We’re not scouts, and we don’t play them in a blog. But in the spirit of our week devoted to Big Ten quarterbacks, we took the traits used by scouts and ranked the top three quarterbacks in the league in each category, based on our observations and the input of the Big Ten coaches and other players.
Next up is something that's vitally important for any quarterback, no matter how strong his arm is: accuracy.
1. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett: Barrett completed 64.7 percent of his passes in 2014, best among Big Ten starting quarterbacks. Take away the Virginia Tech game, in which he barely had time to breathe, and that number goes up to 68 percent. The Buckeyes' wide receivers often got open for him, but Barrett usually put the ball on the money.
2. Michigan State's Connor Cook: It's a little surprising that Cook's completion rate the past two seasons have been under 59 percent. And there are times when he gets a little wonky with his footwork and sails his throws toward people in the wrong jersey. But when he gets set and really needs to deliver a strike, he's pretty reliable.
3. Illinois' Wes Lunt: Playing in a spread system where he's asked to get the ball out quickly in space no doubt helps. But in his abbreviated two college seasons, both at Oklahoma State and Illinois, Lunt has shown an accurate touch, completing better than 61 percent of his throws at both stops. When healthy, he can squeeze the ball into some tight windows thanks to his above-average arm.