PROS: Definitely an athletic kid with arm talent -- but a more promising build than a similar style player in Houston's D'Eriq King at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. He seemed to settle in a little more the deeper into the season Arizona got -- posting more consistent numbers which may be indicating he's turning the corner in terms of controlling his offense. He's got some wonderful throws on film -- forced off his spot or throwing off-balance and still finding space to lay a ball up vertically for a receiver or hit a crossing pattern/slant route in stride. He's pretty mobile and once he's able to break contain he does make a concentrated effort to push the ball before transitioning into role as a runner. He's got plenty of juice in the open field and will tear open defenses playing man to man coverage with their backs to him. Gets plenty of juice on his throws from all kinds of platforms -- physical gifts as a thrower meet NFL starter thresholds.
CONS: For as effective and exciting as he is out of structure, he leans on it far too often to have sustainable success at the next level. To be fair to Tate, he transitioned from one extreme offense to another, playing in a Rich Rodriguez spread offense in 2016/2017 to Kevin Sumlin's pro style offense in 2018. But the sense of timing, drop backs, rhythm, pocket presence and patience on his platform were all MIA -- instead Tate was quick to flush the pocket and bail on his read, looking to buy time and directing receiver down the field. He'll need to show notable growth in an effort to master his offense if he's going to inspire any confidence among NFL decision makers that he's capable of running an offense at the next level. Throwing mechanics break down on him as he's preparing to throw around defenders or as he feels pressure pushing up the gut at him. Misreads a lot of pressure and will slide into harm's way instead of out of it.