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2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Everett Golson, QB, Florida State

2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Everett Golson, QB, Florida State

By Lijah Spencer (@tweaked74) 

Continuing on with scouting notes we take a look at yet another QB. Quarterback after all will be one of the most talked about position in next year’s draft. As always these notes are based on previous year’s film, and will precede the full scouting report that will come after I view games from the upcoming season. Here are my notes:

Everett Golson. QB. 6’0. 200 Lbs. Florida St. (Senior)

The Positives

1) Golson has a very quick release

2) Has a strong arm

3) Usually has good fundamentals

4) Knows when to throw the ball away

The Negatives

1) A bit smaller than is preferred by most scouts and GM’s

2) Seems to get shaken after he gets hit a few times

3) Was suspended in 2013 for an academic violation

Everett Golson is a QB that has a lot of the skills needed to succeed, but also has some detractions to him. He stands at only 6’0 and 200 Lbs, which is a bit shorter than usually preferred at the NFL level. This doesn’t mean he can’t succeed, there have been other short QB’s, namely Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. He usually plays with good fundamentals, dropping back quickly, setting his back foot, squaring his hips and stepping into his throws. Because of this his accuracy is pretty good most of the time. He has a strong arm, and a very quick release. Golson has some ability to run, though it is not his strength. He does seem to get a bit shaken after being hit a few times, his throws tend to become erratic and his decision making deteriorates. He was suspended for the 2013 season due to an academic violation, which could be a bad sign, and this offseason he has transferred from Notre Dame to Florida St, where he is in a QB competition for the starting job. In 2014 he completed 60% of his passes, for 3,445 yards, 29 TD’s and 14 INT’s. He will have to not only win the job but play very well in order to really raise his draft stock, but I see him as more of a mid-round pick.

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