2021 NFL Draft: Quarterback Rankings
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: May 5, 2020.
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson Projected Round Top 5 Pick
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-6 220 lb Trevor Lawrence enters the 2020 season as the front runner to win the Heisman Trophy. Clemson will enter this season as the top ranked team in the FBS and is currently the front runner to be the 1 seed in the 2020-2021 College Football Playoff. Lawrence is also the top quarterback prospect to enter the NFL Draft since Andrew Luck coming out of Stanford back in 2012.
Trevor Lawrence SWOT Report
- Strengths: Trevor Lawrence is a winner with a career record of 29-1 in two years at Clemson with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow last years top draft pick being the only quarterback to outperform Lawrence in the FBS since Lawrence committed to Clemson.
- Can play in any type of offensive scheme. There are four offensive schemes West Coast Offense, a balanced run first offense, a shotgun spread offense, and a vertical offense. Just like the top 3 quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Herbert, Lawrence can play in any of these four offensive schemes. That's what separated Mahomes and Watson from the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft that I loved and that's what separated Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Dak Prescott from the other quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft.
- Does everything you want a quarterback to do on tape. Can make up to six progressions before taking off and running. Has the arm strength and throwing power. Displays the short, medium, and deep accuracy on tape. Outstanding field vision. Does a great job throwing on the run and can scramble when necessary. Can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step throws in the pocket. He's very alert and one of the best decision makers when you give him time. He's got the football IQ to be a huge star at the next level and should do well in 2020 even without his star receiver Tee Higgins.
- Weaknesses: Trevor Lawrence makes bad decisions when you pressure him since he has a tendency to drop his foot back further then he should when pressured which is the only concern I saw. This is what leads to his accuracy issues at times on tape. This is fixable and something that I believe an NFL coaching staff will fix with Lawrence at the next level. Once a coaching staff fixes this and gives Lawrence a good offense to play with they will be getting a special quarterback that could be a top 5 player for years to come.
- Lawrence loses his entire interior offensive line at Clemson with John Simpson, Sean Pollard, and Tremayne Anchrum no longer on the team so it will be easier for defenses to exploit this weakness in 2020 which is why scouts need to pay attention to how Lawrence reacts in those kinds of situations under pressure.
- Opportunities: New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, and Washington Redskins could all be options for Lawrence. It will come down to a team that didn't draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft having the leagues worst record and using this pick on Lawrence.
- Threats: There are no threats with Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is a player that warrants a max grade coming out of College. John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck are the only other quarterbacks that did well enough in College to warrant a maximum grade.
- Potential Grade: 99/99
- Trevor Lawrence broke all of Deshaun Watson's old High School records in Georgia when he played at Cartersville. He was the top quarterback in the class of 2018.
- Trevor Lawrence had 3,280 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a 65.2 completion percentage in his true freshman year where he led Clemson to a National Championship. Lawrence had 3,665 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 65.8 completion percentage as a sophomore in 2019.
- Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State Projected Round Top 5 Pick
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-3 227 lb Justin Fields enters his second season as the starting quarterback at Ohio State. Ohio State enters the season as the second best team in the preseason polls. Fields also is the number two prospect behind Lawrence in both preliminary Heisman Ballots for 2020 as well as 2021 NFL Mock Drafts.
Justin Fields SWOT Report
- Strengths: Justin Fields came into Ohio State and took over for Dwayne Haskins after getting limited action as a true freshman at Georgia behind Jake Fromm. Can make up to six progressions on tape. Has the arm strength and throwing power. Displays the short, medium, and deep ball accuracy on tape. Has a much better arm than Fromm does. Can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step throws in the pocket. He's very alert and one of the best decision makers when you give him time. He's got the football IQ to be a huge star at the next level. Fields throws on the run and scrabmles effectively. He's got the best athleticism of any quarterback in this draft.
- Can play in any type of offensive scheme. There are four offensive schemes West Coast Offense, a balanced run first offense, a shotgun spread offense, and a vertical offense. Fields can play in any scheme just like Lawrence if you go back and watch his 2019 tape at Ohio State.
- Justin Fields has great field vision when he has a clean pocket. I get the impression that he is more relaxed than Trevor Lawrence. He outplayed Lawrence in the first half of last season before Lawrence rallied back in th second half of the season and the College Football Playoff Semifinal.
- Weaknesses: Trevor Lawrence seems to have slightly more upside and potential at the next level. However, I'd argue that Justin Fields has better accuracy and fewer weaknesses on tape at this point meaning that Fields not Lawrence is the safer prospect. Fields is losing his running back J.K. Dobbins as well as Ohio State's top two receivers in K.J. Hill and Austin Mack so Fields leadership will really be tested in 2020 as he will have to carry Ohio State while Lawrence will have good players from last years team to aid him on offense.
- Opportunities: New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, and Washington Redskins could all be options for Fields. It will come down to a team that didn't draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft having the leagues worst record and using this pick on Fields.
- Threats: I do not see any threats with Justin Fields at this point. He's probably a safe bet to be the second quarterback drafted behind Trevor Lawwrence in the 2021 NFL Draft at this point. The last quarterback I gave a 98 potential grade was Sam Darnold and before that I had a 95 grade on Patrick Mahomes and he exceeded those expectations. Fields reminds me of Lamar Jackson coming out of Louisville.
- Potential Grade: 98/99
- Some scouts had Justin Fields graded ahead of Trevor Lawrence coming out of High School. He played his freshman year at Georgia and transferred to Ohio State without having to redshirt. Justin Fields had 3,273 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, a 67.2 completion percetange, 484 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 3,757 total yards, 51 total touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in his first season as a starter in 2019. Fields outplayed Lawrence in the first half of the season, but Lawrence outplayed Fields in the second half before Clemson rallied back to defeat Ohio State in the 2020 College Football Playoff.
- Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State Projected Round 1st Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-1 210 lb Brock Purdy was named team captain of Iowa State last season as a true sophomore. He may not be Lawrence or Fields, but he's a good quarterback prospect that warrants first round consideration. Iowa State has an easy strength of schedule so do not sleep on the Cylones in the Big 12. Purdy is a guy with Pro Bowl upside, but could develop into a blue chip quarterback with another strong season at Iowa State in 2020.
Brock Purdy SWOT Report
- Strengths: Brock Purdy has good arm strength that can become great. He may not have a cannon like Lock, but he can make special throws on tape. Is capable of displayng short, medium, and deep ball accuracy. Purdy can play in a balanced run first offense, he did this when he had David Montgomery during his freshman year. Purdy can also play in a shotgun spread offense and a vertical offense.
- Brock Purdy has the footwork down with the ability to make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, or 7-step throws. His footwork heading into his draft year is better than Patrick Mahomes or Baker Mayfield even though you can argue he lacks the upside those quarterbacks possessed. I gave him the same grade that I gave Tua Tagovailoa and he's more durable than Tagovailoa. Purdy is also carrying this offense now that Montgomery is gone with his best supporting player on offense being tight end Charlie Kolar.
- Weaknesses: Brock Purdy has not made a throw in a west coast offense. Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield took snaps under center in a west coast offense during practice sessions and I saw a few west coast throws by Mahomes in his 2016 tape. Purdy also needs to learn that sixth progression before taking off and running. These will be easy things for him to fix if he hires someone like Jordan Palmer as his quarterback coach as he prepares for the 2021 NFL Draft so the fact that he doesn't play in a West Coast offense isn't a deal breaker to me because he's got a better arm than someone like Will Grier and can play in two more schemes than someone like Grier who was a pure shotgun spread one scheme quarterback.
- Opportunities: Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, and New Orleans Saints could all be potential fits for Brock Purdy. It depends who is on the board after Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are gone.
- Threats: Brock Purdy is my third best quarterback in this draft just like Justin Herbert was in 2020. Herbert could play in any type of scheme and could read up to six progressions despite having durability issues. Herbert had a good offense built around him at Oregon. Purdy has to carry this team and earned team captain as a sophomore so while he's not as big as Herbert from a size standpoint, you can certainly argue he has more upside simply based on how he's played at Iowa State.
- Potential Grade: 91/99
- Brock Purdy was 6-1 as a starter and was Big 12 Freshman of the year in 2018. He got Iowa State to the Alamo Bowl as a freshman. Brock Purdy had 3,982 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 8 rushing touchdowns, 35 total touchdowns, and 9 interceptions in his second full season as a starter at Iowa State in 2019. Purdy is a name to watch in the 2021 NFL Draft if he has a big season at Iowa State.
- Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State Projected Round 1st Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-3 221 lb Trey Lance led North Dakota State to their first 16-0 FCS season in school history as a freshman redshirt in 2019. Lance opens up the season in Oregon where North Dakota State will meet the Oregon Ducks. He went all of last year without an interception in 2019 so if Lance can continue that streak in Oregon he will cement himself as a first round quarterback win or lose. Lance is a guy with Pro Bowl upside, but could develop into a blue chip quarterback with another strong season at North Dakota State in 2020.
Trey Lance SWOT Report
- Strengths: Trey Lance has the leadership, attitude, short accuracy, and medium accuracy that you want. Lance has the short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy that you want a quarterback to have along with the arm. Incredible arm strength and pinpoint accuracy by this pocket quarterback makes Lance a special talent. He can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops. He can also play in any type of offensive scheme just like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. He can scramble and act as a duel threat just like Fields. He ran for over 1,000 rushing yards so I love his duel threat ability.
- He did not throw a single interception in 2019 and only lost 1 fumble in the season opener so he may very well be the best decision maker in the 2021 NFL Draft when it comes to his field vision and football IQ. The FCS Championship was in the snow so Lance can play in cold weather which may not be something you can say about the other three quarterbacks in this class.
- His freshman redshirt season at North Dakota State was better than what Carson Wentz did as a freshman redshirt. First freshman redshirt in FCS history to win the Walter Payton Award. He won't get drafted as high as Carson Wentz unless he goes unbeaten again and defeats Oregon. He's easily North Dakota State's best prospect since Wentz though.
- Weaknesses: I saw Trey Lance make one progression and take off and run. Lance needs to improve his progressions at the next level. If he can develop that ability to read up to six progressions and still throw 0 interceptions in 2020 at North Dakota State, then he's gonna have a shot to be the first quarterback taken since Lance won his FCS Championship by carrying North Dakota State's offense where as Lawrence and Fields had good players around them on their unbeaten teams that made it to the 2019-2020 College Football Playoff. You can make a legit case for Lance having the fewest weaknesses among the four first round quarterbacks despite playing in the FCS.
- Opportunities: I mocked Trey Lance to the New Orleans Saints at 31. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report mocked him to the Pittsburgh Steelers at 10. Josiah Michael, whose done mock drafts for our site has him as the second best quarterback in this draft behind Trevor Lawrence. That should be enough to justify taking Trey Lance in the first round.
- Threats: I do not see any threats with Trey Lance. He really dominated on tape in 2019 and if you go back and watch the 2019 FCS Playoffs, you will see why everyone else has a first round grade on him to.
- Potential Grade: 90/99
- Trey Lance was the first FCS Freshman to win the Walter Payton Award which is the FCS version of the Heisman Trophy after leading North Dakota State to a 16-0 season which was the first 16-0 season by an FCS team since 1894. Trey Lance had 2,746 passing yards which was the most by a North Dakota State freshman in school history. Trey Lance also had 28 passing touchdowns, 1,100 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 3,846 total yards, 42 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and only 1 fumble lost in North Dakota State's season opener. Lance can sling it in the snow and play in cold weather.
- Kyle Trask, QB, Florida Projected Round 3rd Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-5 229 lb Kyle Trask enters his second season as the starting quarterback at Florida. He has to step up to the plate with La'Mical Perine gone at running back along with losing three receivers with Van Jefferson, Tyrie Cleveland, and Freddie Swain. Trask is a candidate to play in the 2021 Senior Bowl with another strong season.
Kyle Trask SWOT Report
- Strengths: Kyle Trask can make up to all six progressions. He can play in any type of offensive scheme just like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance. First Florida quarterback that I ever saw to take snaps under center because I didn't see Tebow play under center and he still went in the first round due to how good he was in College.
- Can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step throws. Trask picked apart all of LSU's defensive backs in last years contest where LSU defeated Florida 42-28. Trask picked apart three of LSU's four defensive backs Kristian Fulton, Grant Delpit, and Derek Stingley all gave up at least one big play to this Florida offense and Trask made the right reads in that game. Jacoby Stevens a 2021 safety on LSU was the only player that did not give up a big play to Trask and he's a second round safety who could end up going in the first round. Kyle Trask is a very good decision maker which is why he's my fifth best quarterback.
- Weaknesses: Kyle Trask has a very good football IQ, but the downside is he is very inconsistent in terms of arm strength and accuracy on film. He overthrows balls and underthrew passes in multiple games on tape against LSU, Florida State, and Virginia. He has trouble squeezing the ball into tight windows on a consistent basis even though he's made some short, medium, and deep completions.
