2018 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings: From The College Perspective


It’s NFL Draft time. Finally. Who are the five quarterbacks who’ll matter, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

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Alright, enough. It’s time to do this already.

After too much speculation, too much evaluation, and way, way, way too much talking, here’s the answer.

From the college perspective, here are the top quarterbacks in your 2018 NFL Draft, starting with the ones who’ll be in the mix, and then diving into the five who’ll actually matter to the next ten years of the pro football world.

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15. Quinton Flowers, USF

5-10, 210: This is a horrendous quarterback class outside of the top six. If anyone outside of the big guys does anything but collect a paycheck as a backup, be shocked. So here’s your chance at hitting on someone interesting. Flowers is too small and doesn’t have next-level passing skills, but he’s built like an NFL running back and could be a flier as a back end of the roster, jack-of-all-trades guy and emergency option.
Projected Round: Free Agent

14. Kyle Lauletta, Richmond

6-3, 215: The darling among the pretentious scouting community, he throws WAY too many picks and doesn’t have an NFL arm. He’s smooth as glass with his mechanics, but he’s not a starting pro passer. Expect him to be way overdrafted.
Projected Round: Fourth

13. Kurt Benkert, Virginia

6-4, 215: The Virginia offense needed him to come though, and he did last season in a huge way. With good size, a live arm, and great mechanics, he can be a decent emergency option, but he can’t be a long-term starter.
Projected Round: Seventh

12. Logan WOodside, Toledo

6-2, 206: Very, very feisty, the baller has an okay arm, doesn’t have the right size, and he’s just not it in terms of looking or being the part, but he produces. With his accuracy, someone will see him as a lesser Case Keenum – and that’s not a knock.
Projected Round: Sixth

11. Chase Litton, Marshall

6-6, 232: An intriguing prospect with NFL size and a live arm, but he threw a LOT of picks and he needs a whole lot of mechanical work. Some QB coach will pound the table to try working with him – the skill set is there to take a shot.
Projected Round: Sixth

10. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

6-1, 220: Great guy, great leader, and a winner who’s been around the wars and the biggest of games, he won’t be fazed by the NFL world. He’ll never be your typical franchise passer, but with his smarts and mobility, everyone will want him around the QB meeting room as a No. 3 option.
Projected Round: Seventh

9. Riley FergUson, Memphis

6-4, 210: A smooth, dangerous passer with the accuracy and deep ball skills to always look the part in practices. He’s not built to hold up, but someone will love the upside as a developmental backup who won’t get you beat.
Projected Round: Fifth

8. Luke Falk, Washington State

6-4, 225: Yup, he’s a Mike Leach system quarterback, and he got the stuffing beaten out of him way too often, but he’s got pure NFL passing skills. He’ll be around the league for a long time as a terrific emergency option.
Projected Round: Fourth

7. Mike White, WKU

6-4, 225: Great value option in the mid-to-late rounds. He’s got the size, the smarts, and the arm strength to make a whole lot of money as good backup who could rise up and shine once he gets his shot. He’s an NFL passer.
Projected Round: Fourth

6. Josh Allen, Wyoming

6-5, 233: He has the size, the skills, the tools, the upside, the talent, and the peerless arm strength to be everything you want in a quarterback – except for the ability to complete a forward pass to another player on a consistent basis.

It’s all there to be special after a little developing, but unless you can name another quarterback prospect over the last 20-or-so years who was this mediocre a college player and rocked at the next level – and will be taken so high – let someone else take the gamble.
Projected Round: Top Ten Overall

5. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

6-1, 215: At the very, very high end, he’s a less mobile, right-handed Steve Young. At an even higher end, he comes up with a more efficient and effective throwing motion, and he’s a poor man’s Drew Brees.

Or, he’s Case Keenum, and that’s not as bad as it sounds.

He’s got the right type of jerkweed feistiness – it’s a positive, even though some might not like how he rolls – which motivated him to win three Big 12 titles, the Heisman, and turn into one of the greatest passers in the history of college football.

But the size is a problem, the lack of athleticism is an issue, and he might turn out to have been a product of a phenomenal system that allowed him to hit lots of lots of wide open targets.

But there’s a magical quality to his game. Do you really want to be the team that doubted him and pays for it? Yeah, go ahead and pass during the early part of the first round. He’ll be an NFL starter, but that’s about it.

Everyone wants to try to compare him to smallish, baller quarterbacks, but he’s not as quick as you might think. While he can make plays on the move, he’s a pocket passer, and that’s where the size issue comes in.

He’ll energize any franchise he goes to, and he’ll give it an edge and an attitude from Day One.

Get him on a team with a great defense and all the pieces in place, and he’ll be that missing piece who can win and win big. But if you think you’re going to win a Super Bowl because he’ll be a transcendent MVP QB, nope.

Projected Round: Top Ten Overall
Real Value: Mid-2nd Round

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