My Scouting Report for K.J. Costello

K.J. Costello

Team : Stanford Cardinal (FB) | Sports : Football | Position : QB | Status : Active | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

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

Arm Strength/Power
He has got a strong arm and he can drive the ball in between defenders with his velocity.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
He seems fairly accurate with his short throws and delivers the football with good velocity. His mechanics help him set up for quick throws and he has got a good transition to do so. The only issue is when he throws short he may sometimes put a little too much velocity on his throws.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
He has some of his best throws from this range but at times he can put to much heat on the ball causing a tough catch. Or he airmails it. He needs to learn to throw with better touch and placement on these throws rather than just using pure velocity.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
He showcases touch when he throws it deep and it allows his big receivers and TE's to highpoint the football.
Pocket Presence
He has got really good pocket presence and maneuverability within the pocket allowing his smooth footwork to place him in a position to throw.
This is not his best trait and his mobility outside of the pocket is not really a threat
He needs to learn how to read his progressions faster in order to get the ball out of his hands quicker. he often holds on to the ball too long
He has got really clean mechanics and relies on his lower body to add additional velocity. He has got good feet and utilizes his body mechanics to add velocity and accuracy to his throws.
He suffered a head and thumb injury that ended his 2019 season.
I can not judge as I have not met him.
Game Management
He can sometimes be too eager and try to fit it into tight windows, but he can certainly game manage especially since he played in a pro-style offense with I formation.
He needs to be more consistent progressing through his reads and checking it down. He tends to fit it into tight windows a bit too much although he certainly has the velocity to do so.
He is 6'5 222 which is great size.
He probably runs in the 4.9s or even 5s
Play-Making Ability
He does not really have much playmaking ability as he did not try to throw much on the run, rather he relies on his reset footwork to reposition him to throw from the pocket.
His only productive season was in 2018 where he threw 29 TD's to 11 INT's
He has got the size and arm strength along with the understanding of a pro-style offense to be a reliable back up and possibly a starter.
I have not met him so I can not judge.
He needs to be more consistent with his reads and check the ball down more. He needs to learn to read the entire field better. Although he throws the football consistently with good placement under a clean pocket.
He has got a big arm and he's got, good mechanics. He knows how to maneuver the pocket very well and reset his feet to throw. He also keeps his eyes downfield when he resets to throw. He played in a pro-style offense at Stanford which will help his transition to the NFL game.
He is not the most mobile guy. His mobility is only within the pocket and he can do much once he gets out. He has also had injury issues in 2019 both with a thumb and a head injury the halted his 2019 season and forced him to transfer to Mississippi St. for his final year of eligibility.
Overall Analysis
I'm curious to see how he will fare out in the SEC and with his new team. Right now he is projected to be a backup with good knowledge on the protyle offense. He also possesses above-average arm strength and has the velocity to make NFL level throws. The injuries are a major concern but he has got a shot. Projected Rounds (Mid 3rd- Mid 5th) Personal Projection ( 4th)
Compares to
Nick Foles
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak