QB Rankings 2019 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri: Top 5 Pick, 2. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon: Round 1, 3. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: Round 2, 4. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia: Round 3, 5. Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn: Round 3, 6. Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan: Round 3, 7. Jake Browning, QB, Washington: Round 4, 8. Ryan Finley, QB, North Carolina State: Round 5, 9. Eason Stick, QB, North Dakota State: Round 6, 10. Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State: Round 7


2019 NFL Draft: Quarterback Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: September 30, 2018.



  1. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri Projected Round Top 5 Pick

    2018 Season Recap The 6-4 225 lb Drew Lock has 1,283 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, 3 rushing touchdowns, 14 total touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and a 62.7 completion percentage in 4 games so far. Lock is my favorite quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft and for obvious reasons. The three year team captain at Missouri separates himself in this quarterback class that appears to be the weakest quarterback class since 2013.


    This class has one quarterback who can read up to six progressions on tape, but you'll have to scroll all the way down to the end of the rankings to find out who that is since his arm sucks eggs compared to Lock's arm. Lock does have good footwork for a quarterback. I did a film session on Drew Lock a while ago. You can check it out. It's pretty lengthy with two games and around 35 minutes long. It's also got a SWOT report and SEA report on Lock.




    Drew Lock SWOT Report

    Strengths: Drew Lock has incredible throwing power and velocity. He's got the arm strength to make deep throws as well as having a cannon for an arm. Possesses excellent size at 6-4 225 lbs. Has the short accuracy, medium accuracy, and deep accuracy you want your quarterback to have.


    Possesses exceptional footwork. Can make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, and 7-step throws in the pocket. I didn't see a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft possess footwork as good as Lock heading into their draft year.


    When you give Drew Lock a clean pocket he can fire a crisp spiral with the proper trajectory. His release can be unbelievable at times. Lock can play in any type of offense whether its a balanced run first offense, a west coast offense, a shotgun spread offense, or a vertical offense.


    Extremely durable. A lot of quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft aren't durable. You can't say that about Drew Lock. He took a lot of tough hits and got back up on the next play.


    Lock displays an excellent work ethic. Drew Lock was named team captain as a sophomore in 2016. Lock was also a team captain for Missouri in 2017 and 2018 too. He displays excellent communication with teammates. Even when a receiver drops a pass he will play with authority and tell them to get it together and move on to the next play.


    Weaknesses: Drew Lock can only read up to three progressions. Every quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft that went in the first round read up to four progressions on tape. Lock needs to take that leap and learn that fourth progression this season at Missouri.


    The fact that Drew Lock has never had a completion percentage above 60 percent prior to 2018 is alarming. I know he led the SEC in passing yards last season, but he needs to fix this and improve his completion percentage to at least 61 percent in 2018.


    Struggles outside of the pocket when pressured. He can scramble like a duel threat at times, but sucks at throwing on the run.


    Opportunities: The quarterback market is thinner then its been in years past. A lot of the teams that we thought would need quarterbacks at the beginning of the year like Miami, Denver, Cincinnati, and Tampa Bay have winning records through three weeks in the NFL season.


    Threats: I really don't see any threats with Drew Lock whatsoever. He's getting Derek Dooley as an offensive coordinator and Missouri is going to run a Pro Style offense in 2018. Blaine Gabbert never got to run a Pro Style Offense at Missouri and Gabbert also didn't play SEC competition like Lock did so I think Drew Lock is a far superior prospect on paper to Gabbert for this reason.


    Potential Grade: 90/99



    Before 2018

    Drew Lock was voted team captain as a sophomore in 2016. Lock had 3,399 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2016. Lock improved on that with 3,964 passing yards, 44 passing touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 2017. Lock came back for his senior season and with a strong senior campaign he can separate himself from the other quarterbacks in this class.




  2. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon Projected Round 1st Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-6 233 lb Justin Herbert has 1,411 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, and 5 interceptions so far in 2018. Herbert has amazing tape and has shown amazing leadership qualities on tape without running back Royce Freeman or left tackle Tyrell Crosby after struggling in his bowl game without those two. His 64.7 completion percentage in 2018 is lower than his completion percentage in 2017 so far through five starts. I posted a film session of Justin Herbert versus California and this tape proves Herbert belongs in the first round conversation with Lock.




