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It was a rough day for Zac Dysert. The seventh-round pick from Miami (OH) showed that he was a work in progress during rookie minicamp, and Monday was no different.
I like where the Broncos selected Dysert and believe that good teams draft and develop young quarterbacks whenever they can. Dysert is a good developmental prospect, but there are a few things he needs to improve on.
First, he needs to show more poise as a passer. That should come with time, but right now after watching Dysert during rookie minicamp and on the first day of OTAs, he looked nervous.
He mishandled at least one snap that the defense jumped all over. I'm sure his head has to be swimming with the transition from college football to the NFL. Dysert has a strong work ethic, and correcting this problem should happen eventually.
Second, Dysert needs to improve his accuracy. While in college, he showed inconsistent accuracy from game to game and sometimes from play to play. He'll miss too many wide-open receivers and is spraying the ball all over the field.
Dysert will throw some passes in the dirt, yet on the next play (on a similar route) he'll overthrow it. It's not just missing targets, it's also pass placement when the ball gets within a receiver's catch radius. Too often Dysert throws behind his targets so they have to slow down for the ball and reach back to secure the catch. This leads to contested catches and minimizes the yards gained after the catch.
Dysert was working with receivers Monday that he worked with during rookie minicamp, so they should have some chemistry already.
Third, he needs to learn how to use his eyes to manipulate the defense. Dysert locks onto his initial read too often, and that tips off the defense as to where the pass is going. This leads to tipped passes, interceptions or causes his receivers to take big hits.
A four-year starter in college, he should have this skill more developed than it is right now.
Finally, Dysert needs mechanical work. He holds the ball too low at times, and that causes a delay when releasing the football. It can also lead to ball-security issues as defenders can swipe it away at his midsection. Passes come out of his hand with a little wobble. That is a mechanical issue that can be fixed by making sure he's throwing with proper velocity for both short and long throws.
Dysert also needs to clean up his footwork. Dropping back is something he needs to work on as he needs to be more confident in his stride. When he's under center, he doesn't look as comfortable as when he's in the shotgun. Dropping back doesn't look natural for him yet.
Dyset did make a positive play of note. Late in practice he was able to connect with undrafted rookie tight end Lucas Reed downfield. Dysert threw the pass right on the money and hit Reed over the shoulder in stride. It's an incredibly difficult throw and one he needs to make more consistently as a pro.
I like Dysert's team-first mentality, plus he's known as a strong leader and very coachable kid. Dysert won't push Osweiler for anything until he cleans up his game. I don't believe the Broncos could sneak him through to the practice squad after training camp.
This means Dysert is likely the third-string developmental quarterback in 2013.