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Top 5 NFL 2019 Draft Class Quarterbacks: Diving Deep Into a Shallow Class

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With the NFL Playoffs now fully underway, we are edging closer to the scouting season which precedes the NFL Draft. Bring on the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, pro-days and the prestigious NFL Combine.

With that, we feel it is time for us to present to you the most intriguing prospects entering their NFL Draft preparations. Now that most underclassmen at the quarterback position have declared (or not) for the NFL draft, the time is right to present you who I feel are the top NFL Draft quarterbacks to track in the scouting process.

I do want to clarify that the ranking order of these prospects could change during the scouting process. Not because of public opinion bias, but views may change as more tape is analyzed and more information is collected. So, let’s get to it!


Top 5 NFL 2019 Draft Class Quarterbacks

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Dwayne Haskins Jr., Ohio State Buckeyes

Dwayne Haskins was among the Heisman Finalists. Haskins is only a redshirt sophomore, but with the season he had, he made the decision to declare for the NFL Draft.

On top of being a Heisman finalist, Haskins won many BIG 10 awards. These included Conference Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Quarterback of the Year. In his only season starting for the Buckeyes, he broke a nice chunk of school records: Most Passing Yards in a Game, Season and Most Passing TDs in a Game and Season.

My favorite Haskins game is the Rose Bowl game against Washington and their very talented secondary. Haskins demonstrated his accuracy by going 25 of 37, distributing the ball on all levels of the field. He showed he has elite arm talent and pocket awareness too.

I can’t find a lackluster game in Dwayne Haskins’ season, but if I have to choose one, it has to be the game against Nebraska. That game should have been a walk in the park for the Buckeye offense, yet they struggled. It must have played a role in the selection committee’s choice to keep them out of the playoffs.

Haskins stands at a decent size of 6’3 and 218 lbs. Haskins looks like a very comfortable and natural thrower, with good easy velocity on his passes. He is accurate on all levels, hits his receivers in stride and his poise in the pocket stands out. It is impressive how well he mastered Urban Meyer’s offense in his first season starting. This may be an indicator of his Football IQ, a difficult aspect to scout from a distanced eye.

Haskins is a prospect I highly recommend checking out for yourself if you somehow haven’t already, you will be entertained.

Will Grier, West Virginia Mountaineers


Will Grier entered the season at the top of most analysts QB prospect and put together an impressive season. Grier was a top prospect coming out of high school, committing to Florida. He was awarded Mr. Football USA honors by sportswriters. He threw a nation-high 77 touchdowns, rushed for 1251 yards and found pay dirt 13 times on the ground.

In his two years with the Mountaineers, Grier posted a total of 7,354 yards. After deciding to return to West Virginia for his senior season, he was on the watch list for the Heisman among other awards. While he did not earn a spot as a Heisman finalist, he was named second-team All-Big 12.

Will Grier finished third on West Virginia’s all-time passing yards list, yet finished with the most efficient yards per attempt, passing Geno Smith and Marc Bulger.

What stands out to me from the games I have seen him play, is his anticipation hitting receivers before they break off the route. He is a very competitive player and leader who will always look to make a big play happen. He has the mobility and footwork to extend plays outside the pocket, but needs to be more aware of the pressure. I find that his accuracy is not as consistent as some describe it and seems to depend on whether he is throwing on balance and in rhythm. Other than that, he shows good arm strength to slip the ball into tight coverage.

My favorite game from Will Grier was the win against Texas. My least favorite is the loss to Oklahoma State where his accuracy really dipped and cost them the game. He redeemed himself the following week with a great game against Oklahoma despite losing, in a prototypical Big 12 college football game.

Drew Lock, Missouri Tigers

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Drew Lock is already named among the great quarterbacks to have played in the SEC after this season which propelled him to second all-time leader in passing yards. In three-plus years as the starter, Lock threw for 12,193 yards and 99 touchdowns.In the pre-season, analysts pitted him alongside Will Grier in the race for the Heisman trophy. They were also listed the two top quarterback prospects for this year’s Draft.

In his Junior season, Lock fell 36 yards short of the 4,000 passing yard mark yet threw for an outstanding 44 touchdowns. This led all quarterbacks in college football, also setting an SEC single-season record. He logically earned First-Team All-SEC honors.

