Ok, it’s quarterback time and this year it’s a very short list. First, let’s look at the league as a whole. A lot of general managers aren’t happy about missing out on Patrick Mahomes. To understand what I mean think of it this way: 31 teams missed on a franchise quarterback. Based on the MVP trophy in his house and the 50 touchdowns he threw in his first season, it’s safe to say that he should have been the first overall pick looking back. So this year there are several teams looking to make amends for that. Let’s dive in and see if trying to make amends will end up with some poor team reaching for something that just ain’t quite there.
First, we will start at the top: Kyler Murray. He didn’t participate in the combine but he did the interviews and did get measured. It seems that’s all he needed to do. He will throw at his pro day, but the most important factor was his height. Well, he is 5’10” and you should have seen how the buzz started after his measurables were sent out to the GMs in the NFL. Here is my evaluation of Murray:
He has a quick release, is very athletic, and can throw the ball from a variety of different platforms.
The only drawback is that it takes him a while to find his third WR in his progressions. That can be cleaned up if he is in a system that helps him with that. The hype is real. He’s very athletic, and I mean scary athletic and is fast, and quick. As far as comparisons go, he’s a combination of Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. He will have to figure it out once he reaches the next level, but I think he is the best quarterback in the draft.
As far as the buzz goes, it’s so serious that the Arizona Cardinals are thinking about trading Josh Rosen and taking Kyler with the first pick. This should be taken very seriously because the Arizona coach was the college coach that tried to recruit Kyler Murray out of high school, and had Kyler ranked higher than Josh Rosen and Patrick Mahomes on that same recruiting board.
Next is Dwayne Haskins. This guy is a mixed bag, so I will just tell you my thoughts. He has all the tools to be a great pocket passer. He has a quick release, he is tall, and he throws from a bunch of different platforms. Here are the buts: he doesn’t have a lot of experience playing the position. The talent around him is insane and if you don’t think so wait till you see my wide receiver report from this combine. And I wasn’t really a fan of his attitude as well. He gave off a very arrogant vibe, kind of like Aaron Rodgers did when he came out of Cal. And even Rodgers said he needed to be benched his first year out just so he could settle down and be all about football.
He needs to sit a year, or maybe two, to get the best out of him in the long run. He measures out to be 6’3” 220 lbs. and moves like Jameis Winston. But his head is where I worry about him. I’d love for him to go to the Giants though to sit behind Eli for a year and learn, which will improve his chances to be a very effective Quarterback in the long run.
The last Quarterback I liked is Drew Lock. Now, this young man has a cannon for an arm and he knows he does. He measures out to be 6’4” 225 lbs, which is a nice size. And he was first-team All-SEC in 2017, which is very impressive if you think about the defenses he has to play against in that division. Whoever drafts this guy will get a solid quarterback, but it’s all up to what they are going to do with him. I think he should sit a year too to get better consistency throwing the ball in tight places and get better with his feet and hips. He likes to throw with just his arms a lot, but it’s his hips and body torque that can add touch to his passes and allow him to get the ball out even faster.
All the other quarterbacks in this draft have a ways to go but can be solid producers in the NFL if they are developed the right way. For now, I just see them being solid backups. There you have it. The top three quarterbacks are the only ones I feel can possibly be franchise quarterbacks, but really it’s on them and the organization to put a good football product on the field.
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