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2019 NFL Draft: QB Big Board

Who are the ten best quarterbacks in the country? Who rose and fell on the most infamous QB big board on the interwebs?

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1. Dwayne Haskins 6’2 214 RS Sophomore Ohio State

- Haskins was a Heisman finalist that put up monster numbers but had some inconsistent moments on occasion. A plus league ready arm talent. He has posted a 70% completion rate, 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns to go with just eight interceptions. Has improved pocket awareness and instincts immensely from freshman year to his junior season. Despite Stephen A. Smith’s misguided and utterly detestable opinion, Haskins is a pocket passer in the Jameis Winston mold but more technically refined.

2. Drew Lock 6’3 223 Senior Missouri

- Lock had a solid Senior Bowl and was the best QB in Mobile that week. He has the strongest arm in the class that can make any throw. The deep ball is a major plus on film. Nice quick and compact delivery. No wasted motion. Above average athlete that can make things happen on the move. He had to make due with receivers that were either hurt or did not live up to standards. Outstanding character and work ethic. 2018 stat line: 252/399 (63.2%) 3,125 yards, 25 TDs, 8 interceptions.

3. Kyler Murray 5’10 190 RS Junior Oklahoma

- I’m finally writing about Murray because he recently committed to football 100% despite the overtures from the Oakland Athletics. He’s the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. An elite athlete that can flat out move around and make plays all over. He has a plus arm, which surprises a lot of people given his size. His tape is just electrifying. Pocket awareness is solid. I have no concerns about the Oklahoma offense translating to the next level as multitude of NFL teams have flocked to Norman to learn about it. HC Lincoln Riley even got mentions about pro jobs. Murray’s size is a thing because of the rigors of an NFL season is punishing. I expect him to crush Marcus Mariota’s QB record 40 time at the Combine later this month.

4. Jordan Ta’amu 6’2 212 Senior Ole Miss

- Possesses a really quick release. Has an above average arm talent that can make every throw asked of him. Deep ball is very consistent. A good athlete can get you yards on designed runs if need be. There are system fit questions along with frame issues. A two year starter that has played against the best of the best and looked decent doing it. Reportedly had a good Shrine Game week. 2018 stats: 266/418 (64%), 3,918 yards, 19 TDs, 8 interceptions.

5. Brett Rypien 6’2 203 Senior Boise State

- Rypien was a four year starter that has improved upon his numbers every year minus one. The one major thing I noticed about him is that he has a lightning quick release. Very good in the short and intermediate areas. Doesn’t hem and haw around. Knows where he’s going with the ball in an instant. Footwork is a plus even when the pocket gets messy. Not the most athletic in the world but has just enough to scramble around. Arm talent is a plus, albeit barely enough to make all the throws. Didn’t hurt his stock at Shrine Game. 2018 stats: 266/397 (67%) 3,864 yards, 37 touchdowns, 8 interceptions.

6. Tyree Jackson 6’7 249 RS Junior Buffalo

- He’s every bit of 6’7 249 in person. Had an expected week at the Senior Bowl. He is what he is at this point. Fundamentally inconsistent and raw as a prospect but physically impressive. Made a massive jump in my rankings due to the flaws of the other QBs. His size is intriguing. Initially put his name in the transfer portal but decided to declare for the draft. Was eligible for the Senior Bowl as a graduate transfer. 2018 stats: 205/372 (55%) 2,857 yards, 27 TDs, 11 interceptions

7. Daniel Jones 6’5 220 RS Junior Duke

- He has a rocket arm that can make all the throws. Athletic enough to move around in the pocket when things get messy. He had a horrid time of things in Mobile (check out my recaps for more information). There are things such as consistency in the pocket, medicals, and a worrisome accuracy (a career 59.5%) to correct. Falling down rapidly down my board. 2018 stat line: 207/351 (59%), 2,251 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

8. Jarrett Stidham 6’2 218 RS Junior Auburn

- Stidham was a QB that had a good week in Mobile i.e. didn’t mess it up. He showed remarkable improvement in the pocket and a better than average arm. He doesn’t look like a baby giraffe trying to walk for the first time on his dropbacks. The system fits are still a question as Auburn’s offense isn’t conducive for any pro success however. He will need to take a redshirt year to learn at the next level. 2018 stats: 224/369 (60%), 2,794 yards, 18 TDs, 5 interceptions.

9. Gardner Minshew 6’0 224 RS Senior Washington State

- A case could be made that he was the worst QB at the Senior Bowl. A system QB that can do work in the short and intermediate game but not much else. He also came in shorter than listed so there’s that. Needs a big Combine and Pro Day to offset some concerns. 2018 stats: 433/613 (70.6%), 4,477 yards, 36 TDs, 9 interceptions

10. Ryan Finley 6’4 208 RS Senior NC State

- Finley is what he is at this point. A career backup with 0 shot at starting because of his lack of arm strength. He’s really good unless a throw is required for more than 15 yards then it gets really dicey. The arm talent just isn’t there. He was terrible in Mobile but the film is intriguing for a bit. 2018 stats: 307/452 (67.9%), 3,789 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.