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Scouting The Draft: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

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We continue to take a look at some of the top prospect in the NFL draft.

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Introduction

Before the 2014 college football season, there were many questions regarding Brett Hundley's game and I'll admit I thought he has a tiny chance to ever stick in the NFL. His accuracy was poor, he didn't work through progressions, he stared down receivers, through terrible picks, took too many sacks and looked uncomfortable every single time he had to throw from the pocket. However in 2014 he developed, he did what you're supposed to do as an NFL prospect, he addressed the problems he had in his game that would be highlighted at the next level.

This year the Bruins have averaged over 400 yards of offense per game, and Hundley has completed nearly 70% of his passes. With 21 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions his decision making has improved and although he still has a lot of work to do and he is most definitely a prospect who will need a lot of coaching, the progress he has already made is very encouraging.

Where will Hundley be drafted? He is most definitely around the late first, early 2nd round area and there are several rumours regarding the Eagles selecting him at #20 overall, that's if they don't put together the blockbuster of blockbuster trades to move up and take Chip Kelly's former start Quarterback Marcus Mariota, a player who Kelly describes as the best player he has ever coached. Hundley rushed for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns this year and his ability to work ina fast paced offense will make him appealing to Kelly as a fall-back option.

Brett Hundley redshirted in 2011 before becoming the Bruins starter in 2012 through 2014. Some think had he stayed at UCLA for another year he could have really cemented himself as an elite prospect. However he will enter the 2015 NFL draft and some team will have a project on their hands.

Measurables

Height: 6'3

Weight: 227lbs

Class: Junior

Projected 40: 4.65

Statistics

Year Pass Attempts Pass Completed Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Rushing Yards Touchdowns
2014 392 271 69.1% 3155 22 5 644 10
2013 369 248 67.2% 3071 24 9 748 11
2012 479 319 66.6% 3745 29 11 355 9

Positives

  • Mobility: He doesn't have the top end speed of someone like Marcus Mariota but he has enough speed to escape pressure and prolong plays and he can gradually get up to top speed and pick up good chunks of yardage.
  • Size: Has excellent size at 6'3 and plays tall with a good quick release that's between a 3/4 and over the top release.
  • Arm Strength: Personally I have Hundley in the elite category in terms of arm strength. He can push the ball down field, and throw with good velocity on out-routes to ensure they are not jumped.
  • Work Ethic: This is something that can't be understated, just look at the ESPN article on Jonny Football regarding the importance of working hard when your natural ability isn't enough. He is the first person in and last person out, does a lot of film work and became a leader for the Bruins.
  • Mechanics: I don't have a problem with his form. His feet are good, his hips are good, he twists to throw towards his receiver, his motion is comfortable and doesn't put too much pressure on his arm.

Negatives

  • Pocket awareness: This is the main complaint for me. Hundley doesn't feel pressure coming and doesn't look comfortable when needing to slide in the pocket. His eyes drop and he takes far too many sacks as a result.
  • Touch: Hundley can throw with accuracy when he's in a rhythm but when he needs to change speeds and put air under the ball to throw over defenders, he struggles. He can throw it with velocity but touch needs work.
  • Reads: This area improved considerably in 2014, but still needs work. Hundley doesn't have an internal clock, so when his first read isn't there, he takes off when his 2nd or 3rd read is open. He'll be bottled up in the NFL and miss plenty of opportunities.
  • Ball placement: One aspect that kept coming up in film study is the quality of his ball placement. He could spot his passes much better to give his receivers an easier catch and run situation. Doesn't lead his receivers all the time and that limits his effectiveness.

Conclusion

I'm still undecided on Hundley. He needs a lot of work and his presumed struggles at reading an NFL defense would worry me. He has a lot of pre-snap reads at UCLA where he knows exactly where he is going with the football and it it isn't there, he takes off. He can feel pressure but he needs to do it more consistently and not panic when faced with a pass rush. He has some limitations, but he has a good work ethic, a good arm and if he lands in the right system he could move the ball quickly and efficiently. I think he's ready made for the Philadelphia offense but for me, he has similar issues to Geno Smith and we don't need another Geno Smith. If he makes it out of the first round then he would be interesting in the 2nd round, but I doubt that happens with Philadelphia picking late and them needing a QB like Hundley.

Draft Grade: 72

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable - Long Shot To Stick

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