Lock is a physically gifted passer with great size, who I believe possesses the best arm strength among the prospects. From the games I’ve watched, he shows the occasional inaccuracy here and there, overthrowing his receivers (several when in “and-goal” situations). He is not afraid to attempt throws into tight windows (sometimes to his detriment). I find that he may need to work on accepting what the defense gives him, rather than locking on his pre-play read (pun intended).

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His best game was the 2018 bowl game against Oklahoma State. He displayed his awesome deep throw ability and put his entire skill-set on display. Watch the game and tell me his arm strength doesn’t stand out. It is the game that best defines what type of quarterback Drew Lock is (both the good and the bad).

His worst tape? The game against Georgia. This is where the questionable decision making is on full display. To his defense, it’s against a Georgia team that ranked 13th in the nation this season in total defense. Although, playing against top defenses won’t be an excuse in the NFL.

Daniel Jones, Duke Blue Devils

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Jones is considered the top quarterback sleeper heading into the draft. His statistical performances may not be as impressive as the prospects listed above, but his skill at the position makes him an interesting prospect.

Some say he reminds them of Peyton Manning (a bit too high a praise for my taste). Maybe it’s because the Duke uniform looks like the Colts‘? He is now primed for a shot at a first-round selection.

He has the fifth highest total passing yards and best TD:INT ratio in Duke history. The concern for Jones is he seems to have reached a ceiling statistically. He failed to improve his stat line significantly from his freshman season to today.

What I love the most about Jones’ game is the touch on his deep ball. He has no issue laying a pass over a defender. He easily hits the soft spot in zone coverage or lays the ball over the shoulders of a defender in man coverage. A key skill for the NFL that is tough to teach. As a bigger QB prospect, 6’5”, he has surprisingly quick and natural footwork in the pocket.

My main concern is his ability to put velocity on his passes when throwing outside the numbers or into tight windows. While he has the arm strength to throw deep with touch, you’d like more velocity on short and intermediate throws. Several of his incompletions outside of the numbers would have been an easy pick-6 against an NFL defense.

Out of the games I have seen, my favorite of Jones is his game vs Pittsburgh. He threw for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns. His most difficult game was against Clemson. Sort of expected facing the National Champions who I value as the best defense this year.

Brett Rypien, Boise State Broncos

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For the last quarterback, I decided to choose a non-power five conference quarterback who I feel deserves some attention. Rypien is yet another quarterback who will constantly have the word “undersized” brought up next to his name. His play neglects that. Brett Rypien is the all-time passing yard leader in the Mountain West, after throwing for over 13,000 yards and 90 touchdowns in his four years as a starter.

Brett Rypien faced a tough schedule looking back on his 2018 season. He confronted three of the top 20 total defenses in the country: BYU, Fresno State twice, and Wyoming. The games against Fresno State and BYU were his most troublesome of the season. His most interesting game to watch was definitely against Wyoming, where he fared very well. I believe it is very indicative of what Rypien can do at the next level.

He showed me an elite combination of ball placement and velocity along with an ability to stay in the pocket facing pressure and deliver strikes to his receivers in tight coverage. He has crisp footwork in the shotgun to survey the field. What really strikes my eyes is how smoothly he surveys the field and jumps through his progressions. The main concern is how he will adapt to NFL defenses.

If I could, I’d rank Rypien higher in this list. However, I want to give an unbiased look at the prospects available in this draft. I highly recommend checking his tape out. It’ll be interesting to see how Rypien’s draft stock evolves as he’ll surely be among the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl and the Combine. Whoever lands him at the draft will have an interesting player to develop and work with.

Conclusion

Overall, I think that this is a weaker quarterback class than the last two we’ve had a chance to witness. However, it gives a lot of opportunity for some hidden gems in later rounds. I believe the demand for quarterbacks this year will be much higher than the supply.

The Giants, Jaguars, and Raiders could all be in the hunt. The Redskins depending on Alex Smith’s recovery and progress. Maybe teams like the Patriots will be looking at the successor to their aging franchise quarterback.

In the end, I believe that there will be more first-round quarterbacks than there are first-round-talent quarterbacks.

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Don’t let one man’s opinion on these prospects define yours. Use this as a guide on who to watch and find who you like best!


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About Selyan Lonqueux

Selyan's a football addict (no rehab planned). Winner of countless fantasy football championships. Prospect tape grinder, rookie draft smasher, and re-builder of dynasties. Oh, and also plays wide receiver.

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