I’ve been hearing a lot of hype on Cato from some posters. I watch almost every pro football game from the NCAA Cfl and Nfl.
I have posted here many times so I decided to do a little Gridiron scouting on Cato. I scout and gain information because I love football and for investment purposes with the lines.
I reviewed film on Cato to see if I feel he would be a great quarterback prospect and here is what I saw.
In our league the quarterbacks are under pressure a lot and take some hellacious hits at times. Reilly, Lulay, Durant Collaros Tate and Ray have all been injured taking hits. Except Tate these quarterbacks all weigh in at 220 pounds and are 6’2 to 6’3 except Collaros is 6 feet but weighs 216.
Rakeem Cato is 6 feet tall but weighs only 176 pounds. There are a few gridiron geniuses residing on this forum. Can a body with this build last in the Cfl?
Cato is apparently an explosive athlete. He ran a 4.71 second 40 yard dash did not compete in the bench press drill.
I watched film and he has tennis player feet. This means he is very quick feet and shuffling ability. However he lacks overall speed and power when he runs. Imagine a faster Kevin Glenn.
I watched him use his feet to get out of the pocket many times. He has quick feet.
Cato is a finesse quarterback. He doesn’t like to get hit at all. When he runs he almost always hook slides even when he could gain more yards. He avoids contact which is both a smart move to avoid injury but also an unwillingness to take hits from defenders.
Cato can read defences at a higher level than the typical college quarterback. He is very decisive with the ball and can recognize what defence is playing and he can exploit the mismatches. I watched him many times choose the right guy to throw to. He appears to understand the spread offence and is very quick at making decisions. Accuracy is average because he rushes throws and his feet are not set because he runs out of the picket very quickly. he won’t stand in the pocket like Cakvillo did or Reilly does and take hits or even Ricky Ray.
Cato has below average arm strength. Like guys like Tino Sunseri and Graham Harrell Cato throws passes with more loft than velocity. He throws lots of fades and doesn’t generate much explosive hip movement and follow through like Drew Willy and Durant. Cato uses his arm a lot and not his lower body. He generates speed with his arm but cannot drive the ball because he is 176 pounds and doesn’t properly set his feet and drive the ball with explosive hip torque.
The Als have correctly scouted Cato and he should be number 4 on the depth chart. He is a luxury long term project. He is not ready to play in the Cfl. The bottom line is Cato does not have the body size and arm strength to start. This deficiency was hidden in college by using a college spread offense which a quarterback with an average arm can excel in.
Player comparison. Cato reminds me of a smaller less athletic weaker arm version of Casey Printers. Cato also has the quick release of Kevin Glenn and will avoid contact like Glenn which is hard to win in the cfl with the pass rushes improving every year.
Cato is a kid playing in a mans league. The guy that has the most potential out of all your quarterbacks is Brandon Bridge. From what I saw briefly I believe you were looking at a younger bigger and more athletic version of Darian Durant. Bridge is built like a man and he has all the physical tools including a good arm to succeed under Calvillo. I will take a look at Bridges college tape to get a good look at his Skill set