Ian Book
Ian Book has a prestigious collegiate career but how does he fare heading into the 2021 NFL Draft? Check out the Notre Dame quarterback’s draft profile! (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Ian Book 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Ian Book is one of the late round quarterback options in the 2021 NFL Draft. Book improved drastically during his time at Notre Dame accomplishing a lot during his time with the Irish. In a loaded quarterback draft, where does Book fit? Let’s take a look at the 2021 NFL Draft profile for Ian Book.

Book is a redshirt senior at Notre Dame but you cannot take away one thing from him. Guy wins… and wins a lot. Book is the winningest quarterback in school history with 30 wins. That’s no small feat. Especially given the schedule the Irish have year in and year out. Book is battle tested with a number of starts under his belt.

Book is undersized at 6-foot, but he’s a thick 211. The rushing potential is here. Book has no problem picking up yardage with his legs. More impressively, Book looks like he filled out physically over his years with the Irish. He just looks more built and mature since he first suited up for Notre Dame.

At minimum, Book should be one of those guys that just hangs around the league. He’s tough and commands respect from his teammates. He looks like a good on the field leader. He’s also great at escaping the pocket. Those are absolutely some of his strengths.

The issue is Book isn’t a natural thrower of the football. That’s putting it nicely. There are more red flags than you can shake a stick at here. Book often flees the pocket when there’s no reason to do so. He can work the RPO game but looks lost a lot and takes off and runs when it’s not necessary.

His knee bend sucks. Book never really looks like someone that should be playing the position. There’s little drive off the back foot and his ball just doesn’t have any zip on it. The accuracy is borderline piss poor. A lot of it has to do with his footwork. When that ball leaves his hands, you don’t know where that sucker is going. Book did complete 63.8% of his throws to go with 7.8 yards per attempt.

I have Ian Book just inside my top 10 quarterback rankings. His lack of an ability to complete NFL throws at a sustainable rate lowers his ceiling. There is a chance that Book can develop into a quality back up but he really lacks those elite traits that will ever make any NFL team to take him seriously as a long term starter.

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