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Kyle Lauletta - a few observations

Jim in Forest Hills : 5/5/2018 11:23 am
So I watched his "Every Throw" games on Youtube vs Villanova and James Madison. JMU's defense is very good btw.

Footwork is as advertised. He really avoids pressure well, especially up the middle. He reminds me of Romo's ability to slide in and out of trouble and get to open spaces to make plays. He's actually nifty on the move and has evaded defenders coming up to make tackles. I did see him sacked due to holding the ball for too long, came from his blindside.

Accuracy is good, I wouldn't call it elite. His INTs were over thrown, over his receiver's head. He is very good on intermediate throws usually hitting his man in stride allowing for YAC. His long ball accuracy was alright. He missed on a few deep throws and they are rainbows, lots of air underneath them.

Release is very quick, no wasted motion. He generally made good decisions although you do see open receivers he's not throwing to, can't tell why obviously. This is most evident when he rolls or is flushed out of the pocket.

Arm strength is an issue. This is most noticeable when he has to throw to the sideline. The ball just takes awhile to get there. I think his timing will have to be impeccable on these or talented NFL CBs will be taking these back as pick sixes. Deep balls have a lot of air under them and he has to load up to get them there. His footwork is good, but nfl passrushers could blow him up since it take an extra second to deliver deep. We all know the NFL is a game of seconds.

I mentioned Romo earlier and I think thats his upside comp. Lauletta's actually well built (looks like Nassib) but he's got nifty feet. Shows good escapability, accuracy and decision making. A lot to like. I would expect a good TD:INT ratio.

A little fun trivia, in 2015 Lauletta's first year as a starter, he lead them to the playoffs where they lost to Carson Wentz's eventual champion NDSU Bison team.
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Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/5/2018 11:25 am : link
Nice work!
Saw all the same things you did  
GoDeep13 : 5/5/2018 11:55 am : link
And to be honest I donít think heís much competition for Webb. Webb has the intangibles along with the physical skill set. As long as he continues his development then I really donít see Lauletta usurping him as the next in line.
I watched video  
dune69 : 5/5/2018 11:57 am : link
of him on draft night and I was fascinated by his footwork. He may never be a good QB in the NFL, I am not good at predicting. The variables with arm strength, decision making, etc. will play out in the next few years. One strength that he has are quick and ready feet. Lauletta's feet never stop moving which allows him to turn and square quickly and release quickly. He has potential.
Either way, I think we're in good shape.  
SHO'NUFF : 5/5/2018 1:20 pm : link
Rooting hard for both those young men. By the way, Darnold fumbled his first snap LOL.
Great recap!  
TC : 5/5/2018 2:21 pm : link
Thanks!
Seems like a good kid  
arniefez : 5/5/2018 2:30 pm : link
maybe a good back up. Not enough arm to play QB in the NFL.
good evaluation  
JerrysKids : 5/5/2018 3:08 pm : link
I agree with all of your observations. He is a interesting prospect.
Great post  
TD : 5/5/2018 3:22 pm : link
Agree with your observations - but my overall opinion is backup QB.

One-dimensional game manager type who can play well off the bench but would absolutely be exposed as a full-time starter. CBs would murder him on deep and intermediate outs. Even deep up the middle will be hit or miss.

This is why I felt he was a wasted pick. You can find backups like that almost every year in FA.
RE: Great post  
Canton : 5/5/2018 3:40 pm : link
In comment 13955527 TD said:
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Agree with your observations - but my overall opinion is backup QB.

One-dimensional game manager type who can play well off the bench but would absolutely be exposed as a full-time starter. CBs would murder him on deep and intermediate outs. Even deep up the middle will be hit or miss.

This is why I felt he was a wasted pick. You can find backups like that almost every year in FA.


Tell that to Drew Brees who has similar arm strength as him

The ball comes out of his hand more like Chad Penningtonís  
TD : 5/5/2018 4:01 pm : link
Brees would be best case scenario but, again, Brees doesnít play half his games outdoors in the Northeast.
We found our Tom Brady  
xman : 5/5/2018 4:18 pm : link
with this kid. Maybe
another wasted  
japanhead : 5/5/2018 4:36 pm : link
pick on a career backup QB instead of getting someone who could potentially help the team this year. kinda thought this bullshit would stop with reese and ross out the door.
RE: ...  
Jim in NH : 5/5/2018 4:44 pm : link
In comment 13955301 Eric from BBI said:
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Nice work!


I wonder what his read was on Brady when he was Bledsoe's backup?
Funny thing....  
Milton : 5/5/2018 4:45 pm : link
I was just re-listening to Drew Boylhart's podcast on the QBs and the last one he discusses is Kyle Lauletta. He talks about him being "mentally strong, smart, a grinder, confident, makes players around him better" and describes his arm strength as "good" but not great (strong enough). He puts a 1st grade on him and says that while he doesn't expect him to be drafted in the first round, he could see a team like "the Giants, the Patriots, or the Steelers" using a late 1st round pick on him just to ensure themselves of the 5th year option that comes with it.

