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Draft This Guy (Or Sign Him Post-Draft): Brandon Doughty, Quarterback, Western Kentucky

| April 14th, 2016

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If you read this space regularly, you know I don’t care about measurables. It’s not that I don’t think they are important. They clearly are a useful tool in the scouting process. I simply don’t care about them in the same way I don’t care about the Combine (which is actual pornography to measurables people), the salary cap (dead money! dead money!) and weekly power rankings.

Brandon Doughty isn’t going to be Peyton Manning. He isn’t going to be a ten-year NFL starter at quarterback. But when I watched him on the field this season I kept having the same thought over and over again, “This kid can play a little bit.”

I don’t think there is a star quarterback in this draft and I think a few years time will prove that teams reaching for Wentz, Goff, Lynch or Cook will find themselves in Ponder/Locker territory. Doughty needs a few years of serious NFL coaching and the Bears, with an established veteran QB and locked-in coaching staff, might be the perfect destination.

From NFL.com:

STRENGTHS

When he feels protected, can play a confident and intelligent brand of football. Strong understanding of the system and his options against every coverage. Reads safeties well and is willing to attack the deep middle. Comes in with a pre­-snap plan. Throws catchable ball with good touch. Able to play pitch and catch when he’s in rhythm. Can drop a deep ball in the bucket with good air under it. Works through progressions and isn’t a “Checkdown Charlie.” Hits receivers in stride on vertical throws.

WEAKNESSES

Lacking NFL-­caliber arm strength. Doesn’t have enough zip to challenge cornerbacks on field side throws. Will have to learn to live off of timing throws to compensate for lack of velocity. Can be rattled in the pocket and will throw without feet being set rather than sliding around in the pocket. LSU game got too big for him. Appeared to lose confidence and began rushing throws and footwork fell apart. Doesn’t have athleticism to escape the rush or make plays with his legs.

SOURCES TELL US

“I liked him a lot better this year and he really knows how to run that offense but there was a play against North Texas where he scrambled out of the pocket and had a chance to dive in for a touchdown but slid at the 1-yard line rather than take the hit and make the play. That’s not good enough.” — NFC Southeast area consultant

BOTTOM LINE

There are several games where Doughty plays with confidence, great accuracy and a winning understanding of his offense. However, when the heat is on he shows a lack of poise that can affect his footwork and touch. Doughty is missing an NFL arm or plus athleticism, but his production and ability to get through his progressions will get him a shot to prove the “system quarterback” label wrong.

Is Doughty going to solidify the position? No. But I think he’s the most underrated QB in this draft and worthy of consideration.

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  • Ribeyes for Operators

    Lacking NFL-­caliber arm strength. Doesn’t have enough zip to challenge cornerbacks on field side throws.

    Awesome. I’m sure that won’t be exacerbated by the swirling winds down on Soldier Field. At ALL. When I saw Craig Krenzel play, I immediately thought, damn, we need more of this..

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Poor arm strength PLUS a lack of competitive fire? Sign me up, baby!!!

      • MB30SD

        Hahaha

        That’s what I look for in all my employees!

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I think Jeff is throwing darts at a draft board right now. Can’t say I blame him…but tomorrow is big for some of the name guys in the draft.
          Lawson and Jaylon Smith are supposed to get their medical rechecks done (shoulder and knee respectively).
          Can we talk about that instead of this schmuck?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Some fkn dart right there.

          • Trac

            Totally off topic Irish but I’ve done some research and I now understand a lot of your historical comments about the middle east. Not saying I agree with some of your rationalism concerning current events over there but let me tell you, boy did the French and the British screw that region up during WW1.

          • MB30SD

            Exactly

  • That Guy

    If the right QB falls to us in the first three rounds… pull the trigger.

    This guy is a camp arm. Maybe a good teammate, maybe a guy to run the scout team. But he’s not going to help a 53 man roster.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse
    • Scharfinator

      Smuggling the turtle sounds like a euphemism.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        You should add it to the Urban Dictionary.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse
    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Acccording to the four-letter network:
      “Tennessee will send the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles’ first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams’ first- and third-round picks in 2017.”
      In other words, holy crap!!!

