Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room: QB Carson Strong (Nevada) with Mark Schofield

Matt Waldman and Mark Schofield illustrate why Nevada QB Carson Strong may not be the top quarterback in this class if seeking immediate production, but could easily be that conversation on the basis of talent. 

Of the quarterbacks expected to earn a pick on the first or second day of the NFL Draft, Carson Strong is the most talented. Most of your draft analysts aren’t giving you pure talent evaluation, which is why Strong won’t be at the top of their boards.

This isn’t a criticism of the analysts. They have to follow the draft and give analysis that accounts for the factors that create draft capital:

  • Production
  • Reputation of Program
  • Character
  • Leadership
  • Athletic Testing
  • Health

These are legitimate factors that teams have to use to make decisions but they aren’t strictly about the film. Sometimes its vital to consider these factors but they can also obfuscate the focus on what’s most valuable.

Strong’s health is the greatest obstacle to his draft capital. As Mark Schofield shares in this week’s episode, Strong went against medical advice to play last year. And as the film reveals, Strong was as impressive as the top prospects at his position while playing on one healthy leg.

If the prognosis of his knee is positive long-term, Strong has the accuracy, arm talent, pocket management, pocket mobility, and the pre-snap savvy to become a productive starting quarterback — a franchise quarterback. We spend an hour breaking it down below.

We also devote some time to John Hodgins, a reader, and listener whose family were victims of a crime that ultimately cost them their housing. Although the perpetrator is now serving 22 years in jail, our justice system may punish the criminal but it doesn’t always restore the life of the victims.

John is a 75-year-old man who worked at a Hospital in Modesto, California for 24 years helping others and now needs your help so he can stabilize his living situation and help his family. You can learn more and donate (or please at least share his GoFundMe) here.

I’ve donated. I hope you will or at least share his story on social media. More about John’s story and Strong in the video (and podcast) below.

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2 responses to “Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room: QB Carson Strong (Nevada) with Mark Schofield”

  1. Hey Matt,

    Thanks for doing these Film Rooms with Mark. I tend to listen to them more than once just trying to absorb your guys’ combined experience.

    When you say Strong needs a year to sit, is it purely health reasons? If the knee was healthy do you think he could start day one? And are the checks he made in college similar to what he will do in the NFL?

    • Yes and I think we’re just being conservative until there’s actual news about the medicals.

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