The job of a scout is to always be on the lookout for talent. Always be grinding a game movie.
In this offseason Monday series on the top quarterback (QB) prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft, we turn our attention to Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke.
Believe it or not, there’s already a consensus rating on Van Dyke by most major media platforms, and we haven’t even seen the 4th of July fireworks yet.
Van Dyke is considered the No. 4 overall pick for Seattle (nflmockdraftdatabase.com).
Of course, there is still a season to play and a lot can and will happen between now and then.
Could the Jets be interested in Van Dyke?
It’s entirely possible.
Should the Jets be interested in Van Dyke?
Because Van Dyke has strong skills and regardless of how Wilson plays, Jets backup QB Mike White and Joe Flacco are on one-year contracts.
The Jets will likely have to go QB shopping in the draft.
Another reason is so far Van Dyke is my QB2 behind Ohio State’s CJ Stroud.
Van Dyke is remarkably better than Alabama’s Bryce Young and Kentucky’s Will Levis based on 2021 film exposure.
After studying Van Dyke, I don’t believe he’s a first-round prospect, but I could see a team taking him in the third round. Round three would be the perfect round because that’s where teams take guys with an advantage who aren’t franchise players, but they have a massive advantage.
My affectionate nickname for Van Dyke is “The Loose Canon” because half of his passes are on target and half aren’t.
As a redshirt rookie for the Hurricanes, Van Dyke completed 202/324 passes (62.3%) for 2,931 yards (average of 9.0 yards), 25 TDs, 6 INTs and a length of 83 yards.
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These stats scream that this guy is aggressively pushing the ball down and that’s exactly what appears on the game footage.
I like that about a QB. I like guys who want to aggressively drive the ball into the middle and deep parts of the pitch.
It’s Van Dyke.
If a team like the Jets were to bring in Van Dyke and sit down for a year or two and then see what they’ve got, they could very well have something.
Van Dyke grew on me the more I watched him and I’m excited to see how he performs in the coming season.
The other thing I liked is that he got better over the season.
Ranking Tyler Van Dyke
6 feet 4 inches, 224 pounds
Miami 2021 Game Movie Review: Virginia, Pitt and FSU
Level: 3rd round
NFL comparable: Stan Humphries
QB who navigates the pocket with a good arm pushing the ball down with mixed results. A decent setup in the pocket, goes through progressions and has a pretty quick release. Excels in throwing short tilts. Erratic ball placement at all three levels of the course (short, intermediate and deep). Too many errant short passes. Was inaccurate deep most of the time. Hit one once in a while. The ball tends to sail high. Has real pocket mobility, can take off to run, and looks good doing it. However, conceded sacks too many times in all three games. Can tuck into the pocket and not throw the ball in these situations and take losses. Ball protection is a major concern. In three games (one fumble, two angled passes, two INTs (one in the critical part of the game against PITT in 4Q), thrown three times in double coverage and could have been eliminated, another time against FSU bounced off the hands of his receivers and luckily for him was caught by another Miami receiver for a TD. Also threw a few air balls. Doesn’t throw the easiest ball to catch, but there’s a lot to work on. come in and provide a spark .
I’ll be watching Van Dyke closely. There’s just something about him.
If he can clean up some things like picking up sacks too easily, throwing the ball better under pressure, and protecting the football, he could become a draft-day gem.
The thing I keep coming back to is his ability to drive the ball down the pitch and his aggressiveness, those things just can’t be taught.
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