The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft. What is his potential in the NFL?
Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside had impressive numbers during his time in college. Throwing for more than 10,000 yards and 92 touchdowns while only giving up 25 interceptions, Woodside has many fans hopeful of what he could become. Cincinnati needed depth at the quarterback position following the departure of A.J. McCarron to the Buffalo Bills this offseason and they filled it with Matt Barkley through free agency and the drafting of Woodside.
The question is what Woodside’s full potential at the next level is. It’s not impossible for him to become a starting quarterback at some point but he has a long road of development to achieve that dream. He shows great accuracy and high football intelligence during his time at Toledo but struggles with the deep ball and making good decisions under pressure.
When I watched Woodside’s film from college, almost every throw was to his first read in each of the games I watched. The young Toledo product benefited from a quick attacking spread offense and that tunnel vision could hurt him at the next level. NFL quarterbacks are required to be able to go through progressions and make plays. Woodside has little experience reading defenses and making post snap reads.
I wanted to get the opinion of someone that watched him throughout his college career and give some inside feedback on Woodside. I contacted Steve Helwick of Hustle Belt, SB Nation site that covers the MAC conference. He gave me some good insight on what Woodside looked like in college, what he has to work on, and his potential likely in the NFL. We both agreed on multiple areas of his game but let’s check out our conversation.