1. Baker Mayfield
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 215
Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen to me are two of the safer quarterback prospects in this years draft. I’d give the slight edge to Rosen but Mayfield has a higher ceiling. Hence the higher ranking. In looking at him as a prospect Mayfield has deadly accuracy and an NFL arm. If I’m being nitpicky I do feel Mayfield plays like he’s faster than he is. But, he’s still quick enough to elude pass rushers and has shown the ability to throw on the run. It’s worth noting that Mayfield benefited from a fantastic offensive line and played against putrid defenses in the Big 12. So there could be some cause for concern on how he’ll adjust against stiffer competition.
2. Josh Rosen
Height: 6’4″, Weight: 226
The safest quarterback prospect to me. Rosen doesn’t ‘wow’ me in any particular skill. But, I can appreciate that his skill-set across the board is solid. He’s shown at UCLA to have fantastic footwork, strong accuracy, and an arm that can make NFL throws. He does have some injury concerns and you hear slight murmurs about his personality.
3. Sam Darnold
Height: 6’3″, Weight: 221
You get two different Sam Darnold’s, sometimes both showing up in the same game. When Darnold’s on, he’s on. It’s a treat to watch him when he’s locked in and he looks far and away like the best quarterback in this year’s draft. On the flip-side, Darnold’s bad can be really bad. He has the most ‘what the hell?’ type throws of the top five guys. Was it a case of someone trying too hard or did the preseason hype start to get to Darnold? You can fix the former, the latter would give me concern if I were picking him.
4. Lamar Jackson
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 216
By far the most dynamic quarterback in the draft. I give Lamar Jackson more leeway than most quarterbacks because of how awful Louisville was. Jackson is a little rough around the edges and could use a year on the bench to refine his game. He’ll need to improve both his footwork and mechanics. He was a victim of drops but there still are some accuracy concerns as well. Yet, he does have the playmaking ability and the play style to thrive in offenses that rely on RPOs.
5. Josh Allen
Height: 6’5″, Weight: 237
The Josh Allen hate is a little overblown. I see him as the worst of the big five but there’s no doubting he’s a 1st round talent. Everyone’s well aware of Allen’s arm strength, mobility, and size. Like Lamar Jackson, Allen would benefit from sitting a year to clean up his game. Some coachable weaknesses include his mechanics and footwork. Allen also needs to smarten up in games. Too many times he refuses to throw the ball away, often trying to run away from an incoming pass rush and chucking the ball at one of his receivers. He won’t get away with that in the NFL. But again, good coaching can get through to him and wisen him up. Finally, his biggest concern is his accuracy. Allen becoming a good quarterback will come down to whether you can improve his accuracy through his mechanics.