JT Barrett Draft Profile

JT Barrett draft profile

Strengths:

  • Leadership traits
  • Teammates love him and he handled the rotation quarterback issue with maturity in 2016
  • Good decision maker in zone read
  • Throws with touch to the perimeter and will change speeds to make his throws more catchable
  • Willing to stand in and take the hit in order to deliver the throw
  • Leg strength allows him to fight through sack attempts and keep a play alive
  • Does a good job of looking safeties off of his deep sideline targets

Analysis: JT Barrett is a dual-threat quarterback who has benefited from playing with NFL talent around him all four years. Barrett is a natural leader with the ability to hurt defenses with his feet or with his arm on any given play, but he needs to improve his ball placement and approach in attacking coverage. Barrett’s character, competitiveness, and ability in short-yardage situations give him a shot to compete for a roster spot as a package-based quarterback while he continues to try to improve as a passer. He is an outstanding leader and his teammates and coaches adored him. He excels in the zone read game, knowing when to tuck it and go or give it up to the back. His thick, strong legs allow him to beat arm tackles and evade sack attempts. He does a decent job looking safeties off, but not consistently enough.

Weaknesses:

  • Not a naturally accurate passer
  • Makes receivers work too hard
  • Completed a measly 28 percent of his throws over 21 yards this season
  • Ball placement can be a struggle even on swing passes and short throws
  • Gets it out a step late on intermediate and deep throws
  • Release and arm strength are below average
  • Three-quarter release makes him short in the pocket and allows defenders to maul his pass attempts

Analysis: Watching JT Barrett’s tape I struggle to see a legitimate NFL quarterback. His accuracy is downright awful at times and his ball placement puts extra work on the receiver to haul it in. His three-quarter release adds to those inaccuracy issues and his arm strength leaves a lot to be desired. Bottom line, Barrett will struggle to stay on an NFL roster as QB, but a team might be able to find a spot for him as a situational wildcat quarterback or a possible switch to receiver could be in the cards.

What the scouts say: “Great leader and a high character guy. I want him to succeed but I just don’t see enough talent to be an NFL quarterback.” AFC regional scout

Size: 6’1 224lbs

Draft Grade: Undrafted free agent

NFL Comparison: Eric Crouch

Draft Projection: Round 7

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