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Arm strength has been the most talked about aspect of Colt’s game—realistically, he is below average in arm strength. While a QB can be a winner without above average arm strength, it is not the rule.
Colt can make a lot of the throws required by NFL teams, but he struggles to throw deep. His long throws do not have the ball speed to get to the receiver before coverage comes—they tend to be rainbows that limit the ability of the receiver to get yards after the catch.
There are ways to improve arm strength up to 115% of the original measure, and most QBs that lack good arm strength work on it. Even with that improvement, he would only have average arm strength.
A good part of increasing arm strength is developing proper footwork. Colt has developed footwork issues, which reduces the use of the body to help impact the ball speed. If he gets his arm developed and refines his footwork, he can get close to average throwing-strength.
In the pocket, almost every QB needs to find passing lanes between the bigs. Colt throws three quarters overhand most of the time. He needs to standardize his throwing motion to become more accurate.
Colt needs to get the upper and lower body together to become more accurate. His anticipation of pressure on every snap, even when it's not there, forces him into bad footwork. He will throw off his back foot, front foot or in an unbalanced position.
This is not going to get better until he feels he has decent protection on most plays. Frankly, that is not possible with the O-line that played most of the 2011 season. When you are running for your life, it's hard to concentrate on mechanics.
A more worrisome issue is McCoy’s development of “happy feet” in 2011. Happy feet are not that happy. He has developed a bounce—which is the last thing a West Coast Offense (WCO) QB should be doing. The WCO depends on timing passes being thrown on the third, fifth or seventh step. Colt, however, holds the ball way too long. Part of that is the fact that the receivers cannot get open, but the rest is due to his indecision.
That leads to a lot of sacks that are not the fault of the O-line.
Griffin has very quick release, with the best arm strength in the draft. He has outstanding balance, and he recovers quickly when play breaks down, throwing accurately down field. Usually, QBs with above average arm strength do not have the touch to throw a catch-able check down pass, but his short pass is very catchable.
His footwork is inconsistent, however, and when he is inaccurate, it is often because his footwork let him down. He has little experience with three, five and seven step drops. But he is extremely intelligent and coachable—he is more than capable of learning correct footwork. While he took some snaps under center most of those plays were runs.
Griffin is very solid on the upper body movement. He naturally throws overhand, but adjusts this throws to avoid getting passes blocked. He is also a natural at squaring the shoulders to throw, which is critical to long and intermediate throw accuracy. He holds the ball high looking for the open guy, and has one of the quickest deliveries I have seen in recent years.