Now that 2017 college football season has come to a close, it is now time to list the top quarterbacks that will be available in this year’s NFL Draft.
1. Deshaun Watson: Clemson
You saw what Deshaun Watson is capable of doing in two games against the Alabama Crimson Tide. For a team to defeat Alabama, it takes a quarterback that is not afraid to show up on the biggest stage. In regards to Deshaun Watson playing at the pro-level, it proves that he has passed the test in that area of concern for NFL General Managers. To go along with that, Watson can throw and leave the pocket if he needs to make plays. Those are two attributes that I believe are critical in the development of a young NFL quarterback.
2. Mitch Trubisky: North Carolina
I liken his story to Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. He picked up momentum at the Senior Bowl which resulted in him being the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. According to draft experts, General Managers are concerned about Trubisky’s lack of experience as a starting quarterback. He only played one year as the full-time starter at North Carolina. However, regardless of experience as a starter, Trubisky will experience growing pains as a rookie quarterback in the NFL, just like Carson Wentz did in Philadelphia.
3. Brad Kaaya: Miami FL
In a year that a lot of teams need to start looking for their quarterback of the future, this year’s draft does not offer the hype that usually comes with quarterbacks in previous drafts. But if a team a selecting in the later rounds of the draft, Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya is the best quarterback available after Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky are off the board. Expect a team like the New Orleans Saints to select Kizer as the potential replacement for Drew Brees shortly.
4. Chad Kelly: Ole Miss
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly has the skillset that is needed for a quarterback to succeed in today’s NFL, but his conduct off the field could cause him to plummet this year’s draft. A coach who’s system could cater to Kelly’s skill set would head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs.
5. Pat Mahomes: Texas Tech
Quarterbacks that come out of spread heavy offenses in college has never had success over an extended period in the National Football League, especially coming from Texas Tech. However, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is proving doubters wrong. Mariota was one of the best quarterbacks in college football to excel at utilizing the spread offense. Pat Mahomes have the potential to succeed at the next level, but it’s going to take some time. Do not expect this guy to come in and set the world on fire if he becomes a starter in his first year in the league.
6. Joshua Dobbs: Tennessee
Former Mississippi State star Dak Prescott has shown us that quarterbacks from the Southeastern Conference can have success at the next level. I believe that Joshua Dobbs can succeed in the NFL if he is allowed to develop his skills as a quarterback. Similar to Watson, Dobbs is not afraid to show up at the biggest stage. Just ask the Georgia Bulldogs.
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