QB – #7 Kent State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Midview (Grafton, OH)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7965)
Phil Steele: PS#128
Dustin Crum Scouting Report
Arm strength is not exactly to par with the NFL. Struggles to get velocity on his ball when throwing out to the far side. I think a lot of it has to do with his wacky mechanics. Tries to throw touch balls and changes his mechanics completely to do it.
Release mechanics are very wonky. Puts a downward spin on the ball mostly from an elongated tennis motion. Flashes the ability to work around defenders with a release motion that is versatile. Really winds up and elongates his release motion when going deep. Accuracy is all over the place. Struggles to consistently hit the gimmie throws. Flashes the ability to hit the deep go well. Typically underthrows the deep ball. Almost stone footed from the pocket, doesn’t move in it well. Tries to get the ball out when under pressure.
Footwork is very raw and mostly inconsistent. Struggles to create a solid platform and doesn’t really do well to step into the throws. The platform is the worse part. I think his stance is much too narrow when trying to throw short, and much too wide when going deep. Very quick feet. Offers some downfield ability as a runner. Excellent field vision, moves very well to space. Shows good contact balance too.Struggles to make the correct read on read options/one-two style progressions. Makes too many decisions before the snap.
What we want to see from Dustin Crum in Las Vegas
- Footwork, footwork, footwork. We preach on this so much with young quarterbacks, especially the guys deeper in the class. Dustin Crums lower body mechanics are very unorthodox and inconsistent and I think that effects his accuracy tremendously. We’d like to see him come into Las Vegas with his footwork a little bit more polished and natural.
Pre-Shrine Bowl projection
Dustin Crum’s NFL chances aren’t great, at least not much more as a backup quarterback. He could be a capable backup at his ceiling, but Crum is very close to hitting his ceiling as it is. His arm talent will always hold him back, to some extent, mostly for his troubling release. There’s a good chance someone takes a shot and tries to develop him.
We think Crum projects as a priority free agent prospect at the next level. With all of that being said, his chance will be on a practice squad where he will hope to impress coaches into taking some more time with him. Perhaps it wouldn’t hurt Crum to invest time into the USFL or XFL next year to try and develop his tools better.