NAME: Manny Wilkins
SCHOOL: Arizona State
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 5
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 200 lbs
D.O.B.: Not available
PROS: Has a pretty deep ball. Regularly puts his deep throws on the appropriate leveraged side of the wide receiver, protecting the ball from DBs. Unfearful of throwing under duress and placement doesn’t suffer through narrow windows, from adjusted platforms, or when leaping. Has a great sense for space and pressure in the pocket and does well to climb/adjust to extend his pocket life. Only early to break pocket as a runner if the situation is advantageous for such a decision. Has really nice velocity to the short areas–can zip it in tight windows with a quick set and release. Arm strength to boundary and intermediate not as impressive, but still effective–can put a rope 15-20 yards down the field and reach the far boundary in a timely manner.
Has a nice and snappy over the top release with sound lower body mechanics as well on most short to intermediate throws. Has back-shoulder and bucket throws in his repertoire, which helps color in the edges of his deep ball skill set. Does well to make pre-snap RPO decisions and knows how to dissect a coverage shell; poised and unaffected by post-snap movement.
CONS: Has a lot of lean in his back when looking to put air or distance under the football, which can cause ball to sail. Gets a whiplash effect on his throwing motion that can heavily affect accuracy downfield. Is a first-read exclusive quarterback, in part because of tendency to trust WRs, in part because of offensive scheme. Fact remains: rare to see him work to a secondary read, and processing speed and full-field vision must be put into question as a result.
As one would expect when considering offensive structure, low frequency of intermediate/middle of field throws on tape–high reliance on stick concept, flare screens, and verticals. Ability to manipulate deep and shallow zone defenders with eyes/pump fakes not evident on tape. Generally on breaking routes, needs to see receivers uncover–cannot throw them open or anticipate their break creating the necessary space to feed the ball. A little slight in build, though it isn’t a huge issue in my eyes. As it stands, good at what he’s asked to do–but is a spread quarterback and thereby leaves a lot of boxes with question marks.
– Benjamin Solak