Quarterbacks

The were ten QBs selected in the 2021 draft, as follows:

 

Round 1 - 5

Round 2 - 1

Round 3 - 2

Round 4 - 1

Round 6 - 1

 

2021 was a very good draft at the position, as most if not all of the 1st-Rounders  could see the field as rookies. The next three selections should seemingly work themselves into starter contention inside of the next 2-3 seasons.

By comparison, the 2022 draft will be lower at the top, as there is no Trevor Lawrence. That said, this is a very capable group of QBs, many of which play with great moxie and bring star-power. The talent will run out very quickly however, not much should be left after Round 2. 

1) Matt Coral | 6'1 | 205 | QB | Ole Miss 

9/5 Louisville - Coral had a very solid if not good game. He went 22 for 32 with 381 yards, 1 TD. Aside from a few series, he was razor sharp with his throws, and ran his offense almost perfectly. In addition to zipping the ball well into some tight windows, he used his legs. He had 12 carries for 55 yards, 1 TD. Based on this game, I could see him climbing the draft boards into Round 1.

10/30 - Auburn - Despite the loss, Coral showed some great toughness and reliability. He forced some balls late in the game, didn't make the best decisions. However, he was good early on, zipped the ball and used his legs quite well. 

11/6 - Liberty - Coral had a very good game. He went 20 for 27 (despite 4 drops) with 324 yards passing, 1 TD. He threw the ball with nice accuracy and zip, showed good awareness and anticipation. I loved his deep ball in this one, threw his WRs open with very good ball placement. 

11/13 - Texas A&M - Despite being banged up, Coral played well, took what the defense gave him. He went 24 for 37 with 247 yards, 1 TD. He showed a lot of toughness, made some good zip throws in tight windows.

11/25 - Mississippi State - Coral was good, not great in this one. He went 26 for 34 with 234 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. The INT late in the game could've been costly if not for the Ole Miss vaunted defense. Coral was otherwise accurate, took what the defense gave him. He was good with his legs, carried the ball 12 times for 45 yards, 1 TD. 

2) Kenny Pickett | 6'2 | 220 | QB | Pittsburgh

10/23 - Clemson - Pickett had a very good game. He went 25 for 39 with 302 yards, 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs. he placed the ball well and played a heady brand of football. He also showed good footwork and running ability as needed. 

11/11 - North Carolina - Pickett had a great game. He went 25 for 43, 346 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT. Some drops didn't help the stat line from an accuracy perspective, but he placed the ball very well, really impressed with his deep ball. He bought time with his legs, didn't break the pocket unless he had to. He showed very good poise and control.

3) Malik Willis | 6'1 | 215 | QB | Liberty - 

11/6 - Ole Miss - Willis really struggled in this game. He went 16 for 25 with 173 yards, 3 INTs. He was sacked a whopping 9 times. On one end, he got very little help from his O-line, simply had no time to pass the ball, had to break the pocket several times throughout the game. In turn, he had 27 carries for 71 yards. He used his legs well, showed great athletic ability. On the other end, he didn't anticipate pressure and did get happy feet early at times, broke the pocket prematurely. He made some bad decisions overall, lacked poise a number of times. 

4) Desmond Ridder | 6'4 | 215 | QB | Cincinnati 

10/2 - Notre Dame - Ridder started off shaky in the 1st quarter, and based of that play I thought ND was going to pull out the win. Ridder then woke up and started to light it up. He went 19 for 32 with 297 yards, 2 TDs. While one can't ignore his accuracy issues early on, his ability to work through adversity and pull out this win with some clutch plays was impressive. 

5) Sam Howell | 6'1 | 225 | QB | North Carolina -

9/3 Virginia Tech - Tough game for Howell. While his O-line was suspect at times, as were his receiving targets, he threw some off balls and didn't handle pressure consistently. He threw 3 INTs in this game, and while two of them can be debated, the one at the end via his throw away attempt was bad. He went 17/32 for 208 yards, 1 TD vs. 3 INTs.

10/30 - Notre Dame - Howell had a very nice game against a great team. He went 24 for 31 with 341 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He also ran the ball 18 times for 91 yards, scoring 1 TD. He made some nice throws and showed great toughness, carrying his team as best he could. 

11/11 - Pittsburgh - Howell had a good game. He went 22 for 33 with 296 yards, 2 TDs vs. 1 INT. He was challenged very early on with a ton of pressure, and did hold onto the ball too long at times. When the offense later made some play adjustments, he was able to take what the defense gave him and drove some nice charges. He used his legs well when needed. 

12/30 - South Carolina - Howell had a very game. While his stat line itself, going 12 for 20 with 205 yards, was subpar, his lack of poise and decision making stood out. He held the ball too long too often, simply tried to do too much. 

