Panthers to meet with QB prospect tomorrow

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According to his agent, a top QB prospect will have a private pre-draft meeting with the Carolina Panthers on Friday.

According to his agent, BYU Quarterback John Beck will meet with the Carolina Panthers tomorrow.

Beck, who stands 6' 2" and weighs in at 215 lbs., is the fifth rated QB prospect available in the draft according to Scout.com ratings and fourth according to the Sporting News.

According to scouting reports, his best assets are his mental toughness and pocket awareness, but his arm strength is questionable. He is regarded as a smart quarterback that can read defenses and make decisions quickly, but many scouts think that his lack of arm strength will limit his ceiling as an NFL starter.

Beck, who is 25 years old and an Eagle Scout, spent two years on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lisbon, Portugal from 2000 through 2002 before starting his career at BYU.

John Beck's Scout.com Profile:

Three-year starter named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year in '06 after career totals of 69.3%/3,885/32/8. All-Conference and All-Academic selection as a junior when he totaled 3,709 yards passing with 27 touchdowns strikes.


Pos:

Intelligent passer accurate in the short and intermediate field. Stands strong in the pocket, poised under the rush and consistently finds the open wideout. Sells the ball fakes, looks off the safety and goes through receiver progressions. Displays a sense of timing, hits receivers as they leave their breaks and nicely sets up screen throws. Puts touch on passes when necessary, placing the ball into the receivers' hands. Immediately gets rid of the ball on quick tosses. Stays away from the errant pass.


Neg:

Lacks the top deep arm. Over-aged prospect.



This past season, Beck moved past Jim McMahon and became BYU's second all-time leading passer.

Video of Beck:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCgH6sTEeP8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHBy7uIV_iE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlG8DB34aZE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZl3KaQ-4jY

Matt Edwards contributed to this article.

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