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Vols QB Joe Milton Wows NFL Scouts With Incredible Arm Strength

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Tennessee QB Joe Milton. Photo via Tennessee Athletics

Former Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton III participated in on-field workouts during the NFL Combine on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis.

Milton’s arm strength dazzled the scouts in the boxes, but the quarterback’s work was especially amplified by the audible gasps and cheers from the crowd in Lucas Oil Stadium.

While Milton did not run the 40-yard dash, the 6-foot-5 quarterback did achieve a 35.00″ vertical jump, which was second only to Tulane QB Michael Pratt at 36.00″. Milton’s broad jump ranked first among quarterbacks at 10-feet, 1-inch, about three inches more than BYU quarterback Kedon Slovis.

Milton’s broad jump would have ranked ninth among running backs.

Then came the throwing drills.

Milton’s most impressive throw came in the deep route section, without surprise, as his final throw went a whopping 73.5 yards through the air. Milton waited an extra second on the throw just to showcase his power throwing the ball downfield.

The Tennessee quarterback’s throw got the attention of several industry experts and media members around the nation.

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According to The Film Room’s Brett Kollmann on social media, “the longest throw by air yards in the NFL over the last seven years was Josh Allen to Gabe Davis for 69.3 air yards in 2022.” Milton broke that effortlessly at the NFL Combine and was likely doing that on the practice field last season as the starting quarterback for Josh Heupel’s Volunteers.

Milton’s downfield throws were impressive. While scouts knew he could throw the ball seemingly a mile, Milton had a great showing in the deep ball category and put the ball in a catchable spot for his receivers. Milton also competed in the short and medium routes and had a solid showing. A few passes may have left something to be desired, but Milton showed what he needed to overall in the routes-on-air section of the event.

Another notable outcome from Milton’s showing on Saturday came in the fastest throw metric. Milton’s 62 MPH throw was the fastest among quarterbacks at the Combine on Saturday, topping former Michigan teammate J.J. McCarthy (61 MPH).

It wouldn’t be a Joe Milton showing if he didn’t close out his day in style, either.

With his well-known No. 7 silver chain hanging around his neck, Milton showcased his athleticism with a sprinting back-handspring backflip while heading off the field.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place from April 25-27 in Detroit, Michigan, just about 45 miles away from where Joe Milton III began his career with the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

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