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Brent Stockstill

Scouting Report done by Mark Jarvis. See all his work at What’s on Draft. Support his work on Patreon.  See the full report here.

Comps – Low/Medium/High

Marcus Wasilewski (Low) – Sean Schroeder (Medium) – Kellen Moore (High)

Overview

Son of Middle Tennessee State head coach Rich Stockstill, Brent is a peculiar case of big college stats. The elder Stockstill’s offensive approach has given the younger every opportunity to find success, despite lacking the physical traits required for pro translation. Screens and dump offs make up the majority of the offense, and Stockstill’s completion percentage has been inflated over 70% as a result of it. When it comes to making the right decisions within the structure and operating the machine, it’s clear that he is the coach’s son. Anticipatory throws pop on occasion, and he shows the desired control over the tempo, timing, and forward momentum of the unit. However, Stockstill is not an advanced decision maker, and it shows in his style of play. He makes throws immediately, and the play goes haywire if he does not. When forced to improvise and make plays on his own, the limitations really begin to bleed into his play. He crumbles too quickly, and does not have the athletic traits to make plays with his feet. Rather than create for himself in the pocket, he prefers to start running wherever he can get to, absorbing serious damage on most hits. His toughness is undeniable, but his plan B to the quick game is not going to be successful in the pros. Stockstill tries to minimize risk, but he is prone to mental errors and misdiagnosis of the defense post-snap. These issues show up frequently when his targets are jammed at the line of scrimmage, which throws off the route timing. Rather than correct himself and adjust for the change, Stockstill delivers the ball prematurely and out of reach. His accuracy is decent on short outs, but it falls out of the window over the middle. Deep throws aren’t even an option for him. Attempts to change pace as a passer fall flat, as he needs to put everything behind his throws to get them to the target. Touch throws are in danger of being undercut, as they are easy to get a piece of as a defensive back or linebacker. Another element of Stockstill’s game that is working against him is his height. Just a shade under six foot tall, he has trouble finding ways to get the ball out of the pocket. When forced to stand behind his line and deliver over the top of them, it becomes apparent that he can’t negotiate passing lanes. His base is unreliable, release too long, and footwork generally inconsistent. All of the physical and mental shortcomings working against Stockstill may make it difficult to make a camp roster, let alone be drafted in April.

Reads & Decisions

One read and done decision-maker who has trouble peeling off of his first option. Offense was based on quick hits and timing routes that did not ask for post-snap diagnosis. Tips off defenders by staring down his target, revealing his hand prematurely. Flashes anticipation with some of his outside throws. Showcased a clear mastery over the MTSU offense. Did not attack the deep portions of the field against Georgia and Vanderbilt. Processing was expedited by scheme. Gives away his intentions pre-snap by repeatedly checking side of field he’s attacking. Puts on blinders and ignores defender positioning just to maintain timing. Easily flustered when forced to work outside of offensive structure. Plays it safe whenever possible. Lacks any creative elements to his style; robotic player.

Accuracy & Ball Placement

Throws crossers and outs with lead, allowing his receivers to run through the catch process. Lacks natural accuracy, despite remarkably high completion percentage. Had a lot of his throws manufactured in the form of screens and short curls. Touch throws aren’t in his toolbox; struggles to hit passes with arc. Had issues with dirting passes in the short game; too much variance in ball height. Tries to work away from leveraging in man-to-man situations, albeit with mixed results. Vertical shots are almost always misplaced. Passing lanes over the middle of the field are closed off to him due to combination of height and arm issues. Can’t get passes over linebackers without sailing them into the secondary. Back shoulder throwing might be peak of his repertoire. Erratic when trying to rip it.

Pocket Awareness & Scrambling

Does not meet the required threshold in height, and will have significant trouble operating inside of the pocket. Utilization as a runner during senior season was ineffective. Scheme usually got the ball out prior to pressure arriving, so he did not have to manipulate the pocket. Size will get him mauled on first contact, especially with his lack of athleticism. Unable to win straight line runs away from pass rushers. Willing to take scrambling opportunities if the red sea parts for him, but shouldn’t be trusted to buy yards with his legs as a pro. Has trouble when asked to extend plays. Spots pressure and reacts in a fair amount of time, but just can’t escape. Will need to improve spacial control and pocket adjustments to create openings to throw through. Footwork was better vs. Vandy.

Mechanics & Throwing Motion

Able to redirect ball path and change arm slot to account for pressure. Bouncy feet are always ready to adjust and set another angle towards the target. Base can settle too wide, which often deters his weight transfer and ruins the process. Swings open early at times, which forces arm correction that is difficult to control. Arm path gets a bit loopy and winding. Failure to create power from the bottom up plays a role in abysmal throw power. Arm speed needs to increase if the release is to become serviceable. Footwork is unpolished in his shorter drops. Left-handedness could cause some issues with coaches adapting him to an offense. Tendency to jump into his throwing stance may be deterring his process; not organic with his movements. Has an abnormal twist at the top of his motion.

Arm Strength

Unable to create ample velocity, even on short-side throws. Will have trouble consistently reaching the boundary without opening up the play for defensive backs. Forces the ball out rather than having it come off of his hand easily. One speed thrower who can’t use anything but his fastball due to arm limitations. Off platform throws are simply unfeasible. Unable to maximize his power on the run due to sloppy setup off of rollouts or scrambles. Window throws between the hashes may not be an option. Must rework mechanics to have a shot at completing difficult throws as the game speeds up.

 

Categories: 2019, QB
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