This is an older article but a good one where ProFootballTalk breaks down Mitch Leidner. TLDR...he's not a first round pick, but he may be draftable with a could improvements.
First, here's what stands out.
The first thing that stands out is you have the size, you have the look like I said. There are actually a lot of things to like on tape. He had a high percentage of what we call "big-time throws," which is simply our higher-graded throws because we’re grading every single player on every play. Our higher-graded throws are downfield throws, extremely accurate, into tighter coverage, and (Leidner) actually had a really high percentage of those.
Leidner’s best plays look really good. He made a few really nice throws under pressure and he made a lot of really nice throws on the run. As far as a tool standpoint, that stands out in a positive light.
And what needs work...
I’d be willing to take a late-round flier on him and hope that he develops from a decision-making and timing standpoint, and hope that you can coach that out of him. Like I said, I don’t know if there have been that many cases of guys improving that greatly in that department.
But he’s more of a late-round type of guy, certainly not in the first-round mix at this point based on what we’ve seen.
I think we are all looking to see improvements in timing and accuracy. Significant improvements and he moves way up draft boards (while the Gophers rack up a lot of wins!). Cannot WAIT for football to start!
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