Top Ten Quarterbacks to watch heading into the 2019 NFL draft
1) Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State. As a redshirt sophomore Haskins had a breakout season throwing for 4800 hundred yards, 50 TDs and 8 INTs for a 174.1 passer rating. Haskins is a strong-arm quarterback who also uses his legs to create space and scoring options for the Buckeyes. With his 6’3 frame Haskins has the right skills and traits to an instant factor in his rookie season. After finishing third in the Heisman race and carrying the Buckeyes to a 12-1 record and a Rose Bowl win over Washington he’ll be looking to make an instant impact. My NFL comparison for Haskins would be Dak Prescott, with the similar build and traits I think we could see look alike numbers for the next few years to come.
2) Will Grier, West Virginia, A 6’2 senior from North Carolina made a career resurrection over the last two seasons. Grier threw for 3900 yards chipping in 37 TDs and 8 INTs, Grier is a field general who takes control as soon as he steps onto the gridiron. As a 23-year-old Grier brings a form of leadership that most rookies don’t have coming straight out of the draft, after a disappointing run at the end of the season ending with a lost to Syracuse in their bowl game Grier will look to show he can ball out in big games. My NFL comparison is Matt Stafford, like Stafford; Grier has the vision to see the whole field and not settle for the first route he sees.
3) Drew Lock, Missouri, a 6’4 senior from Missouri looks to get back to the top of teams big boards after dropping off throughout the season. After a big junior season throwing for 44 TDs his numbers took a step back only throwing for 3500 yards 28 TDs and 8 INTs. Lock struggles with consistency having a 63% completion rate which is an improvement from his previous season. Lock carried the team to an 8-5 record but struggled in conference games going 4-4. My NFL comparison would be Derek Carr, both quarterbacks show the potential to be great but have problems with consistency and showing up when it matters.
4) Daniel Jones, Duke. The big strong arm QB from North Carolina looks to prove that Duke doesn’t just produce basketball stars. With his 6’5 frame and his rocket arm Jones has the ability to make the long ball look easy, throwing for 2700 yards, 22 TDs and 9 INTs. Jones faced the struggle of competing in a strong conference carrying the Blue Devils to an 8-5 record but only went 3-5 in ACC play. Jones will look to use his height and his arm to lure coaches to take a gamble on drafting him. My NFL comparison would be Ben Roethlisberger, with similar size and similar arms but more importantly both players coming out of lesser known football schools, Jones will look to make the same impact Big Ben did coming out of the gates.
5) Kyler Murray, Oklahoma. The definition of a dual threat quarterback the Heisman winner has put his name out there for potentially entering this upcoming draft. Murray was electric this year throwing for 4400 yards, 42 TDs and 7 INTs. He also chipped in 1000 yards and 12 TDs on the ground. Murray would be higher on the list if it wasn’t for a fact that I believe he’s using this as way to squeeze out a few more dollars from the Oakland Athletics, the team that drafted him 9th overall in last years MLB draft. My NFL comparison is Russell Wilson, both QB’s made their college career out of using both their arms and legs to put points up on the board. Unlike Wilson I don’t believe we will see Murray scoring touchdowns in the NFL.
6) Ryan Finley, NC State. The 6’4 gunslinger out of Phoenix, Arizona may not be a name you know now but I believe it could be a name we hear a lot more often in years to come. Finley tossed for 3900 yards 25 TDs and 11 INTs, he led the Wolfpack to a 9-4 record and managed a 5-3 record in a tough ACC conference. Finley struggled with interceptions this year increasing from 6 the previous season, he’ll need to focus on his control if he wants to be able to compete for a job this off season. My NFL comparison would be Case Keenum, another guy who struggles with his control and interception numbers, they also compare well because like Keenum I expect Finley to find his role as a starter after multiple seasons as a backup learning from a strong veteran.
7) Jarrett Stidham, Auburn. The 6’3 junior from Texas looks to find his footing on coaches big board after falling down throughout the season. Stidham threw 2800 yards which is a decrease after coming off a 3200-yard season a year prior. While his yards are down his touchdown and interceptions stayed the same with 18 TDs and 5 INTs. Stidham will likely fall into the later rounds as a depth quarterback who will need to learn from more experienced veterans. My NFL comparison would be Tyrod Taylor, Taylor was drafted in the later rounds and was able to learn from a veteran like Flacco before taking over as a starter for another squad.
8) Easton Stick, North Dakota State. Stick is a dual threat quarterback who some people may never heard of maybe that’s because he doesn’t play in the FCS. Stick looks to become the second quarterback in the last five years to come out of the FBS and I believe he’ll make one team in the later rounds of the draft very happy. Throwing for 2800 yards, 28 TDs, and 7 INTs while also adding 700 yards and 17 TDs on the ground. Stick is the definition of a sleeper pick if he even gets drafted, which I believe would be a mistake if he doesn’t. My NFL comparison is none other than the other QB to be drafted out of the FCS and that’s former teammate Carson Wentz. With Stick being Wentz backup, their play styles are very similar with Stick picking up many of Carson’s traits even his injury bug as both quarterback’s struggle with staying healthy.
9) Trace McSorley, Penn State. The 6’0 senior finds himself near the bottom of my list after having a major drop off season. After throwing for 3600 yards and 28 TDs his junior season he struggled this year only chucking up 2500 yards and 18 TDs, the one bright spot from this season were his INT numbers which dropped from 10 last season to 7 this year. McSorley suffered a foot injury in his bowl game which hopefully clears up before he starts working out for teams prior to the draft. My NFL comparison is Teddy Bridgewater, both quarterbacks use their legs as a way to gain first downs for their teams but they’ve also both obtained legs injuries so we’ll see if McSorley will be able to bounce back like Teddy did.
10) Jake Browning, Washington. The four-year starter out of California rounds out my list for the ten quarterbacks to watch heading into this year’s draft. Browning must be the biggest hater of the NCAA rule of players staying at least three years after throwing for 3400 yards and 43 touchdowns his Sophomore season. His numbers dropped off immensely with his touchdown numbers for the last two seasons not even combining for 43 touchdowns with 19 his junior season and 16 his senior season. Although his passing yard were back up this year with 3200 yards it’ll be interesting to see if he’ll ever get back up to where he once was. My NFL comparison is Colt McCoy who had an amazing college career before disappearing in the NFL so it’ll be interesting to see if Browning is the same way if he even gets drafted in the first place.