tank of an arm when the situation calls for it.
Whether he is moving to his natural right side or to his opposite left side Litton displays accuracy and velocity on the move, especially in the intermediate game.
The first exposure shows Litton rolling to his left side and connecting on a throw that underlines his ability to complete aggressive but calculated targets downfield. He neither exposes his receiver or the football to the defense.
Accuracy, especially on the move, is more than putting the ball on an intended receiver. It’s also about putting the throw where the target can make the catch and turn to first protect himself and second pick up yards. The following clip isn’t glamorous but it keeps the offense on schedule and moves the chains.
Litton knows exactly what type of heat he is packing. He knows when to put extra on the ball and when to dial down the velocity. This next clip is rather impressive when you factor in he’s throwing into the only viable window to complete a pass against double coverage.
He often knows where he’s going pre snap. This allows him to diagnose the coverage and allow his receiver to win on the route. The ensuing clip illustrates Litton mastering the science of breaking down coverage and practicing the art of setting up his target to make the most of the pass.
Arm strength is moot without conviction while processing targets. Litton doesn’t always “throw” receivers open although he makes it consistently frustrating for coverages to deny or at least mitigate his options. His mobility is a boon if only because it affords his downfield targets to create more separation.
The last red zone clip is on 4th down, less than seven minutes to go with his team down by two touchdowns. In the heat of the moment athletes always fall back into their habits, what they’ve practiced and honed for years. Chase Litton may or may not become an urban legend due to his pro day performance. He does, however, flash redeemable situational arm and accuracy traits that are promising.
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