Quarterbacks

There were 13 QBs drafted in the 2020 draft. While four were selected in Round 1, the talent tapered off pretty quickly there after. Six QBs came off the board in Round 5 or lower. The 2021 draft could/should see another four QBs go early, with more spread in Rounds 2-4. This is a more consistent crop of signal callers as a whole.

 

1) Trevor Lawrence | 6'6 | 220 | QB | Clemson -

9/12 - Wake Forest - Lawrence had a very complete, excellent game. He went  22/28 for 351 yards and 1 TD. He made good decisions with the ball and besides taking a sack early vs. throwing the ball away, there wasn't much to dispute with his play.

10/3 - Virginia - Lawrence continued to look like the nation's best QB. He got rattled a few times and made some errant throws, but overall he was very good, showed a great zip on the ball with nice placement.

Lawrence has a live arm to go along with excellent size for the position. He typically handles pressure quite well, makes good decisions with the football. He uses his legs very well to either buy time or move the ball beyond the LOS. He typically has good ball placement and adjusts his throws well given his target. He does a very good job of reading SAF coverage over the top and uses his eyes well to draw coverage away from his WR. He didn't throw an INT in any of his last eight games, which speaks volumes given his competition.

2) Justin Fields | 6'2 | 223 | QB | Ohio State -

10/24 - Nebraska - If the season were to end tomorrow, Fields would be a top-5 pick based on this game alone. He went 20/21 for 276 yards, 2 passing TDs. On the ground, he went 15/54 with 1 TD, leading his team in rushing. He was deadly accurate as a passer and used his legs quite well.

10/31 - Penn State - Fields looked fantastic again. Barring any huge issues from this point forward, he looks like he'll be a top-3 selection. He dismantled a very good defense, going 28/34 for 318 yards, 4 TDs. He made great decisions with the ball, was deadly accurate on several throws. Aside from holding onto the ball two long a couple times, he was on point. 

11/21 - Indiana - What a revealing game. Fields went 18/20 for 300 yards, had 2 TDs and 3 INTs. The 3 INTs and multiple sacks taken showed chinks in his armor. He didn't handle pressure well at all, made several bad decisions throughout this game. When the going was easy, he looked very good, threw an accurate ball. Otherwise, he looked like a player who has a lot of preparation work needed before he can be a franchise signal caller. 

 

Fields is a great athlete with the size and tools to be good if not great. While he was rattled at times in his final game of 2019 against Clemson, he otherwise made great decisions with his throws. His 2019 TD to INT ratio of 41:3 is insanely good, as 2 of those INTs were in fact against Clemson. While he shows toughness in the pocket and holds his ground well, he takes unwarranted sacks, not using his legs well enough at times. While he did have some very good WRs at his disposal, he did a good job of taking what the defense gave him. His 2020 Week 2 contest against Oregon on the road will be a HUGE test for him.

3) Zach Wilson | 6'2 | 210 | QB | BYU

10/17 - Houston - Wilson had a good game.  While he was a bit carless at times and didn't always make the best decisions, there was a lot to like. The ball jumped off his hand as he made a number of great throws. He used his legs well when he needed to, competed with moxie. He ended up going 25/35 for 400 yards, 4 TDs. He showed a lot to work with, a player who could work himself into Day 1 contention.

10/31 - Western Kentucky - Wilson did his thing again. He went 18/32 with 224 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT. While he had some accuracy issues at times, he nailed some pretty throws. His ability to use his legs was apparent.

11/6 - Boise State - Wilson was a bit spotty early on and then caught fire. He went 21/27 for 359 yards, 2 TDs. He zipped the ball with great anticipation, showed plus accuracy and arm strength. 

4) Kyle Trask | 6'4 | 239 | QB | Florida -

9/26 - Ole Miss - Trask had an excellent outing. He went 30/42 with 416 yards, throwing 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs. He did a fantastic job of spreading the ball around, hitting 11 different targets. He read the defense well and simply picked it apart, took what was available to him. He certainly looked like he has the makings of an NFL QB in this one. 

10/3 - South Carolina - Trask took another step toward bolstering his draft stock with this game. He went 21/29 with 268 yards, 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. He threw the ball with nice velocity and took what the defense gave him. He smartly started targeting Toney as a favorably match up once Pitts drew stacked coverage, more attention. Aside from his 1 INT, this kid was sharp. 

