Cleveland Browns: Week 5 college quarterback tracker
Throughout the first four games of the season, Kelly has done a better job of eliminating costly interceptions. Kelly has thrown 12 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions, but all of those were in the same game vs Florida State.
Kelly has the arm strength, pocket presence, size and toughness that coaches desire in a young quarterback. For Kelly, he will need to sell them with his personality and prove to coaches that his off-the-field issues are behind him and he can be the face of an NFL franchise.
Here are some video breakdowns on what makes Kelly so special as a passer but also where he needs to improve to sell NFL scouting departments.
The first play comes from the season opener vs. Florida State. On the play, Kelly senses the rush coming from the interior of the defensive line and needs to make a quick decision. Kelly shows poise in the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield. On the throw, Kelly shows elite timing and anticipation. Kelly places a perfect ball over the defensive back and before his receiver breaks. This is an NFL-caliber play by Kelly, as he showcases great understanding of route running and throwing on them.
This next play comes from Mississippi’s win last Saturday against Georgia. On the play, Mississippi uses a play-action fake and Kelly starts to roll right outside the pocket. A defender breaks free and has a chance to sack Kelly. Kelly shows his athletic ability to avoid the rusher. Instead of looking to scramble, Kelly keeps his eyes downfield, steps up and unleashes a deep bomb for a touchdown.
The throw is over 60 yards, showing his natural arm strength and ability. The play also shows his gunslinger mentality and how he isn’t afraid to take deep chances down the field. His receiver is in one-on-one coverage and Kelly takes a chance that his receiver will win the battle over the corner.
This next play is an example of where his arm strength and gunslinger mindset come back to hurt Kelly. On this play, he locks on to his primary read the entire time and forces a throw into tight coverage. The defensive back is in good position and the intended target doesn’t have a chance to make a play on the ball. Kelly tries to make a perfect throw into a tight spot with the defender right there. This is how Kelly relies to much on his arm strength and forces passes and cause turnovers.
Next Game: This Saturday, 10/1 at 7:00 p.m. vs, Memphis.