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 : myles.whitmore . Position :Quarterback [QB]

Arm Strength/Power
Ian Book has average arm strength. Despite throwing well on deep passes, Ian Book struggled to throw outside the hash marks. More specifically, many of his passes lack zip, especially when he throws from the pocket.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
Ian Book has improved his accuracy throughout his career. While at Notre Dame, Book has overwhelmingly thrown short passes. However, he struggles in the red zone on quick fades.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
When Book is on the run, he can thread the needle to create some nice intermediate throws. However, his accuracy is pretty spotty within 10-20 yards.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
Ian Book is a phenomenal deep ball passer despite lacking a cannon for an arm. Ian book was able to beat tight coverage on deep passes when he dropped back in the pocket.
Pocket Presence
Ian Book is an elusive quarterback who can evade pressure when the pocket breaks down. However, his tendency to hold onto the ball too long leads to many poor decisions.
Mobility is a staple of Ian Book's skillset. His ability to extend plays with his legs and throw accurately on the run makes him a significant dual-threat QB. He's shifty, but he isn't a speed demon like Lamar Jackson will destroy opposing defenses on the ground.
Ian Book is bad at locating receivers. Every game, Ian Book forces throws into contested areas rather than hitting open wideouts. Book also takes a long time to find receivers open down the field. Moreover, he has tunnel vision and prematurely opts to run on designed passes.
Book does a good job staying on his tiptoes to make it easier to evade defenders in the pocket. However, Ian Book needs to improve his throwing mechanics. He regularly throws off his back foot, and his mechanics deteriorate dramatically when he is under duress.
Ian Book suffered a rib injury that forced him to miss a game against FSU in 2018. Additionally, he was taken out of the Rose Bowl against Alabama in 2021 after suffering an undisclosed injury.
Ian Book has consistently gained more command of the offense during each year of his collegiate career. He did a great job leading the Fighting Irish during the turmoil from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Game Management
Ian Book literally extends drives with his legs. His ability to pick up yardage on the ground and throw on the run excel on late downs.
Ian Book made some astonishingly bad decisions during his time at Notre Dame. Book regularly tests tight coverage and makes some Carson Wentz level turnovers when he holds onto the ball too long.
Ian Book is an undersized quarterback who stands at 6 ft. and 210 lbs exactly.
Ian Book is projected to run a 40-yard dash between 4.7 and 5.0 seconds. This makes sense because he can brush past defensive linemen but doesn't have the jets to burn speedy defenders.
Play-Making Ability
Ian Book absolutely excels when he is in the zone. This past season Book was electrifying with his deep passing and dual-threat passing skills. Moreover, his ability to improvise on the stop of a dime is incredible.
Ian Book has been a productive dual-threat QB while at Notre Dame. He is the all-time winningest QB for the Fighting Irish. Overall, he is a prolific dual-threat passer who picks up touchdowns through the air and on the ground.
Ian Book is a proven leader who has the IT factor needed to be a great QB in the NFL. However, he still needs to enhance his football IQ and become a better decision-maker.
No red flags identified yet.
Ian Book plays pretty well every week. However, Book is electrifying when he gets into the zone. Additionally, Book enters long hot streaks when he gets on rhythm on design runs, and bootleg passes.
Ian Book is a dual-threat QB who big plays nearly every game. When Book gets in rhythm, he is deadly throwing on the run or picking up rushing yards. While Ian isn't a fast QB, he is an elusive and efficient runner. One thing that gets lost in Ian Book's game is his ability to destroy defenses with perfectly placed big-time throws down the field.
Despite his playmaking ability, Ian Book is far from a top prospect because of his weaknesses. For starters, Book struggles to locate receivers when he goes through his progressions. More specifically, Ian Book forces passes into contested areas, misses open receivers, and turns the ball over too much. As a result, Book will need to improve his decision-making and vision regardless of where he gets drafted. He would also benefit from refraining from bailing the pocket too early. Ian Book will also need to bulk up to improve his arm strength and add mass to his frame.
Overall Analysis
Whatever team gets, Ian Book will receiver a proven winner, leader, and playmaker. They will also receive a QB who will be scheme dependent on a system that has mobility. While Book has become a better pocket passer this season, he is entirely reliant on getting into a rhythm with bootleg passes and improvising with his legs. Teams like the 49ers and Ravens would be great destinations for Book. However, he projects to be a backup that gets selected in the mid/late rounds of the NFL draft.
Compares to
Trace McSorely
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak