2019 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings: From The College Perspective


Who are the quarterbacks who’ll matter in the 2019 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

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After too much speculation, too much evaluation, and way, way, way too much talking, here are your answers.

From the college perspective, here are the top quarterbacks in your 2019 NFL Draft, starting with the ones who’ll be in the mix, and then diving into the five who’ll actually matter over the next ten years of the pro football world.

15. Easton Stick, North Dakota State

6-1, 224: He’s nowhere near the talent of the NFL guy that former North Dakota State Bison star Carson Wentz was/is, but he’s a big-time baller who finds a way to get the job done … in college.

His skills and talent don’t necessarily translate to the next level – he doesn’t have the arm, and despite his lack of high-end wheels, he’s more effective as a runner. He’s worth a flier, but there are way too many missing parts.
Projected Round: Sixth Round

14. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

6-5, 230: It all depends on what you want the guy to do. If you want him to be your Day One starting quarterback, he’s a hard pass in the draft. Accuracy and consistency are big concerns, and he all but needs to start over when it comes to learning how to throw a forward pass. However, he’s got ideal size, can run, and for a creative offensive coordinator, there’s something to work with.

If you like what New Orleans has done with Taysom Hill, take that up a few notches with what you can do with Fitzgerald. Get him in, use him in a variety of ways – including as a receiver – and in three years of development, he could be a lottery ticket that pays off big.
Projected Round: Fifth Round

13. Brett Rypien, Boise State

6-2, 210: There’s a whole lot missing. He’s not all that big, he doesn’t have a live arm, and he’ll never be a power pitcher, but he’s a veteran who played at a high level – playing the better teams were never a problem – for four years.

He’ll never be a strong starter who can carry an NFL team for long periods of time, but he can be a terrific midrange thrower with the accuracy and make-up to step in at the ready as a reliable No. 2 guy.
Projected Round: Sixth Round

12. Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss

6-3, 221: Here’s the problem. The guy had DK Metcalf, AJ Brown, and DaMarkus Lodge to throw to, and the Ole Miss offense still stalled way too often. However, he’s a good-sized bomber with a next-level arm who can be careful with the ball and not make too many big mistakes.

It’s a bit alarming that he couldn’t do anything against the great LSU, Mississippi State or Alabama defenses of last year – outside of one big early play against the Tide – but the tools are there to work with in a camp. There’s enough upside to eventually grow into a reliable backup.
Projected Round: Free Agent

11. Gardner Minshew, Washington State

6-1, 225: Before he ends up as a high-end college football coach, the former East Carolina Pirate-turned-Washington State Cougar isn’t all that big, doesn’t have a big-time arm, and isn’t the type of franchise quarterback who can take a team to a title over a full season.

Give him a system to run, and he can go full Nick Foles and step in for a few games and keep a campaign alive. He’s the guy that coaches want on the team, he’s accurate and can run a quick-hitting passing game, and he’ll be fantastic in practices – he’ll be an impossible guy to cut.
Projected Round: Sixth Round

10. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

6-4, 225: Ehhhhhhhh, he’s fine. He could be a low-end starter, but he’s not a long term solution to a quarterback problem. The problem with having Thorson will be that he’s just good enough make a team think that he’s the answer, but he falls into the Just A Guy category.

With that said, he’s got the right size, he throws a nice ball, and unlike about at least ten other guys on this list, he’s got starting talent and will be around the league for the next ten years.
Projected Round: Fourth Round

9. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt

6-4, 230: If you’re looking for your pet project guy, here he is. Shurmur has terrific NFL size, found a way to survive playing in the SEC without a whole lot of next-level talents around him, and he’s got the NFL pedigree as the son of New York Giant head man Pat Shurmur.

No, he doesn’t have the huge arm for his size, but he’s an accurate short-range NFL passer who knows what he’s doing. He’ll never be a field-stretcher, and he’ll never come up with an Aaron Rodgers-like laser-beam in tight coverage, but don’t be stunned if he turns into a terrific backup who can Nick Mullens his way into a decent run at some point.
Projected Round: Sixth Round

8. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

6-2, 218: There’s so much there to like, but he didn’t show it off nearly enough. He’s got good enough size, and the basic tools are all there – including a fantastic arm and decent mobility – but he never busted out like he should’ve. Last year was when he was supposed to take his game to a whole other level, and outside of a nice late stretch in the win over Texas A&M, he couldn’t turn it loose.

To be fair, the Auburn O line was an issue, but he didn’t make the players around him better. On the plus side, he could be a whale of a mid-round steal in an awful quarterback class. Let someone else pay retail for the top five guys. In terms of talent, Stidham could be in the top three on this list.
Projected Round: Fourth Round

7. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo

6-7, 249: This type of pick never seems to work. Whether it’s Cardale Jones, or JaMarcus Russell, or Christian Hackenberg, or Logan Thomas, or Ryan Mallett, or Brock Osweiler, sometimes it’s easy to fall in love with the jaw-dropping tools. Big, huge arm, all the dream NFL skills that just need some coaching and tweaking to put all together, and … nah. But you don’t want to be the team that misses out if and when that type of guy really can put it all together.

Jackson is wildly inaccurate and inconsistent, and he trusts his arm way too much, but he can move, and he can make throws that no one else in this draft class can dare dream possible.
Projected Round: Fourth Round

6. Daniel Jones, Duke

6-5, 220: The problem with Jones is the same as it is with Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson – only at a steeper price. Yeah, he can absolutely play, and yeah, he can be an NFL starter. But is he the type of quarterback who’ll win you a Super Bowl because you have him? Nah, but he can be a good piece of a great team that’s got everything else in place.

Some team is going to take him in the first round because of his size, mind, and polished mid-range game, but what are you going to do, play him? In a league with so much high-end quarterback talent, you’re going to hitch your wagon to a moderately accurate passer with decent tools in the first round? Love him in the third, hard pass in the first.
Projected Round: First Round

5. Will Grier, West Virginia

6-3, 215: Okay, okay, there’s a lot not to like.

He doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, he needs some rebooting of his mechanics, and last season he showed a strange penchant for giving the ball away/taking a sack at weird times. But he’s got a beautiful touch on his deep passes, he’s got the right personality for an NFL locker room, and he’s a gamer’s gamer.

To go way too vague, some quarterbacks just play the part of an NFL starter. Russell Wilson sort of fits that category – there were things missing in his game and style, but he just had it. That’s Grier.

There are plenty of ways to knock him, and if you’re looking for reasons not to take him, they’re definitely there. Get him in the right system, though, and he’s going to turn out to be a terrific value get in a lousy overall quarterback class.

Projected Round: Third Round
Real Value: Mid-2nd Round

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