NFL Prospects

2019 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

Quarterbacks

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1. Dwayne Haskins
College: Ohio State
Height: 6’3″, Weight: 231
Comfortably my top quarterback in this year’s draft. Dwayne Haskins is a well-rounded prospect with high upside. Haskins displayed his accuracy regularly throughout last season and has beautiful ball placement. He’s dreadfully slow though and could be prone to sacks. He’ll also need to improve his touch, often times missing on throws because he floated passes allowing the defender to recover. He’s a risk with only one year of film but it was encouraging to see his improvement as the season went on. If teams are confident he can continue this growth at the next level, Haskins has the potential to be a top talent.


2. Kyler Murray
College: Oklahoma
Height: 5’10”, Weight: 207
Easily the most athletic and dynamic quarterback in the draft. Kyler Murray’s improv skills were incredible watch. He has great accuracy and did a nice job of stepping up in the pocket when faced with pressure. Outside of the obvious size concerns, I’d like to see him improve his placement because he was prone to overthrows.


3. Drew Lock
College: Missouri
Height: 6’4″, Weight: 228
A likely boom or bust quarterback, Drew Lock certainly has the tools you want. Lock’s equipped with great size, athleticism, arm strength, and a quick release. It’s encouraging to see his improvement over the course of the season; however, Lock’s pocket presence is dreadful. He also has a tendency to hold onto the ball too long and his ball placement can get a bit wild.


4. Will Grier
College: West Virginia
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 217

Will Grier is mobile, accurate, and has great ball placement. He does have a lot to clean up in his game. You’d like to see him play smarter, often times throwing into double and triple coverage. Grier struggles with his footwork and has difficulty when his first read isn’t open. He has starter potential, but he will need to sit for a couple of years.


5. Daniel Jones
College: Duke
Height: 6’5″, Weight: 221
Daniel Jones isn’t terribly flashy but is a clean prospect. He has great mechanics, size, and mobility. He’s comfortable moving around in the pocket and was killed by drops, but still over-performed at Duke. His arm strength does leave a lot to be desired and he was prone to wild overthrows.

2018 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

 

Quarterbacks

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1. Baker Mayfield
College: Oklahoma
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
College: UCLA
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
College: USC
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
College: Louisville
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
College: Wyoming
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.