2. Where the QBs will go early in the NFL Draft
Okay, let’s do this.
Here’s the early call – before the free agent world kicks in full force – for how this is going to go.
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson: No. 1 overall to Jacksonville
He’d have been the No. 1 pick for Cincinnati last year if he was eligible, and he would’ve been the No. 1 overall selection by Arizona if he could’ve come out after his freshman year.
Zach Wilson, BYU: No. 2 overall to the New York Jets
There won’t be any messing around here. The Jets might entertain offers to trade out of this pick for a slew of guys and then go with Sam Darnold as the main man going forward, but Wilson has become too hot a prospect.
Trey Lance, North Dakota State: No. 4 overall to Atlanta
There’s a chance someone tries to trade up to the three to take Lance before this, and Atlanta could certainly trade down a few slots and take one of the other quarterbacks. Lance is the home run swing pick who’ll get a little time to season up behind Matt Ryan before making the transition as the franchise’s next big thing.
Justin Fields, Ohio State: No. 8 overall to Carolina
While the quarterbacks are the stars of this draft, there are enough amazing other prospects to keep teams from going too crazy to move up for a passer. Fields or Lance will slide to the 8.
Mac Jones, Alabama: No. 19 to Washington
It might not be the splashiest of quarterback picks compared to the four going ahead of him, but Jones has the tools to be a safe option for the Football Team if they don’t go hard in the free agent market. This pick is just low enough that it might work in a trade to give this away as part of a package.