QuarterBack ~ Michael White ~ Western Kentucky HillToppers ~ 6045/225
But I believe not only that Pocket Passing remains the Heart & Soul of successful QuarterBacking, but that the capacity of Speed QuarterBacks to master Pocket Passing can be and often is crippled by the Siren Song of Scrambling: A QuarterBack who has always had that "out" is far less likely to develop the skills that really matter.
Power QuarterBacks ~ The Men with the Golden Arms ~ are equally susceptible to falling Prey to the seductive allure of their own physical Talent: The more powerful their Cannons, the more likely I believe it is that they persistently depend upon that crutch as a Get Out Of Jail Card, and thus fail to develop a more comprehensive Skill Set.
And thus I perceive a Great Irony, one that continues, astonishingly, to elude most: The more explosive a Scrambler that a QuarterBack is, or the more powerful an Arm he boasts, the less likely that he is to achieve Greatness.
Conversely, it's the boring guys who consistently Move The Chains that give you the best Chance to win.
After New Year's Day, when The Only Games That Really Matter are played, History has been relentlessly savage to Power QuarterBacks and Speed QuarterBacks who failed to develop their Games: Once the weaker Teams have been eliminated, the PlayOff Defenses have invariably proven far too much for The Unprepared.
And if you're not prepared to compete after New Year's Day, why play at all??
In consideration of these thoughts, which, like many of my thoughts, fly in the face of what is amusingly considered to be Conventional Wisdom, this is how I break down the Criteria that I focus on, when evaluating QuarterBacks:
1 ~ Processing Speed
2 ~ Precision
3 ~ Pocket Presence
4 ~ FirePower
Processing Speed or Diagnostic Velocity is about how quickly and effectively one Reads & Reacts to the Rapidly Roiling Tactical LandScape. It's crucial at all 22 Positions, but utterly vital for a QuarterBack to succeed...or to even survive. Reading Coverages, working through Progressions, and selecting the best Receiving or Running Option.
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, Touch, and Trajectory: Leading Receivers to DayLight.
Pocket Presence & Poise Under Pressure is about Poise, or how one's Processing Speed and Precision stand up Under Pressure, and about one's Temporal & Spatial Instincts in navigating an often chaotic Pocket.
FirePower is a Category that I value, though not as much as others. I refer to Velocity and to DownField Precision, which I don't consider as crucial to Success as Short & Intermediate Precision. DownField Precision makes for tremendous HighLight Footage, but it's Short & Intermediate Precision that Moves The Chains and wins Championships.
Please note, if you will: I don't list 40 Speed among crucial Attributes at all.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Please Note: This is entirely about how rapidly the QuarterBack scans the Field and makes successful Decisions.
* Many College Offenses feature simple Offenses that make this challenging to evaluate.
* It is, nevertheless, far and away the most crucial Aspect of QuarterBacking.
* Accuracy ~ Placement that maximizes the Receiver's Advantage and minimizes that of the Defender.
* Timing ~ Being temporally In Sync with the Receiver. The Ball arriving precisely when the Receiver does.
* Touch ~ The right Speed for the right Play. Only throwing FastBalls when FastBalls are warranted.
* Trajectory ~ Being spatially In Sync with the Receiver ~ enabling him to catch the Ball In Stride.
* Processing Speed Under Pressure.
* Precision Under Pressure.
* Spatial & Temporal Instincts.
* Velocity, irregardless of where he's throwing it: How fast is'is FastBall?
* DownField Precision ~ can he through the Bomb accurately?
Precision ~ 60. Shaky Mechanics, but impressive Touch, Timing, and Trajectory.
Pocket Presence ~ 60. 50, but I'm awarding 10 Bonus Points for not getting murdered, last year. White was flat out spoiled by the HillToppers' 2016 O Line, and flat out splattered by the 2017 version...Having watched'm deal with the best of all possible worlds and the worst, I find myself, for the most part, impressed with his Poise Under Pressure.
FirePower ~ 66. Ironically, I find this aspect of'is Game less than is generally perceived, which is pretty funny to me, as I give higher Grades to the other 3 aspects than most others give'm...In any case, I would still go with "impressive" in grading his Velocity and DownField Precision, though even that is predicated more on Accuracy than on pure FirePower.
Yeah, there's no punch line coming.
I reconnoiter these CyberScouting Reports based on preliminary research, which is essentially reading the opinions of other CyberScouts, maybe sampling some Tape, and generally getting a feel for what they're about.
My greatest strength is probably extracting more from what the other CyberScouts discern than they do.
And usually my first impressions are pretty accurate. One develops Instincts.
Not so, with young Michael White, QuarterBack.
I could very well be wrong about this one ~ and part'f my Brain is awaiting its own punchline ~ but as far as I can tell, Michael White, who any CyberScout or professional Scout was free and clear to declare a decided 1st Round Talent, with a tall, towering Frame, a strong Arm, and ~ not that this seems to matter so much to most ~ exceptional Processing Speed, Precision, and Pocket Presence, which actually matter far more than a strong Arm....is a 1st Round Talent.
He's as mobile as FrankenStein in The Pocket, I'll grant you...and that seems to matter a lot to many.
Michael White is no more'f a Sure Thing than anyone else, but we're talking about a guy who's had 837 Offensive Coordinators in the last 5 Years, yet who has nevertheless thrived, who excelled on a short week of practice at the Senior Bowl, who consistently and effectively Checked Down ~ and yes I, unlike 99% of CyberScouts, consider that a Positive!! ~ all season long at Western Kentucky and found time and the presence of mind to keep his eyes downfield, work his Progressions, and Use The Whole Pig despite running for his life on every Pass Play.
I'm crazy about the guy.
He is a QuarterBack.
And he is possibly the best Value of this entire Draft.
And I offer colossal Props to Brother SirCole Soleil, for first expounding White's Virtues on this humble Site!!
Thank you so very much, Draft BreakDown, without whom my Work would be virtually impossible.
Please also note, Fellow FootBall Fiends: These CyberScouting Reports are not intended as predictions of success or failure, but as assessments ~ ludicrously amateurish assessments ~ of potential success. FootBall is a rough and often unfair business, and many a worthy Prospect has fallen far short of his potential, sometimes not because of his own failings, but because of those of coaching, scheme, timing...or because huge investments were made on other Prospects.
In other words: If any of my Super Dooper Deeper Sleepers ever fail to fulfill their vast potential, I’m confident that it goes without saying that it wasn’t their fault…or mine!!...Yes, I think that I'm being funny.
In other words: Caveat Emptor, Fellow FootBall Fiends!!
Enter at your own risk!!