Expert Opinion: Class of 2017 Signee Film Breakdown I
Though the Letters of Intent have been signed and faxed in, Inside the Gators isn't quite ready to move on from the class of 2017 just yet.
Today, in order give a more complete look at the Florida signees, NFL Network, NFL Films analyst Matt Hamilton shares his expert opinion on Florida's signing class.
All evaluations were based solely off each player's Rivals.com highlight film. Scouts usually need at least three full game tapes of a player to get a full evaluation of his skill set, strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies. More so, scouts prefer the tapes not to be from consecutive games. Highlight tapes only show off a few physical traits and some tendencies as far as technique is concerned, making it hard to get an overall assessment of where a player truly stands. By it's very nature, it shows the prospect at his best and will lead to a more positive review than if you were to see an entire game tape.
It is also important to keep in mind things like practice habits,health status and character go a long way in determining recruits' future success.
Having said that, here is what I observed from watching their highlight tapes:
* Quarterback Kadarius Toney - Toney is as dynamic an athlete as you'll see at the quarterback position. He has good speed, excellent change of direction and elusiveness, and if the Gators do end up moving him, I could see him being successful as a wide receiver or running back. Has good arm strength and moves well in the pocket. Has a compact delivery and puts excellent touch on his deep balls. Made a lot of downfield throws, not much tape on him going through progressions or having to make precise, tight-window throws in the short-to-intermediate passing game. That is the biggest question mark I have left about his ability to succeed at the position, but he certainly has all of the physical tools. Overall, wherever Toney ends up playing, the Gators found themselves a high-level athlete with a knack for big plays. Can never have too many of those.
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