Scout Report – Hendon Hooker

  • Position: QB – Pass-First Playmaking Dual Threat
  • College: Tennessee
  • Position Rank: 3 of 10

Height: 6’4 | Weight: 218
NFL Size Comparison: Dwayne Haskins

QB at a Glance: High potential prospect with the foundations to grow into something special

PASSINGMENTALPHYSICAL
Arm Strength: B+ Pocket Presence: CMobility: B
Range/Pocket: C+Vision: C+ (HF)Pocket Maneuver: B-
Range/Run: B- Decision-making: B+Durability: B+
Short Acc: B-Consistency: BSize: B+
Med Acc: CPoise under Pressure: BTop Speed: C
Deep Acc: AExperience: B-Sleight of Hand: C
Sideline Acc (L): CBlitz Radar: CSack Evasion: B-
Sideline Acc (R): C+Patience: BToughness: B
Acc/Run: B-Indentify Coverage: BBallcarrier Ability: B
Ball Placement: C+Pre-snap Read: C+Strength: C+
Ball Trajectory: B+Recklessness/Ball: B-Power: C+
Touch on Pass: BRecklessness/Body: BStamina: B+
Throw Mech: BDef Position Awareness: BBalance: B+
Footwork: CProgressions: B
Sell PA/RPO: C+Improvisation: C+
Zip on Pass: BAnticipation: B-
Eye Discipline: B
GRADE: 2.68 (B-)GRADE: 2.72 (B-)GRADE: 2.78 (B-)

RESUME:

  • Third-Team AP All-American (2022)
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2022)
  • First-Team All-SEC (2022)
  • 6th highest Pass Completion % in the nation (69.6)
    • 1st in SEC
  • 3rd in SEC in Passing Yards (3,135)
  • 2nd in SEC in Passing TDs (27)
  • 1st in SEC in Passer Efficiency Rating (175.5)
  • 11th highest Career Passer Efficiency Rating in NCAA history (172.2)
    • 3rd in SEC history
  • Best Game: v. Alabama
    • 21/30 | 385 Pass Yards | 5 TD – 1 INT | 14 att | 56 Rush Yards
  • Worst Game: @ Georgia
    • 23/33 | 195 Pass Yards | 1 INT | 18 att | 17 Rush Yards

REPORT:

PASSING

+ Strong arm, capable of pushing the ball 30+ yards from a compromised position
+ Capable of getting the ball down the field from outside the pocket
+ Serviceable of short range from sideline to sideline
+ Extremely good at making plays happen deep
+ Capable of hitting receivers in stride from outside the pocket or on the run
+ Has the arm necessary to drop passes from above, can punish lagging coverage or short defenders
+ Nice touch on pass to make those heat throws catchable, rarely will see the ball release loose
+ Solid throwing mechanics
+ Can put some heat behind his throw to get it downfield in a hurry
– Slightly above serviceable range in pocket, can only really hit ~55 yards from the air
– Accuracy at medium distance can be hit or miss at times
– Struggles to connect with sideline tosses without having targets adjust, have seen balls sail or float behind the intended spot
– Ball placement limited, capable of throwing high but inefficient at throwing away from body or keeping ball low, often sending ball into the dirt
– Footwork can get away from him, can be seen with a narrow base and removed his running ability by not keeping himself ready to bail
– Inconsistent on selling the play action, will run fakes half-hearted that can be seen by intelligent LBs

MENTAL

+ Smart player who does not make many mistakes
+ Shows consistency in production across various competition levels
+ Level headed, does not let the pressure get to him allowing for some clutch plays
+ 4 year starter including two years at V Tech and two at Tennessee, though V Tech time was shared with others
+ Patient player who uses their legs to extend plays
+ Keen eye for cover tells
+ Shows maturity and responsibility with both body and ball
+ Aware of defensive players, does not get jumped from levels above or below his reads
+ Seemless progressions, can be a 3-read QB with legs to extend the play if needed
+ Shows promise at throwing receivers open and being proactive at leading his targets
+ Strong eye discipline allow to scan the field even when pressured or required to bail from pocket
– Pocket presence as a whole is lacking, can be caught off guard with a strong rush
– Vision is improving but still only a half field passer
– Does not seem to identify blitzes, struggles to feel pressure when rush is coming opposite of play side
– Pre-snap reads do not identify potential blitz direction, can be fooled
– Improvisation is lacking, does not direct traffic often which can lead to miscommunication or lost opportunities for big plays

PHYSICAL

+ Mobility is an asset he used when needed
+ Capable of maneuvering pocket when feet are under him
+ Slightly above average NFL QB size
+ Can be crafty at making rushers miss
+ Tough son of a gun who does not shy from contact
+ Notable balance and body control can allow him to dance along the sideline when needed
– Small durability question marks but no significant red flags
– Slow for a dual threat QB, will not outrun most high level defenders in a foot race
– Nothing signifcant to show noteworthy strength or power

PROJECTIONS:

Plays like: Tua Tagovailoa

Draft Placement: 2-3 Round

Status: Short-Term Project

Ceiling: NFL Starter

Floor: NFL Backup / XFL Starter

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