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Scouting Report: Dylan McCaffrey, QB Recruit

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Harbaugh's ability to develop quarterbacks is well-documented. The next in line could be Dylan McCaffrey.

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"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be." ~Abraham Maslow
Rankings
247Sports Composite ☆☆ Ht. Wt. Top300? Rank
247 ☆☆☆☆ 6'5" 200 47 #2 PRO
Scout ☆☆☆☆ 6'4.5" 195 39 #3 QB
Rivals ☆☆☆☆ 6'4" 185 114 #6 PRO
ESPN ☆☆☆☆ 6'4" 195 25 #1 PRO

Offers: Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers, UCLA, Virginia, Washington, and Washington State.

Scheme fit: At Valor Christian High School, McCaffrey took a majority of his snaps under center with some more from the shotgun. While he's athletic enough to run the ball occasionally, McCaffrey is strictly a pro-style quarterback. He has the skill set to excel with deep play-action passes and the potential to excel with a more intermediate, timing-driven game if he continues to develop.

Strengths: Has the ability to throw some gorgeous deep passes... Technically polished for a high school quarterback, with all the measurables you'd want at the next level... Emotionally mature... Always looking downfield to make a play... Not afraid to take a hit.

Weaknesses: Telegraphs his passes at times... Needs more experience and time to develop his game management, and to allow the game to slow down for him... Will need a year of college strength and conditioning, especially for his core muscles... Can improve his touch and instincts a little bit... Can improve his pocket awareness and develop a little more elusiveness as well.

Speed factor:(?)

At times, Dylan can show some wheels, but there are other runs where he looks a step or two slower. It's something that's emblematic of Dylan's game as a whole.

Overall McCaffrey has a lot of potential and the ability to make a lot of plays, but he still looks like he's piecing things together and discovering his ceiling. If Dylan develops the consistency to be at his A-game all the time, then he can be a rock star. But there are many other times where he's thinking more than reacting, or getting tripped up by one of the many moving pieces on the football field. The multi-tasking under fire that any quarterback has to master is coming along slowly and steadily.

Luckily McCaffrey has his senior year of high school ahead of him, and then a potential redshirt year in college also. As he plays more football, the better he's going to get. Everything points to Dylan being a hard-working, smart, competitive kid, so he'll probably become a very successful player in college. There's definitely enough talent in his favor.