Josh Portis scouting report

Josh Portis QB California (PA)
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 211

Impressive athlete; a threat to take off running. Showed a steady improvement in final two years. Very productive at the D-II level; 69 TD-16 int over past two seasons. Strong arm; can make every throw on the field. Team captain in junior and senior year. NFL bloodlines; cousin of Clinton Portis. Has the size and speed to switch to receiver if necessary.
Some character concerns that teams will need to look into. Suspended for 2007 season while at Maryland for cheating on a quiz. Arrested in 2010 for using a stolen credit card. Bounced around from Florida to Maryland to Cal (PA); hasn’t had time to develop in one system. Will need to adjust to an NFL offense at the next level; primarily played out of the shotgun in college in a fairly simplistic scheme at Cal (PA). In limited time against top competition at Florida and Maryland he struggled with decision making; got flustered quickly when the pocket closed around him.
Portis is a talented athlete who was highly recruited out of high school. He clearly has the raw talent to play at the next level, but he’s a developmental prospect and teams will need to look into some concerns before investing in him. For one, playing at three schools raises a red flag. It could be a case of a kid just looking for playing time, but teams will want to do their homework on that. Also, in media interviews Portis has passed the bulk of the blame in the credit card incident to others. If this is true, then it becomes a non-issue. If not, it raises further concerns about his maturity. Those are questions that only NFL teams can answer based on their interviews with him behind closed doors.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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