NAME: Jake Browning
JERSEY: No. 3
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 210 lbs
D.O.B.: Not available
Arm Accuracy –Capable of slotting the ball accurately in the shorter areas of the field. A true West Coast offense passer if there ever was one. Accuracy wanes on throws further into the boundary and further down the field. Can pick you apart within the 10 yard window.
Decision Making –Typically makes sound decisions with the football, likes to take soft coverage and is effective and quick to find it. Mentally sharp passer, particularly when he’s left uncontested within the pocket. Decisions are hasty at times when flushed off his spot.
Progressions –Plays like a true “point guard”. He’s eager to distribute the football and get things working quickly to his skill players. Eyes move rapidly and understands where his check downs are. That said, is quick to give up on reads and dump off to leave yards on the field.
Anticipation –Good spot throwing on slants, outs, corners and dig patterns. Typically effective in navigating his way through the shallows, where his trust in ability to place the ball effectively is masked. Feel for pressure, however, is irregular and is constantly caught off guard with rushers.
Poise –Can be baffled by pressure. Turtles in the pocket and shies away from pending contact, but subsequently will throw the ball up for grabs and lose all care for ball security and sound decision making. Quick to rush and hope to avoid contact, even on free plays and defensive penalties.
Arm Strength –Lacks any juice at all on this throws. The ball dies noticeably as it reaches it’s destination, typically forcing receivers to reach away from the frame to dig it out. Defenders will get a great jump on his throws when he’s trying to slot it into tight windows.
Pocket Awareness –Can be guilty of getting skittish and quick to drop his eyes after a few good licks in the pocket. Doesn’t show a great sense of where his escape hatches are within the pocket and will roll or slide into pressure more often than you’d prefer.
Mechanics –Delivery is long, which further complicates poor velocity on his throws. Exposes the ball to pass rushers on his delivery, amplifying turnover potential when paired with poor pocket awareness. Has poor habits when trying to throw on the move, neutering arm even more.
Footwork –Like his rhythm getting out of the snap. Does well to get back down hill when rolling out and looking to disperse the football while on the move, aiding his push on the football. Does not consistently reset once he’s forced to slide, however and will force greater variance in his accuracy.
Mobility –Does not have the burst, quickness or long speed to force defenses to account for him as a potential rusher. Sub-par athlete without skills in forcing missed tackle challenges on his throwing platform or from the pocket.
PROSPECT COMPARISON – Kellen Moore
BEST TRAIT – Decision Making
WORST TRAIT – Arm Strength
BEST FILM – Rutgers (2017)
WORST FILM – Alabama (2016)
RED FLAGS – None
Jake Browning comes up short in several key qualities, severely limiting his potential pro prospects. Browning lacks juice on the ball, so even though he’s making sound decisions with the football, he lacks the physical ability to deliver it in a timely manner. Browning projects as a fringe roster player and lacks sorely in the physical skills to offer any notable upside. Browning should be regarded as a camp body/UDFA target and at best be considered for a back-up role.
PROS: Shows the ability to throw with touch and can make bucket throws when his receiver has downfield leverage. As a pocket passer, is at his best on rhythm and anticipation plays. Can nickel and dime with good ball placement relative to leverage. While often frantic and jumpy in the face of pressure, does have good escapability in the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield to extend plays. Able to create on the fly and works well to direct traffic on the move. Retains same levels of velocity and touch on the move as in the pocket and is frequently rolled out accordingly–however, accuracy can take a bit of a dip on the run, especially with pressure present.
CONS: Does not have the baseline arm strength necessary to make all the NFL throws. Puts his entire frame in deep balls and ends up throwing massive rainbows that give safeties plenty of time to attack. Does not boast of the same anticipation with downfield concepts as he does with short yardage ones. Cannot jam the football into tight windows nor keep pacing of play outside of the (college) hashes. Needs air under the ball to hit comebacks, curls, and outs.