1 Thing Each of the Top 10 2015 Pro-Style QB Recruits Must Improve On
Every recruit in the country must improve on something, but development as a player is most scrutinized at the quarterback position.
Looking at the best 10 pro-style quarterbacks in the country via 247Sports, each passer can do at least one thing to enhance his game. All of these players are talented quarterback prospects, but keep in mind that they're all still teenagers.
A 5-star quarterback needs to improve his mobility, while a 4-star field general must stop being so confident in his arm strength. Plus, there are a few quarterbacks on this list who need to get stronger.
Alex Malzone is a solid 4-star quarterback who is committed to Michigan. An in-state pledge for the Wolverines, he is 6'1.5" and 200 pounds.
Malzone has good awareness, plus he understands the game. However, he needs to improve his ability to generate more power from his lower half to get more velocity on his balls.
If he improves in that area, his arm strength will get even better.
Auburn has to be excited about having a commitment from Tyler Queen. The 4-star passer is already 6'2" and 229 pounds, so he has a thick frame.
Queen knows how to lead an offense, plus he plays with a ton of toughness and fight. However, he needs to continue improving his ball-placement skills and overall accuracy.
Queen is fine with a clean pocket, but his balls are not where they're supposed to be when he has trash at his feet.
A Boise State commitment, Brett Rypien has a chance to become an excellent starter for the Broncos.
The 4-star Washington state native has a quick release to push the ball to targets in a flash, plus he scans the field with solid vision.
Rypien is 6'2" and 185 pounds, which may be generous. He must get stronger and fill out his frame, as he will take some hits at BSU. Getting bigger and adding bulk will help him withstand some of the punishment.
At 6'3" and 216 pounds, Ty Storey is a 4-star prospect who is set to stay in his home state to throw at Arkansas.
He has great size and arm strength to make all of the throws from the pocket. What the future Razorback needs to improve is his mechanics and footwork. Sharpening his fundamentals will allow Storey's accuracy and consistency to soar to new levels in Fayetteville.
Overall, there's a lot to like about this guy.
A 4-star Texas commitment, Zach Gentry will likely hear comparisons to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for quite some time since he is 6'7" and 230 pounds.
The New Mexico native has fantastic arm strength, plus his accuracy is adequate. However, his mechanics need to be polished. Too many times Gentry fails to transfer his weight through his hips when throwing, and his footwork needs to be revamped.
Gentry told the following to Jason Suchomel of Orangebloods.com (subscription required) on June 30:
"I've been in the weight room a lot, working on my speed a little more, bulking up a little more."
What's great about Drew Lock is his ability to hang in the pocket and make throws under duress.
The 6'5", 195-pound 4-star Missouri commitment also has terrific arm strength to all levels of the field.
In fact, it's Lock's arm strength that gets him in trouble sometimes. He must learn how to dial it back and not be so confident in his velocity. Lock isn't afraid to take chances due to his powerful arm, but it could get him in trouble a bit in Columbia.
A 4-star quarterback from California, Jake Browning works with great mechanics. He stays balanced in his drops, sets up quickly and knows how to shuffle and reshuffle his feet in the pocket.
The Washington commitment has average size at 6'2" and 185 pounds. Browning has excellent accuracy and ball-placement skills, but his arm strength could improve by getting stronger in his lower body.
That will allow Browning to generate power from the ground through his torso to add more velocity to his balls.
Listed at 6'2" and 190 pounds, 4-star quarterback Brady White probably isn't that big. However, he has solid mechanics, plus he does a good job of reading coverages before and after the snap.
White's particular lack of bulk is what he needs to improve. It'll come with time, as he is sure to get bigger and stronger at Arizona State. Look for the California native's arm strength to get a tad bit better with the projected added bulk.
At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Ricky Town is a 5-star quarterback who is committed to USC. Town has a quick release, which highlights a skill set that consists of solid mechanics, footwork and poise.
His above-average arm strength allows him to get the ball to the second and third levels of the field, but Town isn't much of a running threat. He must improve his mobility, agility and speed to at least be capable of bailing his team out with his legs as a runner.
There's not a lot to dislike about 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen. The UCLA commit is a phenomenal talent who has great arm strength, accuracy, decision-making ability and a ton of self-confidence.
Rosen, who is 6'4" and 205 pounds, operates mainly out of the shotgun at St. John Bosco High School in California. While he is comfortable setting up after receiving the snap, it'll help Rosen to improve his footwork and mechanics dropping back from under center.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' composite rankings.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.