The college landscape is rife for quarterbacks currently. This will be a relief for the NFL as legends of the game are slowly but surely leaving the game to enter retirement. Here are my top-five in college currently:
- Sam Darnold (USC)- An early contender for the #1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Darnold has been getting a lot of attention for some time now and deservedly so. He has a strong arm, pinpoint accuracy and is surrounded with great talent. Last season, he finished with 3,086 yards, 31 touchdowns and 9 interceptions with a 67% completion percentage. Barring injury, he’ll have similar stats and will ultimately be drafted #1 overall.
- Josh Allen (Wyoming)- Started getting hype late last year when Draft analysts such as Matt Miller started to give him the publicity he deserved. Allen seems like a sure top-five pick in the upcoming draft, but needs to play well to guarantee that coming from a smallish school. If he has an off year, expect to see a guy like Josh Rosen or even Mason Rudolph jump him in the rankings. Allen finished 2017 with 3,203 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions with a 56% completion percentage.
- Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State)- In my eyes, the most NFL ready QB as of right now. Things might change after this year, but as it stands, there is no one who seems as ready as Rudolph under the bright lights. The only problem with Rudolph is his vision, it seems as though he stares down his WRs too much, which we all know is a recipe for disaster in the NFL. On the contrary, he has a great arm, he’s very accurate, and is mobile for his size. He’s not a dual threat QB by any means, but if he needs to escape pressure, he can do it in a hurry. Rudolph finished with 4,091 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions, while completing 63% of his passes.
- Lamar Jackson (Louisville)- Yes, we all know who he is and how athletic he is, but people are really starting to underrate his ability as a passer. The zip he gets on his passes are better than any QB in college football for a while. The combination of accuracy and throw power is mouth-watering at times. Coming off his Heisman winning season, things are looking good for the Louisville man. He finished last year with 3,543 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions with a 56% completion percentage, and ran for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns.
- Josh Rosen (UCLA)- Many see him as the second best signal-caller in college football and entering the draft, but like one NFL scout and executive said, he has “tons of issues.” He is as talented as anyone on the field. Heck, he might even be THE most talented QB in college football, but many are worrisome of his off-field issues and immaturity. On top of that, scouts have questioned his desire to win and that’s a huge red flag in itself. Rosen got season ending shoulder surgery last year, but as a freshman, put up 3,670 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. If he can limit his off the field issues, expect him to rise on a lot of people’s boards throughout the 2017-2018 college football season.
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)- 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions (71% completion) last season.
Luke Falk (Washington State)- 4,468 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions (70% completion) last season.
Deondre Francois (Florida State)- 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions (59% completion) last season.
Jake Browning (Washington)- 3,430 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions (62% completion) last season