Draft Profile: BioStrong wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school and was only graded as a three-star recruit by ESPN - this probably impacted by a serious knee injury he suffered during his senior year. He joined Nevada and saw significant action for the first time in 2019 where he performed well in passing for 2335 yds in ten games.
In 2020 Strong started getting the attention of national scouts while putting up 2858 yards with an impressive 70.1 completion percentage during a covid shortened season, which led to him receiving the Mountain West Offensive Player of the year award.
2021 has proved to be his most impressive season thus far and he's led the Mountain West in a bevy of categories, including completion percentage (70.0), passing yards (4,175), and touchdowns (36). He was also second in passer rating (156.7) and third in yards per attempt (8.0) which has led to him winning the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year. Previous notable winners include Andy Dalton and Derek Carr.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Possesses an NFL arm. Gets the ball from one hash to the opposite sideline in a hurry.
- Sprays the ball anywhere on the field, especially when given a pocket from which to deliver. Will step up into pocket while looking downfield, reset his feet and deliver.
- Tradtional pocket passer - has the zip to hit tight windows on short and intermediate throws. Strong might have the best arm talent in the class. He's shredding opponents through the air despite minimal help from the run game.
- Strong might have the best arm talent in this class - he has put up great numbers despite no help from his running game
- Gets the ball out quickly, making ·splitsecond decisions. Good short to intermediate level accuracy, demonstrating the ball placement to allow receivers to run after the catch.
- Has a great feel for the game and is aware of where everybody is on the field - and it shows.
- Quick release and takes care of the football - minimizes turnovers
- Good height and growing build to stand in the pocket.
- Great student of the game who possesses near perfect footwork
- Good accuracy overall, including excellent accuracy on short timing routes to backs and receivers, placing the ball slightly in front to lead receivers to potential yardage after the catch.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Needs to improve his touch at all levels and know when to gun it and when to take something off his throws. Accuracy is solid, but far from great with streaky ball placement downfield as he tries to thread the needle too much.
- Has struggled with his decision-making and needs to improve his pre-snap recognition skills to read defenses and see blitzes. Doesn't decipher information as quickly as you would like, but does see the entire field and understands coverage.
- Can take too many risks at times
- Only an average athlete - with limited mobility. Not really a threat as a runner
- Had a major knee injury in high school - need to get the sign off from NFL medical teams
Scouting Report: SummaryStrong has consistently improved throughout his college career and the future is looking bright. He has excellent mechanics, great pocket presence, and an NFL arm which enables him to make all the throws. While he doesn't possess fantastic athletic ability he has enough to become a good NFL starter in a traditional pro offense. His selection doesn't come without risks however, he has never moved particularly well and sometimes looks nervous in the pocket - this may be a carryover from his knee injury suffered in high school.
Expect Strong to hear his name called in the first half of the third-round in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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