    Justin Herbert SWOT Report

    Strengths: Justin Herbert 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 at times when given a clean pocket. Herbert can play a balanced run first offense, a west coast offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. Has great ball placement when throwing. Provides good production when he's healthy. Got voted PAC 12 All Academic quarterback over Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen last season.


    Justin Herbert has the footwork down with the ability to make 1-step, 3-step, 5-step, or 7-step throws. Herbert can scramble like Drew Lock too. Both of these quarterbacks possessed better footwork then Josh Rosen on tape.


    Weaknesses: Displays inconsistent accuracy. He can make short, medium, and deep throws with pinpoint accuracy. He also struggles to throw accurate passes on short, medium, and deep throws as well. Justin Herbert only goes up to four progressions. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Baker Mayfield could all make as many as six progressions on tape. Even Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, and Carson Wentz could make six progressions on tape.


    Like Drew Lock, he will struggle to react well to blitzes. He also gets rid of the football too quickly. He won't let a play develop long enough. He doesn't tap the football like Josh Rosen, but he also needs to be more patient and let the play develop.


    Opportunities: The quarterback market is thinner then its been in years past. A lot of the teams that we thought would need quarterbacks at the beginning of the year like Miami, Denver, Cincinnati, and Tampa Bay have winning records through three weeks in the NFL season.


    Threats: Justin Herbert had durability issues at Oregon in 2017. He's been completely healthy in 2018, but durability is one of the big threats with Justin herbert.


    Potential Grade: 90/99



    Before 2018

    Justin Herbert became Oregon's first true freshman to start right away since 1983. He was also a two sport athlete in High School playing first base on his High School baseball team.


    Oregon has had a lot of first round quarterbacks drafted into the NFL. Marcus Mariota is the only one of those first round quarterbacks with a playoff win on his resume. Mariota could make up to six progressions on tape coming out of Oregon while Herbert can only make four. Herbert never had a 2,000 passing yard season in his two years at Oregon despite being an awesome decision maker on tape during his first two seasons at Oregon.




  3. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State Projected Round 2nd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-3 220 lb Dwayne Haskins has been so good for Ohio State in his first season as a full-time starter after taking over for J.T. Barrett. Haskins may end up being the first quarterback drafted given how bad the 2019 NFL Draft is at the moment with the quarterback position.


    Dwayne Haskins has 1,391 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and a 71.1 completion percentage in five starts. I'm curious to see how Haskins handles a hostile crowd like Penn State with Happy Valley. If Haskins can handle himself well there, he has a chance to move up even further on draft boards.


    Dwayne Haskins SWOT Report

    Strengths: Dwayne Haskins is tough and extremely durable. Possesses a gun for an arm. Has the short, medium, and deep accuracy. He's playing like someone who can possess pinpoint accuracy. One scout told us his accuracy is better then Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, and Jameis Winston.


    Haskins can play in a west coast offense under center, a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. This tells me Haskins has a quick learning rate. Haskins has outstanding field vision for a quarterback just like the other two quarterbacks who topped my rankings with Drew Lock and Justin Herbert.


    Weaknesses: Dwayne Haskins can make more progressions then Drew Lock or Justin Herbert. He can go 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. He's not a six progression quarterback, but based on the tape I've seen he's the best quarterback in this class in terms of making progressions and reads in the pocket. He doesn't have very good footwork. He rarely moves his feet when throwing. Lock and Herbert do a masterful job using their feet to make throws and this is something I want to see Haskins improve in as the season continues.


    Opportunities: The quarterback market is thinner then its been in years past. A lot of the teams that we thought would need quarterbacks at the beginning of the year like Miami, Denver, Cincinnati, and Tampa Bay have winning records through three weeks in the NFL season.


    Threats: Dwayne Haskins has only started in four games. He is having a very similar impact that Cardale Jones had when he balled out during his sophomore redshirt year. I would even argue to a point that Haskins has had a greater impact then Cardale Jones so far.


    Potential Grade: 88/99



    Before 2018

    Dwayne Haskins redshirted in 2016. He completed 70.2 percent of his passes in 2017 in relief of J.T. Barrett as a backup at Ohio State.




  4. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia Projected Round 3rd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-2 223 lb Will Grier is putting together an amazing season with 17 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and a 72.1 completion percentage. Grier plays in an air raid system so while his production is through the roof, you can't place too much stock into it.


    Will Grier SWOT Report

    Strengths: Will Grier has amazing production by looking at his stats. The offense he's in enables him to make good decisions. At the same time, I feel like he's a system quarterback that relies on short throws in an air raid offense. He will throw a deep ball now and then to his go-to-guy David Sills V. Even though Grier had 429 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions on tape. His throws didn't stand out, plus he made some mistakes against Tennessee despite avoiding turnovers which I'll commend Grier for.


    Communicates well with teammates. Majored in multidisciplinary studies. He's got a lot of poise and maturity and that may be due to the fact that he's already a father. He can make throws with short, medium, and deep accuracy. However, he relies on his short throws way more then he should.


    Weaknesses: Relies too much on short ball accuracy. Grier will only make one progression and then try to take off and run. Throws to the first target he sees. Gets frustrated under pressure. Grier has horrible footwork. He's also mainly a pocket quarterback.


    Opportunities: The quarterback market is thinner then its been in years past. A lot of the teams that we thought would need quarterbacks at the beginning of the year like Miami, Denver, Cincinnati, and Tampa Bay have winning records through three weeks in the NFL season. Grier can prove to me he's an NFL starter if he goes to the 2019 Senior Bowl and absolutely dominates there.


    Threats: Will Grier got dismissed from Florida. He's matured since then though and has really put everything together at West Virginia. Grier's accuracy, mechanics, and ball placement have improved in 2018. My concern is have they improved enough for this to be considered a strength at the NFL level.


    Potential Grade: 84/99



    Before 2018

    Will Grier transferred from Florida to West Virginia in 2016. Grier had 3,490 passing yards, 34 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a 64.4 completion percentage in 2017. Grier could surge up boards with a strong 2018 season.




  5. Jarret Stidham, QB, Auburn Projected Round 3rd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-3 214 lb junior redshirt has yet to have a wow game with 300 passing yards. Stidham got overhyped by casual fans and rightfuly so.


    Jarret Stidham SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jarrett Stidham can play in a shotgun spread offense, balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. Has a cannon for an arm. Displays excellent short, medium, and deep ball acccuracy on tape when he's given enough time in the pocket. He was a talented quarterback, but he wasn't


    Weaknesses: Jarrett Stidham did better then I expected. His arm strength needs to improve. I'd like to see him develop footwork, ball placement, and mechanics. He also needs to improve his pre snap and post snap reads. Stidham has only two games with 300 passing yards against Mercer and Central Florida. It's also worth mentioning that Stidham's decision making was absolutely awful in that bowl loss to Central Florida.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Stidham goes. He's a guy most have a first to second round grade on. He hasn't shown me he can throw 300 passing yards on a week to week basis.


    Threats: Jarrett Stidham transferred from Baylor to Auburn. That may rub some teams the wrong way, but he's facing much tougher competition in the SEC and that's one thing that can actually work in his favor. Other than that, I don't see a threat with Stidham.


    Potential Grade: 80/99



    Before 2018

    Jarrett Stidham was a 5-star recruit in High School. He was a backup to Seth Russell until his injury. Transferred to a Community College and was the #1 ranked JUCO player in the country this year. Stidham had 3,158 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, and 6 interceptions in 2017.




  6. Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan Projected Round 3rd Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-2 205 lb Shea Patterson entered the year as the top quarterback on many draft boards. Patterson had back-to-back season ending injuries at Ole Miss before transferring to Michigan. Patterson has yet to throw for 300 passing yards at Michigan. Patterson struggled on tape versus both Notre Dame and Northwestern. He doesn't do well in pressure games.


    Shea Patterson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Shea Patterson has good decision making skills. He will avoid interceptions and make good decisions. He's nothing special though.


    Weaknesses: Shea Patterson has issues with accuracy and footwork. He's a backup in the NFL right now. Patterson needs to return to school if he wants to be a first round quarterback. He still has enough time to salvage his stock so he can be a day 2 pick in the second or third round, but he won't be a first rounder unless he goes back for his senior season.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Patterson goes. He's a guy most have a first to second round grade on. He hasn't shown me he can throw 300 passing yards on a week to week basis just like Jarrett Stidham. I honestly feel like he should return for his senior season at Michigan.


    Threats: Shea Patterson had durability issues at Ole Miss. He's stayed healthy at Michigan, but that durability does concern me.


    Potential Grade: 79/99



    Before 2018

    Shea Patterson was a two year starter at Ole Miss before transferring to Michigan. Patterson was a five star recruit in High School as well. He never had a season with 3,500 passing yards through the air.




  7. Jake Browning, QB, Washington Projected Round 4th Round

    2018 Season Recap Jake Browning is my seventh best quarterback. I had a second round grade on Jake Browning last year before he eroded. He is a day three prospect at best without his star left tackle Trey Adams.


    Jake Browning has 1,243 passing yards, 8 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, 10 total touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. He also has a career low 60.9 completion percentage. Some will argue he's an undrafted prospect. The sad thing is Browning may get picked in the fourth round, even in a quarterback class this bad.


    Jake Browning SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jake Browning has more muscle on his arm than perhaps any quarterback in this class. His arm and body carry a lot of muscle. He has potential to have really good throwing power, but needs to tap into that.


    Can make laser like throws. His size at 6-2 205 lbs is good, but not great. Has the short and medium accuracy. Browning can play in a west coast offense under center, a balanced run first offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. This tells me Browning has a quick learning rate. His mechanics and ball placement on throws is better than any quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft. Teammates and coaches rave about Browning.


    Washington believes Browning has the best work ethic of any quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. Browning's passer rating was higher than both Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson at 167.5.


    He can make 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 reads in his progressions before taking off and running. The potential to add a sixth progression while playing under center is there. The footwork to make 3-step and 5-step drops is there.


    Weaknesses: Underthrows and overthrows a lot of passes despite having incredible muscle on his arm. His accuracy is inconsistent at times on . Deep ball accuracy is an issue. Browning has the work ethic and football IQ you want as far as learning plays goes. The field vision and throwing into coverage are still two of Browning's intangibles that he struggles with. His completion percentage dropped in 2016 and the worst part is he took less sacks even though his completion percentage declined.


    Browning struggles with footwork too. He's terrible with 1-step and 7-step drops. A lot of Browning's completions come from 3-step and 5-step drops. He's terrible at throwing on the run. You want to see more composure from Browning, and he still hasn't shown that heading into his senior season. I feel like he can struggle to keep his cool when pressured.


    Never threw for 3,500 passing yards in his three seasons at Washington. That's one reason NFL Scouts question his arm strength, throwing power, and velocity on tape. A lot of people are comparing his arm to Colt McCoy. I see something along the lines of Kirk Cousins. He's not good with arm strength yet despite having a lot of muscle, but he may be able to fix that.


    He relied a lot on John Ross and Dante Pettis who were Washington's two best receivers along with Washington running back Myles Gaskin. Browning threw 33 of his 43 passing touchdowns to those three players. On at least 15 percent of the plays he called he threw to Ross immediately without reading other progressions. He's regressed immensely without left tackle Trey Adams.


    Opportunities: Jake Browning should go to a team that could draft Browning as a backup I guess. He's not going to be an NFL starter, and he'd probably do better starting out as a third stringer if I'm being completely honest.


    Threats: Jake Browning failed to report an injury during the season leading up to surgery. He may have durability issues if he gets injured in 2017 and failing to report the injury shows poor communication skills. A quarterback has to communicate with his teammates. Darnold and Jackson are both excellent communicators. Browning is a passionate quarterback with a lot of fire, but he needs to communicate better and know when to channel that intensity if he's going to succeed in the NFL.


    Potential Grade: 77/99



    Before 2018

    Jake Browning broke California State records in High School football before committing to Washington. He struggled as a freshman in 2015 due to John Ross being injured, but still showed some promise with 2,995 passing yards, a 63.3 completion percentage, 16 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.


    Browning took off last season though. Browning had 3,430 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, 4 rushing touchdowns, 47 total touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Browning only had 2,719 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 7 rushing touchdowns, 26 total touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in 2018.




  8. Ryan Finley, QB, North Carolina State Projected Round 5th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-4 212 lb Ryan Finley has led North Carolina State off to a 4-0 start. Finley has 1,313 passing yards, 8 passing touchdowns, and 1 interception. Finley also has a career high 68.6 completion percentage.


