Jeff Sims 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Consensus four-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN
- Earned recognition as one of the nation’s “Elite 11” quarterbacks
- Scheme tendencies: Spread offense
- 2022 projected role: Starting QB
Pros: Jeff Sims checks every box from a physical and athletic standpoint. Sims’ dual-threat ability adds an extra layer to the offense’s run concepts (QB draw, sweep, and read option). His live arm allows him to make every throw on the field. His tape displays his share of far-hash throws with little questions regarding velocity. He fits passes into tight windows with easy velocity. He throws a beautiful 7-route (corner) with touch, timing, and ball placement. He does a solid job remaining disciplined and navigating the pocket and looks to throw before escaping to run. He throws with surprisingly impressive touch and ball placement. Sims can play on schedule and off-schedule if the defense dictates it. He delivers the ball with a quick and snappy release, especially in the quicker passing designs. Sims has quiet feet in the pocket and plays with great poise. His accuracy is evident on short to intermediate throws. His lower-body mechanics are solid—he swivels the hips and generates plenty of torque to drive throws. Sims throws from different platforms and arm angles.
Cons: Jeff Sims’ arm talent is real, but his deep ball is inconsistent. He tries to deliver them on straight lines—adding more air will be beneficial. I would like to see quicker anticipation on deeper passes to avoid taking unnecessary hits when protection breaks down. He needs to avoid predetermining his desired target pre-snap and let the defense dictate who receives the pass. Facing pressure rushes his process and creates sloppy mechanics, leading to poor accuracy and ball placement. All seven of his interceptions came in his final five games. Sims tends to throw from a static base without activating his feet to step into his throws.
Jeff Sims NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson