NFL Combine - QB Drills

Sure you have run fast, jump high, be strong and do other workout drills which every player at the NFL Combine must do.  But that's not all.


Each position has their own specific drills on which they are evaluated.  Doing well can be the difference between getting drafted into the NFL...or not.


 NFL scouts like QBs who have great footwork and can make the key throws.  Here's how they look at your NFL  QB potential:


Pocket Movement Drill 

The QB takes a big 5 step drop. Then the Drill Director -- that sounds like a cool job -- gives them a forward, backward, and lateral command, just as if the QB is being rushed by someone like, say Aldon Smith.  The QB runs and then throws when the Drill Director yells “ball.”  All of this happens in about 3 seconds.


Why do they do this? Good footwork allows a QB to be more accurate, gives him the ability to get out of trouble and allows him to avoid trouble inside the pocket.  If you want to see NFL QBs with excellent footwork, take a look at Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.


3 - 5 - 7 Drop Throws 

QBs run through a series of three, five, and seven step drops. At each drop they will throw a slant, an out, an in, a corner, and a deep route.  Coaches and scouts are not focused on accuracy but rather technique (footwork, throwing motion, arm strength, etc). 


This is where less well-known QBs from smaller schools can shine.  For example, Delaware University’s Joe Flacco excelled at the 2008 NFL Combine and ended up being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 18th pick of the NFL Draft.  Then he won Super Bowl XLVII and got a huge new contract, so there's a lot on the line at the Combine. 


Go on the clock February 22nd-25th exclusively on NFL Network.

Which skill is the most important for a QB?

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  • New England Patriots

    February 23, 2014

    cc60174 · draftee

    leadership qualities and accurate throws are both important

  • Tennessee Titans

    February 22, 2014

    irontiger49 · draftee

    all of them and the 2 minute drill.

  • New England Patriots

    February 18, 2014

    nike165 · draftee

    dlion me too 21 passing 14 rushing 3645 all purpose yards

  • Cleveland Browns

    February 16, 2014

    nflkingilovenfl · draftee

    the most important for a quterback is all of those chices

  • New England Patriots

    February 15, 2014

    pats0428 · draftee

    The most important skill for a QB is being able to read what is going on on the field, making that decision: Run or Pass, and getting the ball to your reciever. Don't Forget being able to lead your team through the tough times

  • Detroit Lions

    February 15, 2014

    dlions1515 · veteran

    I'm the starting Quarterback for my team

  • Green Bay Packers

    February 14, 2014

    rogersthrow11 · draftee

    accurate throwing is key

  • Green Bay Packers

    February 13, 2014

    awesomenubnub · starter

    Accurate Arm is definetly the most important quality.

  • Washington Redskins

    February 12, 2014

    scrocks · practice squad

    all of the above

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

    February 12, 2014

    allprobrady · veteran

    The answer to the bottom is accurate throws.

  • Seattle Seahawks

    February 12, 2014

    chrisjessen21 · draftee

    go russell

  • Denver Broncos

    February 12, 2014

    broncostexans · draftee

    Good drills for good QBs