They might not all show up and workout, but these are the five best quarterback prospects going into the 2019 NFL Combine.
2019 NFL Combine Workout: Saturday, March 2
Here we go with the 2019 NFL Combine, with all the breakdowns and analysis of every throw, every quirk, and every positive and negative on all of the top prospects. This isn’t that hard. Just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level?
The bigger breakdowns will come before the NFL Draft, but for now – again, from the college perspective – here are the pre-combine rankings for all of the top quarterbacks.
Before getting into the top five breakdown, here’s a ranking of the best of the rest.
2019 Pre-NFL Combine Quarterback Best of the Rest Rankings
Number in parentheses is the projected round drafted pre-NFL Combine.
17. Jake Browning, Washington 6-1, 207 (7 FA)
A good veteran baller who’s missing all the raw NFL tools.
16. Trace McSorely, Penn State 6-0, 200 (7 FA)
Just not consistently accurate enough, he has to hit EVERY throw in Indy.
15. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt 6-4, 230 (7 FA)
Big, smart passer who doesn’t have the high-powered arm. Just good enough to be a long-time backup.
14. Easton Stick, North Dakota State 6-1, 220 (6)
Ultimate intangibles, but he’s too small and doesn’t have the arm. However, he’s just good enough to hang around the league carrying a clipboard for a long, long time.
13. Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss 6-3, 215 (7 FA)
There’s a whole lot there to develop, but he might need a whole lot of time, too. Benefitted from having two of the best NFL prospect receivers to throw to.
12. Brett Rypien, Boise State 6-2, 200 (5)
He’ll hang around the league for a long time as a backup, but he doesn’t have the arm.
11. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State 6-5, 230 (7 FA)
What is he? Think a taller version of what New Orleans does with Taysom Hill, but he has to be more accurate.
10. Gardner Minshew, Washington State 6-1, 220 (6)
A future head coach, he thinks the game well and is a sharp, pure passer. But he doesn’t have the raw tools.
9. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern 6-4, 225 (4)
Looks the part, has the size, and he has the upside, but he just doesn’t push the ball deep enough. He’s a dink-and-dunker, but that might work for the right offense.
8. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn 6-3, 215 (4)
Someone will fall in love with him. He’s out of central casting as a passer, but there’s just not enough consistency to make him among the elite prospects. To be fair, the line didn’t give him a lot of time last year.
7. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo 6-7, 245 (5)
Needs a LOT of work, time and seasoning – he’s really, really not accurate – but he’s the best pure tools quarterback in the draft. Harness everything he brings, and look out … in three years.
6. Daniel Jones, Duke 6-5, 220 (1)
He’s going to get WAY overdrafted. The size, the Duke smarts, and the mid-range accuracy are all there, but you’re not going to win a Super Bowl because he’s your starter.