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Ian Book NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for New Orleans Saints QB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) throws a pass in the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
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HEIGHT: 6'0"

WEIGHT: 211

    

POSITIVES

— Adequate athlete with good footwork. Able to make throws consistently on the move and ad-lib when operating out of the pocket.

— Can deliver throws down the field when operating on schedule.

— Plays with toughness with the ball in his hands. Willing runner.

— Consistently able to change arm slot to deliver his throws.

     

NEGATIVES

— Lacks real NFL arm strength to consistently make the throws needed every week.

— Below-average height and size for the position.

— Can become completely unraveled under pressure. Drifts backward in the pocket so he can see things down the field.

— Will be slow with his ability to progress. 

       

2020 STATISTICS

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12 G, 228-of-353 (64.6%), 2,830 YDS, 15 TD, 3 INT

116 ATT, 485 YDS, 9 TD

      

OVERALL

Ian Book is an undersized QB who plays with toughness and wins with accuracy and timing. Book is an adequate athlete who is able to consistently deliver throws from outside the pocket and change his arm slot to throw the ball however he needs.

He is a competitive player who is very willing to tuck the ball and run if needed, but his lack of size constantly shows up in his play. While you appreciate his ability to make plays off-schedule, pressure can completely unravel him and will lead to some fluttered throws and bad sacks as he drifts back in the pocket.

Overall, Book has enough accuracy and athleticism to be worth a look as a practice squad or even backup QB, but his lack of size and feel in the pocket puts a hard cap on his upside.

       

GRADE: 6.4/10 (Round 7)

OVERALL RANK: 256/300

POSITION RANK: QB12

PRO COMPARISON: John Wolford

     

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice