With the 2017 NFL Draft right around the corner, the mock drafts are coming in from various scouts & analysts; crowding the net at a speedy pace. One position that will be looked at intensely is the quarterback position. The QB position is the most difficult position on the field. There are a few teams in this draft that need a QB to hopefully come in & lead their franchise immediately but also some that are attempting to plan for the future. Out of the many QB’s in the draft, I did an in-depth evaluation on three, one player will surprise you. These 3 QB’s have a lot to prove but the future is bright between them. All it takes is one team to take a chance & the rest will be worked out. All leaders of their respected teams, I can’t wait to see where they get drafted.
1.) Mitchell Trubisky (UNC)
Mitchell Trubisky to me is my top rated Quarterback in this draft at this point & it will probably not change before the draft. I believe that Trubisky has plenty of positives to feel good about when you watch the film. Although his lack of starts & experience worries me a tad bit, I still believe that his intangibles, instincts & evidence via film is good enough for him to go in the first round. Playing in an offense that is predominately spread formations, you would think that QB’s that play in a system like that have a problem going through their reads in the passing game. Well; you’re wrong. Trubisky can go through his progressions & deliver strikes down the field with his big arm. Although he has patience to stand tall in the pocket, he has the athletic ability to get out of the pocket & use his legs for positive yardage down the field with his 4.67 40time. He looks off safeties as well. Only weakness I see is something you can’t grade, experience. He will need to learn the game before stepping in to play but has everything you could want in a QB.
2.) Deshaun Watson (Clemson)
One QB who needs no introduction hails from Clemson University & his name is Deshaun Watson. Watson has all the characteristics you value in a franchise QB. He’s likable, a fearless leader, competitive spirit, plus the tape backs it up. In his two biggest games of his career, he performed beautifully against the best competition. Again, coming out of a spread based offense, the lack of experience in processing what defenses are doing evident. My only concern for Watson is his ability to be consist with throwing the ball. Other than that, he is everything you want in a QB.
3.) Nathan Peterman (Pitt)
4.) Deshone Kizer (ND)
5.) Davis Webb (CAL)
6.) Brad Kaaya (Mia)
7.) Patrick Mahomes (TTU)
8.) Joshua Dobbs (Tenn)
Wild Card* Cooper Rush (CMU)
My wild card QB that I really enjoyed watching was Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush. He throws with great anticipation, he’s the leader of the team & he’s smart. He doesn’t have a strong enough arm to be a consistent deep throwing QB but he is an excellent student of the game. He is very capable of being an NFL starter one day down the road. No stages are too big for him & coming from a school what isn’t highly talked about, determination comes naturally.
These 3 QB’s have a lot to prove but the future is bright between them. All it takes is one team to take a chance & the rest will be worked out. All leaders of their respected teams, I can’t wait to see where they get drafted.