Yeah, the 2018 NFL Draft process is in full swing, but what about next year? Who are going to be the five best pro prospects to watch throughout the college season?
Daily Five: 2019 Top Five NFL Draft Prospects
As the 2018 NFL draft process is going on, it’s important for teams and general managers to look ahead to next year. With a lousy crop of quarterbacks expected to come out, it’s why some might move heaven and earth to try to get a quarterback in this draft.
Some players like Stanford RB Bryce Love, Michigan DT Rashan Gary, Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson, and West Virginia QB Will Grier will be in the discussion, but here are the big five to watch out for.
5. QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
Career Statistics: 67% completion for 4,423 yards and 30 touchdowns with eight picks, and 223 rushing yards and six scores.
Why Jarrett Stidham Is Here On The List: Three words …
Timing, timing, timing.
2017 was a tough year for NFL quarterback prospects to get in the draft mix with Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and Mason Rudolph already jockeying for spots.
Of course, someone will rise up from out of the blue in 2018, but with Nick Fitzgerald and Clayton Thorson coming off of major injures, Stidham should quickly become a wanted man.
The only big thing missing is time logged in the system. He had a strong junior season with the Tigers, but one great junior campaign should change the mindset of the scouting world.
He’s 6-3 and 214 pounds with great mobility and a live arm. Accuracy isn’t a concern, and he’s not fazed by big moments, hitting Alabama for a 21-of-28 day for 237 yards. He wasn’t bad in the loss to UCF – two picks aside, finishing the year completing 67% of his passes for 3,158 yards and 18 scores with six picks and four rushing scores.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Can he take his game up a few notches? He’s got the tools and talent, but now that he’ll get another year of experience, can he stay healthy, and can he look and play like a franchise NFL passer?
Bottom Line: He’s not one of the five best NFL prospects going into the college season, but again, quarterbacks are always at a premium, and next year is the draft to be a good one.