4. Ryan Finley, NC State
6-4, 213: The first three quarterbacks will come off the board, and Daniel Jones will be there in the mix – if not one of those first three – and then someone will have their guy waiting right there.
Whatever team takes Finley will say all along that he was their No. 1 guy, because all teams say that about their pick. But in this instance, that might actually be true. There are enough knocks on the other top quarterbacks in this draft that Finley might just be the top guy for some offensive coordinator and head coach who just want a rock-solid stand-up double of a quarterback draft pick.
Finley has been through the wars, and he’s been able to adapt and adjust to what was needed. As a junior, it was his job to act as the conductor of an offense loaded with weapons – and not screw things up to let the great defense do its job. He hit 65% of his throws with just six picks.
Last year, the offense was all on his shoulders to run, and he carried the team – there wasn’t any running game to rely on – with close to 4,000 yards while pushing the ball down the field more.
He’s an NFL-skilled passer who isn’t going to be a Pro Bowl talent on just any team, but he can certainly be a functional starter who could blossom into a statistical star in the right system.
No, it’s not going to happen, and he’s certainly not TB12, but this is the guy New England should in its bullpen for 2021.
Projected Round: Second Round
Real Value: Second Round