RSP Scout Talk Podcast: Quarterback Evaluation Mistakes and Lessons with Russ Lande and Matt Waldman

Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk podcast with Russ Lande concludes its series devoted to evaluation misses and lessons learned with an episode on the quarterback, the most difficult position to evaluate in sport. 

 Russ Lande and I have had our share of successes between us, ranging from Tom Brady and Marc Bulger to Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes. We’ve also had our share of failures and lessons learned.

Evaluating quarterbacks has become harder than ever–and the position was the most difficult to scout in the first place. We spent the hour discussing what we’ve learned about evaluating quarterbacks.

  1. Bruce Gradkowski and John Beck: Arm strength may be overrated, but it’s still essential.
  2. Blaine Gabbert and Mark Sanchez: The danger of taking a quarterback based on one year of play.
  3. Johnny Manziel and Nate Davis: Great physical and technical talent, but the emotional dedication to the game matters.
  4. Ryan Nassib and Jake Fromm: Tape vs workouts and the benefits and detriments of both.
  5. Tyler Wilson, Brian Brohm, and Jeff Tedford quarterbacks: Quarterbacks who benefitted more from a master tactician’s system and coaching than they grew as NFL prospects.
  6. Jake Locker: If the mechanics are good and the accuracy is bad, it’s hard to fix.

If you missed the previous episodes, they’re well worth a listen:

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