2018 NFL Draft: Key strengths and weaknesses for Kurt Benkert

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BOISE, ID – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kurt Benkert #6 of the Virginia Cavaliers throws past the defense of linebacker Tyson Maeva #58 of the Boise State Broncos during second half action on September 22, 2017 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Virginia won the game 42-23. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Kurt Benkert could be the deep sleeper of the 2018 NFL Draft. What are the strengths and weaknesses that define his game?

The 2018 NFL Draft is flush with polarizing talent at the quarterback position. From fundamentally raw players with cannons hanging off their shoulders to gamers with small hands and issues with fumbling, general managers talking themselves into investing in these divisive figures.

If a general manager were to decide to wait until after the first round to address the quarterback position, then Kurt Benkert could be the answer.

Benkert is one of the most underrated quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s currently projected by NFL.com to be selected in the sixth or seventh round, which will likely be upgraded to the fourth or fifth round once the top prospects are off the board.

What Benkert should provide an NFL team with, however, is a moldable talent who has the natural ability to be crafted into a legitimate starter.

The are concerns, however, that Benkert will be held back by the flaws that currently exist in his game. Thus, heaping praise on to him as a potential starter at the highest level requires the context of the areas in which he may struggle.

The question is: What are the key strengths and weaknesses that could make or break Kurt Benkert in the league and on 2018 NFL Draft boards?

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