Stidham Goes Up In New ESPN 300

Longtime reader yet very infrequent poster here. I'm not sure if y'all care too much about the ESPN recruiting service but I have an Insider account and read their updated take on Stidham (Even though all of us already know how good he will be.) I'm not sure if I can copy and paste their stuff but I pay for it so whatever haha.

Size/Strength/Mobility-Tall and wiry. Has yet to grow into his frame. Very flexible player. Shows significant physical development upside. He's a really good athlete overall. Can be utilized as a designated runner or an improviser when things break down. Possesses very good speed for the position.

Mental Makeup- Highly competitive. Has a nice feel for the game. Shows the ability to pull a rabbit out of hat and keep his poise when things break down. Has a nice presence within the pocket. Shows the ability to track targets and move through progressions. However, at times he will leave the pocket too soon and rely on his feet and athleticism.

Accuracy- Flashes excellent accuracy to all three levels of the field, but not always consistent. Needs to hit the strikezone in a manner that allows for targets to consistently transition upfield with ease. There are moments as a passer on the move where he shows rare accuracy when off balance or across his body. He can make the difficult look easy and fit the ball into tight spots.

Release/Arm Strength- His release is one of his best physical attributes. He has a smooth, fluid and effortless stroke. Ball comes out quickly. You can't coach his delivery. Arm has zip and RPMs with the strength to drive the ball downfield or make throws outside of the numbers. Can make some throws when on the move that are very difficult.

Bottom Line- Stidham reminds us of Derek Carr as a passer and Marcus Mariota as a runner. He is only going to get bigger and better with more experience. He's the type of player that can fit into any scheme and add the dimension of a constant running threat. He is extremely attractive because there is a high ceiling for development.

They've moved him up to #38 in the nation, up about 10 spots or so. I felt compelled to post once I saw the comparisons they made to an NFL QB and a future 1st rounder. Just something I stumbled on today.

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