So here we are, the final position grouping of the series! That means that the draft itself is super close! Which gets me all sorts of excited.
This QB class is a definite down year after we had 4 go in the first round last year and with a couple of classes on the horizon which look like they’ll have at least 3 really talented passers in each year.
But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves, there are still some nice aspects and traits to the QB’s available this year.
So let’s get into it.
1. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, RS Junior, 5’10, 207 lbs
Fits; Cardinals, Raiders Jags
Murray is a dynamic athlete with the ball in his hands and also possesses a very live arm which can going the ball all over the field.
Generally Murray makes sound decisions and can hit throws at all levels of the field, however, he does have tendencies to make so really silly throws which will get him and his team into trouble in the NFL. It must be said I do like that Murray has a “short memory” in terms of his bad decisions… in the sense that bad throws don’t seem to bother him or bog him down in the game moving forward.
As a runner he protects himself well by sliding when needed (obvious baseball background) so no need to worry so much about his undersized frame being battered every week on scrambles and designed runs… although, this style will put him in harm’s way.
By no means the perfect prospect; I have been seriously turned off Murray as a person with the way he handled the pre draft process. But he is the number 1 QB in this class and in my opinion will be the #1 overall pick. Read into that what you will about the rest of the passers available.
2. Dwayne Haskins, RS Sophomore, Ohio State, 6’3, 231 lbs
Fits; Giants, Jags, Redskins
Haskins is your prototypical pocket passer, some have compared him to Jameis Winston, some to Alex Smith.
Haskins is a QB that throws with good timing and anticipation at short and intermediate levels with good power or touch; whatever the situation requires.
Haskins doesn’t have the most accurate deep ball which leads me to believe that he’ll end up being more of an Alex Smith style, dink and dunk QB as opposed to a vertical passer or someone who takes risky throws.
Big red flag for me is that he’s only got 1 year of starter experience at Ohio State, I was a big advocate of him returning to school to gain more experience.
3. Drew Lock, Senior, Missouri, 6’3, 228 lbs
Fits; Broncos, Bucs
Drew Lock is a physical gifted, string armed passer who slings the ball with power with just a flick of the wrist, which can look really impressive when linking up with a receiver on a deep ball or fitting the ball through a tight window. This means he’s more of a fit in a vertical passing game such as Denver, Tampa Bay or even Detroit.
However, he makes maddening decisions with the football, which probably comes from trusting his arm too much and also probably not reading defenses as much as he should.
Lock is also horrible under pressure which forces bad decisions and poor footwork which lead to inaccurate throws.
This time last year we were all talking about Josh Allen in these terms and they do have some similarities in terms of being strong armed QB’s who generally didn’t truly know how to play the position. One area where Lock lags behind Allen severely is mobility and his ability to scramble or evade pressure. Lock isn’t winning any races against would be tacklers… I wasn’t a fan of Allen last year and that probably gives you a clue about where I sit with Lock. And he’s *still* my QB3… [vomit emoji].
4. Daniel Jones, RS Junior, Duke, 6’5, 221 lbs
Fits; Washington, Cincinnati
Daniel Jones is really just a bit of a steady Eddy… He’s not particularly good at any one thing but ok at most things.
His pass completion is and always has been around 60% at Duke, he’s pretty much always thrown for just over 2600 yards and has thrown for a little more than 1 interception for every 2 touchdowns.
He’s very good at the short and intermediate stuff but anything where we over 20 yards or so in the air, he’s actually pretty horrendous.
Absolutely a quick rhythm passer, if you can force him off platform or out of the pocket then he’s in trouble.
He’s my number 4 QB but if I were in a draft room, I wouldn’t touch him before the start of day 3.
5. Will Grier, West Virginia, RS Senior, 6’2, 217 lbs
Fits; Any team that believes they can mould a QB, which in reality, isn’t many.
Grier is the gunslinger, the freelancer of the group and that, naturally, excites people. Grier is shortish and actually only 10 lbs heavier than Kyler Murray, which says a lot, considering he’s a good 3 inches taller. He’s not a huge scrambler or someone who likes to break from the pocket too often but his style or holding on to the ball and attracting rushers is sort of risky.
In terms of throwing Grier is pretty fearless but obviously that causes issues because he doesn’t always make the best decisions, he can also become inaccurate because his mechanics are all over the place at times. Fearlessness coupled with a dodgy throwing motion isn’t exactly a dreamy mix to me. Quarterbacks should have a simple, easy repeatable action which gets the ball out quickly, Grier doesn’t have this at all.
He’ll get and has got fans because some will see the potential and believe he can he moulded but in reality I don’t believe and I think Grier needs everything to click to be a success… He needs a good landing spot, with good coaches and a veteran QB to cook behind for a couple of years, if not more.
Sleeper. Jordan Ta’Amu, Senior, Ole Miss, 6’2, 221 lbs
Fits; Patriots, Chargers, Steelers, Saints
Ta’Amu is actually a player I like more than most QB’s in this class. He’s very accurate at all levels of the field, he makes good decisions or at least, very few bad ones. Ta’Amu is mobile and can use his legs to make plays and get out of trouble. Sounds very positive doesn’t it? Because it is. I think Ta’Amu has a real chance to be a very high end backup in the NFL that at some point will get the chance to be a low end starter after an injury or being traded in the same manner as Jacoby Brissett.
He doesn’t wow you with any one aspect of his game but he does everything in a smooth manner, with good mechanics and poise.
The problems come in the sense that Ole Miss’ offense ran so few plays so we really don’t know his capabilities when given a normal sized playbook. But then again, because he’s got the basics right already in terms of his motion and the mental aspects of the game, I feel he should be able to take those next steps.
If I’m a team that wants a day 3, developmental QB, I am taking Jordan Ta’amu over Grier, Jones and maybe even Drew Lock. Maybe he can develop into what his good friend Marcus Mariota should have been?