Luke McCown   QB   Louisiana Tech 

 

Strengths

Luke’s arm strength is one of the best in this draft. He has excellent mental toughness. He shows very good leadership qualities and athleticism for his position. He shows good awareness in the pocket and is quick enough to give himself some extra time in and out of the pocket. Luke has good accuracy when throwing on the run, but he is not a running QB - he is your basic pocket passer.

 

Needs to Improve

Luke will need time to mature. He needs to learn how to read defenses. He will have to get on a good weight program. Luke needs to add about 20lbs without it affecting his play on the field. With Luke’s work ethic, all of this should not be a problem.

 

Bottom Line

IMO, there is only one reason why Luke has not been thought of as a 1st day pick in this draft -- his lack of weight. Luke’s workout at the combine was equal to Ben Roethlisberger in arm strength and athleticism. His accuracy was as good or better and his ability to throw the short intermediate passers was equal. The level of play is about the same and the same questions that I have about Ben being able to read defenses and handle the NFL emotional are the same that I have of Luke. Here is the difference in my opinion. Ben is 6’5” 240 lbs, Luke is 6’5” 208 – that’s a 32lb difference. When you see them both on the field at the same time, Ben makes Luke look frail and small, yet they are both the same height. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, have you ever heard that before? Luke has talent that is equal to Ben, but it is hard for the scouts to see it when the two of them are up close and personal. You cold weather teams looking for a good developmental QB should be all over this kid. By the time we get to the draft and the scouts read this profile, I expect Luke to become a third or forth rounder.

 

Drew Boylhart