NFL Draft 2024 Rumors: Bo Nix Questions from Scouts Are Still ‘Relatively Unanswered’

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The NFL draft is loaded with intriguing quarterback prospects this year, with Caleb Williams the overwhelming favorite to be the top overall player selected, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy all receiving top-four buzz and Michael Penix Jr. potentially a candidate to go later in the first round.

So where does that leave a player like Bo Nix?

According to ESPN’s Jordan Reid, the Oregon quarterback didn’t exactly clear up the main questions scouts had about him during the Senior Bowl:

“Nix’s limitations are apparent on the more challenging downfield passes. While he’s surgical in the underneath areas, he’s hesitant to push the ball to the intermediate-to-deep spots. His 6.3 air yards per pass attempt ranked 120th in the country. His struggles driving the ball and getting consistent velocity behind his throws were apparent at the combine, too. However, Nix clearly wanted to address the arm strength questions at his pro day, completing multiple passes 55-plus yards down the field with great placement.

“Scouts wanted to see how Nix could operate outside the Oregon scheme at the Senior Bowl, but it remains relatively unanswered. He was uneven throughout the week in ball placement and driving the ball.”

The B/R NFL Scouting Department ranked Nix 81st among all prospects on its latest big board, fifth among quarterbacks (he was one spot higher than Penix).

On an NFL team that lets him run an RPO, spread-style offense, Nix could potentially thrive. But whether he can make downfield, tight-window throws in crunch time remains to be seen, and those questions could hinder both his draft stock and overall upside.


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