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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / NFL News / 2018 NFL Draft Ranking the Top 10 Quarterbacks

2018 NFL Draft Ranking the Top 10 Quarterbacks

Top 10 QB's in the NFL Draft
Publish Date: 02/02/2018
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

1) Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma 6′ 1″/218

In 2017, Mayfield threw for 4,340 Yards, 71.0% Completion, 41 TD’s and 5 Interceptions, with a 203.8 Passer Rating. Baker has been extremely accurate during the last 2 years, with an average completion % at 70. He doesn’t throw many interceptions. He’s strong, tough, athletic, and his arm is strong enough for NFL success. He has 4.7 speed, enough to avoid the rush and run out of the pocket. Size scares a lot of NFL teams but his ability to move around in the pocket and deliver a throw into a tight window is what everybody in the NFL is looking for. He is a passionate player which a lot of people read as being a bad thing. I don’t. I love the passion he plays with and I expect him to be an NFL starter very soon.

2) Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville, 6′ 3″/205

Jackson is the best athlete in this quarterback class and I believe he is being vastly undervalued. In 2017, Jackson threw for 3,489 Yards, 60.4 % Completion, 25 TD’s and 6 Interceptions. Jackson possesses a powerful arm. He may not be ready to start day one, but he is a good pocket passer and a huge threat out of the pocket. Jackson could be a big-time steal for somebody in this draft.

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3) Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia, 6′ 4″/215

Benkert has good size and above average arm strength. He works through his progressions while making tight window throws and spotting the open receiver. In his 2017 College season, Benkert threw for 3,207 Yards with 25 Touchdowns and 9 Interceptions, with a completion percentage of 58.5%. He had a respectable 124.1 Passer Rating. Benkert has the skill set, arm strength and ability to make all of the NFL routine throws with confidence and accuracy. He has a quick release with an over-the-top delivery close to his ear. He has good mobility with confidence to make successful throws on difficult roll-outs. He needs work especially with his field vision but somebody will get a future NFL starting quarterback when they draft Benkert.

4) Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming, 6′ 5″/233

In 2017, Allen threw for 1,812 Yards, 56.3% Completion, 16 TD’s and 6 Interceptions, with a 127.8 (PR) Passer Rating. Great size, toughness, with a very strong arm. An athletic freak. Also runs well for a quarterback and he throws the ball with more velocity than any other quarterback in this draft class. The problem there is that Allen often throws the ball too hard when he doesn’t need to, causing difficult catches for his receivers. Some scouts think Allen is a project who may take a year or two to develop. John Elway has taken a liking to him and I think Denver would be a great fit for Allen. Hopefully for Allen’s sake the Browns don’t pick him at number one or four.

5) Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA, 6′ 4″/220 

In the 2017 College Football season, Josh threw for 3,756 Yards, 62.6% Completion, 26 TD’s, 10 Interceptions, with a 147.0 (PR) Passer Rating. Rosen has had a penchant for getting injured, which could give some teams reason for concern. Rosen can play under center and is fundamentally sound.  Many NFL scouts believe that Josh Rosen is the best QB in this year’s Draft Class and that he is the readiest to play in his first season as a starter. The thing that stood out to me though was a conversation I had with a respected scout who works with a team in the NFC. He said this about Rosen: “He’s the one I know the best—he’s got size, athletic tools, velocity. He’s just a mess off the field and he’s coming off the injury. He needs to grow up, but the talent is off the charts.”

6) Sam Darnold, QB, USC, 6′ 4″/225 

In 2017, Darnold threw for 3,787 Yards, 63.7% Completion, 26 TD’s, 12 Interceptions, with a 151.0 PR. Great size, strong arm, good accuracy. Darnold’s biggest problem is inconsistency. He doesn’t take care of the ball and has a penchant for turning the ball over, either through interceptions or fumbles. Ball security has been a problem for Darnold, as he has a tendency to play loose with the ball in and out of the pocket. I think Darnold would have been better served staying at USC for another year.

7) Luke Falk, QB, Washington State, 6′ 4″/225

Great size with above-average arm strength. In 2017, he threw for 3,593 Yards, 66.9 Completion %, 30 TD’s, 13 Interceptions and a 137.0 Passer Rating. Falk is an accurate passer with excellent size, however, he lacks the mobility to avoid sacks. Falk’s biggest problem, to me, is his inability to see coverages, which leads to him throwing bad interceptions. He also doesn’t move well in the pocket. I think he is a project that in the right situation could be a solid NFL quarterback.

8) Nic Shimonek, QB, Texas Tech, 6′ 3″/225

Scouts believe that Shimonek has the ability to make all the necessary NFL throws. He is very accurate, and at Texas Tech he had the opportunity to throw for 33 Touchdowns and 3,963 Yards. His completion % was 66.5, with only 10 Interceptions in his 2017 collegiate season. He had a Passer Rating of 152.1. Shimonek is a big-time sleeper to me and with the right coaching could end up being a big-time steal in this draft.

9) Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State, 6′ 5″/230  

Another QB with excellent size and good arm strength. Throws with nice touch and can throw the deep ball with accuracy. In 2017, Rudolph threw for 4,553 Yards, with a 65.0 Completion %, and 35 TD’s and 9 Interceptions. Rudolph had a 170.0 Passer Rating. I think Rudolph could have trouble throwing into tight windows and he lacks the mobility to elude oncoming rushers. Another problem for Rudolph is his lack of taking snaps under center.

10) Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky, 6′ 4″/225

In the Senior Bowl, White completed 8 of 11 passes for 128 Yards. He threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to LSU receiver DJ Chark. During the 2017 College Football season, White threw for 4,177 Yards, 26 TD’s and only 8 Interceptions. His completion % was an impressive 65.7, coupled with a 140.8 Passer Rating. White is a good leader and a very smart kid, the problem could be lack of arm strength which is below average.

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