After sitting out three years on a church mission, Beck landed at BYU and had one of the best careers for any Cougar QB in history. He played sparingly as a freshman in 2003, but had a very good year in 2004, earning 2nd Team All MWC honors after throwing for 2,563 yards, with a 56% completion percentage, with 15 touchdowns and eight INT. The numbers improved as a junior to 3,709 yards and 27 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, while completing 64.5% of his passes. Beck put it all together as a senior, going out with a bang. He had career highs across the board with a 69.3% completion rate, 3,885 yards, and 32 TD to just eight interceptions on his way to earning MWC Offensive POY honors.
Beck is a solid QB prospect. He shows the intelligence, patience, and toughness to sit in the pocket and make throws all over the field. He is an efficient passer that sees the field well, and does not force too many passes. He has improved his accuracy every year and is extremely accurate 20 yards and in. In the pocket, Beck shows the toughness to stay in and take a hit while delivering a strike, but also shows the mobility in the pocket to elude the rush and find his receiver.
Beck is a little older than your typical prospect, and may lack the physical gifts to excel at the next level. He lacks the arm to play in a vertical offense, and lacks ideal size to sit in the pocket and pick apart a defense.
John Beck is a player that may not be the ideal prospect, but he has a lot of things that you look for in a QB. He’s smart, efficient and just gets the job done. For teams that values an efficient QB that is a good game manager, Beck may carry value near the end of Day One. He shouldn’t last too long on Day Two if he falls there