Shea Patterson's arm strength is average at best. During his time at Michigan, too many of his passes floated to the sidelines, especially at the intermediate level. He also tends to underthrow passes, especially on deep throws.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
Throughout his collegiate career, Patterson improved his short-range accuracy. He excels at getting the ball out quickly within this range and giving his receivers great ball placement for yards after the catch.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
Strangely, his intermediate accuracy deteriorated at Michigan compared to Ole Miss. In this area of the field, many of Patterson's passes had underwhelming placement. He also struggled mightily to see defenders in passing lanes within this area of the field.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
Shea is regularly able to take advantage of great opportunities for deep completions. However, he has too many instances of underthrowing his receiver or giving them a bad ball placement within this area of the field.
During his time at Michigan, Patterson struggled as a pocket passer. He is easily rattled in the pocket and lacks a natural awareness of where defenders are in the pocket. He is able to escape at times due to his mobility but needs to get the ball out quickly and improve his pocket presence.
Patterson has the ability to evade defensive linemen when he sees them in his face. He also has the ability to brush off contact within the pocket and pick up yards on the ground with his legs. As a passer, Patterson is most accurate when throwing short passes on the run.
Patterson doesn't miss too many wide-open receivers when he goes through his progressions. He has a tendency to favor his first read on some plays, but it isn't a glaring issue, especially on play-action plays.
Throws across his body way too often for a QB and his mechanics completely deteriorate when he deals with pressure.
He suffered repeated knee injuries that were devastating for his career.
He is a confident leader who has the support of his teammates.
Not a game manager due to his bad decision making and bad non-conventional playing style. However, he is decent at moving the chains on late downs.
Patterson is a gunslinger QB with below-average tight-window accuracy. As a result, he makes tons of risky throws but doesn't have the accuracy necessary to thread the needle. Therefore he is always viable to force an interception due to his inability to see defenders, especially when he is under duress.
Patterson has a decent height and quality size.
Shea Patterson possesses sneaky speed and acceleration. His first burst helps him, out-run defenders, to pick up yards on the ground.
His mobility helps him pull off big plays in clutch moments and extend drives.
Patterson's stats were decent throughout his collegiate career, but he never had a year of solid, elite productivity.
Patterson's competitiveness helps keep his teams in games. However, he needs to become more poised and improve his mental processing in order to be a solid passer in the pocket at the next level.
Overall Shea Patterson seems like a great person with stellar confidence. No red flags.
Shea Patterson's arm strength, accuracy, and decision-making are all inconsistent.
While in college, Shea Patterson excelled the most as a dual-threat QB in a spread offense who extends plays with his legs. From a mobility aspect, Patterson is especially accurate on bootleg plays where he can deliver a great pass to a receiver at the short level of the field. Moreover, Patterson is able to scramble outside of the pocket and find open receivers within 1-15 yards. Although when nobody is open, Shea Patterson has the speed necessary to out-run defensive linemen and pick up first downs with his tough running style. While Patterson had a tendency to hold on the ball too long at Ole Miss, he gradually learned when to throw the ball away and live to see another down.
Even though Patterson struggles as a pocket passer, he is pretty solid when it comes to getting the ball out quickly. On most plays, Patterson is able to quickly read a defense and toss a check-down or quick slant to a receiver. Patterson is especially accurate at the short level of the field and regularly gave receivers like A.J Brown and D.K. Metcalf the ability to pick up yards after the catch.
From an intangible perspective, Patterson is usually able to keep his teams in games because of his toughness and competitiveness. Unlike most college QBs, Patterson keeps a competitive spirit when he is getting blown and can bring his team back into games when down. He is also a tough son of a gun, who can take a big hit one play and come back to pull off a miraculous play.
When it comes to throwing passes down the field or outside the numbers, Shea Patterson struggles because of his lack of arm strength. While he has enough strength to thread the needle between 1-15 yards on some plays, his arm strength is incredibly inconsistent. Throughout his time at both Ole Miss and Michigan, many of Patterson's deep passes floated through the air and were uncatchable. Plus, Patterson's intermediate accuracy and ball placement suffered during his time at Michigan because many of his passes outside the numbers were underthrown.
Speaking of intermediate passes, Patterson also failed reading defenses at the intermediate level. During his tenure at both institutions, he was regularly unable to see defenders within his passing lanes and would toss mind-boggling interceptions. Patterson's decision making is also very erratic when he is under duress because he often throws off platform or into double/triple coverage when pressured. He will certainly need to fix this issue at the next level.
During his time at Michigan, Patterson struggled as a pocket passer. As mentioned earlier he is easily rattled in the pocket and lacks a natural awareness of where defenders are in the pocket. Moreover, he frequently overestimates how much time he has in the pocket, and waits until it is too late to abort the pocket. While he is able to escape pressure with his legs, Patterson is constantly unaware of where defenders are coming from and sometimes rolls the wrong way into them.
Shea Patterson's college career was filled with many twists and turns. At Ole Miss, he had the potential to be a great SEC QB who would excel with D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown. However, after a series of bad knee injuries, he wound up at the University of Michigan with Jim Harbaugh. While many people will be quick to criticize him for his shortcomings, it is important to remember that he was never in an ideal situation at Ann Arbor. Part of his issues with pocket presence was due to the porous offensive line that let him get obliterated from his blindside. And his accuracy issues were aided by some of his receivers who dropped too many of his passes and tended to have miscommunication with Patterson.
At the next level, Shea Patterson will need a quality offensive line that will afford him time in the pocket and find open receivers. Plus, he will need a coach who will insert him into a creative offense filled with bootlegs, RPOs, and play-action plays. However, that assumes that he will make an NFL roster, which will be slightly difficult for him as a QB who currently struggles within the pocket. His mobility will benefit a team like the Cardinals or Texans, who could probably use him as a backup QB, but he will have to put in a lot of work to improve his decision making.
Plays similarly to Johnny Manziel with less arm strength