Being able to put some zip on the ball is an important trait for any quarterback in the NFL. If a player has that extra power behind the football, then you can expect him to be a big-time player in the league.
It looks like the strongest quarterback at the NFL Combine is one that is expected to be taken in the first round of April’s Draft. According to Our Lads, an NFL Combine blog, Paxton Lynch had the best velocity of every quarterback in Indianapolis.
He ended up throwing 59 mph at the Combine, which is just faster than Jared Goff’s 58 and Carson Wentz’s 57. The last two years, the top quarterback threw 60 mph with South East Louisiana Bryan Bennett in 2015 and Logan Thomas in 2014.
Here is the full list of this year’s top velocities:
Paxton Lynch, Memphis 59
Jared Goff, California 58
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State 57
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State 56
Joel Stave, Wisconsin 56
Jacoby Brissett, North Carolina State 56
Josh Woodrum, Liberty 56
Cody Kessler, Southern Cal 55
Brandon Allen, Arkansas 55
Trevone Boykin, TCU 55
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State 54
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana 54
Kevin Hogan, Stanford 53
Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky 53
Vernon Adams, Oregon 53
Jeff Driskel, Louisana Tech 52
Connor Cook, Michigan State 50
Cardale Jones, Ohio State, Did not throw
This may not be the biggest factor that goes into where a quarterback is drafted, but it will certainly help out one that is already at the top of many teams’ draft boards.
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