Drew Boylhart 12/08
Chase Daniel QB Missouri
Chase reminds me a lot of Drew Brees (QB New Orleans Saints). He has that "I will do anything to win" attitude that is so important for a successful NFL QB. He has the same athletic abilities along with good arm strength and excellent accuracy. Chase has great leadership skills and is a natural leader. You want this kid on your side of the field in the 4th quarter. He can make plays from the pocket and does a very good job improvising when a play breaks down. Chase reads defenses well and looks for a second, third and outlet receiver. Chase seems to understand the QB position from the view of a safety. By that I mean, he knows where the safeties are on every passing play and knows what they are going to have do to defend a play once the play starts. Jim Kelly (former QB Buffalo Bills) always said that running the no huddle was easy because all he had to do was read the safeties to decide what play to call on the fly. Chase reads the safeties better than any QB coming out in a draft that I have seen in a very long time.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Chase is vertically challenged and needs to be in an offensive system that is similar to what the Indianapolis Colts run to impact at the next level. He needs moving pockets (not roll outs) in the passing game. The stretch play should be a staple running play for the team that drafts him. The reason for this is to get Chase away from the line of scrimmage so that he is in a position of better downfield vision. In the passing game the moving pocket will still allow him to set up and play from a pocket. It's a moving pocket, but it is still a pocket. The stretch play in the running game will allow him to turn his back to the line and do play action, and once he turns around he will be away from the line of scrimmage and have clear vision to pick out his receivers. My point is -- Chase doesn't need to improve his game except to prove everyone wrong by competing.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 3
Most of the time when I profile a player as a "systems" player I will give him a 4th round talent grade. Chase is an exception to this because of his excellent leadership skills and his accuracy throwing the ball. In my opinion, Chase would have the most impact in an offensive system like the West Coast Offense, a system similar to the Colts or Patriots offense or a no huddle offense. Another type of offensive system that would fit Chase's skills and talents would be the Pistol Offense, but that would require some NFL coach having the guts to implement that system and I'm not sure that will ever happen. Peyton Manning likes a clear field of vision and he is a big QB. Like I said before, the Colts use a moving pocket in both the passing game and the running game to give Peyton that clear vision. By the time we get to the draft in April of 2009 I'm sure everyone will nit -picking at this kid's game all under the auspices of him not being tall enough to play QB at the next level. My answer to all those who feel Chase is not an NFL caliber QB (just because of his height) is: COACH BETTER! I call him Chase (Stretch) Daniel because if he could stretch himself three inches taller he might be considered a franchise QB for this draft. This is the type of QB for which you put in an offensive system and never look back. I have no idea what round Chase will be picked in the 2009 draft or even if he will be drafted at all, but I do know this. If I needed a QB and was in the top ten of the draft I would move back, pick up some extra draft picks and draft Chase in the first or second round without any hesitation. Then, I would put in an offensive system that best uses all of his skills and not try to fit a square peg into a round whole. This kid, in the right system, could become a damn good QB for the team that drafts him as well as a fan favorite.