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Brett Hundley 2015 NFL Draft scouting report

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The UCLA quarterback has a good set of tools, but his passer's mindset is a frustrating mix of good and bad traits that make him tough to project.

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Brett Hundley

  • Position: Quarterback (QB)
  • Class: Junior (redshirt)
  • College: UCLA
  • Ht/Wt: 6'3", 225 pounds

Scouting Report

As the Bills continue wondering where they can find their franchise quarterback, a name that will come up in discussion this year is UCLA's Brett Hundley.

Hundley looks good at face value, being a prototypically sized quarterback with a strong arm and athleticism. When I watch Hundley play, I see a steady and brave quarterback who can exhibit good patience, but has a bit of a hero complex. Hundley doesn't get rattled by pressure. He stands in the pocket, reads the defense, and delivers a catchable ball. His passes are usually in the neighborhood of where they need to be, and sometimes he can place them in a tiny window. Hundley has plenty of arm strength, and can generate force on the ball even without a full stride. He shows good touch between short and deep passes.

As a runner, Hundley is effective, but not game-breaking. He shows good patience and understanding of running lanes, and carries the ball with a running back's form. He doesn't have true breakaway speed, but has a nice second gear.

Hundley played for a team lacking talent on offense and sometimes struggled, dealing with too many free rushers, dropped passes, bad snaps, and receivers not getting open. Two bad habits emerged during his career: checking down short of the sticks, and dropping his eyes too quickly to try and run for the first down. Both of those are pretty significant concerns to have for a quarterback. There's taking what the defense gives you, and there's having the aggression to press the defense and get them to back off. Hundley didn't show the latter when I viewed him. Also concerning is his tendency to try and scramble for a first down. He needs to exhaust all options for a play before opting to run, and he simply gave up too early on several occasions.

Grade

Hundley has some very encouraging traits as a quarterback. He's big, athletic, throws a catchable ball, and feels pressure well. He is capable of making big plays, and isn't afraid to stand in and take a hit while throwing a pass. There are just too many areas with Hundley that I feel uncertain or concerned about to easily recommend him as a franchise quarterback. The concerning elements of his game are ones that bother me more than other flaws might, such as a quarterback with a lack of mobility. He's also very inaccurate when throwing on the move, something he'll probably be doing often if he plays in Greg Roman's offense. Hundley is my third-ranked quarterback in this class, and gets a second-round grade from me, but I feel he's a lot closer to Bryce Petty and Garrett Grayson than he is to Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.