My Scouting Report for Ian Book

Ian Book

Team : Notre Dame Fighting Irish (FB) | Sports : Football | Position : QB | Status : Active | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

Players Scouting Reviewer : mgomes429 . Position :Quarterback [QB]

Arm Strength/Power
His arm strength is solid but nothing spectacular. It's good enough to play in the NFL. Although you see he hesitates at times to throw into tight windows which can be a question of a lack of confidence in his ability to fit the football into tight spaces.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
He is fairly accurate and is comfortable when his receivers have space. He averaged over 60% throughout his career. He throws a catchable ball.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
He throws a good ball down the field with overall solid velocity especially when he runs and generates a bit more velocity on throws.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
He throws a good deep ball as evident when he had better receivers in 2019. He was not able to showcase this trait quite as much as Notre Dames's receivers in 2020 were not nearly as effective.
Pocket Presence
He struggles a bit in this category as he was very reliant to run at times even though he had a good OL in front of him. He needs to read defenses faster but also understand his receiving core was not great.
He is a good athlete with good mobility and he can pick up yards with his legs. He is not a dynamic athlete but just a very solid athlete overall. If I had to put a 40 time on Ian Book I would say it would be high 4.6's to mid 4.7s
It could use some work because he is too hesitant to try to throw the football into a window and anticipate the throw. To anticipate a throw he needs to read defenders a bit faster
He has a wide passed and is often on his tiptoes to get ready to run. The issue with his heels being up is that it takes away velocity from his throws.
No major injury concerns that I could find with Ian Book.
He was named captain but other than that I have not met him.
Game Management
Ultimately he is a game management type of QB who can have some success given the right system but is most likely suited better as a backup at the next level.
He is a very conservative passer who mitigates risks. He does not like to throw the ball in between the seam with two defenders. He much rather play it safe which is why he limited the interceptions throughout his career.
It is not very impressive. He is 6'0 and about 205lbs which is considered small for the position.
His speed is solid if I had to put a time on it I would say he run in the high 4.6's to mid 4.7s.
Play-Making Ability
He can create plays with his legs but that is only if the play breaks down. He is a good athlete but not amazing which is why he can get caught by more athletic defenders. he can throw on the run well and generated a bit more velocity when he does decide to roll out.
Outside of 2019 when he threw 34 TD's to 6 INT's he has been regulated to an average of 17TD's per season and 5 ints which is a 3 to 1 ratio. The enigma of the 2019 season was a big part because Chase Claypool and Cole Kmet played and both were high 2nd round picks in the 2020 Draft.
His ceiling is limited but under the right system, he may find some success. His physical tools are below average and this may limit his potential moving forward.
I can not judge as I have not met him personally but he was named captain.
Overall solid consistency and mitigated risk-taker. He manages the offense and lessens his chances of mistakes by playing within the system and not forcing throws.
He has completed over 60% of his throws throughout his career at Notre dame. He is also very experienced and a fifth-year senior. He limits his interceptions and never recorded double-digit numbers. He is a solid athlete and has a good arm.
He does not anticipate throws particularly well. Oftentimes he is waiting for the receivers to get open and he is granted that time because he has a good OL protecting him. He hesitates to throw the ball into tight windows and is too passive. This can derive from a lack of confidence which is problematic for a QB. While he is a good athlete he is not a tremendous athlete and can be limited against more athletic defenders. He also needs to work on his footwork. Lastly, he needs to not be so eager to run when things around him breakdown and should look to pass first. he can be effective if he grows into the habit.
Overall Analysis
Ian Book is a game manager type of QB who at the moment is best suited as a developmental backup. There is a chance down the road and under the right system he can be a solid QB but only time will tell. In the right situation maybe he gets a chance to be effective. Projection (Rounds Late 5th - UNDFA) Team Fits (Rams, Saints, Falcons)
Compares to
Chase Daniel
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak