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Tyree Jackson

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

Comps – Low/Medium/High

Davis Webb (Low) – Paxton Lynch (Medium) – Joe Flacco (High)

Overview

“A quarterback class isn’t complete without a 6’6″” 240+ pounder entering the fray, even though they may never become a starter at the next level. You can’t bake the cake on draft night without someone having a missile launcher on their arm to spice things up, and that’s exactly what Tyree Jackson brings. While he doesn’t have the nuance to his game that would make him a starting caliber guy, he will likely get overdrafted by a team hoping to strike gold. Jackson’s arm is no doubt one of the best in the class. He can make every throw as long as his platform is stable. Whether it’s a small window in between linebackers or a deep shot that requires arc and distance, he can get it done. Despite this physical potential, he rarely cashes in on it. He throws a pretty deep ball, but there isn’t enough consistency in the intermediate game. Passes go haywire when he is asked to work without proper footwork. The velocity and accuracy isn’t an issue if he is simply throwing on the run, but it declines hard when he tries to throw off his back foot or change arm angles. His footwork isn’t sloppy, just lacking in urgency. When asked to change is positiion within the pocket and alter the spacing, things can get pretty messy for Jackson. His ball placement was one of the bigger surprises in the evaluation though. Jackson struggled to find his targets on most attempts, but he kept the ball out of danger and gave his target lead both vertically and horizontally. His misses were by feet, not yards, and some small adjustments to his timing could do the trick for turning him into a 60% passer.”

Reads & Decisions

Able to work beyond his first read on occasion, although his processing speed isn’t near an NFL level yet. Doesn’t attempt to look off defenders and create openings with his eyes. Capable of finding the checkdown if he doesn’t like what he sees downfield. Wants to see his guys come open before making a throw; lacks anticipatory throwing skills at this juncture in his career. Post-snap diagnosis of coverages often misses opportunities to attack. Loses some of his composure under pressure, putting the ball into harm’s way when he panics. Limited ability to improvise keeps him from escaping trouble. Timing is questionable; misses on routes with a lot of specificity, like comebacks. Understands how to use receiver leveraging, but needs to accept when completions aren’t likely.

Accuracy & Ball Placement

Needs to become more controlled with his pacing on passes. Throws heaters in short yardage situations rather than letting off the gas. Loses some of his control by trying to make everything a fastball. Doesn’t completely whiff throws in the intermediate game; won’t sail passes into trouble or leave opportunities for defenders to snag them. Alters trajectories well when attacking deep downfield. Puts ample arc under the ball, allowing his receiver to run into it. Accuracy falls off a cliff when asked to throw from an unsteady platform. Constantly puts the ball just ahead of his target’s catch radius, although attempts to lead them are a good sign. Flashes moments of natural accuracy, but it’s not there on a down-to-down basis. Forces his man to work hard for the ball; height variance is an issue.

Pocket Awareness & Scrambling

Proportions are absolutely ridiculous for the position; oak tree in the pocket. Footwork isn’t as heavy as you’d expect from a huge quarterback. Has enough gas to pick up yards with his legs when given wide open running lanes, but should not be asked to break the pocket often. May be more susceptible to lower body injuries due to his height and long legs. Eyes stay downfield when he is forced to scramble, and he keeps searching for an outlet. Won’t be running away from NFL edge rushers, but can create enough space to deliver his throws when working to the sideline. Must become more comfortable climbing up into the pocket to avoid backside pressure. Seems to have some discomfort with his drop footwork. Not a controlled mover; doesn’t have a plan with his positioning.

Mechanics & Throwing Motion

Has a significant windup to his release that may not be fixable due to frame. Not at risk of having any passes batted down. Has a downward trajectory on most of his shorter throws due to natural release angles. Good weight transfer; drives off of his base rather than going all arm. Unable to change his mechanical process with drastically affecting the results. Able to contort his setup to make throws on the run, as long as there is stable footing to set up the throw. Release height varies at random intervals, which could be a source of his placement problems. Likes to sidearm as a means of putting the ball on the numbers rather than attempting to stay accurate with a higher release. Angles his feet towards the target and sets his lower body up properly. Won’t swing open through the release.

Arm Strength

Has the arm talent to make tight window throws, but needs to throw with better anticipation to make up for mechanics. Capable of making throws to every level of the field given his arm talent. Able to uncork it 50 yards and beyond at the drop of a hat. Passes usually cut through the wind without any trouble. 0 to 100 velocity on any throw he wants; ball jumps out of his hand every time. Gets plenty of RPM on his attempts. Doesn’t throw a catchable ball on many occasions due to how hard he throws it. Makes throws to the boundary on the far side of the field look easy. Trusts his arm to bail him out no matter the situation. Although his arm is certainly one of the best in the class, it isn’t truly special or generational. Can get to 65+ yards downfield if necessary.

Categories: 2019, QB, Scouting report
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