Bailey Zappe
Bailey Zappe

Bailey Zappe

  • QB Hilltoppers
  • Graduate
  • #276
  • 6'
  • 215lbs
  • Prospect
  • Conference USA

2021 Season

YDS

5967

TD

65

INT

11

QBR

119.5

Top Traits

Leadership

Leadership

Bailey Zappe

There is no question that Zappe has control and command of the offense and his coaches rave about his leadership. He quickly took over as the starter at Western Kentucky and put together an exceptional season. He quickly mastered the system and is a highly-competitive player. 

Poise

Poise

Bailey Zappe

There’s a lot to like about the toughness and poise that Zappe illustrates on the field. He’s willing to hang tough in the pocket and try to work off-script despite modest physical tools. Like most quarterbacks, his production and efficiency dips when pressured but I like the way he competes. 

Decision Making

Decision Making

Bailey Zappe

I love the confidence in which Zappe makes his decisions, fully understanding he doesn’t have top-end velocity to slot throws. With that said, there are plenty of instances of him putting the ball in harm’s way with aggressive decisions into traffic. One thing is certain, Zappe understands where his answers are and distributes the football. 

Prospect Summary

Bailey Zappe began his collegiate career at Houston Baptist where he became a starter as a true freshman in 2017. After a highly productive run at Houston Baptist (where he started through 2020), Zappe leveled up and transferred to Western Kentucky where he continued his incredible production and earned Conference-USA MVP honors while receiving an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. Zappe is a decisive quarterback that executes the offense with clear command of the unit. While the offense at Western Kentucky featured plenty of manufactured throws, Zappe still showcased the ability to work progressions and hit throws with anticipation. He is poised and rhythmic in the pocket with a strong understanding of where his answers are on the field and he does a great job of getting the ball to his playmakers. He makes some highly impressive touch throws between zones and frequently drops the football in the bucket on vertical shots. When it comes to his projection to the next level, his overall physical package is modest. He doesn’t bring exciting size, athleticism, or arm talent to the table and his ceiling is limited. He isn’t immune to off-target throws and risky decisions with the football. In addition, his jump in competition and transition to a pro-style offense is notable. Zappe profiles as a backup at the next level.

Ideal Role: Backup QB

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Joe Marino 

Games watched: Middle Tennessee State (2021), UTSA (2021), Michigan State (2021), Marshall (2021)

Best Game Studied: Michigan State (2021)

Worst Game Studied: Marshall (2021)

Accuracy: Zappe has impressive flashes of well slotted throws between zones as well as throws that are dropped in a bucket, with plenty of perfectly placed balls down the field. With that said, he isn’t immune to missing the mark with throws falling short and wide of targets while occasionally sailing high. He is confident in his ability to place the football where he wants it to go but falls short of earning a “pinpoint” label given some of his inconsistencies.

Decision Making: I love the confidence in which Zappe makes his decisions, fully understanding he doesn’t have top-end velocity to slot throws. With that said, there are plenty of instances of him putting the ball in harm’s way with aggressive decisions into traffic. One thing is certain, Zappe understands where his answers are and distributes the football.

Poise: There’s a lot to like about the toughness and poise that Zappe illustrates on the field. He’s willing to hang tough in the pocket and try to work off-script despite modest physical tools. Like most quarterbacks, his production and efficiency dips when pressured but I like the way he competes.

Progressions: Zappe does well to make pre-snap reads and adjust when the menu changes post-snap. With that said, the offensive system he runs isn’t similar to what he will be tasked with at the next level so there will be a curve when it comes to adapting to the style of progressions he will be tasked with in the NFL. There are plenty of anticipatory throws on tape from Zappe.

Release: Zappe features a compact release but is guilty of patting the football to start his motion. He snaps through the football and does well to stay on top of it. He isn’t the type of quarterback that has a variety of arm slots available to him.

Pocket Manipulation: Zappe is comfortable in the pocket and showcases some ability to navigate the rush. I like how he incorporates pump fakes and uses his eyes to manipulate defenders to increase the size of throwing windows. He is calm and poised

Arm Strength: The ball certainly doesn’t jump off his hands and most throws are touch passes. He does well to make quick decisions to mitigate his modest throwing power but most outbreaking patterns are looped in. He does generate ample distance on throws to challenge defenses vertically.

Mobility: Zappe has sufficient pocket mobility but he isn’t a dual-threat guy that can weaponize his legs. Making throws when plays break down isn’t a strength. He won’t command designed QB runs and the entire playbook isn’t available to him.

Leadership: There is no question that Zappe has control and command of the offense and his coaches rave about his leadership. He quickly took over as the starter at Western Kentucky and put together an exceptional season. He quickly mastered the system and is a highly-competitive player.

Mechanics: Zappe is clean with his throwing mechanics and is deliberate about his follow through. When he gets his desired sequencing, he is rhythmic. With that said, finding consistency when that sequencing isn’t available is a challenge.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 68.67/100 (Sixth Round Value)

Crabbs Grade: 66.00/100

Marino Grade: 68.00/100

Sanchez Grade: 72.00/100