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NFL Draft Profile: Carson Strong, Quarterback, Nevada Wolf Pack

NFL draft profile scouting report for Nevada quarterback, Carson Strong

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#12
Pos: QB
Ht: 6033
Wt: 226
Hand: 0918
Arm: 3200
Wing: 7600
DOB: 9/14/99
Eligible: 2022
Vacaville, CA
Will C. Wood High School

Carson Strong 
Nevada Wolf Pack


One-Liners

Good sized pocket passer with very good arm strength, great football IQ and poor athleticism.

Pros: 

Quarterback with good size who operates as a pocket passer in an air offense. Strong has complete control at the line of scrimmage, allowing him to change protections and routes or concepts. He dovetails to set up to throw. Thanks to good ball control, he can hit short targets accurately without setting up. Strong possesses very good arm strength and velocity to push the ball to anywhere on the field and fit passes into tight windows against zone coverage. He is patient on early downs, being willing to take underneath targets and stay on schedule. Strong reads the entire field if necessary, coming off receivers quickly against unfavorable looks. He recognizes blitzes and throws to vacated areas. Maneuvering well within the pocket, Strong is able to stay clean and find throwing lanes. His ball placement toward the sideline is great, as is his deep accuracy and touch. Leaving air under that deep ball allows his receivers to track and adjust. Strong anticipates curls and comebacks, releasing the ball before wideouts come out of their breaks. He throws to the leverage of bigger targets, allowing them to make a play. Against zone, Strong anticipates receivers entering openings and is on time with the ball. 

Cons: 

A limited athlete, Strong is unable to scramble and buy time and is a pocket mover susceptible to taking sacks on longer developing plays as his lack of agility prevents him from making defenders miss. Not rotating consistently or getting a narrow base can lead to inconsistent accuracy. His foot speed is average and set up quickness below average. Strong at times makes wrong decisions keying on one defender. Bad decisions and interceptions come when he forces the ball into tight windows on third and fourth down. As he is unable to improvise against pressure, he is much more capable with a built-in checkdown or hot receiver on any play. 

Summary: 

Good sized pocket passer with very good velocity and poor athleticism. Strong has complete control over his offense, is consistently able to anticipate and reads the entire field while possessing great touch and good overall accuracy, especially downfield. He struggles to improvise against pressure and needs a built-in checkdown. Strong projects as an early starting pocket passer who has the arm and intelligence to be an average to above-average starter. Due to a questionable medical situation around his knee, he would be a very risky selection. 

Background:

Hometown is Vacaville, California. Rated as a three-star pro-style quarterback by 247Sports. Did not play his senior season due to a significant right knee injury in the summer of 2017. MRI after that injury revealed an osteochondritis dissecans lesion which resulted in eight biodegradable nails being inserted into his knee to mend a crack in his lateral femoral condyle bone. Also played basketball in high school. Only college offer came from Nevada. Had surgery in the spring of 2021 to clean up cartilage in his right knee. Majoring in management. 


Grades

Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

7.7 / 8.5

Quote

“Whatever team decides to take a chance on me, one thing I can guarantee is that I will give my heart every single day. I will leave my heart on the field. I am going to give them my blood, sweat, and tears.” - Carson Strong

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NFL Combine: Top Quarterback Prospect Answers Questions

-There have been just six Wolf Pack quarterbacks drafted by the NFL: Bill Mackrides (1947, fifth round, 229th overall), Stan Heath (1948, 25th round, 231 overall and 1947, first round, fifth overall), Pat Brady, who also punted for the Pack (1952, 13th round, 155th overall), John Dutton (1998, 6th round, 172nd overall), Jeff Rowe (2007, 5th round, 151st overall) and Colin Kaepernick (2011, 2nd round, 36th overall). No Pack player of any position has been drafted since offensive lineman Austin Corbett in 2018 by the Cleveland Browns in the second round (33rd overall). (Nevada Appeal) (06/20/21)

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