2018 NFL Draft: Quarterback Rankings
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: July 19, 2017.
- Sam Darnold, QB, USC Projected Round Top 5 Pick
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-4 225 lb Sam Darnold led USC to a comeback win in the 2017 Rose Bowl over Penn State down by 14 points in the 4th quarter. He spent the offseason with Jordan Palmer correcting his mechanics. Palmer worked with 2017 first round pick Deshaun Watson last year.
Sam Darnold SWOT Report
- Strengths: Sam Darnold has a cannon for an arm. Durability is not an issue. His size at 6-4 225 lbs is excellent. Darnold can play in a west coast offense under center, a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. This tells me Darnold has a quick learning rate. Teammates and coaches rave about Darnold.
- Can make 1-step, 3-step, and 5-step throws. Can be a duel threat quarterback. Throws and runs effectively. Darnold throws on the run well when he's pressured and is capable of escaping the pocket.
- Progressions are another strength. He can go 1, 2, 3, 4 before taking off and running. He's great in this department and has a chance to be elite in this category down the road.
- He still needs to develop that fifth progression this year, and that sixth progression at USC in 2018 or in the NFL during his rookie season to be up there with quarterbacks who have elite progression skills like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers, and Jameis Winston. Darnold's hand size is a question mark, but he makes up for it with his quick release and excellent ball placement on his throws as his ball placement is superior to anyone in the 2017 NFL Draft.
- Darnold has a lot of velocity on his throws. Could earn team captain status and has a lot of velocity on his throws. Knows how to pull off a fourth quarter comeback in a critical situation. A natural at pump faking and improvising.
- Darnold has incredible field vision. He can carve you downfield on any given play. His football IQ is remarkable. Those are some of the things NFL Scouts love about Darnold. Darnold may not have excellent production, but he showed he could be clutch and was promising for a first-year starter.
- Darnold displays an excellent work ethic. He also carries himself with a ton of moxy. That's why people raved about Darnold at the 2017 NFL Combine and why teammates like wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said he would be the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
- Darnold plays with authority. Teammates respond to him. His completion percentage as a freshman redshirt at 67% was superior to Andrew Luck's 56% as a freshman redshirt at Stanford. Keeps his cool under pressure.
- Weaknesses: Inconsistent accuracy is a huge issue with Darnold. There are times where Darnold is money with his short, medium, and deep ball accuracy. He has other moments where he underthrows a screen pass or overthrows a deep ball.
- That's why saying Darnold has pinpoint accuracy is foolish. You also have to look at his attrocious mechanics and inconsistent delivery.
- Another issue with Darnold ball placement when scrambling is an issue. His ball placement when throwing is excellent, but his ball placement when scrambling is awful. His final weakness is executing a 7-step throw. Working with quarterback coach Jordan Palmer, who worked with Darnold until he changed his throwing motion heading into 2017 may allow Darnold to fix as many as four of his five big weaknesses.
- Opportunities: The San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets are ideal spots for Darnold. Some have speculated that the Cleveland Browns are another destination, but I just don't see that. The 49ers are the only team I can see Darnold succeeding on. The Jets don't have the supporting cast to make Darnold elite and he could very easily bust there. At one point, I was really down on Darnold. Tony Mario and Mark Sciubba who both post mock drafts for this site believe Darnold is the best overall prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft if he declares after his sophomore redshirt season.
- Threats: Darnold has one big threat. One is he may return to USC like other sophomore redshirts who could have gone first overall had they left early like Andrew Luck and Mariota. There is no question that Luck would have been the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and no question that Mariota would have been the first quarterback taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. Both quarterbacks returned to school to get their degrees, and Darnold stated his degree was important to him when USC recruited him.
- Potential Grade: 92/99
- His father, mother, and older sister were all athletes in College before Darnold was USC's quarterback. Darnold was a two sport athlete that played football and basketball in High School. Darnold redshirted in 2015. Darnold had 3,086 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and a 67.2 completion percentage in 2016 as a freshman reshirt. Darnold had 250 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns on 62 carries last year. He only took 6 sacks thanks to an offensive line that featured Chad Wheeler at left tackle, Zach Banner at right tackle, and Damien Mama at left guard.
- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville Projected Round Top 10 Pick
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-2 208 lb Lamar Jackson enters the year as the reinging Heisman Trophy Winner. Jackson has a chance to be the first player to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies since Archie Griffin.
Lamar Jackson SWOT Report
- Strengths: Lamar Jackson has incredible velocity and a great arm. He may not have the muscle Darnold has with his arm, but I see more of a laser like throw with Jackson and he can fire it deep. Durability is not an issue. His size at 6-2 208 lbs is great. Has the short, medium, and deep accuracy. Jackson can play in a west coast offense under center, a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. This tells me Jackson has a quick learning rate. His mechanics and ball placement on throws is better than any quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft. Teammates and coaches rave about Jackson. Excellent production allowed Jackson to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy.
- Can make 1-step, 3-step, and 5-step throws. Can be a duel threat quarterback. Throws and runs effectively. Jackson was a team captain on Louisville in 2016 so his leadership should not be questioned since he's an excellent communicator.
- Lamar Jackson has excellent field vision. He's athletically gifted and can juke like a running back. Lamar Jackson can attack the hole right away without hesitation and thinks like a running back when taking off to scramble. Possesses 4.4 speed and has the ball carrier vision a running back has.
- Progressions are another strength. He can go 1, 2, 3, 4 before taking off and running. I think the football IQ is there even though lots of people disagree here. Some scouts are saying he's worse than Vick or Robert Griffin III, but I watched the tape and disagree with Jeremiah completely on this one. Displays tremendous composure capable of keeping his cool.
- Weaknesses: Had a horrendous completion percentage in 2016. Needs to complete more passes consistently despite having the ability to make a lot of throws like Darnold. Sometimes holds onto the ball for too long. NFL teams question Jackson's football IQ despite having the field vision and lots of other strong qualities on tape. Struggles with 7-step drops. Needs to play with more authority despite having outstanding leadership.
- Has small hands. Jackson wears a glove over one of his hands so that tells me he has small hands. NFL Scouts will hate that quality about Jackson.
- Needs to get rid of the ball quicker. Only took 26 sacks in 2015. Took 46 sacks and suffered 20 more sacks last season. Lost two starting guards to the 2016 NFL Draft who excelled in pass protection.
- Opportunities: I honestly thought he was the best quarterback initially. I can see why some people are higher on Darnold now. I still think Jackson has a chance to be the best quarterback in this draft class even potentially better than Darnold even though Darnold will get picked first. I'm looking at the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and Minnesota Vikings as ideal landing spots for Jackson.
- Threats: Lamar Jackson has no threats. He seems like a guy who checks out all of the boxes on tape.
- Potential Grade: 92/99
- Lamar Jackson started right away as a true freshman. He beat Texas A&M in their bowl game playing turnover free football in 2015. In 2016, Jackson had 3,543 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 1,571 rushing yards, 21 rushing touchdowns, 51 total touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. His numbers were simply mind boggling last season. Jackson had 260 carries which is the kind of workload you see from running backs.
- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-1 210 lb Baker Mayfield is expected to push Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson for the 2017 Heisman. It will be interesting to see which of those quarterbacks in my top 3 ends up with the hardware.
Baker Mayfield SWOT Report
- Strengths: Baker Mayfield is tough and extremely durable. Has the short, medium, and deep accuracy. Mayfield can play in a west coast offense under center, a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. This tells me Mayfield has a quick learning rate.
- Baker has an extremly high football IQ and can learn new concepts right away. Has pinpoint accuracy and can be the first quarterback since Andrew Luck with back-to-back seasons where he completed 71 percent of his passes. His intangibles as a football player are through the roof.
- Not only does Mayfield possess the pinpoint accuracy, he also is a team captain, and his leadership and decision making is incredible. Can make 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 progressions before taking off and running. Is capable of throwing on the run.
- Was voted team captain. He plays with authority. He plays with more authority than any quarterback in this class. Mayfield can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, or 7-step drops with footwork. His footwork is truely exceptional and he can be a duel threat quarterback as well.
- Mayfield has terrific field vision. Usually gets the ball to the first guy he sees and reacts right away. Took 21 less sacks in 2016 due to his quick release. Displays elite production just like Lamar Jackson. Excellent communicator. Mayfield is my third best quarterback as far as potential goes.
- Weaknesses: Has a good arm that can become great. Will never possess elite arm strength. Extremely undersized at 6-1 210 lbs.
- While Mayfield has the quick release, his ball placement is extremely inconsistent at times and this is a huge issue that teams will have. Mayfield is a safe draft pick because his play speaks for itself. The lack of physical tools as far as arm strength and size will keep him from being elite.
- Mayfield can be a great starter for years to come like Ryan Tannehill. If he can improve his arm we are potentially looking at a Drew Brees type of quarterback because the velocity and throwing power is there it just needs to be harnessed.
- Opportunities: Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills are some of the teams that may take Baker Mayfield in the first round. He's a guy that I have a late first round grade on at 31 on my board, but he may get pushed up due to the demand at the quarterback position. Mayfield will have a chance to wow NFL scouts in Mobile at the 2018 Senior Bowl.
- Threats: Baker Mayfield got arrested for a DUI. If he gets in trouble again this season, character concerns will be an issue with Mayfield moving forward. Mayfield can keep his cool on the field. Let's see him do that off the field.
- Potential Grade: 88/99
- Baker Mayfield began his career at Texas Tech. He didn't take off until he came to Oklahoma in 2015. Mayfield had 3,700 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a 67.1 completion percentage.
- Mayfield improved on that in 2016. Mayfield had 3,965 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 6 rushing touchdowns, 46 total touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 71 compeltion percentage.
- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State Projected Round 1st Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-5 235 lb Mason Rudolph may have been a first round pick if he declared for the 2017 NFL Draft. He has a lot of good qualities on tape.
Mason Rudolph SWOT Report
- Strengths: Mason Rudolph has a cannon for an arm, is extremely durable, and has great NFL size. All the physical tools check out. His field vision and decision making is outstanding. Rudolph can play in a west coast offense under center, a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. Has great ball placement when throwing.
- Communicates well with teammates, he's not the communicator Darnold, Jackson, or Mayfield is. Lots of guys who have a football IQ at that level learn plays right away. That isn't the case with Rudolph.
- Weaknesses: Displays inconsistent accuracy. His short, medium, and deep ball accuracy is terrible on tape. Can only go 1, 2, before taking off and running. Not a duel threat who wows you with speed. Horrible completion percentage as well as accuracy issues. Sometimes he throws into coverage. Yelled at teammates so while he communicates well, he also has to improve composure wise. Rudolph taps the ball too much and that's why his mechanics are an issue.
- His ceiling as far as progressions go is to go 1, 2, 3 before taking off and running. Has horrendous footwork. Holds onto the ball too long. Takes way too many sacks despite having a decent offensive line. Does not complete passes consistently when using 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops. Also has small hands. That will upset NFL teams.
- Opportunities: Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots are some of the teams that may take Mason Rudolph in the first round. He's a guy that I have a late first round grade on at 32 on my board, but he may get pushed up due to the demand at the quarterback position. Rudolph will have a chance to impress scouts at the 2018 Senior Bowl.
- Threats: Mason Rudolph has no threats. He has elite physical tools. He only has average mental tools and a lot of things to work on as far as a quarterback prospect goes. Having average mental tools instead of elite ones will keep him from being a blue chip prospect, but he won't bust either. Think of a quarterback with Joe Flacco's skills who isn't as tall with smaller hands.
- Potential Grade: 88/99
- Mason Rudolph had 3,770 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and a 62.3 completion percentage in 2015. Rudolph had 4,091 passing yards, 28 passing touchodwns, and 4 interceptions in 2016.
- Jake Browning, QB, Washington Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap Jake Browning is my fifth best quarterback. I have an early second round grade on Browning though.
Jake Browning SWOT Report
- Strengths: Jake Browning has more muscle on his arm than Sam Darnold or Lamar Jackson. His arm and body carry a lot of muscle. He has potential to have really good throwing power, but needs to tap into that.
- Can make laser like throws. His size at 6-2 205 lbs is good, but not great. Has the short and medium accuracy. Browning can play in a west coast offense under center, a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. This tells me Browning has a quick learning rate. His mechanics and ball placement on throws is better than any quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft. Teammates and coaches rave about Browning.
- Washington believes Browning has the best work ethic of any quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. Browning's passer rating was higher than both Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson at 167.5.
- He can make 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 reads in his progressions before taking off and running. The potential to add a sixth progression while playing under center is there. The footwork to make 3-step and 5-step drops is there.
- Weaknesses: Underthrows and overthrows a lot of passes despite having incredible muscle on his arm. His accuracy is inconsistent at times on throws like Sam Darnold. Deep ball accuracy is an issue. Browning has the work ethic and football IQ you want as far as learning plays goes. The field vision and throwing into coverage are still two of Browning's intangibles that he struggles with. His completion percentage dropped in 2016 and the worst part is he took less sacks even though his completion percentage declined.
- Browning struggles with footwork too. He's terrible with 1-step and 7-step drops. A lot of Browning's completions come from 3-step and 5-step drops. He's terrible at throwing on the run unlike Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson. Want to see more composure from Browning. I feel like he can struggle to keep his cool when pressured.
- Never threw for 3,500 passing yards in his two seasons at Washington. That's one reason NFL Scouts question his arm strength, throwing power, and velocity on tape. A lot of people are comparing his arm to Colt McCoy. I see something along the lines of Kirk Cousins. He's not good with arm strength yet despite having a lot of muscle, but he may be able to fix that.
- He relied a lot on John Ross and Dante Pettis who were Washington's two best receivers along with Washington running back Myles Gaskin. Browning threw 33 of his 43 passing touchdowns to those three players. On at least 15 percent of the plays he called he threw to Ross immediately without reading other progressions.
- Opportunities: Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers. I see Jake Browning as an early second rounder. He could get pushed up with a strong season due to the demand at quarterback. I see a boom or bust quarterback that plays like Ben Roethlisberger versus mediocre teams and plays like Brady Quinn versus big time opponents. Browning's performance against Alabama practically rivals Quinn's woeful performance versus LSU.
- Threats: Jake Browning failed to report an injury during the season leading up to surgery. He may have durability issues if he gets injured in 2017 and failing to report the injury shows poor communication skills. A quarterback has to communicate with his teammates. Darnold and Jackson are both excellent communicators. Browning is a passionate quarterback with a lot of fire, but he needs to communicate better and know when to channel that intensity if he's going to succeed in the NFL.
- Potential Grade: 87/99
- Jake Browning broke California State records in High School football before committing to Washington. He struggled as a freshman in 2015 due to John Ross being injured, but still showed some promise with 2,995 passing yards, a 63.3 completion percentage, 16 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
- Browning took off last season though. Browning had 3,430 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, 4 rushing touchdowns, 47 total touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.
- Luke Falk, QB, Washington State Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-4 225 lb Luke Falk entered the season as a guy who I thought could only play in one type of offense in the shotgun spread. He improved in a lot of areas lsast season displaying a lot more variety on tape.
Luke Falk SWOT Report
- Strengths: Luke Falk has a great arm that can develop into a cannon with the right coaching, is extremely durable, and has ideal NFL size. All the physical tools check out.
- His field vision and decision making is outstanding. Falk can play a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. Has great ball placement when throwing. Excellent production as well.
- Falk has the short, medium, and deep ball accuracy when throwing passes. Displays pinpoint accuracy on tape along with an incredibly high completion percentage.
