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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jalen Mayden, QB, San Diego State

Jalen Mayden is an underrated QB at San Diego State who possesses good release and arm strength. Hula Bowl scout Lawrence Sanft breaks him down as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Jalen Mayden, #18 
School (Code)San Diego State ( CASS)
DOB, Class Yr2/9/2000, rSr. 
Height, Weight6020, 220 lbs
40 Yd Dash4.64
Position/DepthQB, Starter 
Honors/Captainship2022 Honorable-Mention All-Mountain West
2022 SDSU John Simcox Memorial Trophy Most Valuable Player
2022 SDSU Byron H. Chase Memorial Trophy Offensive Player of the Year
Season Viewed (yr)2023
Games Watched9/22 vs. IDBO, 11/4 vs. UTST, 11/11 vs. COST 
Scout Name / DateLawrence Sanft, 11/28/23 

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202213 GP, 141/237 Completions, 2030 yds, 12 TDs, 10 INT 
20211 GP, 5/6 Completions, 50 yds, 1 TD
20183 GP, 1/2 Completions, 9 yds

Player Summary:

Mayden is a redshirt senior who has played for San Diego State after transferring from Mississippi State in 2021. Plays the quarterback position in CASS’s spread option offensive scheme. Has good height, good weight and very good speed to play the position. Has good athletic ability with good quick feet, good play quickness, good play speed, good movement and good agility and good balance. Shows above-average FBI to read and recognize defensive fronts and coverage. Has above-average ball handling to control center snap and play action ability. Above-average feet quickness as related to the throwing motion in terms of movement in the pocket. Good quick release with a fast wind up with no wasted motion to deliver a tight spiral. Good arm strength to sideline. Good accuracy to hit his targets. Good scramble ability with good set up to scramble right, left, avoid the rush and throw on the run. Good poise showing he can perform under pressure. Good competitiveness as well as cool and tough under game and rush pressure.Solid field vision and read defenses. Solid judgment with solid timing, solid touch, solid ability to read defenders and solid ability to force the ball into defense. Solid accuracy to hit his targets in tight coverage.  

Scheme Fit:

Run heavy spread option offensive scheme

Power Statement:

Mayden is a developmental player with good athletic traits to be a potential starter at the next level.

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