Omar Jacobs   QB   Bowling Green

Strengths

Omar is a very strong, powerfully-built kid.  He has an extremely strong arm and is a very accurate passer.  Omar is also one of the more athletic players in this draft and although he may not be really fast, he does have quick feet.  He throws well and with accuracy when he leaves the pocket.  He is a good pocket QB with good leadership skills and makes the players around him better.  He has the potential to be a franchise QB and if you need a franchise QB, then you had better not wait to pick him. 

 

Needs to Improve

As with all young QBís, he needs to get better in all aspects of his position.  He also has a shoulder injury and this needs to be checked out.  I have no doubt that he will improve as needed for the next level. 

 

Talent Board Round   1

If this kidís shoulder injury is all right, then he'll fly up the draft boards really quickly.  He has enormous upside to his game and with the right coaching, should impact at the NFL level quicker than the average QB coming into the league.  He has trouble reading defenses as all young QBís do, but because he has a bazooka for an arm and is accurate, he'll be able to get away with a lot of mistakes that the average young QB with an average arm would never be able to do.  Brett Favre was the same way.  I am not suggesting that Omar plays like Brett; I'm just telling you that his arm and accuracy is equal to Favreís when he was young.  This kid is the second best QB behind Leinart in this draft.  If he had stayed in another year, he would have been a top five pick.  Right now, he's 1st round talent that should go some time in the first round; but trying to figure out exactly when will become clearer after the kid starts to work out and show that his shoulder injury is not a problem.  I call him Omar (Bazooka) Jacobs because he has an arm like a bazooka -- powerful and accurate.

by Drew Boylhart

THR

January 2006