Bo Nix 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Unanimous five-star recruit out of high school. Rated as top QB prospect by Rivals and 247
- Named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2019
- Transferred to Oregon after his junior season
- Scheme tendencies: Spread
- 2022 projected role: Starting QB
Pros: Bo Nix is one of the more fascinating prospects to study in this upcoming class. A highly experienced player, Nix has made 34 career starts in the SEC West and has enjoyed some significant levels of success. Nix enrolled at Auburn as a five-star recruit and his physical attributes definitely live up to the high expectations. Nix has good size for the position and has good overall arm strength. Nix has a very quick release and generates good velocity on balls thrown in the short and intermediate areas of the field. He is able to push the ball vertically and displays good accuracy down the field. Nix is an excellent athlete, showing a very good ability to create with his legs. He is able to escape the pocket and evade the rush while still keeping his eyes downfield. He is very good at throwing on the run and is actually better in that regard than when he is stagnant in the pocket. A creative quarterback, Nix thrives in chaos and has the ability to elude the rush and still be able to make throws down the field from any platform or arm angle. Nix’s athleticism also allows him to be a weapon as a runner as he has been very successful on read-options and designed quarterback runs. He is tough as nails and displays very good leadership and resilience which should only bode well for his NFL projection.
Cons: For all of Bo Nix’s strengths, there are just as many—and maybe even more—concerns. Nix certainly possesses the requisite arm talent and overall athleticism to be a successful NFL quarterback, but there are major flaws in his game that limit his ability to be a consistent player. The first thing that sticks out when watching Nix is his inconsistent accuracy and decision-making. Nix will often miss open receivers because he is rushing his process and hurries his feet in his drop. He doesn’t throw from a firm base and because of that, he will miss high and wide. His decision-making is highly concerning. He trusts his arm too much and tries to make risky or contested throws, which have led to turnovers. Nix is an erratic player in the pocket who will leave clean pockets far too early rather than standing tall and stepping up. He will lock on to his receivers at times, telegraphing his throws, and needs to be better when working defenders off of his receivers. While some of these issues are coachable, the fact that he has regressed since his true freshman year gives cause for concern for him to ever turn the corner and live up to his impressive physical potential.
Bo Nix NFL Draft Scouting Report by Brentley Weissman