2021 was not in the usual sense the year of the College Football Quarterback at least not as I sit here in April 2022. The book I guess isn’t written yet on the QB class of 21 as of yet. Today I will take a look at one of those hopeful Quarterbacks Nevada’s Carson Strong. Ok, yea I get it the name Carson that name is not synonymous in Philadelphia when good QB play is thought about but come on let’s give the kid a break it’s not that Carson. If prototypical size still matters to you, Strong has it. The Nevada QB checks in around 6’4″, 226 pounds, and stands tall in the pocket.
Strong’s arm, is one of his best physical traits. Strong has a crisp, compact throwing motion, and he can generate immense velocity with ease. He carries enough arm strength to push the ball downfield and hit players in stride, capable of hitting the ball into tight windows with touch.
He also has enough arm elasticity to generate velocity on the run. Strong maximizes his arm with solid mechanics. He also has a surprisingly high upside in terms of mobility. Strong also has a reputation as a student of the game and a pre-snap workaholic. A quality that will serve him well on any pro roster or pro QB room.
Carson Strong’s Downside
Young quarterbacks always have flaws. In Carson’s case, these are attributed to at times being flat-footed in the pocket which leads to underthrown balls. He also has a tendency not to hear or sense the backside rush or pressure. Another area of improvement is in his decision-making in high-pressure situations. Strong is a hard competitor and is constantly seeking to make a play sometimes where there is no play.
Carson Strong on most “experts” draft boards have him being selected somewhere in the back end of the 1st round or early second round. In a year where there is so much uncertainty about any of the QBs. Could this be the year that may be the Birds go QB? The issue with the Birds will be selecting a QB that high with so many holes to fill on their current roster. With three first-round picks, the selection of Carson Strong could be not only a possibility but a reality.
NFL POTENTIAL SCALE 1-10
The University of Nevada plays its games in the Mountain West Athletic Conference. The 2021 season saw the Wolfpack post an 8-5 record. Strong threw for over 4,000 yards in that season. At six foot four and 226 pounds, a powerful and accurate deep ball Carson Strong possess the tangible qualities of an NFL QB. The biggest question is about the strength of the opponents he has faced and the quality of moments he has been in. With not many national power hoses out there in the West, it will be hard to evaluate that part of his game. NFL Potential 5
EAGLES POTENTIAL 1-10
The QB topic in Philly is well documented. The ongoing saga of finding a franchise QB and the pitfalls of that has been the biggest story here in town since 2016. With the current occupant at QB coming under relentless scrutiny from both the fans and front office the idea that the Birds might address QB again in 2022 is back at the top of every sports radio board in the city. Carson Strong has the build and the tools to be a successful QB in the NFL, but does he have the stones to be a successful QB here in Philadelphia. His name’s sake sure didn’t do we take a shot on another Carson in Philly? Eagles Potential 5
AND WITH 19th PICK IN THE 2022 NFL DRAFT THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES SELECT Carson Strong QB Nevada
That’s right I say yes. With the last of three first-round picks. I say the Birds will be all in on the gunslinger from the desert. As it currently sits, we just don’t have that much security in the most important position in football. The drafting of Strong gives the Birds a QB with a huge upside to sit and develop. I am not saying I would throw him into the fire right away in 2022 but right now what other options do we currently have. For more 2022 NFL draft coverage click here.
- Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year (2021)
- All-Mountain West First Team (2021)
- Unitas Golden Arm Award Semifinalist (2021)
- Manning Award Semifinalist (2021)
- Davey O’Brien Semifinalist (2021)
- The Davey O’Brien Quarterback Class of 2021 (2021)
- Davey O’Brien Quarterback Class of 2020 (2020)
- Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year (2020)
- All-Mountain West First Team (2020)
- 2x Mountain West Player of the Week
- Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List (2020)
Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.