Jalen Milroe’s Draft Profile | Alabama, QB Scouting Report

With his scouting report, can Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe fill the early-round void in the 2025 NFL Draft QB class? Let's take a closer look.

One of the emergent stars of the 2023 college football season, where does Alabama QB Jalen Milroe rank in the 2025 NFL Draft class with his scouting report? Can Milroe challenge for first-round capital, as other Alabama QBs have done before him?

Jalen Milroe’s Draft Profile and Measurements

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 220 pounds
  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: Alabama
  • Current Year: Redshirt Junior

The Alabama Crimson Tide can lay claim to three first-round quarterbacks over the past five NFL Draft cycles. Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones both went to AFC East teams, while Bryce Young was made the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2023.

If you want to include all early-round picks, you could argue Jalen Hurts qualifies as well — given that he spent his early years at Alabama before transferring to Oklahoma. The Crimson Tide have a line of development at QB, and Milroe could be the next man up.

Hailing from Obra D. Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas, Milroe had to wait his turn as a four-star recruit in the 2021 cycle. He preserved his redshirt after playing just four games during the 2021 season. In 2022, he logged his first start — a win against Texas A&M — but was most often used as a designed running threat.

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Once Young left ahead of the 2023 season, the starting job was Milroe’s to take. At first, he won it over transfer addition Tyler Buchner. But after an early-season loss against Texas in which Milroe threw two interceptions, the redshirt sophomore was benched for Buchner.

That could’ve been the end for Milroe. However, an underwhelming start from Buchner the following week allowed Milroe to take the reins again. And this time, he wouldn’t relinquish them.

Milroe started the remainder of the season for the Crimson Tide, generating 28 total touchdowns to just four interceptions over that stretch. The Crimson Tide won every regular season game from that point on, as well as the SEC title game against Georgia, and earned a CFB Playoff appearance against Michigan.

Saban retired after the 2023 campaign, but Milroe chose to remain at Alabama and see out his career as a member of the Tide. Now, commanding an offense overseen by former Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer, he has a chance to keep rising.

Milroe’s Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Hyper-elite explosive presence and creative force, with a strong and compact frame.
  • Brings blistering speed and eye-catching one-cut agility in space as a running threat.
  • Playmaking IQ shows in his ability to use pump fakes to draw defenders out of lanes.
  • Has the elite arm strength to generate and drive ample velocity without full hip rotation.
  • Able to use obtuse arm angles to layer passes over linebackers while keeping velocity.
  • Has shown he can generate velocity and keep shoulders level as an off-platform passer.
  • Can keep his eyes up in off-script situations and hit scramble drill targets with touch.
  • Flashes the ability to displace safeties with his eyes, then capitalize with his arm.
  • Able to make second-window throws and hit WRs with pace and precision on sit routes.
  • Shows glimpses of depth discipline and can climb the pocket to escape edge pressure.
  • Able to slide and stack micro-movements to manage pocket spacing and evade the rush.
  • Showcases a level of mechanical control with his ability to use touch and shoulder tilt.
  • Has the discretion to peel off of initial reads when safeties recognize route concepts.
  • Incredibly tough and physical competitor who’s willing to sell out for crucial gains.
  • In 2023, weathered adversity and returned from an early benching to become a leader.

Weaknesses

  • Composite arm talent, while great, may fall a notch below the elite tier.
  • Sometimes opens his hips prematurely ahead of releases, locking out his hip rotation.
  • Is still relatively arm-dominant with his mechanics and too often neutralizes his base.
  • Hip stiffness and tall, wide mechanics can snag rotational torque and source instability.
  • Has room to tighten his upper-body mechanics and carriage to maximize rotation.
  • Often jerks up on release, negating rotation and causing shoulder misalignment.
  • Release mechanics can be abrupt and uncontrolled, necessitating more consistency.
  • Still learning how to layer touch and pace on deep pass and back-shoulder attempts.
  • Segmented dropback footwork can delay early reads and set him behind in progressions.
  • Sometimes misses open boundary reads, failing to recognize intermediate opportunities.
  • Missed opportunities up the seam and on the vertical plane call field vision into question.
  • Can be goaded into dropping his eyes prematurely when the pocket condenses.
  • At times, hesitates on open WRs over the middle of the field, inviting chaotic situations.
  • Needs to be far more consistent in anticipating route breaks to stay on time.
  • Sometimes attempts to do too much as a creator, which can lead to unnecessary sacks.

Current Draft Projection and Summary

Heading into the 2025 NFL Draft cycle, Milroe grades out as an early-to-mid Day 3 prospect in the class. But with another year as a full-time starter under new head coach Kalen DeBoer — who helped catalyze Michael Penix Jr.‘s development — he could undergo the necessary development to become an early-round pick.

Milroe has all of the requisite talent to be a future NFL starter. He’s a superlative athlete and competitor with blistering speed, explosiveness, and agility, and he also has a strong arm with good angle freedom and elasticity.

Going further, NFL teams will be won over by Milroe’s toughness and resolve as a leader. He could have faded away after being benched early in the 2023 season by Saban. But a week later, Milroe returned, and down the stretch, he became Alabama’s most important player.

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Milroe’s 2023 campaign wasn’t completely devoid of growth as a passer, but he still has plenty of room for mental and mechanical refinement. His base mechanics are inconsistent — both inhibiting drive and causing shoulder misalignment — and his field vision, anticipation, and trigger quickness are all valid question marks.

At the very least, Milroe’s hyper-elite athleticism and creation capacity is something an offensive mind can build around, and some of his traits as a passer — arm talent, discretion, patience in the pocket, and toughness — suggest unrecognized potential. His time with DeBoer in 2024 may prove to be key in unlocking his ultimate ceiling.

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