There is a lot of hype surrounding this year’s crop of quarterbacks. Most experts have the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and New York Jets all taking a quarterback with the first, second and third picks, respectively. Beyond those teams, three other signal callers could be taken before the end of the opening round.
Here are the top five quarterbacks as well as an underrated, overrated and a sleeper prospect.
#1 – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Mayfield has all the tools to be great. He has a strong accurate arm with a quick release. He has active feet that can escape pressure in the pocket while still being able to throw downfield. He has enough mobility to move the pass rush but is a pass-first quarterback. He has the competitiveness, toughness and work ethic to be an elite quarterback in the NFL, but his attitude and demeanor rub some people the wrong way.
#2 – Sam Darnold, USC
Darnold is beginning look like the top pick. Mock drafts all over the internet have the Browns taking him first overall. He certainly looks the part. He has the physical tools but has a long release. He also makes questionable decisions, which leads to interceptions. His long arm motion may also contribute to his high interception numbers in college.
#3 – Josh Rosen, UCLA
Reports have been surfacing recently about his character. The timing of those reports makes you wonder where exactly they are coming from. It could be something, or it could be a team trying to get his stock down enough that he will slip a few spots to said team. On the field, he has a strong arm with very good mechanics and leadership skills. He is a rhythm passer that can make bad decisions when the first read isn’t there and doesn’t consistently put the ball where his receivers can make plays after the catch.
#4 – Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Jackson is one of the best athletes in the draft. He is an electrifying playmaker that is better with his legs than his arm. He can easily just run around and away from defenders. He is a highlight-reel play waiting to happen every time he has the ball. He needs to improve his ball placement and accuracy when forced to throw the ball.
#5 – Josh Allen, Wyoming
Allen starred at the combine with his physical tools. NFL teams will have to weigh that against what they see on tape. The biggest difficulty will be deciding how much of his inconsistency was because his teammates at Wyoming were not very good. It may take a season for him to quicken his pace with better players around him. His ability to quicken his pace and adjust to the faster pace of his teammates and the game will determine just how high his ceiling is.
Underrated – Logan Woodside, Toledo
Woodside is flying way under-the-radar. There are holes in his game and things that NFL teams will automatically remove him from their list. He measured 6-feet-1-inches tall at the combine and he played in a no-read spread system. In addition, his deep throw will float and stay in the air a long time. However, he is accurate, decisive and quick. He also has the mobility to create passing lanes and avoid the rush. He has the skill set that can be very successful in the NFL.
Overrated – Luke Falk, Washington State
There is a lot to like about Falk. He is big and has a big arm. He also had a lot of success in a power five conference. However, he was in a system built for big numbers. He also has a tendency to hold the ball too long and needs to improve his accuracy.
Sleeper – Mike White, Western Kentucky
White has a strong, accurate arm. He gets the ball out quickly, and in a spot that his receivers can run with it after the catch. He throws the ball really well on the run. When escaping the pocket, he keeps his eyes downfield and the ball in position to throw. He does not break many tackles or run away from many defenders. He is a decisive passer that gets the ball out quickly.