There are plenty of quarterbacks for teams to consider in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Ian Book. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history.
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Ian Book Draft Profile
College: Notre Dame
Book put up solid numbers and won a lot of games as a three-year starter in South Bend, and he brings quality athleticism and a good all-around feel for making plays. He’s a nimble athlete who moves with natural balance in the pocket, allowing him to navigate and find throwing lanes. His best attribute is his ability to throw on the move, where he shows a good feel for mapping the field and is typically accurate. He’s a threat with his legs as well.
He’s limited in terms of size and arm talent, and operating from the condensed pockets of the NFL will be an issue. He also simply doesn’t have the arm strength to get the ball to certain parts of the field. He’s small-framed as well; it’s unlikely he’ll hold up if used frequently on designed runs.
He’s a bit of a West Coast prospect, fitting in an offense that utilizes short passes and moving pockets. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him carve out a long career as a backup.
Final Grade: 6th/7th round