Hendon Hooker QB Tennessee
Hendon is without a doubt the most athletically, talented, thrower of the ball quarterback, in this draft. He has excellent arm strength with unique accuracy to make all the throws all over the field, against any style of defense, using the whole route tree. Hendon shows on film the athletic talent to move well in the pocket and run the ball when necessary to move the chains or score touchdowns in the red zone. In spite of his athleticism, he is a proven pocket passer who can extend a play, throwing the ball from different angles as well as resetting and throwing the ball with accuracy. Hendon can also throw the ball with accuracy on the run and this makes him dangerous inside or outside of the pocket. Hendon is what all 32 teams are looking for in a potential franchise quarterback because he plays with the instincts and moxie to make a play when there is no play to make.
Two issues that might set him back for teams who overthink the Draft process. He has a knee injury that might keep him from working out and was in an offense that did the play-calling and thinking before the snap for him.
BOTTOM LINE: 1.43
Hendon will have to get up to speed on reading defenses in the NFL but doesn’t every quarterback coming out have that as an issue? Not to mention, just because he was in an ego-driven coach-controlled offense that doesn’t mean that Hendon doesn’t have the ability to think for himself on the field. He shows the ability to see the whole field after the ball is snapped, throwing to the open receiver or check it down, so what else does he really need to show, some sort of Whiteboard BS, just to impress teams when he is not on the field? I say, look at the film and if you can’t see the potential then so be it. Maybe it’s you that has a problem recognizing talent when you see it. Oh, and by the way, if you can’t accept a knee injury that will need rehab while he learns the playbook, I really think you need to change jobs. Like I always say…when you see the obvious, you draft the obvious, you don’t nit-pick it to death.