With the Badgers being his first scholarship offer, Illinois prep quarterback Jon Budmayr has drawn…
In the Film Room: Jon Budmayr
Jon Budmayr has some ability. He's more than just guts and moxie. The Marian Catholic signal caller is on the smaller side. He's listed between 6-0 and 6-1, and around 195 pounds. He is thin at this point and needs to develop and get stronger, especially in his lower body, but he has the frame to make the necessary weight gains.
When I evaluate quarterbacks the first thing I want to see is whether or not they have the arm strength to make it at the next level. Jon has the necessary arm strength, or at least the potential to have it. He can make most of the throws on the field. Budmayr is a gutsy passer who displays the confidence to put the ball into a tight spot. He throws well in the seams and isn't afraid to go into the middle of the field.
The throws he struggles with at this point are the deep out routes, and any time he really needs to chuck it deep down field with some zip on it. In every other situation he gets good zip on his throws. He shows nice touch on his deep balls but has a tendency to aim his deep throws. While he is accurate with his deep ball it hangs at times, which will cause problems in college. His passes aren't as flat as I'd like and gets a bit too much air on most of his deeper routes.
Right now in his development he is basically an arm thrower. He will need to learn to use his entire body when throwing the football. He doesn't rip his body through the throwing zone. If he learns to use his core (midsection and legs) he will get more zip on his passes even before he gains any additional strength, especially on the out routes. This isn't unusual for high school quarterbacks. But with a player of his size and stature it would be good for Budmayr to begin working in this regard sooner rather than later.
I like how compact Budmayr's throwing motion is. He gets through the throwing zone quickly with his arm. I don't see him having to wind up at all to make the deeper throws to get decent zip on the ball. As he gets stronger and hopefully uses more of his body there isn't a throw on the field he shouldn't be able to make.
There are, however, some technical aspects of his throwing motion that give me concerns. First of all Budmayr has a hitch in his delivery. Before he throws the football he pats the ball, half pumps, and then throws the football. He must get rid of this. He does it quickly but it's a tell that college defensive players will pick up on. It will cause problems for him at the next level. Another concern I have is his low release point. He throws the ball from his ear. This usually doesn't bother me, but when a quarterback is only about 6-1, this can be a problem. It causes his ball to sail at times and also could cause him to have even more balls batted down in college.
The Woodstock, Ill. native also gets a bit inconsistent with his release point. Its part of his gunslinger mentality. It serves him well overall, but I'd like to see him get a bit more consistent with his release point. I rarely change a players throwing motion, but in Jon's case I would. With his lack of ideal height he needs to try to release the ball higher.
Budmayr is an accurate quarterback. His throws can be a bit high at times on the middle to deep throws, but overall he hits his spots well. At this point in his development he doesn't have the arm strength to hit his spots on the deeper out throws (low and away, pin it on the back hip of the receiver, etc). Budmayr also shows tremendous guts with pressure coming. He isn't afraid to throw under pressure. The 6-1 gunslinger will stand firm in the pocket in order to get his throw off even with defenders flying at him. He'll take shots in order to make a play, which is another reason he really needs to get stronger and develop his lower body.
Overall Budmayr is a good athlete. He has good footwork and is light on his feet. He isn't a scrambler, but will use his legs and quickness to buy time to throw. While he isn't all that elusive in the open field, he does show good escapability in the pocket avoiding the rush. He does a very good job seeing through the rush and keeping his eyes downfield. This is something I feel is difficult to teach. Budmayr does it naturally. He will, however, need to protect the football better while maneuvering around in the pocket.
Budmayr has good footwork in the pocket. He has a nice rhythm on his drops and in the pocket. He has good timing on his drops to his release. Budmayr keeps a nice base in the pocket and never stops moving his feet. I'd like to see him get a bit quicker on his drops. He also needs to get more depth with his first couple of drop steps. The Marian Central Catholic star shows great footwork on the run. When rolling out to the right he does an excellent job of keeping his shoulders square and in good position to make a quick throw. When rolling left he does a real nice job of whipping his hips around and getting his feet in position to make a quick and firm throw. While he could stand to get his head around a bit quicker, he does a fine job selling play-action fakes.
It appears that Budmayr does a nice job going though his reads. His completion percentage has gone from 51.5 percent as a freshman to 61.6 percent as a junior. He cut his interceptions from 13 as a sophomore to five as junior. This tells me he has greatly improved in his decision making. At this point it appears his reads are basically one or two reads. Budmayr does a good job coming underneath and to his secondary routes. He shows good timing on his deep routes and in the seams, but is a tad late on some of his shorter throws and his check downs.
There are bigger, stronger, and more athletic quarterbacks in the country. There are players with bigger arms. But Budmayr is a player. He's the kind of player you want on your football team. He doesn't have the five-star pedigree but he is a winner and a guy who appears to have all the intangibles you want in a top flight signal caller. There are two things I'd have to think through before offering Budmayr a scholarship. If I felt I could get rid of the hitch in his throwing motion, and get his release a bit higher, there would be zero hesitation in offering Budmayr a scholarship. There are some good options for Notre Dame right now at the quarterback position. Despite landing what I felt was the nation's top quarterback in the Class of 2007 and 2008, the Irish appear to be in good shape with several talented quarterback options in this class. Budmayr is a change of pace from the last two Irish quarterback signees, which also adds to his appeal. Whoever gets his commitment and eventual signature is getting a talented and gutsy player who will be hard to keep off the field down the road.
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