- Can read up to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 progressions before taking off and running. There were a dozen plays where Falk managed to read at least 5 progressions versus Washington's secondary that was loaded with NFL talent. No other quarterback was that consistent with reading progressions from the tape I watched.
- Weaknesses: Does not play in a west coast offense. Had more interceptions in 2016 than in 2015. Struggles against quality opponents.
- Luke Falk is a pure pocket quarterback which can be a good thing when you consider everything he brings intangible wise. He's still one dimensional though and that can be a weakness with the right pass rush.
- Needs to place the ball higher. His ball placement is better than Baker Mayfield's, but you'd still like to see him place the ball higher.
- Footwork is also an issue with Falk. A vast majority of his throws are 3-step drops. Need to see more 1-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops from Falk.
- Opportunities: Luke Falk is a guy where it's impossible to predict his draft range right now. Some have him late first round and others have him in the third round. I have a second round grade on Falk. Falk could become a late first rounder if he goes to the 2018 Senior Bowl and corrects his weaknesses.
- Threats: There are no threats with Luke Falk. You'd like to see him learn a west coast offense, but the positives outweigh the negatives with Falk.
- Potential Grade: 87/99
- Luke Falk had 4,561 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 69.4 completion percentage in his sophomore season. Falk improved with 4,468 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 70 percent completion percentage in 2016.
- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-5 225 lb Josh Allen is easily the most overhyped quarterback in the class of 2018. Thanks to people like Bleacher Report's Matt Miller this guy is getting overhyped big time.
Josh Allen SWOT Report
- Strengths: Josh Allen has a cannon for an arm, is extremely durable, and has great NFL size. All the physical tools check out. Allen can play in a west coast offense under center, a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. Has great ball placement when throwing. His massive hand size which is close to 11-inches from what I'm being told by sources is one reason why NFL Scouts are salivating over Allen. There is potential for Allen to be above average, but he's not an elite quarterback by any stretch of the imagination.
- He throws on the run well and can make throws like Darnold where he can absolutely carve you. He's a project, but at the same time he got the maximum grade I give for arm strength, throwing power, velocity, durability, and size. Can make 1, 2, 3, 4, progressions. Capable of developing into a 5 progression quarterback.
- Footwork is there. Can make 1-step, 3-step, and 5-step throws. Also has duel threat ability along with decent ball placement.
- Weaknesses: Josh Allen has horrible short, medium, and deep accuracy. Struggles with 7-step drops. Doesn't display consistent field vision. Throws into coverage way too often.
- His decision making is terrible. His 5 interception game versus Nebraska makes Jared Goff's 4 interception game against Utah look like a quality outing for the former #1 overall pick. Allen only had 1 game where he completed 70 percent of his passes and he only threw 15 passes in that game versus UC Davis.
- Allen didn't just struggle versus Nebraska. He also had bad games against Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, and BYU. He wows you physically, but he's a huge project mentally. Doesn't have the best production and Wyoming had a weak schedule too.
- Opportunities: Lots of people have a top 5 grade on Josh Allen. I have a top 40 grade on Allen, and I believe with Wyoming's schedule he will move down on everyone's board if he doesn't start strong.
- Threats: There are no threats with Josh Allen. He's a blue chip quarterback as far as physical tools go. The fact that his mental game isn't at an elite level like Darnold or Rudolph is why I feel his ceiling is limited.
- Potential Grade: 87/99
- Josh Allen started as a sophomore redshirt in his first season. Allen had 3,203 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. Imagine Mason Rudolph with crappy field vision. That's basically what you are looking at with Josh Allen.
- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap Many expect the 6-4 220 lb Josh Rosen to challenge Sam Darnold to be the top prospect. He's overhyped to an extent, but the potential is there if he corrects some issues on tape.
Josh Rosen SWOT Report
- Strengths: Josh Rosen has good arm strength that can become great. Is capable of displayng short, medium, and deep ball accuracy at times when given a clean pocket. Rosen can play a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. Has great ball placement when throwing. Provides quality production when he's healthy. Only positive about his mechanics is his ball placement when he doesn't tap the ball.
