Dane Vandernat and Ric Serritella breakdown the best 2022 NFL Draft quarterback prospects

Dane Vandernat and Ric Serritella breakdown the best 2022 NFL Draft quarterback prospects

NFL Draft Profile: Jayden Daniels, Quarterback, Arizona State Sun Devils

NFL draft profile scouting report for Arizona State quarterback, Jayden Daniels
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Jayden Daniels
arizona state sun devils

#5
Pos: QB
Ht: 6034
Wt: 185
DOB: 12/18/00
Eligible: 2022
San Bernardino, CA
Cajon High School

Jayden Daniels
Arizona State Sun Devils


Pros

Dietz: Daniels is the starting quarterback for the Sun Devils, a post he’s held since the start of the 2019 college football season. Fantastically smooth and svelte athlete; running style is a smidge upright, but elusiveness is scary good and he’s extremely fast. Has the arm strength to make all of the throws; some of the deep passes he threw were textbook and directly on target. Great velocity on his passes as well - no passes flutter in the air. Touch has improved a ton as his career at ASU has advanced - the coaching staff has allowed the playbook to open up more for him to work on some play-action plays and call audibles at the line of scrimmage.

Vandeventer: While at Arizona State, Jayden Daniels has been a starter since he first stepped on campus. In his offense, Daniels has experience making full-field and half-field reads. He possesses a compact throwing motion and keeps his elbow tight which allows for a quick load and release with little wasted movement. He has the arm to make difficult throws but will take check-downs when needed. His drops are relatively consistent and the footwork is smooth. When pressured, Daniels is capable of making throws while stepping into pressure. When plays break down you see Daniels as a decisive runner and will make defenders miss. He has good speed and looks comfortable with the ball. Runs read options, speed options, as well as quarterback power.

Cons

Dietz: Frame will need to overtake a massive revamping - painfully skinny for a player his size and will likely not hold up in the NFL. The mental intricacies of the quarterback position all need to be coached up as well - footwork is very contorted at times and his upper-half mechanics are all athleticism-reliant. Looks oblivious under pressure, truly like a deer in headlights; as soon as pressure gets in his face he absolutely crumbles. Should use his athleticism to his advantage more in these situations. Accuracy to the outs is poor; makes his receivers have to dive and adjust to wayward passes a lot. Ball placement overall was very scattered.

Vandeventer: Despite having a lot of experience as a starter, Daniels has yet to fix issues that have plagued him since his first year. He has an inconsistent throwing motion that hurts his accuracy, timing, and power. He has a short throwing stride and that tops off his power until he changes it. He generally doesn't engage his lower body in his motion and puts added stress on his upper body. When he gets his throws off, he lacks appropriate placement and timing along the sideline. Despite going through most of his progressions well, a lot of his errors happen after his second read where he flusters and forces bad passes.

Summary

Dietz: Jayden Daniels is one of the most exciting quarterbacks in college football right now, and he has the chance to be a sleeper for the Heisman in 2021 with his electrifying skillset. His arm is bountiful, and it’s plausible to see a foray of highlights coming for him in the near future. In terms of being a legit NFL prospect, he’s not even close. His mechanics are sloppy and the between the ears aspect is not fully developed. If he can put on some muscle and iron out some of these kinks, he could be a massive riser next draft cycle. Right now, he’s a ball of clay - albeit one with some jaw-dropping traits.

Vandeventer: As a quarterback who has been a starter since his freshman year of high school, Jayden Daniels is who you want as the leader of your offense. As effective of a runner as a passer, he has no athletic limitations. With experience consistently making several reads and going through progressions, he has however lacked consistent growth. Daniels still has concerns with connecting his throwing motion with his legs to get the most out of his arm. For that, he has shown inconsistencies with ball placement and capped arm strength.

Background

4-star recruit out of San Bernardino, California. Born on December 18th, 2000. Started all four years at Cajon High School. Threw for over 14,000 yards and 170 touchdown passes. 3,645 rushing yards as well. Alumni of the Under Armour All-American game. Committed to Arizona State on December 13th, 2018. Started all but one game during his freshman campaign in 2019. Totaled 2,943 passing yards and a 17:2 TD:INT ratio. Added 335 rushing yards and three scores on the ground. Honorable Mention Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2019. During COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, started all four games. Was named to Davey O'Brien Award Watch List prior to the 2020 campaign.


One-Liners

Dietz: Daniels is easily one of the most exciting players in college right now, but he needs a massive mechanical and physical overhaul before he warrants true NFL hype.

Vandeventer: Athletic quarterback with a quick load and release but has accuracy issues and inconsistencies in his throwing motion.

Grades

Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

Dietz: 6.4 / 7.8

Vandeventer: 6.6 / 8.5


#5
Pos: QB
Ht: 6034
Wt: 185
DOB: 12/18/00
Eligible: 2022
San Bernardino, CA
Cajon High School

Jayden Daniels
Arizona State Sun Devils


Pros

Dietz: Daniels is the starting quarterback for the Sun Devils, a post he’s held since the start of the 2019 college football season. Fantastically smooth and svelte athlete; running style is a smidge upright, but elusiveness is scary good and he’s extremely fast. Has the arm strength to make all of the throws; some of the deep passes he threw were textbook and directly on target. Great velocity on his passes as well - no passes flutter in the air. Touch has improved a ton as his career at ASU has advanced - the coaching staff has allowed the playbook to open up more for him to work on some play-action plays and call audibles at the line of scrimmage.

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