Scouting The Wildcats: QB Nick Foles
QB Nick Foles
40 YD: 5.00
Throughout the 2010 football season, Dave Razzano will be providing scouting reports on various Pac-10 student-athletes. He is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000). This week: Arizona quarterback Nick Foles.
Strengths: Outstanding size for the position. Big arm. Can make all the throws. Can drive the ball in to tight spots downfield. Quick release. Goes through progressions well. Throws a tight spiral. Can put "touch" on his passes. Shows good pocket mobility. Makes good decisions.
Weaknesses: Lacks great foot-speed. Will force some throws into coverage. Some balls tend to sail on him. Doesn't always feel pressure from the backside.
This junior prospect possesses one of the strongest arms in the entire country. Prototype size for the QB position. He is extremely accurate with his throws both short and deep. His decision making is very consistent as he takes what the defense gives him. His arm strength allows him to make throws a lot of QB's can't make at the college level. He is a major reason why Arizona is undefeated to date.
Foles will be playing in this week's Pac-10 Game of the Week, as Arizona hosts Oregon State. Watch highlights of Nick Foles.