Here's a snippet from what he said about him in his written profile...
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Kyle has excellent leadership qualities and character and his intangibles might be the best in this draft glass of talented quarterbacks. He works well form the pocket and has the athleticism and agility to manipulate the pocket and extend plays and make first downs and touch downs with his feet as well as in the pass game. He is smart and instinctive and works the offense like a coach on the field. Kyle shows on film good accuracy with good overall arm strength. He stands tall in the pocket and has excellent mental strength and stamina. Kyle does an excellent job moving and re-setting his feet and throwing the ball with strength, accuracy, and good mechanics. He is classic style quarterback who has played in a classic style offensive system working well from under center and in the shot gun formations.

full profile on Lauletta (not the podcast on QBs) - ( New Window )
The typical negative Nancies bitching because they know for a fact  
BestFeature : 5/5/2018 4:48 pm : link
what this kid will become in the NFL. This was a 4th rounder, who is this amazing player we passed on for him?
RE: another wasted  
GFAN52 : 5/5/2018 6:15 pm : link
In comment 13955587 japanhead said:
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pick on a career backup QB instead of getting someone who could potentially help the team this year. kinda thought this bullshit would stop with reese and ross out the door.


Shurmur is known as the QB Whisperer, or haven't you heard. I'm fine giving Webb some young competition.
Speaking of, what happened  
Adam G in Big D : 5/5/2018 6:23 pm : link
to Nassib?
great job Jim  
Jay on the Island : 5/5/2018 6:45 pm : link
I saw just about every highlight video of Lauletta on youtube. What I saw was a very accurate passer in the intermediate zone but on the long passes there was just way too much air under the ball.

When I re-watched the Senior Bowl highlights his arm strength appears significantly stronger than in college. His passes were very impressive in the game and I am hoping that as he matures he will improve his arm strength enough to be a Romo type. The odds aren't great but if Lauletta did become that type of QB, hopefully with better health, and Barkley lives up to the hype then this will be a franchise altering draft regardless of how the other picks pan out.
I would have liked Anthony Averett or Nick Nelson or OL like Cosby  
Jerry "Championship" Reese : 5/5/2018 10:59 pm : link
Nevertheless, I think this will push Webb to be all the better, and I too think Webb will be the man. He has all the intangibles, skills, work ethic, intelligence, dedication, size, mobility, etc. Plus, Leonard Collins says he is the future!
Darnold  
Phil in LA : 5/5/2018 11:06 pm : link
also throws 52. Shurmur knows more about QB's than those who rate them.
Comping him to Romo seems misplaced  
Ten Ton Hammer : 5/6/2018 1:53 am : link
Romo had plenty of arm. Nobody questioned his ability to make all the throws.
Better write then any of us could have hoped  
George from PA : 5/6/2018 4:49 am : link
I do not know enough.....I suspect no one else is a professional scout....so we all get our information from someone......I know none of us have seen many Richmond games.

Can arm strength and velocity improve?
Didn't Lauletta blow up the combine  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 5/6/2018 9:11 am : link
With the highest 3 cone tine or some sh*t?

Probably where the comparison to Romo cones in, not super fast but shifty.
according to scouting organizations  
dd in Mass : 5/6/2018 11:51 am : link
My sons frat brother is an NFL scout for one the scouting organizations that sell their evaluations to the teams.

He said they had Lauletta at QB 1 from 20 yards in. He dropped down to 5th best when he had to make sideline and deep passes over 20 yards. He possesses all the skills to make it other than a strong arm.

When he spoke with a scout from another organization, they had him ranked right behind Mayweather.

There's a good possibility that this kid may have a future other than clipboard holder.

according to scouting organizations  
dd in Mass : 5/6/2018 11:51 am : link
My sons frat brother is an NFL scout for one the scouting organizations that sell their evaluations to the teams.

He said they had Lauletta at QB 1 from 20 yards in. He dropped down to 5th best when he had to make sideline and deep passes over 20 yards. He possesses all the skills to make it other than a strong arm.

When he spoke with a scout from another organization, they had him ranked right behind Mayweather.

There's a good possibility that this kid may have a future other than clipboard holder.

Interesting interview with Aaron Rodgers from last year  
JohnF : 5/6/2018 11:55 am : link
Aaron Rodgers Offers Rare Insight Into The Mechanics That Make NFL's Best Passer

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Coming out of Cal, Rodgers had some serious flaws in his game. One of them was an inconsistency on deep balls. "I wasn't great, throwing deep balls, coming out of college. I really worked on this and tried to perfect it. I just picked at my game. I asked for a lot of harsh criticism," Rodgers told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2015.


I do think that it's vital to have a competent QB coach to drill mechanics, even with vets...I think the Giants have not done Eli a favor with the QB coaches they have had on the roster the last few years, I think his mechanics have slipped (though much of that is also a function of how little time he has in the pocket). Having Shurmur and Shula around should be huge here, and that's why I'm optimistic that Eli will have a big comeback year.

He then goes over how he was able to improve on this. Oh, and there are exercises (mostly involving the rotator cuff) that would help Kyle (though he may be doing this already).

Three exercises to strengthen your throwing shoulder
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