Dan has good overall size and looks the part of an NFL QB. He has a decent arm and throws the underneath routes with authority and good overall accuracy. Dan plays in a spread offense that uses a lot of five wide receivers sets. This gives him the ability to look for the mismatch and get the ball out of his hands as quickly as possible. Dan does a good job running the ball out of this offense also. He is a strong runner with balance and shows nice vision when he breaks from the pocket.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Dan does not show the accuracy or strength in his arm when throwing the ball down the field. He also does not seem to understand that not every play needs to be a big play. He will hold onto the ball too long and, at this point of his career, does not understand or accept his limitations. Dan's accuracy and decision making is questionable when he is throwing on the run. He is a very good college QB who has played a lot of downs; however, for the next level, he has a long way to go in technique, reading defenses and arm strength for making all the throws at the next level to start for a team in a 16 game schedule.
Dan has been an excellent QB for his college team, but this is the pros and he has a long way to go before he can compete at the next level. The offense he has been running is based in great part on five wide receiver sets and most college teams do not have five defensive backs that can match up with that system. Add to that the fact that when a play breaks down the defense is so spread out that a good running QB like Dan can make some easy yards and some dramatic plays. The downfall to this system is that it lends itself to short and underneath passes because of all the blitzing that comes from opponents. This offense does not allow a QB to develop good pocket awareness or techniques and if you are a QB that lacks true arm strength, it makes you think you are a better QB than you actually are and, in general, stunts your development for the next level. Not all spread offenses do this to a QB, but a five wide receiver set that is run 90% of the time does seem to make it difficult for a QB to adjust and learn all the intricacies of the QB position for the next level. In my opinion, it is not running a spread offense that causes a college QB to have trouble adjusting to the next level. This problem is strictly related to five wide receiver offensive systems that are used as a college team's base offense or the offense they use about 90% of the time. Other spread offenses are not as problematic.
Drew Boylhart 11/09