Summer Scouting: Kedon Slovis, QB, USC

Kedon Slovis has been a hot topic on the “Draft Twitter” streets as of late. The opinion on him seems to be all over the place at this point in the process. Some view him as a player who needs a ton of growth in order to reach the first-round conversation, and others, myself included, see him as the potential “QB1” in the 2022 draft. Slovis did have some struggles through out his sophomore season, his accuracy and ball placement wasn’t nearly as impressive at it was in his freshman campaign. However, he has voiced his opinion on why he had those issues last season. In an article at the Athletic, Slovis admitted that he didn’t quite have the confidence in his arm that he did the year prior. Hopefully with a much more consistent offseason than last year, he can regain his confidence and prove to the doubters why he deserves to be in contention for the first quarterback off the board in next year’s draft.

Pros:

  • Extending plays, able to make things happened w/ his feet out of structure.
  • Avoiding pass-rush with shoulder movement/stepping up in pocket.
  • Keeps eyes downfield while keeping his eyes downfield.
  • Throwing w/ timing and anticipation.
  • Accuracy off-platform, squares shoulders to target.
  • Ball placement.
  • Quick release, maintains velocity behind ball.
  • Getting off his first read, moves through progressions efficiently.
  • Comfortable in the pocket even when it’s collapsing around him.
  • Throws w/ both touch and velocity.
  • Last resort, will throw the ball away or his running back out of the backfield.
  • Can make sweet lemonade from sour lemons.

Cons:

  • Decision making, will force throws into windows that aren’t there.
  • Struggles with pressure/free-rushers up the middle.
  • Base gets wide, can lose both power and accuracy on ball.
  • Inconsistent w/ his front foots placement.
  • Cuts off his follow through early on some throws.
  • Consistently activating his lower half.
  • Has some issues creating throwing lanes within the pocket.

2020-21 Season Statistics:

264 passing attempts, 177 completions, 67.0 completion percentage, 17 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, in 6 games played

Preliminary Grade:

7.13 – Second Round Grade

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