Montez has a cannon of an arm. He can deliver the ball down the field with ease even when off-balance or dealing with pressure in his face. His arm strength often helps him pull off big plays or beat tight coverage when his accuracy fails him.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
While Montez specializes at finding open receivers in the short-range, he is often inaccurate at this level. He sometimes misses wide-open throws or fails to give his receivers the placement needed to gain yards after the catch.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
When in the pocket, Steven Montez is most accurate at the intermediate level of the field. He is regularly able to locate open receivers within 10-20 yards and can fire bullets to playmakers. Plus, he can deliver a jump-ball with good touch within this level of the field. However, he has the periodic errant throw on open passes as well.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
Montez is generally able to move the ball down the field with relative ease because of his arm strength. He was able to make some miraculous throws, especially along the sideline when given time. In fact, his touch on deep passes often beats tight coverage. However, there are a number of open deep passes that Montez would like to have back if given another opportunity.
Montez displays impeccable pocket awareness and has improved drastically from 2018 to 2019. He has a natural sense of where defenders are coming from when he is in the pocket. He is one of a few dual-threat QBs who has a good awareness of when to abort the pocket, extend plays with his legs or make the smart throw away. While his footwork is sometimes questionable in the pocket, he usually is smart enough to avoid defenders and escape pressure when necessary.
For a QB his size, Montez has stellar speed. He can outrun defenders in a fashion that is eerily similar to Carson Wentz. When Montez is on the run he is very elusive and can shake defenders on the ground to be an effective rusher who knows when to slide. An offense that is built for Montez would definitely need to maximize his mobility because he is most accurate when on the run. He isn't the most precise passer on the run, but his accuracy is noticeably better when he is outside the pocket.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Montez's game is that he almost always gets the ball out quickly. When he is given enough time to go through his progressions, Montez excels at finding open receivers and firing a bullet to them. While he struggles to move off his first read, he usually finds the best receiver to target on any given play.
Steven Montez's mechanics always break down when he is under duress. While he has enough arm strength to throw off balance, he has way too many instances where he collapses too quickly. This deterioration in his mechanics is one of the biggest causes of his inaccuracy.
Suffered an ankle injury at some point in his career.
He was never named team captain while at Colorado but he is consistently praised for his leadership style.
Even though Steven Montez comes through in clutch times, he can sometimes throw games away with the errant throw or bad decision. His decision-making isn't problematic but his accuracy can also be what kills drives, especially on late downs.
Overall Montez is a quick decision-maker who refrains from putting the ball into harm's way. During most plays, Montez targets open receivers but when under pressure he constantly fails to see defenders in passing lanes.
Prototypical height and weight.
Montez is very effective as a runner because of his speed. He regularly escapes from pressure because he can beat defenders to the outside.
Montez's play-making ability is underrated because he often pulls off spectacular deep balls along the sideline. He also excels at delivering jump-balls and can make nice plays with his legs.
One of the most productive QBs in Colorado football history. He never had elite production but was consistently a solid QB throughout his four years in college, which is impressive.
Montez is generally able to keep his team in close games because of his poise and great football IQ.
Montez is known for being a great leader, teammate, and player. No red flags.
Montez has occasional lapses throughout games but is generally a solid player on a game-to-game basis.
Throughout his career at the University of Colorado, Steven Montez was a solid dual-threat QB. While he often struggles as a pocket passer, Montez excels when he is on the run extending the play. In fact, Steven is most accurate within 1-20 yards when he is mobile because that is when his mechanics are the best. Although when necessary, he constantly evades pressure and picks up yards to move the chains on the ground. Although unlike most dual-threat QBs, he is disciplined enough to know when to run out of bounds or slide to avoid contact.
Three of the most underrated aspects of Steven Montez's game are his mental processing, vision, and pocket awareness. When Montez drops back in the pocket, he frequently finds open receivers within four seconds, especially at the intermediate level of the field. Surprisingly, he is usually able to keep the ball out of harm's way when he gets out quickly. While he struggles to move off his first read, he usually finds the best receiver to target on any given play. However, when there is nobody open, Montez is effective at maneuvering within the pocket and evading pressure because he has a natural sense of where defenders are.
From a physical standpoint, Montez has the prototypical size and arm strength necessary to be a productive QB when given a chance. When in the pocket, Montez regularly drives the ball down the field with great velocity and make some big-time plays as a deep passer. Plus he occasionally possesses enough touch to drop a dime that beats tight coverage on a jump-ball or over-the-shoulder throw. Additionally, Montez's arm strength often bails him out when his accuracy fails him at the short level of the field because he can consistently beat tight-coverage with his arm talent.
Steven Montez's biggest issue as a passer occurs when defenses brush past his offensive line quickly. When under duress and Montez's mechanics quickly deteriorate and hinder his passing accuracy. Furthermore, Montez's decision making becomes erratic when pressure is in his face. Fortunately for Steven, he usually can mitigate this concern due to his natural sense of awareness in the pocket. Nevertheless, this issue dramatically lowers his ceiling as a pocket passer.
Although the biggest issue that will prevent Montez from being an effective pocket passer is his accuracy lapses. On any given play, Steven is viable to throw an incredibly inaccurate pass due to his faulty mechanics. Oddly enough, Montez's most inaccurate throws happen when he is targeting the short area of the field. This issue is so prevalent that it detrimentally impacts his effectiveness on third and fourth down. As a result, Steven Montez isn't fit for the traditional pro-scheme and would need to be in a system similar to Lamar Jackson and Colin Kaepernick.
If Steven Montez were ever given the chance to be a franchise quarterback, it would be an exciting and remarkable system. It would most likely need to be a scheme similar to Chip Kelly's offense in Philadelphia because Montez is a quarterback who needs to be on the run to be most accurate. Although it would also need to have a vertical component with lots of explosive plays to capitalize on Steven's arm strength. As a result, this offense would look eerily similar to the offense Colin Kaepernick ran with the 49ers.
Unfortunately for Montez, his inability to be a productive pocket passer will make it extremely difficult for him to be an NFL starter. His faulty mechanics and poor accuracy under pressure will discourage most coach's from choosing Montez. In fact, there is no guarantee that Montez would be an effective QB if given a perfect system because of his errant throws. Therefore, there is a significant chance it could fizzle out like Trubisky. Nevertheless, the upside for drafting, developing and inserting Montez into a successful scheme would definitely be worth it.
Floor: Mitch Trubisky, Ceiling: Colin Kaepernick