Tra'Von Chapman has all the tools needed to be successful as a dual-threat quarterback.
His size and speed gave him an insurmountable advantage at the high school level, where her threw for nearly 3,000 yards and rushed for another 800 in his junior year. Plus, he only threw eight interceptions compared to his 29 touchdowns.
So what is not to like about Chapman? ESPN scouts say it is his arm:
"He is very accurate in the deep passing game. Needs to be on time to drive the ball vertically as he does not have an elite arm. Drops the ball in over coverage very well. Chapman can be deliberate in his motion and wind-up just a bit which hinders the ability for the ball to just pop off his hand."
If the main issue of concern is Chapman's arm and some of his mechanics, this can be improved in January during early enrollment.
Having access to collegiate coaches, mechanics can be changed if practiced enough before the season.
What Chapman needs to concentrate on is learning the offense and getting comfortable on the team. If he can learn the system before spring football begins, Chapman reduces the advantage Chad Voytik will have in his second season.
It will take a major spring performance for Chapman to influence Pitt coaches not to redshirt him in favor of a second-year quarterback.