    Ryan Finley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ryan Finley has a good arm. He has the short, medium, and deep ball accuracy. His decision making has improved immensely.


    Weaknesses: Reads only up to five progressions instead of all six. More along the lines of Mike Glennon without the giraffe neck then Philip Rivers if we're comparing him to a former North Carolina State quarterback. Does not have the duel threat ability that Jacoby Brissett possessed.


    Ryan Finley is a pure pocket quarterback which can be a good thing when you consider everything he brings intangible wise. He's still one dimensional though and that can be a weakness with the right pass rush.


    Footwork is also an issue with Finley. A vast majority of his throws are 3-step drops. Need to see more 1-step, 5-step, and 7-step drops from Finley.


    Opportunities: Ryan Finley is a guy where it's impossible to predict his draft range right now. I feel like Finley will be a great day three pick. Todd McShay jinxed Finley when he crowned him as the top quarterabck in this class. Finley is a guy who may end up playing in the 2019 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.


    Threats: There are no threats with Ryan Finley. He's a safe quarterback like Will Grier, but there is much less upside with Finley compared to someone like Will Grier.


    Potential Grade: 76/99



    Before 2018

    Ryan Finley had 3,055 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, and 8 interceptions in 2016 when taking over for Jacoby Brissett. Finley had 3,518 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, and 6 interceptions in 2017. Finley also completed 65.1 percent of his passes.




  9. Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State Projected Round 6th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-2 221 lb Easton Stick has 672 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns, 10 total touchdowns, and 1 interception in 2018. North Dakota State is off to a 4-0 start thanks to Stick.


    Easton Stick SWOT Report

    Strengths: Easton Stick has a great arm that can develop into a cannon with the right coaching, is extremely durable, and has ideal NFL size. All the physical tools check out.


    His field vision and decision making is outstanding. Schor can play a balanced run first offense, a west coast offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. Has great ball placement when throwing. He can play in any type of offense just like Carson Wentz.


    Stick has the short, medium, and deep ball accuracy when throwing passes. Stick could be a dark horse in this class. Has tremendous leadership to the point where he got voted team captain as a sophomore after Carson Wentz left for the NFL after going 8-0 when Wentz was injured back in 2015. Stick is a great duel threat just like Wentz.


    Weaknesses: Easton Stick can only read five progressions. He's not someone who can read six progressions. His footwork isn't as proficient as Carson Wentz's either.


    Opportunities: Easton Stick may not have the best stats. He's someone that could creep into day 2 territory with a strong 2019 Senior Bowl game though.


    Threats: There are no threats with Easton Stick. You can argue he's more durable then Carson Wentz was.


    Potential Grade: 75/99



    Before 2018

    Easton Stick went 8-0 when taking over for Carson Wentz in 2015. After Wentz got drafted second overall Stick got voted team captain. Stick led North Dakota State to another FCS Championship over defending champion James Madison in 2017.




  10. Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State Projected Round 7th Round

    2018 Season Recap The 6-2 202 lb Brett Rypien has 1,389 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 70.1 completion percentage in 2018. Rypien is playing like someone with amazing accuracy through four games so far for Boise State.


    Brett Rypien SWOT Report

    Strengths: Brett Rypien has the short, medium, and deep ball accuracy. He has excellent decision making. Probably the only quarterback I've seen on tape that can go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 when making progressions.


    Weaknesses: Rypien has a noodle for an arm. His arm strength and throwing power is so weak that he makes Kellen Moore look like Colt McCoy and Colt McCoy look like Jay Cutler.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Rypien goes. I've got a seventh round grade on him. Rypien could get an invite to the 2019 Senior Bowl. At the end of the day, I get more of a Shrine Game vibe with Rypien though.


    Threats: Brett Rypien has no threats. He also lacks the ceiling to be anything more then a third stringer though.


    Potential Grade: 72/99



    Before 2018

    Brett Rypien is the nephew of former sixth round pick Mark Rypien who was the first sixth round pick to win a Super Bowl. Sorry Tom Brady, Mark Rypien did that before you, but you got more rings. Brett Rypien started right away for Boise State as a freshman in 2015. Brett Rypien had 3,646 passing yards as a sophomore in 2016. Rypien only had 2,877 passing yards in 2017. Rypien needs a season similar to his 2016 campaign if he wants to get drafted.







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