Joe Milton III - QB - Tennessee Volunteers

Joe Milton has a massive arm talent, easily the best of the class, and one of the better talents from recent years. His lack of accuracy and experience is a bit of a concern, but he has the raw traits to be successful as a backup QB with upside.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 5″

Weight: 235 lbs

Age: 24

40-yard dash: DNP

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 35″

Broad Jump: 10″1″

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Passing Table
Passing
YearSchoolConfClassPosGCmpAttPctYdsY/AAY/ATDIntRate
*2018MichiganBig TenFRQB43475.05814.53.301146.8
*2019MichiganBig TenSOQB43742.9598.44.911132.2
2020MichiganBig TenJRQB68014156.710777.66.944124.6
*2021TennesseeSECJRQB8326251.63756.06.720113.1
*2022TennesseeSECSR9538264.697111.814.3100204.3
*2023TennesseeSECSRQB1222935464.728137.98.4205147.3
CareerOverall40065061.553538.28.63711146.1
Michigan8615256.611947.96.756125.5
Tennessee31449863.141598.49.2325152.4
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/15/2024.

Notable Headlines

Milton was a 4-star prospect out of high school, before being recruited by the University of Michigan. Spent some time before on the sidelines, before he took the starting role in the shortened COVID-19 season in 2020. With the team bringing in competition, he transferred to Tennessee.

In Tennessee, he suffered an injury which allowed Hendon Hooker to replace him. Milton was able to get the role back as the starting QB after Hooker himself suffered an injury in 2022. Had a decent season, throwing for just under 1,000 yards for 10 TDs. Followed that up with another season as the starting QB, with 2,813 yards, 20 TDs and 5 INTs

Scouting Report

Positives

Milton has good size, but his real strength is his arm. He has the ability to just haul the ball downfield, albeit sometimes inaccurately. That strength and velocity allows him to also get the ball into tight windows quickly. With his ability to get his feet under him quickly, he can often get the ball out quickly. Able to run the ball effectively too, and uses his height well to find the endzone (scored 7 TDs in his final season in college). That size can be used nicely to break tackles too if they aren’t strong enough.

Negatives

Hasn’t had alot of game experience, especially when you consider his age. With that lack of experience, he can sometimes struggle to read the field which can lead to poor decisions. He also struggles to put touch on his passes consistently, which can lead to issues with his accuracy and placement.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Later Rounds (5/6)

Ideal Landing Spot

With his arm talent, Milton would ideally land on a team that has a strong offensive line to block for plays to develop downfield. Could be a nice backup for Josh Allen in Buffalo, or for the Eagles (with his dual-threat).

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