10/31 - Missouri - Trask had an inconsistent game. Rebounding a bit in the 2nd half is noted, but he was iffy at best overall. Unless the ball was going to Pitts or Toney, he seemed off in terms of what he should do with the ball, namely throw vs. run. His accuracy was off when throwing, missed some easy targets, a couple near INTs. As said, he cleaned things up somewhat, finished 21/26 with 345 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT. 

11/7 - Georgia - Perspective. Mullen hadn't beaten Smart as UF's head coach. Trask finishes 2nd to Tebow with most passing yards in a game, fell short by 1 pass. Trask went 30/42 for 474 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT. While he made a coupe iffy throws, he was dynamite otherwise. Considering how good Georgia's secondary is, this performance was aces.

11/21 - Vanderbilt - Trask had another very good game. He went 26/35 with 383 yards, 3 TDs. He generally felt pressure well and adapted accordingly. He read the defense well and distributed the ball nicely. 

Trask has great size and a good arm at his disposal. While he does throw the ball with good zip at intermediate levels, he will float it at times and under throw targets. In general, he throws with good anticipation and leads his targets well. He doesn't have good lateral mobility, but he shows good footwork in the pocket, able to climb the ladder. Along those lines, he can tuck it and advance the ball in straight line fashion when needed. 

5) Trey Lance | 6'3 | 221 | QB | North Dakota State -

Let's get the obvious knock out of the way. The 2019 TD to INT ratio of 28:0 was fantastic, but who did Lance play? The Bison cooled on their passing game as the season went on, as Lance threw just 41 total passes in his final four games. By contrast, he had 63 carries across that same span and was mighty effective doing so. What we have here is a dual threat QB who takes what the defense gives him, as he's routinely the best player on the field no matter who he faces. 

6) Mac Jones | 6'2 | 205 | QB | Alabama

9/26 - Missouri - Jones had a solid game, going 18/24 with 249 yards, 2 TDs. While not flashy, he made some real good throws and managed the game well. 

10/3 - Texas A&M - Jones really had a nice game. He went 20/27 with a career-high 435 yards, amassing 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. He had some very nice deep balls, leading his WRs nicely. Aside from the INT, no issues.

10/17 - Georgia - Jones continued to impress. He went 24/32 for 417 yards, 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. While he underthrew a couple balls and made a couple bad decisions, he played great against a vaunted defense.

10/24 - Tennessee - Jones looked like an NFL starter in this one. Aside form one iffy series at the end of the 2nd half, he managed this game very soundly. He went 25/31 for 387 yards, was very accurate early on. He took what the defense gave him.

11/21 - Kentucky - Aside from underthrowing a ball deep to Smith that ended up getting picked, he was very accurate and made great throws. He went 16/24 for 230 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.

7) Brock Purdy | 6'0 | 202 | QB | Iowa State -

9/12 - Louisiana - Purdy had an up and down game, was meh overall. He was sharp on a number of his throws, off the mark on others. He finished 16/35 with just 145 yards. While his completion rate was under 50% and looks bad, his WRs had quite a few drops.

9/26 - TCU - Purdy had another much maligned game. He went 18/23 with just 211 yards, 1 TD. Almost all of his yards came from shallow to intermediate, safe passes. He only pushed the ball downfield twice, was noticeably reliant on TEs.

10/3 - Oklahoma - Purdy was somewhat up and down, showing chinks in his armor. But, he showed far more good than he did bad. On the plus side, he read the defense quite well and picked on the secondary, taking full advantage of the height differential favoring his taller receivers. He went 12/24 with 256 yards, 1 TD. The stat line doesn't look great, but there were dropped passes and he did draw several pass interference penalties. On the down side, he didn't feel pressure real well late in the game and did lose a fumble. He forced the ball a few times and was off the mark too often. All said, he beat Oklahoma.

10/24 - Oklahoma State - Purdy has an uneven game. He went 19/34 with 162 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. While his game is usually centered around the TEs, hitting short to intermediate routes, he was too reliant on as much. He failed to push the ball downfield and his accuracy was spotty down the stretch. He used his legs to get out of trouble, seeing mixed results there. He took 3 sacks.