      • Scharfinator

        WOW. The Rams must think Jesus has slipped into the draft…

        • 505Bears

          What’s that scouting report like? Think Jesus has an NFL caliber arm?

          • Irish Sweetness

            All I saw was :

            “Can be rattled in the pocket and will throw without feet being set rather than sliding around in the pocket ……. when the heat is on he shows a lack of poise that can affect his footwork and touch. Doughty is missing an NFL arm …..”

            We need a vet in there instead of Blanchard, behind Fales .. not wasting draft picks on QBs who will never play a down for us.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I heard he carries the football like a loaf of bread.

          • Scharfinator

            Walking on water, healing his broken teammates’ legs/brains/etc….. probably doesn’t throw well but I bet he can lay the wood.

            You know, because he was a carpenter and all. HEEYYAAAAA

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Wentz is from God’s country after all.

          • Ribeyes for Operators

            How do we know it’s not Goff?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            According to the guy from the LA Times (Sam Farmer), Wentz is the target but could go Goff. They have two weeks to figure it out, I suppose. But they must feel incredibly strongly about at least one of them at this point.
            Plus it’s good, relatively free PR heading into THE major media market.

          • CanadaBear

            That doesn’t sound correct (Sam Farmer). If they are trading the farm they have to be all in on just one guy.

            Totally agree with ya about The Rams trying to make a big splash for their return to LA.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            https://twitter.com/AllbrightNFL/status/720607952881606657 says it has been Wentz for awhile.
            But then again other folks say that THEIR Rams sources say it’s Goff.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Mr. Wentz looks good, but that’s a lot of picks. That’s desperation right there. Well done Tennessee.

      • Big Mike

        So now we now the cost of moving up to the top spot. That is a haul. I would do that every year forever. Impact on Bears needs to be determined. But my take is it is negligible because the picks the titans got are all after the bears choices this year.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        If Tennessee is trading all that because they think their D can carry them to the Super Bowl, why not trade for an established quarterback like uh…anybody? Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler, Drew Brees? That’s a crazy ton of top picks. Maybe they could have gotten any non top-7 quarterback for less.

        Instead….they are drafting an untested rookie in a draft considered weak for quarterbacks.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Money and splash PR. The league wants hype around them this year… And I assume you meant St Louis.

          • DaMurph

            I hope he meant the Rams, because the Titans already have Mariota.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            (sorry..I’m retarded. Yeah St. Louis. I thought Rams D then typed Tennessee)

            Seems like the most anyone has given up since maybe Ditka drafting Ricky Williams in New Orleans.

            The Big Splash is one thing. But not sucking and actually being good would bring more hype I would think, especially at least one or two playoff games.

            In their division, they should be better then the 49ers. But they have to be better then Arizona to make the playoffs. Unlikely to be better then Seattle to win the division with a rookie QB.

            Rams should have traded for Philip Rivers I think.

        • DaMurph

          Titans have Mariota from last year, they arent looking for a QB.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    And the schedule comes out tonight at 7pm CST

    • Sactowns#1

      I predict Bears vs Detroit at Soldier for the opener

      • Big Mike

        I predict 16 games. 8 Home, 8 away. 🙂

        • Sactowns#1

          I predict they don’t come to the west coast so I’m screwed either way.

          • Big Mike

            Not even close this year. I was looking at the away opponents. Furthest west is Dallas. Closest to Sacremento is probably Vikings, or GB. May as well come to Chicago.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yeah…LAME!! Oh well. I guess I got to go to the San Diego game last year so that was good for 2 seasons. haha

  • 505Bears

    Most of those throws he made, the receivers were wide open. I hit those at the park playing flag football. Where’s my draft hype? haha

  • Irish Sweetness
  • Irish Sweetness

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000652804/article/rosenhaus-terminates-contract-with-johnny-manziel

    His dad, now a scumbag like Rosenhaus. Is Johnny serial-killing sick puppies?

