Tuesday, May 16, 2017

[OC]A very early analysis of Cody Kessler in the NFL and his potential

PREFACE: This is my first attempt at a player analysis using gifs, and while I have watched film and broken it down to myself and friends I have never taken it to this level, so any criticism or comments are really appreciated, in addition to upvotes if you liked my analysis.

Cody Kessler, while inconsistent during his rookie season, showed a good amount of promise. Despite the Browns drafting DeShone Kizer in the second round, I feel as if the Browns should continue to roll with Cody during the upcoming season, and to make this argument I will go over the positives I was able to see while studying Kessler's rookie season film, additionally I will also discuss the negatives that he has to improve on to continue being a starting QB in the NFL.

Part 1: Positives of Cody Kessler:

  • Kessler consistently showed great anticipation and accuracy on most plays, this was especially noticeable on shorter passes. Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Example 5

  • Kessler isn't afraid to get hit. With a leaky Browns line, he completed passes before or while getting hit, while watching film this is probably the most underrated thing thing about him that I came to love. Kessler wasn't ever scared to throw the football under pressure, and was usually accurate when he decided to do this. This is especially easy to see in the Bengals game before he was forced to leave the game. Example 1 Example 2Example 3Example 4 Example 5

  • He is an above average passer while on the run, be it from scrambling or a designed rollout, Cody often finds the right guy to pass it to. Additionally, while hes not Russ Wilson, he can escape and avoid pressure to extend plays at times. Examples of escaping pressure Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Examples of designed rollout passing Example 1 Example 2

Part 2: The Negatives of Cody Kessler

  • Although he is usually capable under pressure, there are times where he makes an awful and uncatchable throw to the open man on a blitz Example 1 Example 2

  • Another flaw in Kessler's game that was especially noticeable in his first game against the Dolphins is fumbling. While he would get better as the season went on, if it were to show back up it could be a major hindrance to his game. Example 1 Example 2 Example 3

  • Cody took too many sacks. Quick pressure was often to blame, but while this isn't a negative on him it is still an issue that needs to be fixed for any chance at a long career. In Cleveland's defense though the line looks to be a much stronger unit this upcoming season, given all of the free agent signings made pan out. Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4

  • Another big issue with Kessler is his injury history. While I love the fact he is willing to absorb hits and make plays, this play style has led him to a few injuries already because he was asked to do it quite a bit last season. If Cody plays behind a better line and learns to not always die hard then I feel as if his injury history shouldn't be a huge problem going forward.

  • The biggest issue that Cody needs to fix to be a viable long-term start is easily his deep passing game. While I don't think his arm is as weak as a lot of his scouting reports suggested, he lacks accuracy on his deep ball and needs to find consistency in it to take the next step as a QB. Often even his completed deep passes didn't seems to be as accurate as they could be. Example 1 Example 2 Example 3, while complete the TE was forced to adjust to the ball instead of catching it in stride

Part 3: Conclusion on Cody Kessler

After watching Cody Kessler's film from last year, I really feel as if he can be a top 16 QB in the NFL for years to come. While he isn't going to make any once in a lifetime throws with his arm strength he often shows great short and mid accuracy, and also had great anticipation of those routes. Additionally he showed multiple times the willingness and toughness to take a hit while passing. While he was not immune to rookie mistakes while passing the football he didn't make a habit out of bad plays when he was on the field. Despite his positive attributes though he will have to find a consistent deep ball, avoid fumbling issues, and avoid injuries to remain an NFL starter for a prolonged period of time. While I'm not an NFL coach and I can't see the future of the Browns I personally believe Cody Kessler has the tools and ability to fix his issues and cement himself as an above average starter for the Cleveland Browns in the long term.

TL;DR Cody isn't Brett Favre or Andrew Luck but he can be a good quarterback

Submitted May 16, 2017 at 09:35AM by Hudshrewz
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