QB – #5 Western Michigan
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Pattonville (Maryland Heights, MO)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8696)
Phil Steele: PS#55
Kaleb Eleby scouting report
Arm strength is adequate but not particularly consistent. Eleby struggles to drive the ball at times. Has a beautiful touch ball going deep. Excellent rainbow touch. The operation of his release is insanely fast. Plants and sets to throw while going into his release motion. Has the ball out quick. Flashes some good accuracy. Part of the issue with some of his short yardage accuracy is play design. Bad play design.
Struggles with deep ball accuracy, but flashes the ability to throw receivers to space well. Flashes some excellent placement, holding and protecting receivers from unnecessary contact. Has the ability to put the ball through some tight windows. Places the ball well when going deep. Eleby doesn’t consistently move well in the pocket to avoid contact, but stands in well to deliver a throw with contact incoming. I don’t think Eleby’s footwork is as consistent as it needs to be. Plant angle is very inconsistent.
Offers some decent elusiveness. Works around traffic and dodges defenders. Struggles to stay focused on the play downfield. Not nearly as effective as some quarterbacks running the ball down field. Lacks the speed to really be there. Will be average at the NFL level. Ball security has been an issue. Shows a lot of positive traits on film, looking defenders off. Needs to do a better job holding defenders in space. This part of his game may be suspect. Eleby mostly took pre-snap reads from the sideline.
The deal with Kaleb Eleby is that he enters the 2022 NFL Draft with a lot of unknowns. He has suitable arm talent for the next level, was among the more accurate passers when he needed to be in the class, but struggled tremendously with consistency.
A lot of Eleby’s issues can be blamed on the scheme that Western Michigan ran, which was a quick-RPO game and really limited his ability to show any resemblance of an NFL skillset. That being said, the flashes were special and Eleby showed some accuracy at times. While his 2021 season was very inconsistent, Eleby looks like a backup in the league at the very worst but has a lot to learn at the next level. We like him run the late rounds, fifth/seventh-round range and think he has a chance to develop into a low-end starter in the right situation.