Another take on JT Daniels

I missed this when it came out a month or so ago, but here’s the good and bad on Georgia’s quarterback from Pro Football Network:

The Georgia QB has an NFL-caliber arm. He routinely makes accurate intermediate and short-area passes. Furthermore, he demonstrates anticipation on these passes, putting his receiver in a position to make extra yardage after the catch. In his short career as the Georgia QB, Daniels has shown the ability to drive the ball to the deep third in Todd Monken’s vertical offense. Additionally, he can put enough zip on the ball to throw across his body.

Although he won’t earn any dual-threat monikers, Daniels has impressive athleticism as far as pocket maneuverability. He is light on his feet and can change direction quickly, making him elusive within the pocket. When the Georgia QB does get hit, which we’ll get to shortly, Daniels displays exceptional competitive toughness. He can rebound from a significant impact, gather himself, and stand firm in the pocket the next play.

Areas for improvement

Having praised Daniels’ ability to maneuver in the pocket, let’s start with pocket presence as an area for improvement on his scouting report. Although he has some elusiveness in the pocket, he also takes too many sacks. Daniels needs to work on getting the ball away quicker in dangerous situations.

Standing at 6’3″, Daniels has decent size to play the position in the NFL. However, there were a large number of batted passes during the games studied. He needs to ensure that he consistently clears the line of scrimmage cleanly with his passes to elevate his NFL Draft stock.

Despite having the requisite arm strength to drive the ball to the deep third, there is room for improvement. The Georgia QB’s deep shots can hang in the air, requiring the receiver to slow down in his route rather than hitting him in stride. There are also some deep ball accuracy issues that Daniels will need to clean up in the upcoming college football season.

I don’t there’s anything there that’s particularly unfair.  It’s hard to know exactly what Daniels’ limitations are, based on the small sample size, the rust from the injury and playing in a new scheme with a limited amount of practice time.  I do think it’s likely he shows improvement on the deep ball as he learns to trust his rehabbed knee, but his propensity for taking sacks is troubling, as it’s something that’s plagued him throughout his college career.  Can Monken coach him out of that?


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

16 responses to “Another take on JT Daniels

  1. I would rather him take a sack when it makes sense than to make an ill-advised throw resulting in a turnover. He probably does need to think about when to leave the pocket to throw the ball away. Problematic sacks are those where the QB doesn’t see the open receiver because he has already decided where to go with the ball.


    • Down Island Way

      Shoulder/knee/ankle inuries take time to heal to the point of proper functions, movement are good togo…when # 18 gets over that ACL thing, his mind will trust his body…


  2. mwodieseldawg

    Any flaws he has will be exposed in the first game. Venables has had several months to study him.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Based on my superficial knowledge, and on what ‘they’ say, underthrown deep balls can be blamed on footwork, which in J.T.’s case can be partly blamed on injury hangover. But, ‘they’ say footwork is easily correctable. Just step into that throw son.

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  4. Greg

    he is more than likely mostly taking sacks because no one is open (coverage sack)……or because of the left tackle play (see Cincinnati).


  5. W Cobb Dawg

    I’ll be interested to see how JT matures. He was thrown into a starting job on day 1 at USC. Followed by a year and a half injury recovery time. Not to mention a different school on the other side of the country, a change that a lot of people underestimate.

    But he has a good coach and a lot of talent surrounding him. Plus he had time to get acclimated last year. So I expect him to have a very good season.

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    • DawgFlan

      This. JT started day 1 at USC as a 17-yo high school senior and was asked to figure it out on the fly in the PAC-12. Then got hurt, transferred, missed a spring altogether, got minimal 3rd/4th string reps during fall camp with a new team/system/coaches, rode the bench for half a season, and then asked to knock off the rust and learn on the fly in the SEC. Assuming he stays healthy, this upcoming season will be the first time in his collegiate career that he will have been put in a position to succeed with adequate coaching and preparation. I expect him to ball out.

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  6. armydawg

    Monken knows where his shortcomings are and has already had JT working to correct them. Add in that he will have plenty of time to tune in to the receivers and he will be just fine. Watching JT & the receivers do their thing will be like watching the “Blue Angels” air show: In sync and fluid perfection. I can’t wait. Does anyone know if this is the year of the dog in the Chinese calendar? I know for a fact that it’s “the year of the DAWG”. In Kirby I trust!

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  7. biggity ben

    I’d really love the ACL injury to be the reason he doesn’t step into long passes, but his tape going back to high school tells a different story. As someone mentioned above, it’s about footwork. I’m interested to see what another year of good coaching does for him.

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    • With you. I generally believe that you can’t improve QB mechanics too much at this level, they either have it, or they don’t. Look at how they couldn’t break Fromm’s flipping the ball in 3 years.

      That said, if JT is awesome on the deep ball, I think we win the NC this year. We can possibly win it if he’s just better than last year.

      If he doesn’t improve at all, we will lose a few game more that we’ll be happy about.

      He has to get better imo.


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