After leading Iowa to the 2016 Rose Bowl, C.J. Beathard entered this season viewed by many as one of the top senior quarterbacks in the nation.
But Beathard has struggled to live up to those expectations and is averaging just 181.2 passing yards per game midway through the season. His draft stock continues to take a hit because of it, according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein.
Here’s what the draft analyst said about the 2017 prospect after Beathard’s performance in the Hawkeyes’ 14-7 win over Minnesota Saturday:
“Iowa’s C.J. Beathard was considered by scouts as one of top senior quarterbacks heading into the season. Today’s game was a perfect example of why it’s so tough to get behind him. While he can sling it with some velocity and fit throws into tight windows, he simply isn’t reliable enough with his decision-making and poise. Beathard looks the part with simple drop-and-throw reps where he has clearly open receivers to throw to, but when he has to throw receivers open or fine-tune his ball placement, he’s just too erratic.”
Beathard completed just 54.8 percent of passes and recorded a season-low 142 yards against the Golden Gophers.