PROS: Brian Lewerke has the natural arm needed to be a big play passer. Can push the ball with pace when off balanced platform and has shown accuracy to all three levels of the field. As a first-year starter, Lewerke showed mental processing in live action that would suggest this is a high-end prospect for the next level. Has done very well handling NFL concepts and route patterns, while also showing off good field awareness of where isolated match-ups can come on any play. Was big time in some key game situations, including some late magic against Northwestern in the 4th quarter (was nearly perfect in the final two possessions of regulation). Is a dual threat quarterback (rushed for 559 yards in 2017) who has exciting ability to escape rushers and flush the pocket to torch man coverage or blitzes. Showed impressive toughness, standing tough as needed when a receiver needed just an extra tick to uncover and get open. Gifted arm, legs and mind all teased in a big way last season, with a favorable schedule (Michigan and Ohio State at home) and all his targets back from last season, look for Lewerke to be a big breakout player.
CONS: Will need to perform at a higher level against top competition to ease concern over poor performances vs. Michigan and Ohio State in 2017, although inclement weather was a factor against Michigan. Will get greedy at times trying to squeeze throws into too tight a window and put ball security at risk. Will need to further embrace living to play another down when under duress, an issue that should hopefully be more resolved with more seasoning in second year as the starter. Will need to further perfect the precision of ball placement against tight man coverage to further assist his skill players in raising completion percentage and avoiding contested catch situations.