- Josh Rosen can scan the field quicker than any quarterback in this class. Capable of going 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on progressions. Integrated more medium and deep throws in his second season.
- Weaknesses: Rosen taps the ball too often. This affects his mechanics and release more than any quarterback in this draft. He holds onto the ball too long as well. Gets flustered when pressured. He's a pure pocket quarterback. Footwork needs to improve on 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops. Inconsistent accuracy due to mechanics and getting flustered when pressured. Will underthrow and overthrow guys under pressure. Rosen can improve on this simply by fixing his mechanics. Extremely low completion percentage during his first two seasons at UCLA.
- Opportunities: I'm not sure where Rosen goes. I have a second round grade on Rosen even though some have him in the top 5.
- Threats: Josh Rosen suffered a season ending injury in 2016. He also has numerous character issues. One involved him getting busted by the NCAA in a hot tub, another thing he got criticized for was calling out Donald Trump on Twitter. He got compared to Peyton Manning coming out of High School, but he's the biggest prospect with character issues that worry you since Johnny Manziel. Jim Mora Jr. kept him from going to UCLA's media day this year and even endorsed Sam Darnold while regretting the praise he gave Rosen leading into 2017.
- Potential Grade: 87/99
- Josh Rosen was the top High School recruit back in 2015. He started right away at UCLA and showed promise as a true freshman with 3,670 passing yards. His 23 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and 60 percent completion percentage were still horrible though. He was on pace to break those numbers and throw for 3,500 passing yards until a season ending injury took place.
- Bryan Schor, QB, James Madison Projected Round 2nd Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-3 214 lb Bryan Schor led James Madison to an FCS Championship with backup offensive tackles and a backup center mainly due to injuries on the offensive line. Schor could rise up boards like Carson Wentz if he duplicates what he did last season.
Bryan Schor SWOT Report
- Strengths: Bryan Schor has a great arm that can develop into a cannon with the right coaching, is extremely durable, and has ideal NFL size. All the physical tools check out.
- His field vision and decision making is outstanding. Schor can play a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. Has great ball placement when throwing. Excellent production as well.
- Schor has the short, medium, and deep ball accuracy when throwing passes. Displays pinpoint accuracy on tape along with an incredibly high completion percentage of 73.1 which bested all FCS and FBS quarterbacks.
- Can read up to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 progressions before taking off and running. Can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step throws. Excellent at extending plays. May be better at improvising than any quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft Class.
- Had 3,571 total yards in 2016. Is a duel threat quarterback.
- Weaknesses: Does not play in a west coast offense. Places the ball too low when running. His ball placement is excellent on passing plays, but horrible on running plays. This was one of Sam Darnold's biggest issues as far as mechanics go as well. Needs to throw more passing yards in 2017.
- Opportunities: Bryan Schor is a guy where it's impossible to predict his draft range right now. Heading into 2015 two years ago, I had a third round grade on Carson Wentz in the preseason. I have a late second round grade on Schor even in a much deeper quarterback class which speaks volumes. FCS guys usually go in the third through seventh round unless they are exceptional. I see exceptional ability with Schor though.
- Threats: There are no threats with Bryan Schor. You'd like to see him learn a west coast offense, but the positives outweigh the negatives with Schor.
- Potential Grade: 87/99
- Bryan Schor had 3,002 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns, 569 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 3,571 total yards, 39 total touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Was huge during the 2016 FCS Playoffs with wins over Sam Houston State and their quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe in the FCS Quarterfinals. Then he helped James Madison become the first schoool to beat the top seeded North Dakota State in the Fargo Dome during the FCS Semfinals. Then he defeated Youngstown State and their pass rushers Avery Moss and Derek Rivers with backup offensive tackles in the FCS Championship Game. That speaks volumes if you ask me.
- Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis Projected Round 3rd Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-4 219 lb Riley Ferugson has better tape than 2016 first round pick Paxton Lynch. Unfortunately for Ferguson he's in a much deeper quarterback class. Ferguson weighed 210 lbs, but put on 9 lbs of muscle this offseason.