6) Carson Strong | 6'4 | 215 | QB | Nevada 

9/4 California - Strong had a good game. He went 22/29 with 309 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. He displayed a good arm, was able to place the ball with zip a number of times. That said, it did look like he was too confident at times, made a few ill-advised tosses. Above all, his demeanor toward the game reminds me of Josh Allen. He carries this quiet confidence, yet shows a lot of passion when things go really good, or bad. I could certainly see why some people are banging the table for him to be a 1st-Rounder.

7) Bailey Zappe | 6'1 | 220 | QB | Western Kentucky

12/3 - UTSA - Zappe had a very impressive outing, making it clear to see how and why he's the nation's leading passer. He went 39 for 59 with 577 yards, 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs. His last INT was a desperation Hail Mary. Zappe three the ball with great zip, had some balls that were very well placed. His ability to throw his WRs on the long ball was impressive. He played with high energy and clearly had a solid command of his playbook and the offense overall. 

8) Kaleb Eleby | 6'1 | 215 | QB | Western Michigan

9/4 Michigan - Eleby had a pretty good outing. 20 for 37 with 191 yards, 1 TD isn't eye-popping. However, given the defense he faced and all he had stacked against him, he more than held his own. 

9) JT Daniels | 6'3 | 210 | QB | Georgia 

9/4 Clemson - Daniels took his lumps in what ended up being a great battle of defenses. He went 22 for 30 with just 135 yards, 1 INT. He was held to short passes, his long being just 21 yards. Despite nit reading the defender on the INT, he took what the defense gave him. He played well enough to get the win, but did show signs of rust and needing improvement against pressure.

10) Brock Purdy | 6'0 | 202 | QB | Iowa State 

9/11 -  Iowa - Purdy had a very tough day. He went 13 for 27 with just 138 yards, 0 TDs against 3 INTs. He did have a few good throws, but was very subpar overall. 

11) Dustin Crum | 6'3 | 207 | QB | Kent State

9/4 Texas A&M - All things being equal, Crum actually had a decent game given the atmosphere and opponent. His stat line was bad, going 12 for 26 with just 89 yards, 2 INTs. He was pressured all night, and just one of his INTs was egregious. He used his legs well, showed off very good speed and toughness.

12) Tyler Shough | 6'5 | 220 | QB | Texas Tech 

13) Chase Garbers | 6'2 | 225 | QB | California

9/4 - Nevada - Garbers had an up and down night. He went 25/38 with 177 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. On the plus side, he read the field pretty well and did have some decent throws. He did have the INT, but generally didn't try to force too much, taking what the defense gave him with short to intermediate receiving options. On the flip side, he didn't push the ball down the field and was shaky at times under pressure. I don't see a next level starter at this juncture, but could develop into a back up or practice squad talent.

9/11 - TCU - Garbers had a solid game, went 16/27 with 309 yards, 2 TDs. He aired the ball out well, was able to place the ball quite well at times. He was off a few times, but showed far more good than bad.

999) Will Levis | 6'3 | 232 | QB | Kentucky

999) Jake Haener | 6'1 | 195 | QB | Fresno State 

8/28 - Connecticut - Haener had himself a nice game. He went 20 for 26 with 331 yards, 3 TDs. He placed the ball well with some surprisingly good zip at times. While the defense presented no formidable challenges, he read it well and made good decisions with the ball.

10/30 - San Diego State - Haener had a good game. He went 25 for 42 with 306 yards with 1 TD. He showed off good accuracy and was a solid game manager as a whole. He didn't flash much arm strength, which underwhelmed at times, but looked like serviceable talent. 

999) Jayden Daniels | 6'3 | 185 | QB | Arizona State 

9/11 -  UNLV - Daniels had a decent night, as he went 20 for 29 with 175 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. He generally threw good balls, made good decisions with the ball. However, he was far too reliant on his legs, broke the pocket too often IMO. He carried the ball 13 times for 122 yrads. While the stat line does evidence his athletic ability, he needs to be more pass first. 

999) Malik Cunningham | 6'1 | 200 | QB | Louisville 

999) Dorian Thompson-Robinson | 6'1 | 205 | QB | UCLA

8/28 - Hawaii - The QB play from DTR was subpar at best. He went 10/20 with 130 yards. He missed open targets quite a few times, and looked too reliant on his legs vs. being able to spot targets and place the ball.

11/20 - USC - DTR had a rocky game early on with 2 INTs, but he progressed down the stretch and looked the part for the majority of the game. He went 16 for 22 with 349 yards, 4 TDs. He threw a nice deep ball today. 

999) Spencer Rattler | 6'1 | 210 | QB | South Carolina

999) Kedon Slovis | 6'3 | 215 | QB | TBD

999) Bo Nix | 6'3 | 214 | QB | TBD

999) Phil Jurkovec | 6'5 | 226 | QB | Boston College

999) Dillon Gabriel | 6'0 | 186 | QB | TBD