Purdy is a very non-assuming QB, as he simply doesn't have a cannon for an arm or the physical traits to make you look twice. That said, he's a smart QB who does a very good job of running his offense. He takes to coaching quite well and really strives considering the subpar players around him, relative to the competition Iowa State faces. Purdy will try to do too much at times and will make a few errant passes vs. throwing the ball away. He does need to improve his accuracy and corresponding completion rate overall. As a whole, he's a quiet competitor who always keeps his team in the game, keeps defenses honest.

8) Sam Ehlinger | 6'2 | 235 | QB | Texas

9/12 - UTEP - Ehlinger was excellent, going 25/33 for 426 yards with 5 TDs. He commanded his offense very well, smartly spread the ball around as the opposing defense permitted.

9/26 - Texas Tech - Ehlinger had a very good outing, going 27/40 with 262 yards, 5 TDs vs. 1 INT. After being red hot early on, his passing dwindled early in the second half. His INT was forced to the sideline, and he had a few bad balls. However, he was clutch down the stretch, used his arms and legs well to move the ball. As a runner, he went 16/69 with 1 TD. While not the purest and cleanest of passers, his moxie was undeniable.

10/3- TCU - Ehlinger' went 17/36 with 236 yards, 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. He also had 49 yards on the ground. When he was good, he was real good. He stepped up in the pocket very well and threw some dimes. On the down side, he has some accuracy issues and the INT was costly. All said, he continues to be a QB who's easy to love.

10/24 - Baylor - Ehlinger had a very average game. He was 15/23 with 270 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. His INT late in the game wasn't horrible, but could've been costly. As per usual, he used his legs well and showed a ton of toughness, especially on his goal line rushing TD.

10/31 - OK State - Ehlinger continues to be a try hard guy that you want in the locker if not on the field. He was once again inconsistent and off balance at various points of this game. He went just 18/34 with only 169 yards through the air, yet totaled 3 TDs doing so. He ended up pulling out another huge victory, but he looked iffy as a potential NFL starter.

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

9/12 - Austin Peay - Does going 14/20 for 277 yards and 1 TD against an FCS team matter? To a degree, yes. Pickett displayed a very good arm and placed the ball well in this one. When breaking the pocket, he showed surprising speed, able to scamper for 17 yards on one of his carries. He'll have to show what he can do against more formidable competition, but he has all the tools to ascend.

9/19 - Syracuse - Pickett's play really stood out today. He went 25/36 for just 215 yards, had 2 TDs, 1 INT. He had some off throws, and while the INT clutters the stat line, his WR stumbled then gave up o the ball, allowing the defender to step in front and snatch it. That said, he did an excellent job of keeping his eyes down field when scrambling, and was excellent when splitting defenders on seam throws. He was a game manager at times, simply took advantage of check-down, short passing opportunities as they availed themselves.

10/3 - NC State - Pickett had some down moments, but overall he continued to show promise. He went 22/29 for 411 yards, 1 TD. He also showed well with his legs, had 15 carries for 40 yards, 2 TDs. He threw some ill-advised balls and did have some accuracy issues. 

11/7 - Florida State - Pickett had an impressive game. His stat line isn't gaudy, as he went 21/27 for 210 yards, no TDs. However, he was playing on a bum leg and you'd never know the difference. He played with great toughness and poise, stepped up into the pocket well to deliver the ball. 

10) Jamie Newman | 6'3 | 230 | QB | Georgia - (Opting Out)

Newman is another QB who passes the eye test off the hoof. He has the arm to make all the throws, and isn't shy to use his legs. His play is a bit erratic, however. While he did finish the season with a 61% completion rate, he operated at a disappointing rate of 47% across his final five games. His decision to opt out baffles me, as he had a real chance to improve his stock with a better team. He simply ended last season with too many question marks to not make good on this opportunity with Georgia.

11) Micale Cunningham | 6'1 | 200 | QB | Louisville

9/12 - Western Kentucky - Cunningham struggled with accuracy a few times, evidenced by his 19/34, 1 INT performance. However, he threw for 343 yards and 3 TDs as well. He showed off a very live arm, capable of making any throw on the field, including a pretty deep ball. He rolled out of the pocket well and threw on the run with ease. He can really move, uses his legs well. He'll need to play well against the bigger opponents, but he's another QB who could see his stock rise. 