- Most of his completions stem from 3-step and 5-step throws which is what I noticed with Ryan Mallett coming out of Arkansas which is why I felt Mallett would bust in the NFL. Trask does not have the arm that Mallett had either and he's losing his three best receivers and starting running back as well.
- Opportunities: I have a third round grade on Kyle Trask at the moment. He is going to play in the 2021 Reeses Senior Bowl and is a guy that could potentially move into the second round with a strong 2020 Season and a very good week in Mobile.
- Threats: Kyle Trask suffered two season ending injuries in 2017 and 2018 after being redshirted in 2016. He had to earn the starting job and did not play a full season at Florida in 2019. Trask has to start every game in 2020 if he wants to convince NFL scouts that his durability issues are behind him for good. I have an 84 grade on Trask for potential which means I think he can be a very good backup, but he's not a starter at the next level at this point. That can change in 2020 if he corrects his weaknesses heading into the 2020 Season and turns those weaknesses into strengths.
- Potential Grade: 84/99
- Kyle Trask had 2,941 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a 66.9 completion percentage. He made throws under center at Florida which is something I did not see from first round picks Tim Tebow or Rex Grossman. Trask is Florida's best quarterback since Rex Grossman, Chris Leak, or Tim Tebow which is why he should end up being a day 2 pick.
- Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia Projected Round 3rd Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-4 230 lb Jamie Newman transferred from Wake Forest to Georgia. There is a lot to like with Newman, but just by watching his Wake Forest tape he's a third round prospect getting overhyped by the media. He needs to do what Joe Burrow did in order to sneak into the first round where most draft sites are pegging him at this point.
Jamie Newman SWOT Report
- Strengths: Jamie Newman has the best throwing power, arm strength, and velocity of any quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. He can throw it into any tight window available much like the first round quarterbacks in this draft. He never underthrew a pass at Wake Forest and that's due to his arm talent alone which is why people think he will be better than Fromm since Fromm underthrew balls at Georgia despite doing everything else well on tape with an excellent supporting cast around him. Jamie Newman began 2019 with a bang leading Wake Forest to a signature win over Utah State by defeating their first round quarterback Jordan Love.
- Newman had the best medium ball accuracy on 20+ throws of any quarterback not named Joe Burrow according to Pro Football Focus in 2019. His short ball accuracy is just as good.
- He also played Duke in the snow where he got over 100 rushing yards so Newman can play in cold weather as a duel threat quarterback. Makes good 1-step and 3-step throws. Is capable of playing in a shotgun spread offense and a vertical offense.
- Weaknesses: Deep ball accuracy is an issue as he overthrew targets on deep throws at Wake Forest. Jordan Love had this issue too, but was much better at reading progressions and developed as the draft process unfolded. Newman never had a completion percentage above 60 percent. Struggles with reading progressions. Usually either throws to the first guy he sees open or takes off and runs.
- Cannot complete a pass on a 5-step or 7-step drop. Completely dependant on 1-step and 3-step throws in order to complete passes. Rattling Newman and forcing him to make a 5-step or 7-step throw before he's ready was the easiest way to take him out of his comfort zone at Wake Forest.
- Has not shown he can play in a balanced run first offense or a west coast offense at Wake Forest. With Zamir White at Georgia he will probably master his ability to play in a balanced run first offense in 2020. He's got to fix his footwork, mechanics, ability to read progressions, and deep ball accuracy at Georgia or he's not going to be a first round pick in 2021 unless he manages to win the Heisman despite showing these flaws on tape.
- Opportunities: I have a third round grade on Jamie Newman. Most other people that made 2021 NFL Mock Drafts have a first or second round grade on Jamie Newman.
- At the same time one of my staff members who has a first round grade on Newman told me they would only take him in the first round based on potential and the reason why most love his potential is due to his arm talent because if he can fix his weaknesses, it's still possible for Newman to have a first round grade. Another member of our staff convinced me that Newman is awful and told me to rewatch the tape.
- I agree with both of these good friends of mine and Draft Utopia staff members Josiah Michael and Thomas Coburn who have done their due dilligence on this draft class. It's hard to say where Newman ends up until everyone sees what he does at Georgia in 2020. If he gets an invite to the 2021 Senior Bowl he better take it since I honestly believe that's the only way he can improve his grade if he doesn't win the Heisman or fix all of his weaknesses on tape.
