QB – #9 Ball State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Loveland
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8090)
Phil Steele: PS#166
Drew Plitt Scouting Report
Drew Plitt’s arm strength is average for the NFL. Has good velocity, but is limited between arm angles, velocity, touch, and control. Doesn’t display much of an ability to throw with touch. Release is rushed and oftentimes off rhythm. Struggles with accuracy tremendously under pressure. Deep ball accuracy is abysmal. Struggles to remain accurate through timing concepts, especially when he knows he’s under pressure.
Average pocket positioning. Does not have a natural feel for the pocket. Tries to move, but instead looks more like he’s forcing the issue and moves into defenders. Ball security might be an issue. Very consistently quick feet. His stance is a little bit less consistent, especially when he’s nervous or under duress. Good, quick feet. Places well in his drop back. Offers mobility to move the pocket if needed and be schemed in a bootleg.
Fairly mobile. Has the ability to tuck and run when needed. Can stay on his feet through contact. Would overall be average at the next level. Below average improv skills. Handled pre-snap reads for the most part in the Ball State offense. Consistently did not turn the ball over.
Drew Plitt projects best into a west-coast style scheme that asks him to manage the game. He has some very promising mechanics but overall doesn’t look composed, rather flustered, when under pressure or duress. It’s hard to work out those issues as a backup/practice squad development prospect, so his chances at succeeding at the next level is slim. We think his upside is a mid-tier backup in the right offensive system.
We like Plitt as a priority free agent at the NFL level who can float around as a depth/practice squad quarterback for a few years. If he develops, he can make a career out of assisting the offense from the sideline.