  • Doc Nitty

    Doughty? this is what we’ve come to? What is it June already?

  • Ribeyes for Operators

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25554230/titans-deal-no-1-overall-pick-to-qb-needy-rams-8-things-to-know

    Browns like Goff better anyhow.
    Titans get a windfall of picks
    Fisher makes a splash in LA
    Titans will pick Tunsil

    If Goff and Wentz go Top 10, the Bears have their pick of D talent and I believe they would take Rankins over Ashawn.

    • CanadaBear

      How is the guy that almost everyone mocked at #1 going to drop all the way to #15? I’m pretty sure the Bears would dive on him if he dropped to them.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I agree. I’m not a huge aficionado of offensive line play, but Tunsil…he plays like a beast.

        • Ribeyes for Operators

          If the Titans get Tunsil at 15, they will have crushed this draft Sonny Weaver Jr. style.

          • Big Mike

            Insane to think the Bears would pass on Tunsil.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I was just thinking i couldn’t get any worse for the Browns. They’re sitting there at 2 knowing the Titans aren’t picking a QB for sure .. .then the Rams give themselves a lobotomy.

      But to think that they would have gone with Goff with Wentz on the board?? Full retard.

  • Shady

    No.

    • MB30SD

      Oh well, heeerrrooooo

  • Sactowns#1

    So after my trip to Ecuador I’m seriously considering pulling an Irish and going ex-pat. It would mean selling my house though which is a tough decision. With the new arena and lots of growth the market has just been climbing like crazy. But surfing, fishing and biking daily sounds pretty good vs working.

    • Ribeyes for Operators

    • Irish Sweetness

      What’s your house worth Sac?

      • Sactowns#1

        I could probably walk away with $250- $300k. More if I didn’t have to pay those crooks called realtors. I’ve got 10 years into my pension so I’m vested and can collect.. eventually. It’s tempting Irish. Very tempting.

        • Big Mike
          • Irish Sweetness

            $1000 a month on healthcare ??? So one person can pay $500 per month … on insurance? Surely not.

          • Big Mike

            Easily $500 a month on health insurance.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And Jesus wept. That’s incredible.

            I just checked what it would cost in Ireland :

            “Everyone living in the country, and visitors to Ireland who hold a European Health Insurance Card, are entitled to free maintenance and treatment in public beds in Health Service Executive and voluntary hospitals. All maternity services and child care up to the age of six months are provided free of charge.”

            I think $500 would get you a full year of private insurance.

            $500 a month is criminal.

          • Big Mike

            2 years ago, after I acquired a company that was not giving its employees any health benefits, (25 employees) I evaluated options and put in place a solid plan. Dental, Life, Accidental Death, Vision Care and a reasonable deductible on checkups and out of pocket for hospital stays. The team is largely under 30 and this move was well received. I just checked the rate tables to be certain, the cost for a 55 year old husband and wife is $1,432 per month. It goes up quite a bit every year at 65 the premium has double to just over $2,800 per month. There are maneuvers you can make like funding a medical reimbursement account and taking a high deductible that can cut this a bit, but health care in the US is insanely expensive.

          • CanadaBear

            Canadian health care isn’t perfect but it makes more sense to have high sin taxes (alcohol and tobacco) and lower HC costs. I’ve yet to talk to a Canadian citizen that would give up their HC.

          • willbest

            We have quite a bit of sin taxes in the US. They don’t go into the healthcare system though. Straight to the general revenue.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            On a state by state basis, that is inaccurate.

          • willbest

            Any statement on taxes is inaccurate on a state by state basis. Some states are better managed than others. Numbers are somewhat difficult to find because people have different definitions of sin. In 2014 the US States collectively pocket $32 billion in sin taxes (excluding lottery revenue) which works out to $100 a person living in the US.

