Cardinals ~ 6025/220
1 ~ Processing Speed
2 ~ Precision
3 ~ Pocket Presence
4 ~ FirePower
Processing Speed is my measure for a Player's capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the dynamically developing Tactical LandScape. This Capacity is crucial to the success of all 22 Players on the Field, but above all to the QuarterBack. Diagnostic Acuity supports this and is also crucial, but Knowledge without Processing Speed is fatal.
Precision speaks above all to Mechanics: A QuarterBack's consistency with his Stance, his Set Up, and his Delivery. I refer to consistent Accuracy in the Short & Intermediate Zones, where the best Offenses all make their Bread & Butter. In breaking it down, I'm looking at Timing, Placement, and Leading Receivers to DayLight.
Pocket Presence is all about how the QuarterBack responds to Pressure. Precision against mediocre Defenses or within simple Schemes matters not, if a QuarterBack mentally locks up under genuine Pressure against the better Defenses in The Only Games That Really Matter. Frankly, I'm not entirely sure that I even need this Category, because I strongly suspect that how a QuarterBack handles Pressure is far less about Testicular Fortitude than it is about Processing Speed.
FirePower is another Category that I am ambivalent about including, for it is simply DownField Precision. Furthermore, I don't consider it anywhere near as Short & Intermediate Precision, because DownField Precision makes for lovely HighLight Footage, but it's Short & Intermediate Precision that Moves The Chains and wins Championships.
Please note, if you will: I list FirePower last of the 4 Attributes I value most...and don't list 40 Speed at all.
Beyond this point, my Fellow FootBall Fanatics, you will find a lengthy Dissertation about QuarterBacks. Should you wish to take a look, I will of course be honored. But should you wish to spare yourself, the actual Scouting Report is far below!!
Yon Rambling Dissertation
Arm Strength is vastly overrated, and scrambling ability, while exciting, is ultimately worse than useless, because History makes it clear that noteworthy Scramblers, over the years ~ and indeed, the same could be said about the thousands of QuarterBacks who've failed despite a great Arm ~ ultimately fail to focus all their energy on QuarterBacking.
Mobility, alike, is vastly overrated. Steve Young is the only Scrambler who ever won a Super Bowl, and he won it because he was on a great team, because Barry Switzer can't coach at the NFL level or the CowBoys would've rolled the Miners again in 1994, and because he eased up on the scrambling. He became a QuarterBack.
Mind you: I'd hardly suggest that Arm Strength isn't nice to have...But the temptation to let'er rip ~ and to relying on that Capacity ~ can have a crippling effect on developing those skills that most matter, deep in the Heart of Winter.
And often they have been.
Countless times, in fact.
And don't get me started on Scrambling.
Processing Speed and an insatiable Work Ethic, producing that relentless Devotion to mastering every possible Aspect of the Job ~ the Aspects I've listed above ~ and Balls are what ultimately win Championships.
It's not as easy as simply counting the Rings, because Fortune & Circumstance play a large part in the Fates of Men.
And it sure as Hell isn't racking up gaudy Statistic during the regular Season. It's the Capacity and the Will to do the thousands of little things that put one's team in the best position to win, day in and day out ~ and doing them well ~ that is the ultimate measure of any QuarterBack, albeit one ~ ironically ~ that's impossible to quantify.
It's the ability to Read & React with Speed & deadly Accuracy against the nastiest, wiliest Defenses on the Planet, deep in the Heart of Winter...and the Will to dedicate Years to intensive Training & Study in order to be able to.
That ~ and his willingness to Use The Whole Pig ~ is what once separated Tom Brady from the Pack.
Precision: Moderate. Tremendous on Short Throws, sketchy on Intermediate. Sound Mechanics, though, he just needs some refinement. Wenning has only been a Starter since his last Year of High School, so he's still mentally raw.
Pocket Presence: Outstanding. Climbs the Pocket, keeps his eyes DownField, and Stands Tall & Steady.
FirePower: Remarkable. Great Arm, sound Mechanics, and highly impressive DownField Accuracy & Precision.
Keith Wenning emerged as a starting QuarterBack only in his Senior Year of High School.
And he hardly erupted upon his arrival at Ball State, tossing as many Interceptions as TouchDowns his Freshman Year, despite pathetic Competition, and gradually working his way through Mediocrity over the next 2 Years, before finally producing a damned impressive Senior Campaign, the pathetic Competition notwithstanding.
The reason he's on my Radar is TwoFold.
First off: Trajectory. There is simply No Book among the Draft Media to account for a guy like Wenning, who strikes me as a classic Late Bloomer. Most Draft Ghouls clearly cannot even grasp the concept of Late Bloomer. I can.
Second off: His Processing Speed is a big fat Question Mark, and his Precision is raw though with flashes of Brilliance, but his Pocket Presence is awesome, which, in my twisted way of looking at things, strongly suggests superior Processing Speed, and his FirePower is remarkable: He is untested, but extraordinary Raw Capacity is there.
His having not yet been tested either against Top Tier Competition or within complex Offenses, I feel that Keith Wenning's Potential is more'f a Mystery even than most, so I cannot justify giving him a Top Tier Grade, even though I have yet to perceive any weakness that would warrant failing to do so: It is simply that he is a Mystery.
His Pocket Presence & FirePower are outstanding, and his being a Late Bloomers costs him nothing in my eyes.
How he does Under Fire is what will tell his Story, so I can only grade'm so high right now, despite his Upside.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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