Ian Book, QB Notre Dame. Hear Me Out

I know I’m gonna get called out for this, but I am spotlighting Ian Book, QB Notre Dame. Ok hear me out, I am not talking about this as an early-round option. I’m not nuts but take a moment to let your mind wander. There have been a few mock drafts that I’ve seen where Ian Book goes to the Eagles with one of their three 6th round picks. There are several reasons why this is intriguing to me.

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1) In round 6 I feel he could be a value pick, especially having 3 picks.
2) With his mobility and the 5th fastest 40 time for a QB at 4.59, you could streamline your offense with two similar QB’s in Hurts and Book.
3) He can learn under Flacco for his first NFL season.
4) Playing for the Fighting Irish, Book has plenty of big-game experience.

Hailing from El Dorado Hills, California Book played his high school football at Oak Ridge Highschool. Book planned to sign with Boise State as a Sacramento Bee All-Metro selection from Oak Ridge High. But when head coach Mike Sanford left to become the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, the quarterback switched his commitment to play for Mike Leach at Washington State. Ultimately, Book joined Sanford in South Bend instead (though the coach was only in town for one year before taking the head coaching job at Western Kentucky). Book made a name for himself in Notre Dame lore by coming off the bench to lead the Irish to a win over LSU in the Citrus Bowl his redshirt freshman season.

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Every player has their pros and cons and Ian Book is no exception.


  • Three-year starter and two-time team captain.
  • Leadership is important to him and he’s highly respected by teammates.
  • Feet are quick in his setup on play-action.
  • Climbs pocket when he feels the edge caving in.
  • Footwork and ball-handling for RPOs.
  • Expedites his operation process when he reads hot.


  • Needs to get through his progressions faster.
  • Has issues with indecisiveness at times.
  • Carries the ball low in the pocket and throws with a windup.
  • Lacks arm strength to make all the pro throws.
  • Will struggle to zip it between linebacker and safety.

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