This is our John Brantley scouting report. Brantly has been disappointing replacing Tim Tebow as the quarterback for the Florida Gators though at one point he may have been considered a better, or at least, more typical quarterback prospect for the N.F.L.
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6’3 220 pounds
Has good arm strength…has good footwork in the pocket…has plus anticipation when he makes the right read…can make a lot of the N.F.l. throws….moves fairly well in the pocket……less than ideal size at 6’3, but enough size…
Has had trouble staying healthy…Doesn’t create a lot of yards as a runner… Doesn’t go through his progressions well enough, staring down too many receivers and making ill-advised throws…still could improve a bit backing away from the center
Brantley is a quarterback prospect whom is worth the gamble in the late round. He has to improve his decision making and continue to work getting away from the center, but there are a lot of positive N.F.L. type qualities he possess. He has enough height and really sometimes dazzles you with his N.F.L. caliber throws. When he makes the right read and sees the wide receiver he has plus anticipation and timing, a requisite for good N.F.L. play. He’s thrown too many interceptions and hasn’t been nearly as productive as his talent would suggest he could be, which is a pause for concern and which is going to make him a late day three, UDFA type, but he has the ability to take a chance on him.
NFLmocks preseason bio:
12 John Brantley (Senior), QB, 6’3″ 220
Brantley has the requisite size and athletic ability to be an NFL quarterback, and he has the arm strength to do it as well. Against lesser competition (Florida International) it seems he is very accurate under pressure and on the run, and throws a very catchable ball. Obviously, he had some real problems translating that to the field this past year, where he threw for merely 2,061 yards, nine touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while completing just under 61 percent of his passes. This all coming after a sophomore campaign where Brantley threw for 410 yards, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions completing 75 percent of his limited number of passes the year before. There’s no doubt the skills are there for Brantley to be a successful quarterback, and hopefully with one year in Charlie Weis’ system, he can grow into a potential starting NFL quarterback as well. He had shown glimpses of what he can bring to the table, but can he put it all together this year? Questions remain for Brantley, but he remains a viable NFL prospect.