This is the scouting report page for Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg, a redshirt junior in 2011 for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Check out all of our scouting reports here at NFL Mocks.
6’3″ 212 pounds
Stats (CFBstats.c0m) through 11/17/2011
Vandenberg has good size at the quarterback position and has gotten very good over the course of the 2011 season at making pre-snap reads and recognizing blitzes/coverages, and he has done a much better job in recent weeks of spreading the ball. There is no doubt he loves to lock on to his favorite target, wide receiver Marvin McNutt who is arguably the best WR in Iowa football history, but he still does a good job of finding the open receiver. One thing that Vandenberg will have to do is continue to go through progressions. He likes to make his reads before the snap and hit the quick out, slant, or go route by recognizing what the defense is doing before he even gets the ball. He is a very smart player in that regard, but in the NFL, defenses are going to do a lot better job of disguising blitzes. That is where another year at Iowa could really benefit Vandenberg. He has a very strong arm and is capable of making every throw. Not a scrambler by any means, but definitely a good athlete and a solid field general. Better NFL prospect than the guy he replaced, Ricky Stanzi.
PROS: Size, athletic ability, football pedigree, leadership, strong arm, pre-snap, mental toughness, great potential, very solid in the pocket, play-action becoming a big strength as well, quick release
CONS: Post-snap reads (developing), sometimes misses easy throws, needs to get better at playing well on the road, still very raw