As far as I know, there has only been one movie about the NFL Draft, and that’s Draft Day starring Kevin Costner as the GM of the Browns. While the film itself is horrible, there is one part of it that I think applies to real life. Early in the movie, we see Costner scribble a note to himself and put it in his pocket. As the day goes on and things get crazy, we eventually see that the note was a message to Costner himself about sticking by his guns no matter what. As we inch closer to the draft, there’s a tendency to think we can make a better decision now because we have more information than we did when the evaluation process started months ago. It’s important to remember, however, that more information isn’t always better information. In today’s Niner Nate-tion Podcast, Nate Nelson and Leo Luna were joined by NFL film analyst Alex Rollins, who pointed out an obvious flaw in Lance’s film that became evident immediately.
“You do see it consistently where his feet aren’t necessarily tied up with what he’s looking at and there are some wild inaccuracies, even on easy throws. Especially on the play-action bootlegs to the flat, I could make a cut up of five or 10 throws where he’s just missing it. They’re as layup as layup throws can get, so that’s definitely where I see some of the worry. Just the consistency, especially on the easy throws, that’s where I’m worried about him.”
The entire lure of Kyle Shanahan is having a young offensive coach who can draw up plays to get receivers wide ass open, to quote Bruce Arians. When you pay the iron price that the 49ers paid to move up nine spots in the draft, does it really make sense to take then a guy that neutralizes your greatest strength because of wild inaccuracies on easy throws?
Moreover, is Kyle Shanahan going to be able to tolerate his hand-picked quarterback missing easy throws after seeing that exact scenario over and over again with Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens, and CJ Beathard?
We’ll know in a matter of days.
Check out the rest of Alex’s observations in today’s Niner Nate-tion Podcast. Listen below or anywhere you get your favorite pods.
Other thoughts in today’s episode
- Why people are sleeping on Justin Fields’ athleticism
- How Kyle Shanahan’s scheme could change with a mobile quarterback