- Threats: He has no threats. I had an 89 potential grade on Jake Fromm since he was so fundamentally sound. Newman has a way better arm than Fromm which is why most have a first round grade on Newman at this point. Even though I see a career backup with an 84 potential grade at this point, I see a very good backup at the next level. Think Byron Leftwich coming out of Marshall. That's who I would compare Newman to at this point as he heads into Georgia after playing at Wake Forest because he's got one more year at Georgia to show people what he can do while silencing his critics in the process.
- Potential Grade: 84/99
- Jamie Newman won his first career start against Duke in 2018 when he went into Duke to defeat Daniel Jones. He struggled against teams with two cornerbacks in 2018 like Pittsburgh, Florida State, and Notre Dame. Jamie Newman had 2,868 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 60.9 completion percentage in 2019 as a full-time starter showcasing great durability. He got Wake Forest off to a 5-0 start, but his play began to decline immensely after that. Wake Forest lost four of their last five games to end the year with Wake Forest defeating Duke in the snow in 2019 as the lone win in the final five games with Wake Forest.
- Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas Projected Round 4th Round
- 2020 Season Recap Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger got promoted to team captain last year as a junior. He grew up in Austin, Texas and his idol growing up was Vince Young. Now he enters his senior season and needs a big year just to get an invite to Mobile for the 2021 Senior Bowl.
Sam Ehlinger SWOT Report
- Strengths: Sam Ehlinger has the short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy that you want a quarterback to have when you give him a clean pocket and extensive time to break down a play. Can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops. Great at scrambling and can be a duel threat. He's got natural leadership traits as a team captain much like Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy. He developed those traits after taking the starting quarterback job from Shane Buechele.
- Was the first quarterback with 400 passing yards against LSU since Geno Smith of West Virginia back in 2011. His eight rushing touchdowns against Oklahoma in the Red River shootout are also more than anyone scored against Oklahoma by a quarterback in twenty years. Led Texas to two bowl wins against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and the Alamo Bowl last year against Utah. Was clutch on his final drive against Kansas State. He can get the job done in a two minute drill.
- Weaknesses: Has trouble getting the football into tight windows as seen in his game film against Kansas State. His arm is better than former Longhorn Colt McCoy. He has a good arm, but will naver have a great arm due to constantly underthrowing deep balls and not being able to recognize when the defense is playing cover 4 on a deep pass. His decision making is extremely inconsistent and that is going to hurt him at the next level.
- Can only play in a shotgun spread offense much like West Virginia quarterback Will Grier. His two best receivers Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay are gone. Struggles to read progressions and takes off and runs as a result even when wide receivers are open. He threw 4 interceptions against TCU and had trouble against Kansas State despite having a very strong outing against LSU.
- Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Sam Ehlinger. The Senior Bowl is already screening eight quarterbacks for Mobile. Ehlinger was not one of those eight quarterbacks so he has to have a big year at Texas just to earn the right to play in front of NFL Scouts because if Ehlinger goes to Mobile like Kyle Trask or Jamie Newman he will have a chance to boost his draft stock and get himself potentially into day 2 territory, otherwise he will be a day 3 pick.
- Threats: Sam Ehlinger is a safe quarterback, but a career backup at the NFL level despite being great in the Big 12. He has just as much perhaps slightly more upside than someone like Colt McCoy. He looks like a career backup at this point.
- Potential Grade: 83/99
- Sam Ehlinger started the final six games as a freshman in 2017. Sam Ehlinger had 3,292 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 16 rushing touchdowns, 41 total touchdowns, and 5 interceptions as a sophomore in 2018 leading Texas to a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia in his second season. Ehlinger had 3,663 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, 663 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 4,326 total yards, 39 total touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2019 having signature games against LSU and Utah in the Alamo Bowl while struggling against Oklahoma, TCU, and Kansas State.
- K.J. Costello, QB, Mississippi State Projected Round 5th Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-5 220 lb K.J. Costello transferred from Stanford to Mississippi State. He could play in any type of offensive scheme at Stanford under David Shaw. Now he will be playing for former Washington State head coach Mike Leach who just coached Gardner Minshew II and Anthony Gordon the past two years.
K.J. Costello SWOT Report
- Strengths: K.J. Costello has the arm strength to start. Has good short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy when you give him time in the pocket. He can read up to all six progressions. His breakout year in 2018 came due to having Walker Little as his blindside where he threw for 3,540 passing yards in his 2018 season. Costello has a lot of traits that you want a quarterback to have.
