40 time: 5.04
Snapshot: Strong was scarcely recruited after missing his senior year of high school football due to a knee injury. His only FBS offer came from Nevada, and he would go on to make the rest of the Mountain West pay for not identifying his talent. His production was modest in 2019 as a first-year starter, but he was selected the conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2020 and 2021. Despite concerns surrounding a lingering knee injury, Strong passed for 4,175 yards and 36 touchdowns in a dominant 2021 season that solidified his status as one of the top quarterback prospects in this class.
Strong was listed at 212 in college but weighed 226 at the Senior Bowl.
Strengths: Has a quick and tight release that gets the ball out with urgency. Packs plenty of arm talent to fit throws into narrow windows and drive the ball downfield. Throws with zip and can beat the zone with touch. Efficient at speeding up his process to deliver in the short game and under pressure. Good anticipatory thrower. Smart decision-maker who works through progressions on time. Internal clock and pressure gauge are both functional. Impressive at attacking leverage.
Weaknesses: Lacks the athleticism to extend plays with his legs and win outside of the pocket. Upper-body mechanical issues seem to be the root of occasional bouts with inaccuracy. Not a small player, but doesn't have the balance and strength to power through contact in the pocket. Too often gets tunnel vision and misses lurking safeties and linebackers.
Pro comparison: Carson Palmer, retired - Palmer developed athletic limitations late in his career, but his combination of arm talent, accuracy and quick release allowed him to play at a high level as a pro. Strong won't be able to make magic like many young modern quarterbacks, but he has the traits to win at the position in the NFL.