Riley Ferguson SWOT Report
- Strengths: Riley Ferguson can play in a shotgun spread offense, balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. Has a cannon for an arm. Displays excellent short, medium, and deep ball acccuracy on tape. Great decision maker with outstanding field vision. Ferguson has remarkable ball placement on his throws. Ferguson has big hands despite wearing a glove on one hand. Throws well on the run.
- Weaknesses: Ferguson only goes 1, 2, and 3 with his progressions. Needs to play under center more.
- Opportunities: I'm not sure where Ferguson goes. He's my sleeper of this class at the moment.
- Threats: Riley Ferguson transferred from Tennessee to Memphis. Some scouts may be worried about his committment, but the tape speaks for itself. I like him better than Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman. Those quarterbacks were ahead of Ferguson on Tennessee's depth chart before he transferred.
- Potential Grade: 86/99
- Riley Ferguson finally became a starter as a junior redshirt. Ferguson had 3,698 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He did very well when you consider how terrible his offensive line was.
- Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky Projected Round 4th Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-4 215 lb Mike White has great size. He may sneak into the fourth round if he aces the draft process from start to finish.
Mike White SWOT Report
- Strengths: Has the arm strength, durability, and size you look for in a quarterback. All the physical tools check out on tape. Can play in a shotgun spread offense or a vertical offense.
- Weaknesses: Accuracy is a huge issue with Mike White. The one year starter will struggle in a run first offense or a west coast offense. Makes only one progression right now. With proper coaching he can develop into a 1, 2, 3 progression quarterback that will make a solid NFL backup. Short, medium, and deep accuracy is an issue with White at times. White beneiffted from having Forrest Lamp and Taywan Taylor last season.
- Opportunities: I'm not sure where White goes. I have a fourth round grade on White at the moment.
- Threats: Mike White enters 2017 as a one year starter at Western Kentucky. He could creep up boards with another strong season.
- Potential Grade: 79/99
- Mike White learned under Brandon Doughty for three seasons. White had 4,363 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Only took 18 sacks due to having Forrest Lamp as his blindside.
- Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sam Houston State Projected Round 4th Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-3 225 lb Jeremiah Briscoe is my second best FCS quarterback behind Bryan Schor of James Madison after watching four more FCS quarterbacks on tape. Mark Sciubba believes he's a first round pick and Tony Mario believes he's Mr. Irrelevant in the 2018 NFL Draft. I'm gonna meet both Mark and Tony halfway there and say he's a fourth rounder.
Jeremiah Briscoe SWOT Report
- Strengths: Briscoe has the arm strength, durability, and size you look for. All the physical tools are there. Capable of lobbing it 80-yards downfield. Some throws he has good short, medium, and deep accuracy. He throws wit a lot of zip as well. Can play in a shotgun spread offense or a vertical offense. Can go 1, 2, 3 with progressions is capable of developing a fourth progression.
- Weaknesses: Briscoe has inconsistent accuracy. Has to improve short, medium, and deep ball accuracy when pressured. Holds onto the ball for too long. Throws into coverage sometimes. Needs to improve completion percentage.
- Opportunities: I'm not sure where Briscoe goes. I have a fourth round grade on Briscoe at the moment.
- Threats: Played much weaker competition at the FCS level. I'm not sure his ability translates well to the NFL.
- Potential Grade: 77/99
- Jeremiah Briscoe played football and baseball in High School. Briscoe split time as the backup in 2015. He took over as the starter in 2016 with 4,602 passing yards, 57 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. His play won him the 2016 Walter Payton award which is like the FCS version of the Heisman Trophy.
- Jarret Stidham, QB, Auburn Projected Round 5th Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-3 214 lb sophomore has yet to play a down for Auburn. He's now sixth on Heisman boards for 2017 and has received first tos econd round consideration despite being a sophomore redshirt.
Jarret Stidham SWOT Report
- Strengths: Jarrett stidham can play in a shotgun spread offense, balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. Has a cannon for an arm. Displays excellent short, medium, and deep ball acccuracy on tape.
