It is not a secret, quarterbacking in the National Football League is a different beast from any position in the league – and perhaps from any position in all of team sports.
The preparation, mechanics, discipline, sacrifice, leadership, intellect, ability to process exponentially, work ethic, fearlessness and attitude coincide with arm talent is, frankly, what a select few individuals can amass.
There are 32 unique starting assignments in the NFL, however, on average, five openings are available each year, and players from major programs will be groomed to claim those job opportunities.
Now, add another grouping of 32 players who will backup for unique starters. Apparently, ten of those titles are normally available each offseason, and more than half of them are used to either developing other major prospects or for veterans.
Consequently, the remaining three to four spots are laid out for a crap shoot. A crap shoot that a few qualified small school quarterback talents are allotted to roll the dice for.
After filtering through the prospects, only a few were not drained out. For the preseason, these overlooked NFL hopefuls are interested standouts who may earn the opportunity of a lifetime of getting in front of NFL decision-makers for the 2021 NFL Regional Combine Invitational.
Currently, Nick Mullens (San Francisco 49ers) and Alex McGough (Houston Texans) are the only two quarterbacks in the NFL who ventured through the RC process. Mullens, who signed an one-year extension with the 49ers, has been the prized jewel for the NFL Regional Combine platform process as he is succeeding from the quarterback position.
Nothing is guaranteed, but given an opportunity can create optimistic…
…which these signal callers from the Overlooked Unknown Talents (O.U.T) listing has.
ERIC BARRIERE (EASTERN WASHINGTON) – 6-0, 200-pounds – Poise, intelligent, quarterback savvy, great touch especially for tight sequences, mobile accurate, solid mechanics in the pocket, extends plays by manipulating pocket and mobility, strong, agile, instinctive, solid anticipation, good vision and awareness, reads coverage and defensive schemes well, confident, patience, does not force throws.
BAILEY ZAPPE (HOUSTON BAPTIST) – 6-2, 185-pounds – Next level arm talent – period, has great velocity on his throws, big arm talent, throw deep ball well – with touch, protect his pass catchers, balls drop in traffic, complete pocket passer, agile, reads coverage well, calm, calculated, solid mechanics, aggressive when needed, makes great judgement, can make all the throws – especially back-side shoulder passes, great pocket awareness, keeps a clock in his heads, feels and react to pressure extremely well.
REECE UDINSKI (VMI) – 6-4, 224-pounds – Solid ball placement, throw receivers open, reads through all his progressions, work middle of the field well, patience, Strong presents in the pocket, good mobility, strong arm with touch, good feet, good anticipation, leader, eyes always down the field, great fundamentals, get the out quick, fluent passer.
DAVIS ALEXANDER (PORTLAND STATE) – 5-11, 200-pounds – Tough, elusive, gutsy, mobile, agile, great placement on deep balls, accurate, athletic, quick, high IQ, take what is giving, not forceful, smart with the ball, throws extremely on the run, throws on a rope, great anticipation, Throw receivers open, solid pocket awareness, does not have happy feet, will sacrifice body in the pocket, team first mentality.
DANIEL SMITH (VILLANOVA) – 6-0, 205-pounds – Solid touch, dangerous in redzone situations – especially as a running threat, solid footwork in the pocket, instinctive, intense, strong, good technique and mechanic, throw through his hips, solid delivery, elite in terms of post corner throws, effective runner, good speed for the position.
ROGAN WELLS (VALDOSTA STATE) – 6-3, 210-pounds – Pro-style quarterback, adjust passes accordingly, has great velocity on passes, get the ball out quickly, good feet in the pocket, strong hands, patience, reads through progression extremely well, good touch on deep passes, lead receivers well, throw receivers open, great anticipation and awareness, commands the huddle.
PRESTON HAIRE (OKLA. BAPTIST) – 6-1, 210-pounds – Solid in the pocket, Throw deep ball well with touch, calculated, athletic, great feet, strong arm. homerun speed for the position, never second himself, react with no hesitation, reads coverage schemes well, know when to run, pick him spots well, make timely throws, instinctive, turn and throw through his hips well, keeps receivers out of harms way, decisive.
DALTON HOLST (CHADRON STATE) – 6-3, 200-pounds