Exclusive: Ron Jaworski Previews The 2019 NFL Draft QB Class

Philadelphia Eagles former players Brian Dawkins (left) and Ron Jaworski attend a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers.Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ric Serritella

Amongst the many prestigious award winners in attendance was former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, who was presented with the 30th Francis “Reds” Bagnell Award for Contribution to Football. One of the sharpest minds in the game of football, especially when it comes to breaking down quarterbacks, “Jaws” spoke about what it means to win the award and provided his thoughts on the 2019 NFL Draft QB class.

Jaws On Winning The Francis Reds Bagnell Award:

“Well certainly I’m humbled and honored to receive the Reds Bagnell Award. I was a friend of Reds for quite a while before his passing and served as the Club president before I took over. He taught me so much about how to conduct myself in the business world and the football world and to win an award named after him means a lot to me. His legacy lives on, as the president, we’ll make sure his legacy lives on and with Mark Dianno and Mark Wolpert and Shawn Wooden, they will make sure his legacy lives on, so I’m humbled to receive an award named in the honor of Reds Bagnell.”

Jaws On Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray:

“Incomplete right now, it’s too early. I like to really get a good feel for their pro days, their combine days, what my sources will tell me how the personality testing went. I love Kyler Murray, I concern myself with the height. There’s always a question when you get to the NFL because tall defensive lineman are going to be 6’5 and 6’6, they block your line of sight. As far as a gifted athlete, he’s amazing. I don’t want to discount his ability to throw the football and in the NFL, that’s where it starts. People want to talk about extending the play, running and all that stuff. To me, that’s irrelevant. To have longevity in the NFL, to be a Super Bowl quarterback, I think you need to play from the pocket first. It’s good to have that ability to extend. When you watch Kyler Murray he can throw the football with extreme accuracy, he’s got a strong arm and he has deep ball accuracy, which is critical in the NFL. We’re all going to talk about his athleticism, the guy is a downright passer.”

Jaws On Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins:

“Big, strong kid, a Cam Newton kind of guy in the pocket. Not the running ability a Cam Newton has but great field vision and when you’re as big as he is, he’s a horse in the pocket. He’s a big oak tree, I compare him a little bit to Ben Roethlisberger. I’ve been watching Ben for all these years and Ben will hang in that pocket and knock people away, obviously he’s a big oak tree in the pocket and you can’t bring him down. I see the same kind of thing in Haskins due to his accuracy, not great mobility but again, a prototypical pocket passer. He’ll be one of the top quarterbacks.”

Jaws On Missouri QB Drew Lock:

“There’s always concern on arm angle and consistency. However, with that being said, you look at Patrick Mahomes, you look at Brett Favre, you get your hair turning gray if you start breaking down their mechanics because they’re all over the place but they have an innate, god given talent to throw the ball with accuracy from unique platforms. Clearly, because of those guys, there’s no one way to do it. You can make plays in a lot of different ways but I still like the guys that come over the top. Now, there are times when you have to change the arm angle, change your launching point to get it out and get it out around your linemen. I think the quarterbacks who have the innate ability to change their arm angles and move away from the rush, do have success in the NFL.”

Thoughts On Duke QB Daniel Jones:

“David Cutcliffe is one of the best quarterback coaches in college football. You watch any quarterback he’s ever had, going back to Peyton Manning, he taught the basic fundamental mechanics of playing the position. I’ve seen quarterbacks get better and a lot of times they get better not because of their own ability but because they get coached up and I think you have to coach the quarterback position hard. David Cutcliffe has always done that. Quarterbacks who have played for him, understand the basic fundamentals of the position and clearly, Daniel Jones has a clear advantage because of the coaching he received from David Cutcliffe.”

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