- Weaknesses: Jarrett Stidham has hardly any experience. Needs to learn how to throw under center. I'd like to see him develop footwork, ball placement, and mechanics. That may rub some teams the wrong way. Scouts will say he's a one-year starter like Trubisky if he declares.
- Opportunities: I'm not sure where Stidham goes. He's a guy most have a first to second round grade on. I have a fifth round grade on him, but I will move him up if he dominates this year.
- Threats: Jarrett Stidham transferred from Baylor to Auburn. That may rub some teams the wrong way, but he's facing much tougher competition in the SEC and that's one thing that can actually work in his favor. Other than that, I don't see a threat with Stidham.
- Potential Grade: 75/99
- Jarrett Stidham was a 5-star recruit in High School. He was a backup to Seth Russell until his injury. Transferred to a Community College and was the #1 ranked JUCO player in the country this year.
- Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo Projected Round 5th Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-2 201 lb Logan Woodside did well in his first season as a starter. He's losing a lot of players on his supporting cast including left tackle Storm Norton, running back Kareem Hunt, and tight end Michael Williams.
Logan Woodside SWOT Report
- Strengths: Has the size look for in a quarterback. Can play in a shotgun spread offense, balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. Had a relatively high completion percentage. Showcases short, medium, and deep ball accuracy at times. Excellent production on tape.
- Weaknesses: Made a lot of short and medium throws on tape. Didn't utilize the deep ball enough. I'd like to see him throw the deep ball more. Accuracy is inconsistent with short, medium, and deep ball throws. Always throws to the first target he sees open meaning his ability to read progressions is lackluster. Throws into coverage too often. Has trouble with footwork. Struggles with 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops.
- Opportunities: I'm not sure where Woodside goes. I have a fifth round grade on Woodside at the moment.
- Threats: Logan Woodside enters 2017 as a one year starter at Toledo. He could creep up boards with another strong season.
- Potential Grade: 74/99
- Logan Woodside didn't start until last season. Woodside had 4,129 passing yards, 45 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and completed 69.1 percent of his passes in 2016.
- Quinton Flowers, QB, South Florida Projected Round 7th Round
- 2017 Season Recap The 6-0 210 lb Quinton Flowers enters his senior year. I wasn't high on him at first, but he's growing on me and will probably be a late-round pick.
Quinton Flowers SWOT Report
- Strengths: Quinton Flowers can fire it deep on tape. I love his footwork since he can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops. Probably the only quarterback outside of Baker Mayfield with the footwork to make any throw on tape. He makes the progressions you want as a runner. Like Lamar Jackson he attacks the hole immediately as a duel threat quarterback. Flowers has great touch and delivery on his passes.
- Has the ball placement and throwing motion you want in a quarterback. Can play in a vertical offense, shotgun spead, or run first offense. Throws on the run extremely well.
- Flowers is an excellent decision maker. He's very good at extending plays and you can easily argue he's a top 5 quarterback in this draft when it comes to extending plays by making things happen with his arm or legs.
- Has great leadership. Was voted team captain on South Florida in 2016 and is still a captain heading into 2017.
- Weaknesses: Flowers needs to improve his accuracy and progressions. Doesn't display the short, medium, or deep ball accuracy you want when pressured in the pocket.
- Never threw for 3,500 passing yards which makes scouts question his production. He made some very impressive deep throws on tape though.
- Needs to play under center. He lacks size and you could argue their is a limited ceiling. He reminds me of Troy Smith with a better arm along with a much weaker supporting cast.
- Opportunities: I'm not sure where Flowers goes. I have a seventh round grade on Flowers at the moment.
- Threats: Flowers was a guy I initially had undrafted. Tony told me was getting picked on day 3, and I came away fairly impressed with some of the things he can do on tape. I'm not sure his ability translates well to the NFL.
- Potential Grade: 68/99
- Quinton Flowers had 2,812 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He may be worth a late round flyer if he can improve on that in 2017.