QB Taysom Hill BYU DRAFT CLASS: 2017, undrafted, signed by Packers SIZE: 6’2-230 HAND: n/a SPEED: 4.46x40 (Pro Day) BALL VELOCITY: n/a POWER: no bench, 38.5 vertical, 10’2 broad AGILITY: 4.37x20 yd shuttle, 7.03x3cone drill NEED TO KNOW: IS HE MOBILE? YES, very! DOES HE HAVE POCKET AWARENESS? Yes but a bit jumpy. IS HE ACCURATE? No. WHAT KIND OF RELEASE? Compact, quick at ¾ but low. ARM STRENGTH? Above average. FOOTWORK? Sloppy. CAN HE READ A DEFENSE? For now slow progressions. CAN HE MAKE THE PRO THROWS? Zip is there but timing isn’t.
Rushed for 2814 yards in college career; 72.2 yds per game rushing in BYU career; gained 5.1 YPC in BYU career; rushed for 32 TDs in career; gained 1344 yds rushing in 2013.
FLASH SCOUTING REPORT: Hill owns a strong, athletic frame... suffered season-enders 2012 (knee) and 2014 (fractured leg)... injured foot in 2015 opener and out for that year... 2016 suffered hyper-extended elbow... Hill may not be fragile as it seems, but fearless play and eager rushing leaves Hill in jeopardy... shows quick feet but is sloppy in the pocket... drop back and set is undisciplined and off-balance... jumpy feet in the pocket... never appears to set his passing platform... Hill is slow through progressions and the ball comes out late far too often... release point is too low, though release itself is quick... good velocity as ball jumps off his hand... lacks a “feel” for the passing part of QBing... little to no modulation of his passes... poor footwork and an unsettled platform causes inaccuracy... late throws tend to travel behind crossing targets... does not throw to a “spot” and his receiver must be “open” for Hill to send it... inaccuracy shows in all depths of his throws, especially downfield... Hill has the arm strength but his long balls are tossed measured and often short... Hill is a very willing and rather dynamic runner... runs with speed and surprising power at the point of contact... with Green Bay in 2017 pre-season, Hill was accurate, hitting 15 of 20 passes in pre-season... has greatly improved his mechanics and throwing style since turning pro... old for a 2nd year player (28)... owns NFL tools; just needs to sharpen.
FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKDOWN: There’s plenty of hype blowing out from the Saints’ beat writers and even some team officials that Taysom Hill is surging and likely to be the QB to take over once Drew Brees calls it a career. Hill is surely an exciting performer, but still a flawed one right now. And, if he is truly “the guy” after Brees, Drew better speed it up as Hill turns 28 this season, having lost a couple college seasons during his Mormon missions. Taysom Hill went from undrafted rookie to backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay to now caddying for Drew Brees. Those are a couple of good teachers to study and Hill is an inspired, smart QB. Hill has impressed in both stops, acing it in pre-season games for the Packers last season and through off-season workouts this year in New Orleans. He’s settled down some in the pocket, and that’s a good thing. Coach Payton has been quite vocal regarding Hill’s play. Hill spins a zippy ball and is mobile as heck. He’s moved up directly behind Brees and the former BYU athlete can make some noise if thrust into a starting gig. He’ll have to learn to throw his receivers open and mistakes will kill off a few good scoring drives. The Brees back-up is far from a polished passer, he is going to struggle in his reads and he’ll probably scamper out of the pocket too soon, too often. But Taysom Hill, if forced into action, will be fun to watch. In perspective, if he had to play 16 games, Hill’s stat line would fall in the 58% completion range, 6.7-ish YPA, 19 TD passes, 17 INTs, 5.5 YPC with 4 scores rushing. Before he gets the chance to start an NFL contest, fanballers might want to check out his work on kick coverage/special teams. Hill played “teams” late last season and recorded 2 tackles in a game and was in on a blocked punt. The guy is an athlete, no doubt. As I said, he’s fun to watch.
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