Will J.T. Barrett's Showing In The NFL Combine Affect His NFL Chances?

Will J.T. Barrett's Showing In The NFL Combine Affect His NFL Chances?

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Will J.T. Barrett's Showing In The NFL Combine Affect His NFL Chances?


J.T. Barrett’s day at the combine was a bit mixed, but he did rattle off a rather impressive 40 time. Is his inconsistent showing in college and at the combine enough for an NFL team to take a chance on him?


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Will J.T. Barrett’s Showing In The NFL Combine Affect His NFL Chances?

 

In case you missed it, former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett had his day at the NFL combine, and much like his career at Ohio State, it was a bit mixed.

His first attempt at the 40-yard dash came in at 4.76, and he lowered that to 4.70 on his next attempt — good for second among all QBs in the draft. USF’s Quinton Flowers was the fastest at 4.63.

In his passing drills, he appeared to be more comfortable throwing the ball down the field, hitting his receivers in stride down the seam.

However, while working through some short out-patterns, Barrett was not on time and threw to the inside of the receiver a couple of times. You may be able to get away with that from time to time in college, but in the NFL, those are more often than not going the other way.

I don’t think anyone expected Barrett to light it up at the combine, but he needed a favorable showing to improve his draft stock. Instead, he probably sits about where he did going into the experience.

At 6-2, 220 lbs., he doesn’t quite have the measurables to overlook some of the inconsistent moments that plagued him during his college career. He had some fantastic games (see Penn State last year), but also had times against elite defenses where he struggle to hit open receivers and get the ball out quickly.

Still, Barrett is a leader and driven guy. Someone will take a shot on a guy that set 39 countable records in his career at Ohio State and showed grit and determination throughout his career.

Now, it’s just the waiting game to see if he gets a call. Projections have him going in the seventh round, or as a free agent. He’ll be hard pressed to shake the stigma already attached to him,   and will have to really work to be anything better than a back-up or scout team guy in the NFL.

But hey, he’s defied the odds before, and there will be a lot of folks rooting for Joe Thomas Barrett.

 

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