Should the Denver Broncos be evaluating Lamar Jackson?
By Andrew Wade
The narrative on Darnold is that he is turnover prone and could use a mechanic adjustment. In the 2017 season, Darnold was in the top 10 in interceptions thrown. Out of the 13 QBs, Darnold is in the middle of the pack in terms of interceptable passes at 5.0%.
Unlike Rosen, Darnold’s stats don’t dip due to a lack of talent. His drop rate of 5.4% places him 11th out of 13 QBs. Meanwhile, his adjusted completion rate of 71.6% places him 9th out of 13.
Outside of interceptions, football IQ hasn’t been a concern with Darnold. The data suggests taking a second look. Darnold is the third worst quarterback in attempting passes beyond his first read at only 13%.
Passes beyond the first read can mean the offense is more of an air-raid offense. It can also mean that the wide receivers were very good at creating separation. Or, it can mean the quarterback struggles with post-snap processing.