New Orleans Saints: 3 reasons Taysom Hill cannot be a starting QB
He doesn’t have the speed or agility of Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson.
The unique features that make Taysom Hill effective are the fact that he can run and catch passes as well as throw. However, in the conversation of if he can be a franchise quarterback, the answer is no.
When you think about franchise quarterbacks that have the skillset that Taysom Hill possesses, you think about Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson, and Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes.
The problem — Taysom Hill does not stack up against those quarterbacks. He will never be the caliber that those quarterbacks have. He doesn’t have the agility or the speed to be a full-time running quarterback in this league.
Hill had his mark this past season with his physicality, not necessarily his agility. Although a terrific athlete, it takes a player that specializes in throwing on the run to use his agility meaningfully as a quarterback.
Hill gets his best runs in when the defense isn’t expecting him to run or just has failed to scout well on wildcat-like formations. Unlike Jackson, Watson, or Mahomes who are just talented with their feet. Hill serves the best purpose as a change of pace quarterback, not a full-time one.