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Quarterbacks: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Rated QBs

Haskins is expected to be the first quarterback off the board.
Photo: Eleven Warriors

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.


  1. Devlin Hodges, Samford, 6-1/205
  2. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, 6-5/226
  3. Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi, 6-3/221
  4. Gardner Minshew, Washington State, 6-1/225
  5. Easton Stick, North Dakota State, 6-1/224
  6. Trace McSorley, Penn State, 6-0/202
  7. Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt, 6-4/230
  8. Jake Browning, Washington, 6-2/211
  9. Justice Hansen, Arkansas State, 6-4/2018
  10. Wilton Speight, UCLA, 6-6/240
  11. Tony Cornelius, Oklahoma State, 6-6/232
  12. Taryn Christion So. Dakota State 6-2/220
  13. Bart Williams, Grand Valley State, 6-6/225
  14. John Lovett, Princeton, 6-3/230
  15. 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.

2018 Mountain West Awards



Allison has declared for the 2019 NFL draft.

Allison had a break-out year in 2017, emerging as one of the key players in Fresno State’s dramatic turnaround with 126 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss in 2017, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

He followed that performance by becoming the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year this fall, leading the Bulldogs to their first conference championship since 2013 with 132 tackles, six tackles for loss and two interceptions.


Rypein etched his name into the Mountain West history books in 2018, becoming the conference’s all-time leader in passing yards (13,456), completions (1,021), and 300-yard games (21). He eclipsed San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley’s (2008-11) yardage and completion marks of 12,690 and 961, respectively, on Nov. 9 against Fresno State, and passed BYU’s Max Hall for most 300-yard performances Nov. 24 against Utah State.


Rothe, the reigning MW Special Teams Player of the Week, leads the nation in field-goal percentage (94.1) and point-after percentage (100.0). Rothe made his first 15 field goals this season and 18 in a row dating back to last season — the longest streak in the nation at the time — before his lone miss against San Jose State on Nov. 3.

A Lou Groza Award finalist, Rothe has connected on 88.6 percent of his field goals (31 of 35) over the last two seasons. He is the first Wyoming player to win either an offensive, defensive or special teams postseason player of the year award since the Mountain West began in 1999.


In the Mountain West, Taua led all freshmen in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game (68.0) and is ranked fifth in the league in rushing yards per carry (5.23) among all classes.

Taua is tied for fifth on the team with 20 receptions for 194 yards and a touchdown. The former Brave also completed four passes for 93 yards on the season, including a 73-yard touchdown pass against Portland State on Aug. 31.


After going 44-34 at Utah State, Wells has recenlty been named the new head coach at Texas Tech.

Wells, who was also named the Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2013, is the first coach in school history to earn multiple coach of the year honors. Overall, he is one of just five coaches in school history to be so honored as by the Big West Conference.

Wells is also just the fifth coach in conference history to be named the Mountain West Coach of the Year multiple times, joining Colorado State’s Sonny Lubick (1999, 2000), New Mexico and San Diego State’s Rocky Long (2002, 2012, 2015), Utah’s Urban Meyer (2003, 2004) and TCU’s Gary Patterson (2005, 2009).

Who will shine? Quarterbacks at the Combine

Who was invited and who will have to wait until Pro Day?

An Easton Stick cut-up vs rival So. Dakota State.
Video Credit: Caddy to the Lama

17 Invited:

  • Jake Browning, Washington
  • Ryan Finley, NC State
  • Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
  • Will Grier, West Virginia
  • Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
  • Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
  • Daniel Jones, Duke
  • Drew Lock, Missouri
  • Trace McSorley, Penn State
  • Gardner Minshew II, Washington State
  • Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  • Brett Rypien, Boise State
  • Kyle Shurmer, Vanderbilt
  • Easton Stick, No. Dakota State
  • Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
  • Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi
  • Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

Questions to be answered?

Browning threw 43 touchdowns in 2016, but only 35 over the next two seasons.
Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer

Did Jake Browning peak his sophomore year? And does he still have what it takes to move up to the next level?

How much does Ryan Finely weigh? Is he big enough to take repeated shots and hold up?

Does the athletic Nick Fitzgerald have enough accuracy to transition to the pro game?

Scouts keep looking at Trace McSorley, there are questions about his height and accuracy, but he’s scrappy. Will he interview well enough to convince a team he’s got what it takes?

How tall is Kyler Murray? How much does he weigh? And does he really have 4.3 speed?