            Canada numbers are hard to find but the average per family is estimated at $1700. I don’t know how they are defining family in that though. Assuming its 3, for $560ish a person that is a pretty solid back door poor tax.

            I also read they have a $5 billion black market in cigarettes. Perhaps they are more civilized up there, but in the use that results in Eric Garner. So at what cost.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            My point was the blanket statement that they go straight to general revenue.
            That’s just not accurate; every state level sin tax has a different structure and may or may not be earmarked for specific spending targets.

          • MB30SD

            in order for buffoons and megalomaniacs to squander on ridiculous shit that benefits no one.

            That’s the shit that pisses me off man. I work my ass off… never mind. I’m wasting my breath whining. sigh.

          • willbest

            $500 is what it costs in the US for 1 wellness check where they do a blood draw and run your numbers give you a vaccine if you need it, and 2 sick visits where you go in for some antibiotics or anti-fungal or topical steroid. Basically what a healthy person spends in a year. It wouldn’t even begin to cover any real sickness.

          • willbest

            I buy private insurance for my family. So I know the market in IL pretty well. Below age 50, non-smoker, figure on about $200-500 per person per month depending on out of pocket maximum, deductible, copays. It is subsidized to varying degrees through a whole host of complicated tax laws depending on your income.

            For the very poor there is medicaid, but half the doctors don’t take it, and the ones that do limit the numbers they take because the pay is pretty awful.

          • willbest

            I suppose that is okay if you never had kids, hate your kids, and think grandkids are icky.

            Multigenerational families are also making a comeback. Not just boomerang children, but elderly parents.

          • Bender McLugh

            We need to check Costa Rica, supposed to be like Belize but more comfotable

        • Irish Sweetness

          300K is 10.5 million Thai Baht. You could retire on that here, and not work a day, if you give yourself 30 years left on Earth. It would go further in Cambodia.

          Any number of young ladies would look after you, less all the associated verbal brain damage. Any retirement pension on top of that is gravy.

          • Ribeyes for Operators

            sounds good. I’m ready.

            We start our ska/punk band, Zionist Conspirator, we open a home for the Old Swiss, and we roll until the Khmer Rouge capture and torture us for a trumped up tax evasion charge.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Cambodia’s sweet. But it’s hard to think about those Khmer rouge guys all just still sitting around …..

          • MB30SD

            cambodia is at the top of my must see next list, after Japan.

            Always wanted to see Ankor Wat and the other temples. That country looks stunning. And the food must be amazing. Vietnam is 3rd on the list, luckily I’ll hit all 3 in one trip.

            First, Zimbabwe and back home second half of next month.

        • Irish Sweetness

          My dream is to open a retirement home for rich Swiss folk right here in Thailand, or any Europeans I guess. I was watching a documentary on a place here that takes 3,500 swiss francs (about $3,600 USD) off them a month, and they think they’re getting a deal – half of what they pay back home. Alzheimer’s cases mostly. There’s a lot of old, very rich people in Switzerland, with nobody to look after them. There isn’t even a doctor in the place. In Europe, those places cost a fortune, and over here, at least they get pretty young things looking after them, and the weather is better.

          You could knock 25% off the top of that and still make a killing. You’d pay each nurse about $280 a month. Get a doctor to drop in once a week, and you’re already the best place around. Build a place big enough for 20 rooms. A big fuck-off pool, your mansion out the back. Sweet.

        • CanadaBear

          Always keep in mind if you want to collect Social Security you will have to file US taxes annually. If you take the money and run, if you come back they might just grab you at Customs/Immigration and make your life unpleasant.

          • Sactowns#1

            No capital gains under $250k on the sale of your primary residence. I could then file a foreign income tax return for the next 30 years.

          • CanadaBear

            Good on ya. Just want to make sure people are aware of it.

    • Bender McLugh

      and you’d be soooo msuch closer to Aruba

  • Bender McLugh

    this is probably appropriate:

    • Doc Nitty

      Love me some John Prine.