9/19 - Miami - Cunningham had a very solid outing, especially when you factor in how good Miami is right now. He went 26/36 with 307 yards, threw 3 TDS vs. 1 INT. He leveraged Atwell and Fitzpatrick well, but did spread the ball around to other targets here and there. He used his legs well, showing plus mobility, coupled with the ability to throw on the run. 

10/17 - Notre Dame - Cunningham was accurate, but he couldn't drive the ball downfield. He was 16/19 with just 132 yards, 1 TD. He would have had under 100 if not for Javian Hawkins.

10/24 - Florida State - Cunningham had a good night. While he only went 16/24, he did so for 278 yards, 2 TDs. He was also dangerous with his legs, used them well to gain yards and get out of trouble. He was 7/40 in that regard.

10/31 - VA Tech - Cunningham had a lopsided game. He was rattled often, but used his legs well to get out of trouble. However, he threw 3 INTs, not always making the best choice with the ball. He went 23/35 with 350 yards, 3 TDs. 

12) Kellen Mond | 6'2 | 217 | QB | Texas A&M

9/26 - Vanderbilt - Mond didn't have a bad game by any measure, but he failed to supply any fire power, as the Aggies easily could've lost this game. He was 17/28 with just 198 yards, 1 TD. He didn't push the ball down the field, relied on the short game to move the ball.

10/3 - Alabama - Mond had an up and down game. He went 25/44 with 318 yards, 3 TDs to 1 INT. He made some very good throws and handled pressure well at times. On other snaps, he was erratic and very off his game. While the skill set was noticeable, he looked like a Day 3 project.

11/7 - South Carolina - Mond had a very clean game, went 16/24 with 224 yards, 4 TDs. He got some great blocking up front and took advantage of it accordingly. 

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

10/24 - SMU - Ridder had a solid game, but nothing special. As a passer, he went just 13/21 with 126 yards, looked very average doing so with zero push downfield. He excelled as a runner, going 8/79 with 3 TDs. While his dual threat ability stood out, there was maybe too much reliance on his legs.

10/24 - Memphis - Ridder was in the zone today. He went 21/26 for 271 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT. He saw the filed very well, used good judgment as to whether he should pass or run. He ran the ball 10 times for 41 yards. he did little wrong today, had command of the game almost entirely.

11/21 - UCF - Ridder was a bit up and down early today, but he showed far more good than bad. On the down side, he made some bad reads in the pass game and when running the RPO. He handed off when he shouldn't have, vice versa. Overall, he went 21/32 with 338 yards, 2 TDs. He also used his legs well, going 14/57 in that regard. Some hiccups aside, he looked really good down the stretch.

14) Malik Willis | 6'1 | 215 | QB | Liberty

11/7 - Virginia Tech - Willis had a very solid game, showed a lot. Coming into this game, Willis had faced some iffy teams, so his stats needed to be taken with a grain of salt. While this isn't the same Hokies team of 'ole, it's still a respected program. As a passer, Willis went 20/30 with 217 yards, 3 TDs. While he was inaccurate at times and made some questionable throws, he also wowed on other attempts, completions. He showed plus arm talent, had some zip on the ball. As a runner, he was mighty dangerous, a tough player to keep under wraps. He went 19/108 with 1 TD. Simply put, he's one QB I would not want to game plan against. 

15) Tanner Morgan | 6'2 | 215 | QB | Minnesota -

10/24 - Michigan - Morgan had a much sublimed game. He went 18/31 for 197 yards. He dealt with pressure ok, but simply could drive the ball downfield nor get into any solid rhythm. He looked like a back-up caliber QB today.

10/30 - Maryland - Minnesota opted to run the ball all night, which was ultimately their demise. Morgan threw the ball just 15 times, connected on 10 of those for 189 yards, 1 TD. He placed the ball nicely when given a chance.

11/13 - Iowa - Fleck opted for the ground game yet again, and while Ibrahim is a good, reliable RB, it makes me question why he won't put games on Morgan's shoulders. Morgan went 16/33 for just 167 yards, 1 TD. Half his completions went to one target, Bateman. What I once saw in Morgan is started to fade, as they guy just doesn't look comfortable back in the pocket. 