Can Kyle Shurmer perform well enough in the position drills to move up the draft boards?

Is Easton Stick a novelty or the next generation of quarterback?

Does Jarrett Stidham have enough arm strength?

Has Jordan Ta’amu been mistakenly ignored?

Can the workman-like Clayton Thorson wow scouts?

Pro Day watch list:

Cornelius and Blough both displayed good arm-strength and poor decision-making (aka: turning the ball over) at the East-West Shrine Game. Can they convince teams they can overcome adversity?

McMaryion also played at the East-West Shrine Game. He met with the LA Rams and NO Saints. Coming in somewhere around 6-1, 196, he has a small frame which could be a concern at the next level.

Same could be said of Amir Hall, an outstanding DII player from Bowie State. He’s listed at 6-4, 195, and also looks thin-framed.

Justice Hansen has a quick release, but has played in an spread offense that throws a lot of screens and bubble routes. He wasn’t invited to participate any post-season games, so his Pro Day will be big.

It’s been said a number of times, that while No. Dakota State’s Easton Stick has had more team success, So. Dakota State’s Taryn Christion has certainly put up better individual stats. A good Pro Day for Christion and he could find himself getting drafted.

Devlin Hodges broke Steve “Air” McNair’s all-time passing record; he beat out Easton Stick to win the Walter Payton Award and was named the FCS Player of the Year Award; and still, he wasn’t invited to the Combine?

Check out Devlin Hodge’s interview with Emory Hunt:

Devlin Hodges talks with Emory Hunt at the 2018 Tropical Bowl.
Video Credit: footballgameplan.com



First Responder Bowl – Dec 26

Boston College Eagles (7-5)  vs  #25  Boise State Broncos (10-3)



Coach:  Steve Addazio

Boston College Players to watch:

Senior RG Chris Lindstrom  (6-4/305)

Eagles RG Chris Lindstrom
Photo:  Boston College Athletics

Lindstrom has not allowed a pressure in his last seven starts. The Dudley, Mass., native has also been flagged for just one penalty all year on 864 snaps. Lindstrom has never been penalized more than two times in a single season in his NCAA career covering 50 games.

**Sophomore CB Hamp Cheevers  (5-10/170)

Cheevers tied for the nation’s lead with seven interceptions in his first year as a starter for the Eagles. He tied for second on the squad with seven pass breakups as well.

Senior RS/WR Michael Walker  (6-1/195)

Walker is the nation’s leader in combined kick return yards for the second consecutive season after 1,294 combined kick return yards in 2018. An All-ACC Second Team selection, Walker ranks seventh nationally in punt returns this season.

Senior DE Zach Allen  (6-5/285)

Allen led the Eagles with 15.0 tackles for loss and ranked second with 6.5 quarterback sacks. He totaled 61 tackles (26 solo), 11 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one interception.



Coach:  Bryan Harsin

Boise State Players to watch:

Senior QB Brett Rypien  (6-2/203)

Brett Rypien  receives the 2018 Mountain West Offensive Player of the game award.
Photo:  Loren Orr/Getty Images

Rypien currently ranks very close to the national Top 10 in six major categories: touchdown passes (eighth, 29), completions per game (eighth, 23.8), passing yards (ninth, 3,580), passing yards per game (10th, 298.3), completion percentage (10th, 68.8), and passing efficiency (11t, 160.7).

*Junior RB Alexander Mattison  (5-11/219)

Mattison powered his way to 1,215 rushing yards and a Mountain West-best 16 rushing touchdowns. His 1,215 rushing yards also gave him a second-straight 1,000-yard campaign, extending Boise State’s streak of seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher to 10.

**Sophomore DE/STUD  Curtis Weaver  (6-3/266)

Weaver followed up his breakout redshirt freshman season of 2017 with another big year in 2018, leading the Mountain West and ranking 13th in the FBS in sacks (9.5) and ranking tied for third in conference with 14.5 tackles-for-loss. 

Senior CB Tyler Horton  (5-11/185)

The Fresno, Calif., native recovered four fumbles on the year, second-best in the country, along with scooping up a blocked field goal, and picked off a pass.  He returned three of those five turnovers for scores, beginning with fumble returns of 55 and 11 yards in the season-opening win at Troy, then taking a pick 99 yards to the house at Nevada on Oct. 13.


SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 
Boston College vs. Boise State, canceled because of weather