While not nearly as alluring as last year’s class, the incoming crop of Quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft are quite intriguing in their own right. From pint-sized gunslinger Kyler Murray to cannon armed Buffalo signal caller Tyree Jackson, there are prospects of all shapes and sizes. There are “safe” prospects (Daniel Jones), trendy Big 12 passers with video game numbers (Will Grier), and one year wonders who seem too good to be true (Dwayne Haskins). Without further adieu let’s take a look at our final positional rankings exactly two weeks from the draft.
- Dwayne Haskins Ohio State
Haskins is a pure pocket passer who checks every box imaginable. He is very smart, efficient, possesses a pop-gun arm, throws with precision accuracy, and generally seems like a really great teammate/leader. While I think Kyler Murray has a chance to be the first QB selected, it is Haskins who I believe is the best combination of upside and a safe floor.
2. Kyler Murray Oklahoma
Murray could be the second coming of Russell Wilson or he could be exposed as a product of a dynamic collegiate passing system that thrived against rather lackadaisical defenses. One thing is certain, whoever drafts him will be acquiring an unbelievable athlete whose size should be of no concern when it comes to his projectability to an NFL offense.
3. Drew Lock Missouri
Lock has many collegiate starts under his belt in the best conference in college football. He has also struggled mightily against the best of the best in said conference and it remains to be seen how he handles similar situations in the NFL. From a talent standpoint, there is no reason (other than occasionally spotty ball placement) why Lock can’t end up being the best passer to come out of this class.
4. Daniel Jones Duke
Referred to as the “chicken quesadilla” of this year’s class by Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier, Jones is the classic “safe” prospect who profiles as a middle of the road starter with a floor that resembles his ceiling. For a team in shambles at the position like Washington, Jones could be a stabilizing presence in the long term.
5. Will Grier West Virginia
Grier is the poor man’s Baker Mayfield. He’s got a good enough arm, possesses grit and determination, and is best suited to be placed in an offense where he can spread the ball around to various pass catchers (achem Patriots…achachem Chargers..). His upside could easily push him into the late first round come draft day.
6. Tyree Jackson Buffalo
Jackson profiles similarly to Josh Allen of the Bills, as he combines a huge frame with dynamic athleticism and an arm that’s a little too strong for his own good. Some team could bite on his potential early in the draft with whispers of him being the next Patrick Mahomes. It goes without saying that Jackson is the quintessential boom of bust QB in this class.
7. Brett Rypien Boise State
Rypien was a four year starter for the Broncos and he profiles as an Andy Dalton type in the NFL. He could be a nice pickup for a team in round 3 or 4.
8. Jarrett Stidham Auburn
Stidham was once thought to be a first round prospect in this class. Unfortunately, his bugaboo turned out to be a disastrous receiving core that made him look much worse than he actually was.
9. Clayton Thorson Northwestern
Thorson is a smart player with a lot of experience under his belt, which makes me think someone will be happy to bring him in as a 2nd or 3rd string player in the middle rounds of the draft.
10. Ryan Finley NC State
Finley has just an okay arm and that will likely hold him back in the NFL (unless he’s the next Tom Brady). He projects as a decent backup who should go in round 4 or 5.
Other names to monitor: Trace McSorley Penn State, Gardner Minshew Washington State, Kyle Shurmur Vanderbilt, Easton Stick NDSU