WT: 220 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Opelika (Opelika, Alabama)
Accolades: 2017-18 South Carolina Team Captain, 2018 Outback Bowl MVP.
Summer Scouting Report: QB Jake Bentley, Utah
Arm Talent: Jake Bentley clearly has arm talent. He’s got a good arm, throws with good velocity, and has shown an incredible ability to make “wow” throws through extremely tight windows. Throwing with touch doesn’t seem to be one of his strong points, he really needs to learn when to use touch.
Accuracy/Placement: Bentley’s accuracy and placement leaves a lot to be desired. Has a nasty habit of overthrowing people in space and in windows. This habit seems to have been formed by the bad coaching at South Carolina that allowed him to become comfortable with his inconsistent footwork and plant from the pocket.
Pocket Presence/Footwork: His footwork leaves a lot to be desired. He has the skill, certainly, possessing insanely quick feet that allow him to set fast and be a real threat on the RPO. That being said, his plant is inconsistent and as a result, his placement is all over the chart. His pocket presence and awareness are extremely impressive, showing a sixth sense to be able to move away from pressure oftentimes. I think he’s smart in understanding when he needs to tuck the ball and when he needs to throw it away, although sometimes he will try to force the ball into places he shouldn’t be trying to place it.
Mobility/Play Creation: Ample mobility will be tested for the first time following his knee injury in 2019. Showed the ability to move well and extend plays with toughness and good contact balance. Certainly has the ability to extend plays, although his receivers dropped a lot of those opportunity plays.
Field Vision/Football IQ: I don’t think that Jake Bentley see’s the field too well. Makes a lot of bad throws trying to force the ball through coverage and doesn’t see defenders lurking. It really makes you wonder where he is mentally. Can be very indecisive with the football. When he is, he’s not a great quarterback. When he’s confident and slinging it, he looks so good. I have to wonder if the loss of receivers hurt his trust in his teammates.
Leadership/Personality: Personality is hard to gage. Haven’t heard much about his locker room charisma. No off of the field concerns. I think he dwells too much on mistakes instead of just moving on.
Jake Bentley is a guy who started college football early, has been a “young gun” in the country his entire career, and is now at the back end of his college days. He has the talent to be a capable starter in the NFL, with the arm talent and the physical toughness. However, with every good thing he does, there seems to be a negative with it. He’s got a lot of work to do in 2020 to try and correct those negatives, and it’s going to be a long and uphill challenge for him.
What I Want to See in 2020: I want to see Bentley comfortable moving around outside of the pocket, to show that his mobility is fine after the injury, and I hope that the change in scenery isn’t too much for him to prevent him from progressing in 2020. He has a lot of work to do with processing, mental ability, and recognition of the field. I definitely want to see some of the mental errors get cleaned up and then be more decisive with the football.