February 1st Update: Quarterbacks

Whew. What a mess. Bright side? We are back, and that is all that matters. So today I’m going to drop position by position rankings as a sorry. These aren’t final yet, but they are getting closer. Up first? The most important position in the sport- quarterback. Let’s get to it.

  1. Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)- I mean, I’ll never criticize someone who does the work. But, *most* who have anyone else in this spot are just trying too hard or being different for attention. Lawrence has a fantastic arm, good mobility and is the highest grade I’ve ever given.
  2. Justin Fields (Ohio State)- Fields would be my QB1 in almost any class, last year’s included. He has rare physical traits and grew at an exponential rate in his time as a Buckeye.
  3. Zach Wilson (BYU)- Wilson played at an elite level all season, showing off incredible arm talent. There’s a ton of upside to work with, and that’s why he’ll hear his name called early.
  4. Trey Lance (NDSU)- Lance is one of the most polarizing prospects in this draft class. Dazzling numbers, incredible athlete and capable of making every throw asked of him. He’s a bigger project than some want to admit, however.
  5. Mac Jones (Alabama)- Jones was flawless all week long at the Senior Bowl. Timing and accuracy are top tier. Lack of mobility and arm talent makes me question what his ceiling can be at the next level.
  6. Kellen Mond (Texas A&M)- Mond is one the more difficult evaluations I’ve done. His bad is, really bad. UDFA bad. His good, is really good. Athletic, throws an absolute rope of a football. It’s a bet on potential, but he sure has a ton of it.
  7. Kyle Trask (Florida)- Not sure what about Trask you can point to and say, “That is why he can be a franchise quarterback.”
  8. Davis Mills (Stanford)- Mills is throws a very pretty ball. I know some like him quite a bit. Haven’t watched enough to be super confident he stays this low, or this high.
  9. Jamie Newman (Wake Forest/UGA)- Sigh. What could have been, for both Newman and the Bulldogs. While clearly talented, a year of no football left him noticeably rusty during the Senior Bowl week. He’s draftable based on traits alone, but will be a long term project.
  10. Sam Ehlinger (Texas)- Ehlinger had a very good week in Mobile. Consistently made good decisions and was overall accurate when throwing the football. I don’t see Ehlinger as a future starter, but he has a future in the league.
  11. Felipe Franks (Arkansas)- Franks has one of the best arms in this class, and he’s a good athlete too. Footwork, accuracy and decision making all very poor.
  12. Ian Book (Notre Dame)- Book’s size, lack of arm strength, and poor accuracy are what they are.

This quarterback class has two of the better prospects in quite some time with Lawrence and Fields, and a few others will real potential. How the league values Mac Jones, Trey Lance and Kyle Trask will be fascinating. As always, I’m all ears for debate, questions, criticism, whatever. Drop a comment or find me on Twitter @HindenburgScout. It is GOOD to be back, folks. The best is yet to come.

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