STRENGTHS - Crist is a good athlete for a QB that displays the ability to feel and sidestep pressure in the pocket, as well as scramble to pick up yards with his feet. He has a big arm, which allows him to make throws into tight windows that many other prospects simply can't. When he has a clean pocket, he works patiently through his progressions and does a solid job of staying square to his throwing target.
WEAKNESSES - Crist struggles with accuracy in large part because of inconsistent footwork, release and weight distribution. At times his base is too narrow, which hurts his balance and the consistency of his release, and other times his base is too wide, and he struggles to get proper torque on his throws. He does not consistently stride into his throws, which hurts his velocity and timing on boundary throws. On deep throws to the sideline he tends to fade away off his release, which causes his throws to flutter in the air and come up significantly short. When pressured he at times panics and forces bad balls into coverage, as he made multiple terrible decisions in games I graded.
SUMMARY - I wanted to like Dane Crist on film because his size, bulk and arm strength are ideal for the NFL game, and several of his most glaring flaws are technical issues that could be fixed with patience and good coaching. However, his propensity to make awful decisions under pressure severely limits his upside, as he has too much experience at the Division I level to continue to make these types of catastrophic mental errors. While his accuracy is highly inconsistent, it is largely predicated on his footwork and base, and should improve with drills and repetition. His inconsistent college production and decision making suggest he should go undrafted, but don't be surprised if a team takes a late round flyer on him because of his body type, athleticism and arm strength.