2019 NFL Draft: Top Rated QBs
***Updated April 9, 2019***
1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, 6-3/231
He set a Big-10 record by passing for more yards than Drew Brees. He also threw for 50 touchdowns. He looks very comfortable in the pocket and seems to have a natural feel for the game. Quick release and really drives the ball down field. Reads the field well and is accurate. Mechanics are clean, but sometimes drops his arm creating errant throws. Haskins is still learning the game. With good coaching he has a high ceiling.
2. Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4/228
There are something you just can’t coach, and one of them is arm-strength. Lock has the best arm in the class. Lock’s throwing motion resemble a Major League pitcher. He really torques that elbow and has a lot of range in his shoulder. Has four-years of playing experience against top level competition. Could start right away at the next level.
3. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, 5-10/205
Murray is the wild-card in the draft. In 2018, he won the Heisman and Davey O’Brien Awards – widely considered the best player in college football. Opted for the NFL over the MLB. When you watch his throwing mechanics, you can see that baseball background in his throwing motion – look like a third baseman throwing it to first. Has a very quick release and nice touch on the ball – especially, the deep ball. Murray expects to be a day one starter, after all, he didn’t skip a professional baseball career to ride the pine.
4. Daniel Jones, Duke, 6-5/221
A protégé of coach David Cutcliffe, Jones knows his X’s and O’s. His experience playing in a pro-style offense has helped him prepare for the next level. Has good arm strength, but not top-notch. Releases ball at it’s high point. Could start right away at the next level, but might benefit by not being asked to do too much in his first season.
5. Ryan Finley, North Carolina State, 6-4/213
Finley is a cerebral quarterback, who throws the ball with a soft touch. He makes smart decisions and plays mistake free football. Doesn’t take unnecessary sacks or throw into tight windows when he can check the ball down.
6. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo, 6-7/240
This guy has the physical traits some team will fall in love with. At 6′ 7″, he ran a 4.59 forty. He gets tons of rotations on the ball as it zips out of his hand. Not a runner, but if pushed out of the pocket, he has a quick reset allowing him to get the ball off quickly. He keeps his eyes downfield and is really accurate in the intermediate range. Has a lot of potential, but will need good coaching to fix some mechanical issues which cause him to over/under throw too many passes.
7. Will Grier, West Virginia, 6-2/217
Played in a wide open gun-slinger style of offense that showcased the best of his skills. Even though the Pro game is changing, you still need to play from under center. He bring enthusiasm to the field and is a natural leader. If a team seeks intangibles, this guy has them.
8. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn, 6-2/218
Stidham can make all of the throw, but doesn’t make them consistently. He threw a lot of dink-and-dunk passes at Auburn. Didn’t play under center. So there’s going to be a curve for him too.
9. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, 6-4/222
Thorson has the size and arm strength every scout is looking for. He won 27 games over his career and took Northwestern to the Big-10 Championship game last year. Had shoulder surgery prior to the 2018 season.
10. Brett Rypien, Boise State, 6-2/210
Rypien is getting plenty of looks leading up to the draft. A four-year starter known for his football IQ and preparation. Doesn’t have a rocket arm, but is accurate and doesn’t make costly mistakes.
OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
- Devlin Hodges, Samford, 6-1/205
- Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, 6-5/226
- Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi, 6-3/221
- Gardner Minshew, Washington State, 6-1/225
- Easton Stick, North Dakota State, 6-1/224
- Trace McSorley, Penn State, 6-0/202
- Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt, 6-4/230
- Jake Browning, Washington, 6-2/211
- Justice Hansen, Arkansas State, 6-4/2018
- Wilton Speight, UCLA, 6-6/240
- Tony Cornelius, Oklahoma State, 6-6/232
- Taryn Christion So. Dakota State 6-2/220
- Bart Williams, Grand Valley State, 6-6/225
- John Lovett, Princeton, 6-3/230
- Jake Dolegala, Central Connecticut State, 6-6/235
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.