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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Shane Buechele

Positional ranking: #8

Big Board ranking: #85



Position: QB

College: SMU

Class: Senior (RS)

Age: 23



Height: 6’1”

Weight: 207 lbs.

Arm length: N/A

Hand size: N/A


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: N/A

Vertical jump: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

Bench press: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A



Smooth thrower with a quick release. Plays with poise. Decisive going through progressions. High awareness and intelligence. Plus arm strength and velocity for his size. Adequate overall arm talent to make all the throws. Accurate on quick-strike throws. Good ability to layer throws through zone coverage. Effective pump fake to move defenders. Will push the ball downfield outside the numbers. Often wasn’t helped by receivers in contested coverage. Great functional mobility and creativity. Quick feet in the pocket. Excellent feel to escape and buy time. Can evade rushers with subtle movements. Keeps his eyes downfield when he escapes the pocket. Very good on-the-move accuracy. Experienced on rollouts and bootlegs. Recognizes when there is room to run and will take it. Did some damage keeping it on zone-read plays. Extremely tough.



Undersized overall with limited athleticism to make up for it. Mechanics need to be tightened up. Deep ball and general accuracy can be inconsistent. Tests coverage too much on intermediate throws. Will hold onto the ball too long trying to do too much. Can struggle throwing against pressure. Probably needs to protect himself more as a runner.


NFL comparison

Case Keenum



Overall, Buechele is a “gamer” that might not have top physical tools or size, but he makes up for it with creativity and underrated arm talent. The career trajectory could be very similar to Case Keenum as a late-round/undrafted player that exceeds expectations as a great backup that can have starting success in the right situation.


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