Analyzing the 2015 rookie QB class
Eric Matthews, 3 DOWN NATION
1. Jonathon Jennings, BC Lions
Overview: Franchise quarterback that’s ready to play.
Jennings has an extremely bright future and will be around for a long time. He could seriously be the best quarterback in the league by as early as next season. If you look at his abilities and tendencies closely, it’s clear that he’s already doing many things better than some of the veteran starters today.
2. Rakeem Cato, Montreal Alouettes
Overview: If he can stay healthy, Cato could be a franchise quarterback.
Cato really didn’t regress as much as it originally looked like back in August. He actually began to manage games better and take what defenses gave him. As a rookie fresh out of college, he was going to have some ups and downs – that was to be expected. He has to continue to work on protecting the ball, reading the pocket, and learning when to be aggressive or conservative during games.
3. James Franklin, Edmonton Eskimos
Overview: Starting quarterback abilities with one-two more years of seasoning.
With all the intangibles, Franklin has the potential to stick in this league for many years to come. With more time as a backup, many of his issues such as pre-snap reads, pocket movement/footwork, and making more reads with improve with experience.
4. Jeff Mathews, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Overview: Dependable backup (after next season) or below-average, game-managing starter in 2 seasons.
Mathews needs to become more aggressive and trust his arm more in the future, which, with more coaching, can improve. He will always be a difficult quarterback to protect, but if he can be more decisive, he’ll take less sacks/hits in the future. The game should slow down for the 24-year-old in the future – it’s a huge difference from Division II college football. I fully expect Mathews to beat out Jeremiah Masoli in training camp for the backup position next season.
5. Brett Smith, Saskatchewan Roughriders
Overview: Dependable backup in 1-2 years.
Smith needs a lot of work and also needs to be tamed. He can be get too fired up and force passes that lead to interceptions, particularly after making a great escape out of the pocket or following a big play on the previous snap. He has to learn to be more patient and become less run-first. Smith must also learn to read multiple sides of the field and not stare down his receiver, which work together. He has some traits that can’t be taught – competitiveness, athleticism and pass-rush elusiveness – but has a lot more flaws that could prevent him from ever being a franchise quarterback.
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