2020 NFL Draft: Colorado QB Steven Montez scouting report

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Steven Montez 2020 NFL Draft

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The 2020 NFL draft holds a top-heavy quarterback class, but value can be found beyond the first round. Can Colorado quarterback Steven Montez be THE sleeper?

In a top-heavy quarterback class, the 2020 NFL draft provides a variety of options for quarterback-needy teams entering the draft. All three days possess quarterback talent that could contribute within the duration of their rookie contracts and Steven Montez looks to be a day three talent that could work his way up a depth chart into a starting role.

Through his senior season at Colorado, Steven Montez was able to throw at a 63% completion rate on 405 attempts for 2,808 yards and 17 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. On the ground, Montez also had 65 attempts for 153 yards and three touchdowns. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Montez measures comparably to former Colts and Broncos legend Peyton Manning but possesses the athleticism to punish defenders with more than his arm.

Throughout my scouting reports of Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Tua TagovailoaJalen Hurts and now, with Montez, there are three main areas that I use to value the quarterback position:

  • Mental: Ability to make reads, pocket presence, and awareness. This category judges the ability for a quarterback to manage the game and make the right decisions while keeping cool under pressure.
  • Physical: Athleticism outside of the throwing arm. This will revolve around mobility, physical presence (within and outside the pocket), as well as any other outstanding attributes that become apparent.
  • Arm Talent: Any and everything involved with the delivery of the football, primarily dealing with mechanics and tendencies throwing the football.

Unlike his fellow prospects that have been previously mentioned, Montez is not going to be the perfect prospect and will have his flaws. Much of Montez’s stock is in his physical ability and capacity to grow over the next one to two years.

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