NAME: Jarrett Stidham
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 8
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 214 lbs
Accuracy – Generally puts the ball where he wants, even down the field. Will lead targets into space and give them chances to create post-catch. Does well to give his targets a chance against man coverage and will test it. Plenty of pretty throws to all levels of the field when things are on schedule in terms of routes and protection.
Arm Strength – Has a fastball when necessary but it’s far from being called a cannon. Ball velocity noticeably dips when working the football outside the numbers. Can push the football to the deeper portions of the field. Mostly does well to hit throws with touch.
Decision Making – Generally sound but he has crumbled in big situations when he’s asked to lead a drive late in games. Willing to test man coverage and thread zones but he’s not immune to a careless decisions. Panics under pressure. Feasted on schemed, one-read throws.
Anticipation – Recognizes space between zones and will throw receivers into it. Does well to sense where receivers will have leverage against man coverage and challenge it. Capable of working the ball over top of the linebackers and before the safeties with good touch.
Pocket Skills – Gets panicky under duress and will make careless decisions. Generally aware of pressure but he struggles to speed up his process when needed. A bit of a pocket drifter but is capable of navigating and moving within the pocket. Does not always keep his eye level up.
Throwing Mechanics – Arm motion is quick and efficient. Generally throws from a balanced platform with good weight transfer but his trail fit can lag a bit. Can stand to be more deliberate when executing quick passes that are often made completely with his arm.
Feet – Fairly rhythmic with his drops and throws from a balanced base. Things fall off the rails when he is forced to speed up his process under pressure and his feet get antsy. More than capable of sliding, climbing and moving within the pocket.
Progressions – Likes and has most of his success when things are on schedule. Wants that first read to be open and often hangs on it for too long. Does very little to manipulate coverage with his eyes or pump fakes. Auburn’s scheme feature a high percentage of schemed, one-read throws.
Run – Not a candidate for designed runs but can move the sticks on occasion by scrambling. Showcases good spatial awareness and avoids big hits. Sound thrower on the move.
BEST TRAIT – Accuracy
WORST TRAIT – Handling Pressure
RED FLAGS – Underachiever
Stidham has good touch and the ability to find throwing windows at all levels of the field. He throws with anticipation and gives his targets a chance to pick up yards after the catch. With that said, Stidham has regularly crumbled in big moments and his results under pressure are poor. His struggles when forced to speed up his process are concerning. Stidham’s best chance for success comes in a timing-based offense that keeps him in rhythm. Stidham profiles as quality backup quarterback but his ceiling as a starter is low.
Arm Accuracy –Has really nice touch accuracy when pushing the ball to the sideline, but really only on loft throws. He loses pinpoint accuracy when he’s looking to drive the ball with any notable force. Nice bucket throws vertically. Has some inexcusable lapses due to arm slot or pressure.
Decision Making –Will make poor decisions when his process is rushed and he’s looking to defeat pressure. Less secure with the football than his numbers would suggest. He does well against straight man coverage to find open crossers and come back patterns.
Progressions –Can be late to work off of an initial target, although he has shown that he can use the full field of play. When he’s setting up in deep drops, he seems to have the most comfort knowing he has space to operate and can work eyes as needed.
Anticipation –Willing to throw into holes vs. zone coverage and has some flashes of leading shallow crossing routes but the further into the boundary the throws get the more he seems to leave the ball behind the receiver. Needs to become better IDing/anticipating pressure reps pre-snap.
Poise –He’s going to be super dependent on his offensive line. He makes some baffling decisions, whether it’s throwing up a prayer that hangs in the air, bailing and losing ground to the LOS or rolling with a loose football and getting stripped.
Arm Strength –Has some ability to drive into tight windows but often fails to get on top of the ball and will see it float more than needed. Has plenty of juice in his vertical shots to queue up a deep ball and can drive deep posts or nines.
Pocket Awareness –Ability to pick up or process stunts is almost non-existent. Has modest mobility to begin with but is often taken by surprise by an uncovered pass rusher and will promptly panic, breaking down his feet and losing all ability to throw under pressure.
Mechanics –Will not be a successful passer off of untraditional throwing platforms or arm slots. Struggles with accuracy and pushes throws wide when he’s forced to drop the arm to throw around a defender. His cadence on drop/hitch/release is when he’s at his peak.
Footwork –I like how he gets back out of the snap and sets himself up on his platform. Will get happy feet and/or break down his platform at first sign of duress and doesn’t do well to reset, which amplifies his accuracy issues.
Mobility –Has just enough to beat a free rusher and bail out the offense, but he needs to get better at returning to a thrower’s position once he’s forced off his spot. Not one to be handed any rushing concepts to aid the ground game.
BEST TRAIT – Intermediate Touch
WORST TRAIT – Poise
BEST FILM – Texas A&M (2018)
WORST FILM – Tennessee (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Jarrett Stidham is a prospect who hasn’t taken the necessary steps forward as a player to warrant consideration as a potential starter early in his career. Stidham throws a pretty, easy to catch football when the infrastructure around him is right. But when he’s forced to create and dictate the action, Stidham struggles greatly, which makes him more of a back-up quarterback prospect and a low ceiling starter.
PROS: Ball placement and accuracy are generally strong. Footwork to set up and climb the pocket is smooth. Strong mechanics for the most part. Quick throwing motion and can deliver the ball from awkward angles. Some of this throws on the move vs Bama and LSU were really well-placed.
Has flashed the ability to drop the ball in the bucket vertically. Usually gives his receivers a good chance on deep balls. Has enough athleticism to extend plays as needed. Generally a good decision-maker, doesn’t force things and knows when to tuck it and get what he can. Doesn’t miss many gimmes.
CONS: Mental processing is going to be a big concern. Auburn offense was super simple for him, both in reads and limited throws with a high degree of difficulty. When they did ask him to process route combinations down the field, often was hesitant to pull the trigger on tougher throws. Would force up a deep shot or enter scramble mode too often on more extensive route combinations. Dropped his eyes too quickly in the pocket in some games, missing open receivers to take off. Must improve his eye manipulation to move safeties.
Needs to keep consistent lower body mechanics at all times. When opening and throwing to his left or right, must remember to bring his trail foot around to keep the ball from dipping on him. Will try to all-arm short throws, but doesn’t have that kind of cannon. Arm strength is solid, not great. Struggles to drive the ball with pace to the sideline from opposite hash. Deeper out-breaking throws were an adventure.
Tends to place his vertical balls down the sideline out over the numbers a little rather than to the boundary where receiver has an advantage. Has bouts of play where he completely falls apart, typically when his team is down late. Late vs LSU threw 3 straight balls that should have been intercepted. Late vs UGA in SEC Championship he was completely unraveled. Must stay more poised under situational and physical pressure.