My Scouting Report for Sam Howell

Sam Howell

Team : North Carolina Tar Heels (FB) | Sports : Football | Position : QB | Status : Active | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

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

Arm Strength/Power
He has really impressive arm strength, can drive the ball deep down the field. He can throw on the run and with many different arm angles.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
He is accurate short when he is in a rhythm and getting the ball out of his hand quickly. He can sometimes get lazy on short throws and under throws them. Fits the ball into tight windows.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
He drives the ball over the middle of the field really well, through tight coverage as well. He throws a quick ball to the sideline. Again he can get lazy or he won't set his feet because of pressure, and in those cases he tends to under throw receivers.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
He is a really accurate deep ball thrower, can consistently get the ball out to sideline fade routes. He loves to push the ball down the field with his big arm, throws it accurately to the sideline so his receiver has the best shot at the ball.
Pocket Presence
He moves well in the pocket, breaks tackles to extend plays. He likes to run around and make plays can force him to have happy feet in the pocket which can make him unbalanced. Would like to see him stand in the pocket for longer.
He breaks tackles and escapes the pocket with ease and poise. He is constantly looking down the field trying to throw when on the run, and he is accurate when he is on the run. Can run for yards if the play breaks down.
He goes through his progressions well, I always see his eyes moving across the field. He always has his eyes down the field looking to throw when scrambling.
He has a really quick and compact throwing motion. He moves really well in the pocket, but can sometimes get happy feet and have unbalanced throws.
Game Management
He isn't much of a game manager, he likes to throw deep so he doesn't really sustain drives very well. But he makes some impressive conversion plays and big plays that make up for some of the easy ones he misses.
He forces the ball deep too much, there are times when he is trying to get it through triple coverage. His problem is that he loves the big plays so he forces that sometimes. He doesn't throw that many INT's though.
He is a little short at 6'1 but he is big at 225 lbs.
He is very quick side to side and will run away from defensive lineman. He won't necessarily break many big runs though.
Play-Making Ability
Loves to throw the ball deep and can break tackles in the pocket. He is very good at throwing on the run and is not afraid to push the ball down the field.
Threw for over 3,500 yards and 38 TD's this season as a red shirt freshman.
He started all games this season as a freshman, played well in the big games, was never the reason they lost.
He is really accurate all around and has impressive arm strength where he can throw any route from many arm angles. He is really good at moving his feet in the pocket, and he breaks lot of tackles to extend plays. He is really proficient at throwing on the run and always has his eyes down the field. He loves to throw deep down the field and can easily push the ball deep to either sideline.
He is a little too in love with the deep ball and tends to force the ball deep, sometimes into triple coverage. Because he can escape and break tackles and he likes to push the ball deep, he tends to hold onto the ball for too long causing him to get sacked a lot where I would like to see him at least try to throw the ball away. When getting pressured he sometimes moves around too much instead of standing in and staying balanced, this causes him to throw wild throws most of them he under throws.
Overall Analysis
He has really impressive traits that remind me of some of the really good modern QB's in the league, like his arm strength and his ability to make plays in the pocket. But he needs to get a little more comfortable checking down some of his throws instead of going deep, and he needs to work on staying balanced in the pocket. If he can fix some of his decision making and mechanics he can shoot up draft boards because his arm is impressive. My projection: closer to a 3rd round pick but can see him being a 2nd round guy.
Compares to
Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak