Fans of the Xs&Os of football have no doubt been keeping tabs on Jon Gruden’s QB Camp. This ESPN series takes NFL Draft eligible quarterbacks and puts them in a one on one setting with Super Bowl winning head coach and current Monday Night Football Analyst, Jon Gruden.
This will be the 8th year of QB Camp, with the debut episode kicking off on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2. The full schedule of shows will be released later this month.
Fifty different QBs have been featured on the show, with 15 current NFL starters having spent time in Gruden’s film room talking football, life and sharing stories.
Here’s the list of QBs that will sit down and talk football with Gruden this year.
Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina)
DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame)
Deshaun Watson (Clemson)
Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech)
Brad Kaaya (Miami, Fla.)
Nathan Peterman (Pittsburgh)
Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee)
Trubisky, Kizer and Watson are all likely first round picks, and all three have been mocked to the Chicago Bears at 3 overall at some point in the last few months.
Mahomes and Kaaya are likely 2nd or 3rd rounders, but things could change if they show an NFL IQ once they meet with teams.
The Bears got an up close look at Peterman while coaching him on their North squad at the Senior Bowl, and Dobbs played for the South, so the Bears got a good look at him as well. Peterman may go as high as the 4th round and Dobbs is a likely 6th or 7th rounder.
Gruden believes that Watson is the top QB in this class and that in 3 or 4 years he expects “people will be saying this is a pretty good quarterback class.”
Here’s what he had to say about some of the QBs that have been connected to the Bears this mock draft season.
On Watson: “Watson has the best resume of anyone. He has an unbelievable amount of production and an impressive record – 32 wins in three years as a starter. He shredded some of the best teams in the country. He’s a dual threat with loads of intangibles. I am really looking forward to working with him to see how he spins it.”
On Trubisky: “Trubisky is a lot more athletic than people think. He can run for first downs and touchdowns. If you look at him on tape, he displays some real courage. He’s stay in the pocket under intense fire and throws strikes. I just wish I had more film of him. He’s had just one year of work, but I am impressed with him.”
On Kizer: “Kizer is an underclassman like a lot of these guys. He has perhaps the biggest arm in this draft. He can really throw the football. Notre Dame had a difficult season and I am a little bit surprised that Kizer is coming out, but he can do some damage with his arm and he has some athleticism.”
On Peterman: “Peterman is a transfer from Tennessee. Coach (Pat) Narduzzi at Pitt recruited Kirk Cousins to Michigan State and I heard he compares Peterman to Cousins. He’s a pocket-passer. They run a very creative offense at Pitt and this is the one guy who beat Clemson – and they did it on the road. He’s one of the most improved quarterbacks in the country this year.”
Will seeing these players spend time in the film room with Gruden change your mind about them adapting to the NFL game?
What are some of your general thoughts on these QBs?