Brodie Croyle  QB  Alabama

Strengths

Brodie has good quickness when he sets up to go -- along with a strong arm and good mental toughness.  He shows leadership qualities through the toughness of his play.  He does a good job of managing the game plan and has some ability to read defenses before the snap.  Brodie will go through his progressions and in general, is very mature in the mental portion of his game.  On film, he looks to have the respect of his teammates, although I do not see him being overly verbal.  This kid has some good long range potential to be a starter at the next level.

 

Needs to Improve

Brodie has to bulk up or he will not see the field because of possible injuries.  He also must learn to stay within his own abilities.  When he tries to do too much, he makes too many mistakes.  In crucial times of a game, he must rely more on his mental abilities and less on his physical abilities.

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND   2

Brodie reminds me of a QB for the Browns by the name of Brian Sipe.   Brian Sipe was injured more than a Labrador Retriever christens a fire hydrant.  He was a good QB and made a lot of great plays and would bring the Browns to some amazing finishes, but every time he got flushed from the pocket, you closed your eyes because you knew he would have problems absorbing the hit.  Brian’s injuries shortened his career and always showed up in, or just before, the most important games; however, he played a lot of the time through some major injuries.  This is my biggest concern for Brodie and it will affect his draft status.  He has the potential to be a starter at the next level, but because of the fear of major injuries, the coaches will have a hard time feeling that he is going to be able to stay on the field with some regularity.  Brodie, you must bulk up and play smarter so that you stay away from being injured.  If you do, you have a good chance of being a good QB in the NFL. Personally, I wouldn’t draft Brodie until the second day because of the injury factor, but he is another QB that could jump into the first day very easily.

by Drew Boylhart

THR

November 2005