Slovis was born April 11th, 2001 to parents Max and Lisa Slovis in Scottsdale, AZ (not far from fellow 2022 Quarterback Prospect Spencer Rattler). During his high school years at Desert Mountain High School, Slovis passed for 5,549 yards and 50 touchdowns to only 11 interceptions in two years as a starter before committing to USC. At Desert Mountain, Slovis was coached by NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.
Best Trait: Short and intermediate accuracy
Slovis 70.0% career completion percentage is impressive in of itself but it doesn’t tell the full story. On tape his ball placement and accuracy, especially on short and intermediate throws is among the best I’ve scouted in several years. Unfortunately there is a steep dropoff in accuracy on deep throws where he grades out about average.
Worst Trait: Arm Strength and anticipation
As a freshman, Slovis displayed an average arm that could uncork a NFL caliber deep ball from time to time. Last season his arm looked like it might not be NFL caliber at all. What’s more concerning is the lack of anticipation he displayed in 2020, as Slovis often waited until his receivers were all the way open before letting go of the ball. In the NFL if you can’t throw pass catchers open, and you lack the arm strength to zip the ball into tight windows once they get themselves open, then those passes are often interceptions in the NFL. That goes double for deep balls.
What we need to see next season:
The Kedon Slovis we thought we were going to get in 2020. I’m unsure if it was the shoulder injury, a product of the wild pandemic year we all experienced, a combination of the two or something else entirely but the regression Slovis encountered last season was troubling to say the least.
Final (Summer) Grade and Outlook:
- Final (Summer) Grade: 6.8/10
- Way too early draft projection: Mid 2nd round pick
- Pro Comp(s): Daniel Jones; Josh Rosen
Outlook: In 2019 Slovis was on a 1st round trajectory. A year later and he seems to have fallen off completely. Slovis’ combination of below-average arm strength and poor anticipation is something I’ve only seen one other time, in 2019 with now Giants QB, Daniel Jones. I gave Jones an early 3rd round grade, but Jones was bigger and more mobile; Slovis could be graded even lower if his issues persist into 2021. The Rosen comp. is something I read from NBC’s Thor Nystrom and I just can’t unsee it. He’s far more mobile but the rest of the comparison is extremely valid. Slovis has a real opportunity to get back on his 2019 trajectory with a strong season in 2021, a season more like 2020 could see him fall into day 3. See his full scouting report below.