J.T. Barrett

Ohio St.

Prospect Info

Ohio St.
Wichita Falls, TX
6' 1"
224 lbs
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
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The most impressive number for Joe Thomas Barrett is three: The number of times he was named a team captain for Ohio State. That's the first time it has happened in the school's long history. Barrett only needs six passing or rushing touchdowns in 2017 to break Drew Brees' record of 106 career touchdowns. He actually scored 45 times as a redshirt freshman (he sat out 2013 recovering from a knee injury suffered in high school), which was a Big Ten record. Barrett stepped in for Braxton Miller (lost to injury) to start his first college game and went 11-1 before breaking his ankle against Michigan. He was the Big Ten's Quarterback and Freshman of the Year in 2014, received freshman All-American recognition, and even finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after putting up 2,834 passing yards and 938 rushing yards. He was also the second-most efficient passer in the country, behind Heisman winner Marcus Mariota (34 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 64.6 completion percentage). Cardale Jones beat Barrett out for the starting job at the start of the 2015 season, however, as Jones' play taking over for Barrett the previous year led the Buckeyes to a national title. He eventually got back in the starting lineup for five (4-1 record) of the team's final six games (playing in 11 total for the year), completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 992 yards and 11 scores with four interceptions. Barrett also ran for 682 yards and 11 scores on just 115 carries. Barrett earned the starting job back for 2016, leading the team in all 13 games (11-2 record) and again winning the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year award and bringing the Buckeyes back to the College Football Playoffs (despite not going to the Big Ten Championship Game). He threw for 2,428 yards and 24 touchdowns against just five interceptions, completing a career-low 61.8 percent of his passes. Barrett also terrorized defenses by running for 847 yards and nine touchdowns. He won his third Big Ten Quarterback of the Year Award in 2017, starting all 14 games for the Cotton Bowl-winning, 12-2 Buckeyes, completing 64.7 percent of his passes (240-371) for 3,053 yards, 35 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Dual-threat quarterback who has benefitted from playing with NFL talent around him all four years. Barrett is a natural leader with the ability to hurt defenses with his feet or with his arm on any given play, but he needs to improve his ball placement and approach in attacking coverage. Barrett's character, competitiveness, and ability in short-yardage situations give him a shot to compete for a roster spot as a package-based quarterback while he continues to try and improve as a passer.
  • Outstanding leader
  • Teammates love him and he handled the rotation quarterback issue with maturity in 2016
  • Runs to his size and has determination on short yardage and in red area when running
  • Good decision maker in zone read
  • Throws with touch to the perimeter and will change speeds to make his throws more catchable
  • Pocket mobility has improved over time
  • Willing to stand in and take the hit in order to deliver the throw
  • Leg strength allows him to fight through sack attempts and keep a play alive
  • Does a good job of looking safeties off of his deep sideline targets
  • Recognizes when cornerbacks are looking to bait him
  • Wants to win from pocket and will try and sit in the pocket rather than bolting too quickly
  • Operation time and ball handling are a little slow
  • Not a naturally accurate passer
  • Makes receivers work too hard
  • Ball placement can be a struggle even on swing passes and short throws
  • Completed a measly 28 percent of his throws over 21 yards this season
  • Seam curls come wide open and he will opt for safe throws in middle of the field
  • Misses opportunities to challenge safeties
  • Gets it out a step late on intermediate and deep throws
  • Halts progressions early rather than allowing route development
  • Three-quarter release makes him short in the pocket and allows defenders to maul his pass attempts
  • Release and arm strength are below average
  • Allows rushers to get on top of him
Sources Tell Us

"Great leader and a high character guy. I want him to succeed but I just don't see enough talent to be an NFL quarterback." AFC regional scout


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