Malik Rosier

Malik Rosier

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

Terrel Hunt (Low) – Anthony Boone (Medium) – Garrett Grayson (High)

Overview

A surprisingly high grade based on summer expectations, Rosier’s combination of crisp lower body mechanics and functional athleticism could make him a potential project player that gets stashed on the practice squad. He does not have the greatest arm, but is more than capable of making throws in the pro game if his anticipation is there. One notable red flag for Rosier will be his benching in favor of underclassman N’Kosi Perry. Although Perry was not able to do much more with the Miami offense, Rosier was not able to win back his job as his senior season progressed. Rosier’s concerns stem from complete ineptitude on the mental side of things. He does not process information well as a passer, often times ignoring everything he sees post-snap in favor of forcing the football where it shouldn’t go. His willingness to attack covered targets and take shots he can’t hit make him a massive liability for his team. He gets the ball out prior to the break on some throws, but that’s all he does positive as a decision maker. Rosier will get caught staring down his target and tipping off defensive backs regardless of the depth of the throw. He only had one snap between the Virginia and LSU games where he convincingly worked his way back to the checkdown within structure. Rosier has nothing to hang his hat on in terms of accuracy, as he struggles to hit his man regardless of distance. He’ll float deep passes out of bounds and miss short throws high on a regular basis. Even when his target has gained separation he’ll throw them back into the defender and allow the catch point to be interrupted. Although Rosier does not have great straight line speed he is able to survive initial contact and stay on his feet through hits. Pass rushers who wrap up are capable of bringing him down, but undisciplined tacklers can be shaken off. His footwork within the pocket does not have the plan you’d like, but his steps don’t get segmented and clunky. He moves with a compactness that makes traversal of the backfield easy. Once he develops a better sense for spacial awareness it will be tough to take him out of the play. His upper body mechanics aren’t perfect, as his arm path can get too tight, but Rosier has a knack for adjusting arm angles to avoid broken passing lanes. With a defender in his face he’ll slide the ball around them without any chance of deflection. This ability to improvise his release combines with good lower body balance to create one of the better mechanical processes in the draft class.

Reads & Decisions

Can get the ball out prior to the route break; shows flashes of anticipation. Does not go beyond his first read frequently. Performance was reliant on successful timing to a single route, not an ability to command the offense. Telegraphs his intentions to defensive backs, as he won’t even attempt to look off guys prior to the throw. Shows no consideration for the coverages that he is facing. Will blindly throw a ball into double coverage if it’s his first option. Unable to find the checkdown and work back to it with any regularity. Post-snap processing is non-existent on most occasions within play structure. Almost robotic in his approach to operating the offense; does not play with mastery of the scheme. Predictable and does not possess any dynamic playmaking abilities. Needs to be more decisive.

Accuracy & Ball Placement

Able to change trajectories to drop throws over the top of defenders. Accuracy is more general than specific; does not throw his targets open. Severe drop off when forced to work from a moving platform. Tends to sail passes over his target; forced his guys to go after extremely difficult balls in the LSU game. Struggles to capitalize with jump ball situations by giving his receivers a winnable pass. Does not have desired control over where he places the ball, even in shorter attempts. Often puts the ball into the leverage of defensive backs. Lacks an understanding of when to use the fastball and when to use the floater. Unable to present his receivers with many YAC opportunities due to issues with putting the ball behind them. Rarely gives adequate lead on the deep ball attempts.

Pocket Awareness & Scrambling

Slightly undersized, and may not meet the benchmarks that most teams want for the position. Well put together despite being on the short side; frame is filled out. Steps forward in the pocket to deliver his throws rather than fading back. Mobile enough to pick up yardage with his legs when necessary. Sneaky strong runner who is capable of breaking tackles if they aren’t landing clean. Knows when to take off up the middle rather than wait for an outlet pass. More of a pocket holder than a pocket controller; occupies the space but doesn’t always move with intent. Seems more comfortable going for the run than searching for a pass once he begins to work to the sideline. Internal clock is on the slow side, and he is late to recognize penetration. Tools are there to extend the play.

Mechanics & Throwing Motion

Drops are smooth and easy; nothing out of sync with his footwork. Throws on the run do not have much control; fails to square up with his target. Release is a bit too close to his shoulder; does not get good extension with his arm path. Occasionally misplaces his feet and swings too far open as a result. Adjusts his arm slotting on the fly to deal with traffic at the line of scrimmage. No awkwardness in his movements; well connected between upper and lower body. Not always consistent with his weight transfer; slides to the side too easily, altering his aim. Height may cause some issues with finding passing lanes at the pro level. Has quality lower body mechanics compared to his peers when he has time to prepare them unscathed. Does not back down from pressure.

Arm Strength

Has enough arm strength to make throws to most levels of the field, although he will need to get the ball out quicker to compensate for average physical tools. Velocity does not stand out. Passes hang too long in the air once he goes beyond 15-20 yards. Attempts to throw with touch often result in dangerous arrival times. Incorporation of his lower body into his throwing motion helps to improve his downfield shots. Never gets caught relying too much on his arm to generate power as a thrower. Hit 58 with a huge setup against LSU, and may have been able to get beyond 60. Has a significant wind up to go beyond 40 yards. At risk of having aggressive corners take away his passes on the far side boundary throws. Makes the most of what he’s working with.

Categories: 2019, QB
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