Today, Tops Sports focus on what will the outlook be for four quarterbacks that were taken in the 2017 NFL Draft not named DeShaun Watson or Mitchell Trubisky. Those two signal callers grabbed most of the headlines in this year’s draft in regards to the quarterback position. However, other individuals landed in some unique situations.
DeShone Kizer: Cleveland Browns
DeShone Kizer was the first quarterback taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Kizer will be paired with a head coach that is known for developing quarterbacks in Hugh Jackson. If Kizer can show Jackson that he is capable of being a viable option at the quarterback position, then the Browns can remove their names from the Sam Darnold Sweepstakes in 2018.
Joshua Dobbs: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers began their search for the successor of future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger when they selected University of Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs in the 4th round of the NFL Draft. Like DeShone Kizer, Dobbs will have the opportunity to work with a quarterback guru in offensive coordinator Todd Haley. He will also have a head coach that has one of the better resumes in the league when it comes to winning in Mike Tomlin. But for right now, Dobbs needs to sit back and learn as much as he can from Ben Roethlisberger.
Patrick Mahomes III: Kansas City Chiefs
I am not a big fan of drafting quarterbacks out of the Big 12 Conference, because of their air it out all cause mentality that has plagued the conference for so many years. However, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes gets a pass. The reason is that he will be working with Kansas Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Coach Reid has worked with the likes of Brett Favre, Donavon McNabb, and Michael Vick. The three that I mentioned had some of the best years in their career under Andy Reid’s guidance.
C.J. Beathard: San Francisco 49ers
A year ago, I wrote an article titled “Is C.J. Beathard NFL Material?” After having a successful 2015 campaign, Beathard drastically regressed in 2016. However, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan thought that much about Beathard that he selected him in the 3rd round of this year’s draft. The team has already touted Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback for 2017, but a solid a training camp by Beathard can change the minds of Shanahan and the rest of the Niners coaching staff. Beathard can gain the trust of the locker room; it’s his development as a passer that he will need to improve at significantly.
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