Draft Profile: BioGraham Mertz from Blue Valley North High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Mertz opted to join Wisconsin.
In 2019 as a freshman Mertz saw action in just 2 games for the Badgers as he threw for only 73 yards on 10 attempts with a completion percent of 90 for an average of 7.3 yards per pass, with no TDs, while taking one sack, and an impressive QB rating of 97.1.
In 2020 as a sophomore he played in 7 games as he passed for a decent 1238 yards on 194 attempts with a completion percent of 60.8 for an average of 6.4 yards per pass, with a decent 9 TDs, while also taking 12 sacks, and putting up a decent QB rating of 84.1. He made 27 runs for a total of 109 yards at an average of 4.0 per rush.
As a junior in 2021 Mertz played a total of 13 games. He passed for a decent 1958 yards on 286 attempts and put up a completion percentage of 59.1 for an average of 6.8 yards per attempt, with a decent 10 TDs, and allowing 11 sacks, with a decent QB rating on the year of 75.5.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Very confident passer and shows good accuracy and feel when in rhythm. Showed better ball placement from past years and throws very catchable passes. Puts too much air in some of his throws and needs to show a lower trajectory on deep throws.
- Possesses an NFL arm. Gets the ball from one hash to the opposite sideline in a hurry. Has the zip to hit tight windows on short and intermediate throws.
- Enough arm strength to drive the ball through tight windows up to 20 yards downfield. Spreads the ball around to multiple receivers.
- 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.
- Mertz has a quick release and a live arm, delivering tight spirals, and Mertz shows good touch at the intermediate levels
- Flashes good accuracy to all levels of the field and has the arm strength to make every requisite NFL throw.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Mertz often holds the ball too long. While Mertz keeps his eyes up while moving, his mechanics get increasingly sloppy once he’s pushed off his spot.
- He has to clean up his throwing motion when he’s on the move. He was often too quick to pull the ball down and take off, and he seemed to have trouble sifting through moving parts in the middle of the field.
- Mertz has a tendency to hold the ball too long, and he will make panicked throws; good things don’t always follow when he’s forced to extend plays.
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