Brad Sorensen Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Southern Utah QB
Seventh Round: 221st Pick
NFL quarterbacks can come from anywhere, even the remote reaches of the desert of southern Utah desert.
The NFL is changing, but Brad Sorensen possesses two attributes the pros have always loved at quarterback: size and arm strength. Is there enough there for Sorensen to hear his name called in Radio City Music Hall?
The ball gets downfield in a hurry when it comes out of Sorensen's hand, even though he doesn't appear to exert a lot of energy when he throws. He can get the ball on a line to a receiver running a deep out, and he isn't afraid to throw to receivers in tight coverage downfield and give them a chance to make a play. Sorensen will throw the ball into small windows, and he can make a stick throw when he wants to.
Sorensen moves well enough for a big enough, including in the pocket. He can sense pressure but doesn't get rattled by it. He scans and processes the field quickly and resets his feet as he goes through his progressions.
Sorensen's mechanics are odd, and he doesn't transfer his weight at top of his drops. His deep ball is often underthrown, and he depends on his receivers to make plays for him a lot. Sorensen appears to aim rather than trust his arm and throwing motion, and often his passes require large adjustments from his receivers.
He's also not a great athlete and won't threaten defenses with his mobility.
Sorensen's 6'4", 229-pound frame is sturdy and ideal for the NFL. He's not a complete loss as an athlete, with a 29" vertical, a 4.97 40 and 7.17 three-cone time. He can actually cover some ground once he breaks the pocket, but only in a straight line.
Sorensen spent two years right out of high school on a Mormon mission in Spain, so he is a little older than a typical draft prospect. He walked on at BYU and transferred to Southern Utah after redshirting for one year. On the field, he seems to be a leader, willing at times to put the team on his shoulders.
Sorensen mostly threw out of the shotgun formation and had the majority of his success throwing downfield to receivers in single coverage, especially down the sidelines.
His motion disguises it, but Sorensen is able to put the ball downfield on a line and threaten the farthest reaches of the defense. You'll see shorter stick throws from him, and Sorensen clearly has terrific natural arm strength, although he puts a lot of air under some of his deep throws, and they tend to come up short. He can throw the ball a long way without needing much room to step into a throw.
Sorensen will sometimes hit receivers in stride more than 20 yards downfield, but more often than not he'll throw behind receivers or require them to make some sort of adjustment to make the catch. He does have good accuracy while rolling out or scrambling. Sorensen's downfield accuracy is better for 50/50 balls and back shoulder throws where he is throwing more to an area than a spot. He displays bucket accuracy on fades, and Sorensen also generally keeps the ball down, which aids run after catch opportunities.
Sorensen has an unorthodox motion in which he seems to stop when most quarterbacks step into their throw and follow through. He falls away more like a pitcher but appears to put more than adequate velocity and air under the ball. He does hold the ball high and had a relatively compact delivery, so that allows him to make big throws downfield without much room to operate.
Sorensen seems mentally tough under pressure. He will get his eyes downfield quickly after stepping up in the pocket or sidestepping pressure. He's not a terrific athlete, but Sorensen will sense and react to pressure without losing focus on what's happening downfield. He will stare down the barrel and take a big hit to make a throw, as he looks to hang in the pocket as long as possible.
He doesn't panic on broken plays, but Sorensen is not shy about throwing the ball away to avoid a mistake in the red zone. Sorensen has strong hands to pump fake a defender out of position, and he is not shy about testing defenders or challenging his receivers to make plays in tight coverage.
With short jab steps around the pocket, Sorensen is reasonably mobile in that small area, and he stays on his toes, ready to deliver quickly. His ability to roll out and throw on the move is adequate, but he isn't going to be a threat to run. He can accelerate a little to get away from the rush, but Sorensen is much better finding receivers downfield when he extends the play as opposed to picking up yards as a runner.
Attacking the Defense
Sorensen trusts his arm, and he should. He throws downfield and puts the onus on the defensive backs to make plays. He will also make a lot of quick, short throws from the shotgun to move the chains and keep the corners from cheating downfield. Sorensen is always looking to make deep sideline throws, forcing defenses to cover the entire width of the field.
Scheme Versatility/Future Role
Sorensen could be a nice fit in a West Coast or shotgun/spread offense that mixed in quick throws to complement a vertical element to the passing game. He is probably going to top out as a backup quarterback, but since there is always a shortage of starter-worthy quarterbacks in the NFL, it's not impossible that Sorensen eventually gets a shot to start.
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