- Weaknesses: Footwork is the one thing I want to see K.J. Costello fix. If Costello can show me 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step throws then he can really solidify himself if he stays healthy. He failed to show he could lead after Bryce Love got drafted and left tackle Walker Little was on injured reserve. Costello can be a good game manager with the right offense around him, but he had an opportunity to separate himself from prospects last year if he stayed healthy and he didn't separate himself like many expected him to which was disappointing to say the least.
- Opportunities: I have a fifth round grade on K.J. Costello. I see an NFL backup at the next level as Costello got frustrated versus Central Florida. He's now facing much tougher teams in the SEC compared to the PAC 12. At the same time, he's the best quarterback Mississippi State has had since Dak Prescott. Tommy Stevens got drafted out of Mississippi State in the seventh round so Costello should be gone by the fifth round at the latest.
- Threats: Durability is a huge issue with K.J. Costello. He only played 5 games in 2019. He needs to stay healthy and play well enough to earn an invite to Mobile if he wants to get drafted in 2021.
- Potential Grade: 82/99
- K.J. Costello had 3,540 passing yards and 29 passing touchdowns in 2018. He did worse in 2019 without a good supporting cast around him. Now that Costello transferred to Mississippi State, Mike Leach is gonna depend on Costello and his star running back Kylin Hill to step up.
- Mac Jones, QB, Alabama Projected Round 6th Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-2 205 lb Mac Jones came in as a backup for Tua Tagovailoa last season. He can do a lot of things Tua does, but he's not guaranteed the starting job at Alabama. He has to earn it by defeating incoming 5 star recruit Bryce Young for the starting quarterback job. If Mac Jones fails to do that then he could go undrafted causing someone else to move up into our 2021 NFL Draft quarterback rankings.
Mac Jones SWOT Report
- Strengths: Mac Jones can make all six progressions on tape. Jones can play in any type of offense whether it be a balanced run first offense, a west coast offense, a shotgun spread offense, or a vertical offense. Has the short, medium, and deep accuracy you want a quarterback to have. Can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step throws on tape.
- Weaknesses: Mac Jones does not have the arm to throw it into tight windows. Underthrows and overthrows passes. Questionable decision making when filling in for an injured Tua Tagovailoa.
- Opportunities: I have a sixth round grade on Mac Jones. He is on the radar for the 2021 Reeses Senior Bowl. He needs to beat out five star recruit Bryce Young for the starting quarterback job at Alabama.
- Threats: Mac Jones is a safe quarterback prospect. He is more of a backup like A.J. McCarron then a future starter like Tua Tagovailoa.
- Potential Grade: 81/99
- Mac Jones was a backup to Tua Tagovailoa in 2019. When Tua went down with injuries Mac Jones got the chance to start. He needs to win the starting quarterback job at Alabama before we entertain where he may get selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
- Skylar Thompson, QB, Kansas State Projected Round 7th Round
- 2020 Season Recap The 6-2 212 lb Skylar Thompson enters his third season as a starting quarterback at Kansas State. Thompson really showed what he could do last season with five seniors on the offensive line buying him time in the pocket even after losing Dalton Risner following his first year as a starter. Now Thompson will have to lead Kansas State and have a big year if he wants to be a late round pick.
Skylar Thompson SWOT Report
- Strengths: Skylar Thompson can read up to six progressions. Has short, medium, and deep ball accuracy that scouts covet. Great decision maker with the field vision to make good reads. Kansas State's head coach called him the best quarteback he had since Carson Wentz. Very good duel threat quarterback. He outplayed Sam Ehlinger in the Kansas State VS Texas game. Can play in a shotgun spread offense or a west coast offense.
- Weaknesses: Lacks the arm strength to throw it into tight windows. Never had a 300 yard passing game in his career. Want to see him improve his footwork in the pocket. Not a good fit for a balanced run first offense or a vetical offense.
- Opportunities: I have a seventh round grade on Skylar Thompson. I was debating between Thompson and Kent State quarterback Dustin Crum for this spot. There are also some guys that could emerge as Senior Bowl candidates with strong season. After the top 6 quarterbacks in my rankings, nobody is safe and the remaining four spots are up for grabs.
- Threats: Skylar Thompson has no threats. He is one of the safest quarterbacks in this draft that you can get in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
- Potential Grade: 80/99
- Skylar Thompson finally became the teams starter in 2018. He played all 13 games in 2019 with 2,315 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in 2019.