      • Sactowns#1

        I too love some John Prine, in spite of myself.

        • Doc Nitty

          My soon to be x-wife and I sang that song at our Wedding. In spite of that song, I still love John Prine. He does a cover a song called Clay Pigeons that I love:

  • Sactowns#1

    Here’s the more updated link of pics. http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/Jlehr916/library/?view=recent?view=recent
    Cocktails 2 for $5 and a hotel with A/C, satellite TV and an Ocean view for $20 a night.

  • Ribeyes for Operators
    • Irish Sweetness

      Pace might pick Darron Lee at that point. Quick linebackers are something that everyone loves now, especially Fox. We’ve got tackles out the Wazoo.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Les Snead. Remember that name. Although does anyone remember who gave up the picks for Herschel Walker? Mike Lynn, anybody?

    From NFL.COM:

    “On Thursday, those cards came up aces for Tennessee, which dealt the top pick to the Los Angeles Rams for the Titans’ “king’s ransom” asking price: two first-round picks (2016, 2017), two second-rounders (both in 2016), and two third-rounders (2016, 2017).”

    Les Snead.

    To the L.A. Rams. If you’re looking for a GM, I have no previous experience … I’ve never even been to America … but I promise you I’ll do better than that with your draft picks… and I’ll do it for a million. Did I say a million? I meant 500K. I’ll be sitting at the end of this bar shaking my head ….

    • AlbertInTucson

      I believe it WAS Mike Lynn.

      Then their head coach, Jerry Burns, claimed he (Walker) didn’t fit in their offense.

      DUH.

      “Those who do not learn from history….”

  • Uh, the biggest QB red flag for me is being rattled in the pocket. Can’t teach guts.

    Pass.

  • Oh shit, the rams went full Costner, and i forgot they’re back in la now, so i could care a little.
    Meh.
    Think the rams got carried away watching Kobe go for 60.
    Browns got fucked. U know they wanted Wenzt.
    Rams knew it too , that’s why they traded up.
    In some ways,it’s at least good showman ship ala Hollywood.
    Rams return. #1 overall pick. Franchise qb to paint w franchise Hb and DT .

    Only problem is Fisher will find a way to squeeze mediocrity out of that talent.

    Then again, even Lovie made it to SB w sexy REXY

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      AND they are Hard Knocks this year. The Shield abides, dude.

    • CanadaBear

      “Only problem is Fisher will find a way to squeeze mediocrity out of that talent.”

      Or worse! That made me laugh. I’ve always felt the same way about Fisher and I’m still shocked he stays employed. When the Bears pantsed him it was probably their best game of the season.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If there’s a way to find mediocrity ….Fisher will do it.

  • So is today Jeff’s draft day? Does he actually get excited more today for schedule release?

    Is there a Costner flick called “schedule release” in the works?

    • MB30SD

      cereal. smh.

    • Irish Sweetness

      No thread though ….

  • Texans at Bears, wk 1

    • 9ers v rams mnf

    • DaMurph

      At Houston

      • AlbertInTucson

        Another shot at Brock Osweiler.

        • Irish Sweetness

          6 sacks. Called it. Statement game.

  • MB30SD
    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      The world is coming around

      • MB30SD

        Hahaha. .. bastard

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Conklin? Hellllll naw.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I like the Jackson pick.

      From the chart, the only guys I’d be happy to see us take are Elliott, Buckner, Floyd or Jackson.
      Why don’t you like Elliott?

      I know it’s not life-changing but Kevin White did 4 more reps than Buckner!

      • MB30SD

        No Floyd.

        Because he’s a fucking running back, and we have 5 of those… and had one of the worst Ds in the league last year.

        Simple additional meboy

  • That Guy

    Forget about Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Take Marcus Mariota.

    If the quarterback the Rams draft (let’s say its Goff), turns out to be as good as Mariota, is that a good trade for the Rams? How good does the QB have to be to justify the trade?

