2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Ian Book

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Ian Book leaves the Notre Dame program as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in school history. He’s the school’s winningest quarterback and is second on the all-time passing list for both yardage and touchdowns. Book’s NFL resume isn’t quite as impressive; as he’s an undersized passer who has thrived on extending plays outside of structure and relied on some dynamic skill players to win 50/50 footballs for him down the field. Trying to forecast Book into an NFL offense is a challenge; as he’s not shown the ability to consistently win and thrive within the structure of an offense. Because of this, he may get a look as a backup quarterback, where his unpredictability can be harnessed in small sample sizes to help keep the opposition guessing. Book’s best case NFL draft forecast feels similar to that of Trace McSorely out of Penn State a few years back; McSorley was a late-round pick and has been serving as QB3 for the Baltimore Ravens. 


Games watched: MIchigan (2019), USC (2019), Georgia (2019), Florida State (2020), Clemson (2020), North Carolina (2020), Alabama (2020)

Best Game Studied: North Carolina (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Michigan (2019)

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Written By:

Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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