Morgan is a heady QB who'll never impress anyone physically, but he gets the job done. He's generally an accurate passer who makes good decisions with his attempts. He keeps his composure well, never throwing more than 1 INT in any of his 2019 contests. While his arm isn't a cannon, it's strong enough to place the ball into windows with some zip on it. His ceiling isn't real high right now, but his floor isn't low. He's a steady, reliable player who rarely looks bad, isn't combustible. 

16) K.J. Costello | 6'4 | 215 | QB | Mississippi State

9/26 - LSU - Costello broke and set the record for the most passing yards in any SEC game with 623 yards. He went 36/60 with 5 TDs, 2 INTs. On the plus side, he made some good throws and took advantage of soft coverage and open packets throughout the LSU secondary. On the down side, his 2 INTs were bad, and he made a number of other throws that were off, forced. He also had a lost fumble that could've been very costly. As a whole, he commanded a new offense with a new WR group well, looks to be one QB who could continue to improve with more time.

17) Jarret Doege | 6'2 | 207 | QB | West Virginia

9/12 - Eastern Kentucky - Doege did play a rather inferior opponent, so his performance must be taken with a grain of salt. That said, he ran his offense extremely well and made a number of very good throws. He went 19/25 for 228 yards and 3 TDs in just one half of work. 

10/3 - Baylor - Doege came away with the win, but this was a tough game for him. He went 30/42 for 211 yards, 1 TD vs. 2 INTs. He couldn't push the ball downfield and really struggled with pressure at times. He also had 2 fumbles. All said, he threw a pretty ball at times and there was something to like of his play down the stretch late in the game. 

10/24 - Texas Tech - Doege took advantage of a porous secondary. He went 32/50 for 347 yards, 1 TD. While he was rattled at times and it effected his accuracy, he was on the money several times. 

18) Brady White | 6'2 | 220 | QB | Memphis

9/5 - Arkansas State - White was off and on as a passer. He went 26/36 for 275 yards, 4 TDs to 1 INT. The majority of his work was on short to intermediate routes. Stat line aside, his INT was awful, and he had a few too many passes that were off the mark.

10/24 - Cincinnati - White had a decent game considering the defense he faced. He went 18/35 for 316 yards, 1 TD. He did get rattled at times and struggled with accuracy, but when given some time he was on the mark often. 

19) Shane Buechele | 6'1 | 207 | QB | SMU

9/5 - Texas State - Buechele was up and down. His stat line of 26/36 for 367 yards is eye candy. His 1 TD to 2 INTs is not. He threw the ball with good velocity, and was accurate a number of times. However, he was off the mark on others and was too easy of a read at times for the opposing secondary. His skills and ability were there, needs refinement.

10/24 - Cincinnati - Buechele actually had a decent night, all things considered. He went up against a great secondary with his best WR, Roberson. He went 23/44 with just 216 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. He was limited in terms of open targets, did his best to pick away at what was available. 

11/14 - Tulsa - This was a very up and down game for this gunslinger. He went 18/36 with 200 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. There were plays well he felt pressure well, moved well in the pocket and got off a good throw. Other times, he looked rattled and threw some 50/50 balls. Additionally, he missed some wide open targets when under little pressure. 

20) Ian Book | 6'0 | 212 | QB | Notre Dame

9/12 - Duke - Book was meh at best. He went 19/31 for 263 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Most of his yards came after the catch, and he missed on some easy passes. He threw his INt on the goal line, a terrible ball.

10/10 - Florida State - Went 16/25, 201 yards with 2 TDs. He also rushed for 1 TD. He was a game manager, nothing otherwise.

10/24 - Pittsburgh - Book ran his offense well and used his legs to avoid a multitude of blitzes throughout the game. He managed things well, went 16/30 with 312 yards, 3 TDs.

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

22) Chase Brice | 6'1 | 230 | QB | Duke

9/12 - Notre Dame - Brice went 20/37 for 259 yards. While rattled and looking unpolished at times, he had more high than lows. He looked like a prospect who'll get better in time, could end up being pretty good. He read the defense pretty well and stepped up in the pocket nicely.

9/19 - Boston College - Brice went 23/42 for 217 yards, 2 INTs. On the down side, he made some off throws and didn't protect the ball, responsible for three turnovers. But, when he looked good he really shined, zipping the ball with anticipation and taking what the defense gave him. 

23) Dylan McCaffrey | 6'4 | 220 | QB | Michigan