CJ Beathard-QB-Iowa
Size: 6’3 219lbs

CJ Beathard

Strengths:

  • Pro-style QB
  • Solid mechanics and footwork
  • Decent arm strength
  • Team leader with solid decision-making

Analysis: CJ Beathard played in pro-style passing attack, working under center and from shotgun. Capable and confident rolling out. Squares shoulders to deliver strikes. Completed 57 percent of his passes outside of the pocket at Iowa. Showed improved touch on short throws. Footwork and pocket mechanics look solid. Throws with some natural accuracy despite pedestrian completion percentage. Better tape in 2015 as he had to overcome injuries to key targets in 2016. Trusts his line and keeps eyes downfield. Plays with relatively calm demeanor. Team leader with ability to handle adversity. Won’t take unnecessary chances.

Weaknesses:

  • Too hesitant to pull the trigger
  • Can’t feel pocket collapse
  • Slow going through progressions

Analysis: Coaches love having a guy like CJ Beathard as their QB. He is a leader that won’t hurt his team with his play or taking wild chances with the ball. On tape, he is often late to pull the trigger on throws toward the sideline, forcing receivers into boundary and out of the catch. Slow field scanner who tends to lock into a single side. Too much eye-balling and not enough manipulating. Poor feel for pocket pressure. Two-year sack total of 58 is too high in play-action attack. Anchors deep in pocket and rarely climbs pocket to safe harbor. Oblivious to backside pressure until it’s too late. Needs more air under the long ball. Deep-ball accuracy has been terrible. Completed under 30 percent of throws beyond 20 yards in last two seasons at Iowa. Completed just 43 percent of throws beyond line of scrimmage to right sideline.

What to expect if you team drafts CJ Beathard:  His 2015 tape was more impressive, but deep-ball accuracy issues, poor pocket awareness, and unnecessary hesitation as a passer shows up in both seasons. Beathard plays checkers with safeties rather than chess, which could always hinder his ability to attack down the field with success. Could be a career backup who finds himself in the action at some point down the road.

NFL Comparison: Matt Cassel

Draft Projection: Round 6-7

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