    • Irish Sweetness

      I was just thinking about this before I logged in. Saw Chris Wesserling on NFL say they HAD to do it. SMH.

      Brings us back to the Cutler trade. Did we get hosed or not? If Pace is picking, probably, with Angelo picking, probably not.

      The Rams gave up the guts of two drafts, for one player, for whom – even if he’s good – they’re over-paying. I mean, what happens if they draft Goff? They’ve just screwed the pooch TWICE. Most good QBs cost exactly one pick, or were paid money just to sign. The Rams basically have to win multiple SBs to justify that, and by selling out two drafts, they won’t do that anyway. Snead is like a coke-head in a high takes Hold’em game. He’s just pushed all-in and he’s holding a 10-5 off suit.

      • Johnnywad

        It’s all so difficult to really quantify. Take the Cutler trade. How many high picks have been spent on quarterbacks that are top half of the league type starters since he became a Bear. Lots of quarterbacks chosen, but not many better than Cutler is my take. So I’d do the deal again.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Work was kind enough to approve my 5 week vacation request for this July/August this summer. I am planning on loading up the Jeep for a road trip out west and camping most of the time. I will probably be hitting the Badlands, Black Hills and Glacier National Park on my way out to Portland OR where my brother lives. My guess is 2 weeks to get out to Portland . After getting to Portland the rest of the trip is up in the air I was planning on taking the Pacific Coast Highway down the coast before making my way back to IL. Any of you guys living out west have any suggestions on MUST SEE places I should stop? I don’t plan on have any set schedule for this trip I just got to be back in 5 weeks.

    • That Guy

      I’ve done that drive. Its wonderful.

      Morro Bay is a great little town to stop at with lots of fresh fish and one of the world’s largest rocks (it looks like a mountain). Also has a man-sized chess board in town square. The locals play on the weekends and you can reserve the pieces with the tourist bureau. My favorite getaway.

      Santa Barbara is the most beautiful place on earth (I’m biased, I did undergrad at UCSB). I highly recommend walking the beaches near Isla Vista and checking out the art fair on weekend mornings downtown. Great nightlife, great main street (called State street), great beaches.

      If you’re a body surfer, go to the Wedge.

      If you like museums, the Getty Museum is my favorite art museum in the world. You pay for parking, but entry is free.

    • CanadaBear

      In the Black Hills make sure and take a drive through Spearfish Canyon. Devil’s Tower is just a stone’s throw from the Black HIlls. If you’re going to Glacier you should stop at Yellowstone. Also, Grand Tetons (in French, Big Tits) is beautiful. There are no foothills before the mountains so it makes for great pics. If you go that way, Jackson Hole and the town of Jackson is worth a look/stay. Once in Oregon, if you haven’t been to Crater Lake, it’s a must see.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        thanks for the heads up on the Spearfish and Devils Tower. Probably not going to stop at Yellowstone, when I was sort of planning the trip to get to OR had to make a toss up choice between Yellowstone and Glacier, I chose Glacier. Yellowstone will need to be another time. I have been to Crater Lake a few years back. I figured this trip I would drive down the coast, I have never seen the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway seemed like a pretty nice drive as far as scenery.

  • DaMurph

    Im thinkin road trip to Tampa in November

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i am hoping to take a road trip down to Houston in February next year to watch the beloved play.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Doesn’t have enough zip to challenge cornerbacks on field side throws. ”

    THAT would SEEM to be enough to say “No, thanks” on this guy

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Justice for Pierre” …?

    So, another thug gets shot and the media pops up his “I’m just a sweet 12 year old” photo instead of his
    Facebook photo with the gang tattoos and the pistol in his hand that screams “I’m a gangsta and proud to be one”.

    The mainstream media’s fascination with DISinformation, especially on stories like this, is more than a little disturbing

  • willbest

    Is slave auction better or worse than measurement porn?

  • Irish Sweetness

    We’re going to kick ass this season ….

    http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2016/REG/BEARS

    Gut reaction to seeing that – (injury-friendly) 12-4.

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