Which NFL Draft QB Prospects Are Best-Equipped to Run the Read-Option?

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Which NFL Draft QB Prospects Are Best-Equipped to Run the Read-Option?
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In today's NFL, the read-option has become the hot ticket for offenses. In a league that becomes more pass-heavy every year, the read-option has become the "flavor of the month" as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called it a few weeks ago.

The read-option allows a quarterback who is both athletic and strong-armed, along with a quick running back, to try and keep the defense on its toes.

The quarterback lines up in the shotgun, and the offensive line blocks in one direction, while the quarterback decides whether or not to hand off the ball to the running back.

Should he decide to keep it, the quarterback is then on the move and has the option to either scramble or throw it down field. 

The three most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL with this scheme are Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kapernick, who really brought it to the forefront of the NFL with San Francisco's Super Bowl run. 

With more teams looking to incorporate this into their offense, teams will be analyzing which quarterback prospects may have the tools to run a read-option in the NFL.

New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in particular will be bringing his spread offense from college and could very well be searching for the right college prospect. Others will be on the lookout as well as they attempt to get more creative and athletic on the offensive side of the ball.  

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