QB – #17 San Jose State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Liberty Christian (Argyle, TX)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8671)
Phil Steele: PS#39
Nick Starkel Scouting Report
Has some arm strength, but it doesn’t really pop on tape. About average. Flashes the ability to throw with touch, but isn’t nearly effective enough doing it. Looks to have improved on this in 2021. Delivers a deep ball nicely with excellent touch. Smooth, quick release and solid motion.
Not the most accurate passer. Definitely struggles with accuracy, especially the further downfield he’s throwing. Starkel is very inconsistent, but when he’s on he has pinpoint accuracy. Overall, seems to struggle with proper placement and hitting receivers in stride. Doesn’t show too much pocket maneuverability. Shows decent footwork in the pocket. Tends to get proper angles with his throw. Plant stance looks a little bit narrow. Average foot speed.
A suitable athlete, but certainly nothing special. He will be able to pick up small gains at the next level. Lacks speed and a lot of athleticism. Tries to force things when under pressure and struggles to make good decisions. For the most part, shows some ability to read pre-snap formations. Does still struggle with identifying basics.
What we want to see from Nick Starkel in Orlando
- We want to see Nick Starkel just come out to Orlando and out-play everyone at the event. He’s among the better quarterbacks at the Hula Bowl, but certainly not the best. As a result, we want to see the decision-making come to play.
- Footwork will be a big thing to see from Starkel at this event. His feet are typically a big heavy and unrefined. If he shows up to Orlando with some improved footwork, that could really create some intrigue in his draft status.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Nick Starkel is a traditional dropback passer with right about average mobility. He’s not going to threaten defenses with his run ability, but his passing mechanics are so unrefined and raw at this point that it’s hard to see Starkel staying in the league – even as a practice squad player.
Starkel projects as an undrafted free agent. It may suit Starkel to pursue a career in the USFL rather than the NFL this offseason, in an attempt to build valuable repetitions and prepare better for an NFL run.