Sean Renfree   QB   Duke

TALENT BOARD ROUND  3

 

STRENGTHS

Sean has the size, athleticism, arm strength and accuracy that you look for in a quarterback for the next level. He is calm in the pocket, goes through his progressions and makes good decisions. He can make all the throws short and long with good velocity and touch. He is accurate under pressure and does not change his arm speed or release point when heís under pressure. Sean moves well in the pocket and has the ability to extend plays when the play breaks down. He is coachable, smart and understands the offense as it is drawn up on the board. He sees the whole field, but is careful not to make mistakes and get baited into making risky throws. Sean has excellent overall developmental skills to be a starting quarterback for the team that drafts him.

 

CONCERNS

Right now, Sean is successful because of the play calling and execution of the coaching staff. He lacks confidence in his passing ability and struggles to make decisions as quickly as will be required of him at the next level. He does not read defense to the extent that will be needed in the NFL, but most quarterbacks coming out of college don't have this ability. Sean does not do very much pre-snap reading. He lacks that killer instinct in his own skills to handle adversity on the field and, right now, play calling from the coaching staff makes Sean more successful.  However, in his defense, he has the necessary skills and football intelligence to improve.

 

BOTTOM LINE

Sean reminds me a lot of Matt Cassel. Matt is an excellent quarterback when there is good coaching and play calling for him. These types of quarterbacks (if they have the accuracy) can be solid west coast offensive quarterbacks. The original WCO is a rigid system that needs a player who can move well, throws the ball with accuracy and good velocity. The WCO gives the QB options in the passing game, basically to one area of the field, which helps the quarterback to make faster decisions and get the ball out of his hands more quickly, but it relies heavily on strong pre-snap read ability. Once a QB gets in rhythm in this offense, he gains confidence in the passing game and his own passing skills. As the QB gains experience in the system and confidence in his own ability, he can then become a quarterback who can carry a teamís offense. If Sean is drafted by a team who believes in this system and gives him a chance to stay in this system and mature, he can become an impact quarterback for the team that drafts him providing he can develop the needed pre-snap read ability. Right now, a great example of a team and coach that uses this system is the Kansas City Chiefs.  If they are looking for a developmental quarterback, I would think Sean would be very high on their list. The other offense that fits Seanís style and ability right now is the pistol offense. The pistol offense is an offense based on a strong, powerful ďin between the tacklesĒ running game. Its passing game is set up to have options to one area of the field on roll outs and moving pockets. Once again, it is a rigid offense but effective because it does not rely on the passing game for its success and because it doesn't make the quarterback sit in a pocket. It moves & sets the pocket up off the line of scrimmage giving the quarterback more time. If a QB is athletic, when a passing play is called, they can run the ball if they choose or throw the ball away. Itís a quick decision offense in the passing game because it limits the decision making to one area of the field, but the quarterback must have a strong arm to fit passes into tight areas more so than the WCO. You can think of the pistolís passing offense as a play action vertical game on the move. Sean would be a very good QB in this style of offense and, once again, as he gains confidence, he could become an impact player for the team that drafts him. Remember with the new CBA, you can expect that any quarterback can be drafted at least one round ahead of where most people will project them to be selected in. That means any QB with a 1st round grade has the potential to be a top ten pick, and any QB with a 2nd round grade has the potential to be selected at some point in the 1st round and so on because of the value of the position. In my opinion, there is no such thing as reaching for a quarterback as long as after you draft him, you commit to making him as successful as possible. If teams arenít ready to do that, teams should wait until later in the draft and select one then. Draft school is out for today.

  

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Apr/2013