2018 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Greatest strengths, biggest flaws of QBs
Let's examine how the top signal-caller prospects thrive and pinpoint their clear-cut flaws
It's nearly impossible to have a conversation with anyone regarding the 2018 NFL Draft and not dive deep on the quarterback prospects.
This group has the potential to make draft history, as it'd be hard to find someone surprised if four quarterbacks are picked in the first five selections, an occurrence that's never happened since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
So, I've included the greatest strengths and biggest weaknesses -- and history tells us these attributes won't change in the NFL -- of the top quarterback prospects.
Read on for a breakdown of the top 55 prospects on my board.
6. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
7. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
8. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
9. Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
10. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: Strengths: Full-field reading. Typically displays pinpoint downfield touch. Natural pocket drifter. Great overall accuracy. Made 41 starts in college and has plenty of RPO experience. Some mobility. Weaknesses: Least-strong arm of the six potential first-round quarterbacks. But for me, arm strength is the most over-hyped and least-important attribute at the signal-caller spot. Could use his lower body to generate more power on his throws.
11. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
12. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
13. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
14. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Strengths: Electric athleticism, scrambling ability, and play-making skill on designed runs. Displayed massive improvement moving in the pocket, with accuracy, and reading the field in his three years as Louisville's starter. Weaknesses: Tendency to miss high on throws toward the boundary due to his feet not aligning with the sideline, which causes his hip and arm to be "late" thereby leading to a sailed pass. At times confused by zone blitzes. Pocket drifting skills are there but inconsistent.
15. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma
16. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: Strengths: Clean, quick delivery. Strong arm. Experience under center. Very accurate at intermediate levels. Flashes of full-field reading and pocket maneuverability. Can make impressive anticipatory throws. Weaknesses: Can lock onto first read. Occasionally "overextends" plays and makes bad decisions forcing passes. Can slide into pressure and take huge hits. Downfield accuracy isn't as good as his intermediate accuracy indicates it should be. Two concussions in college.
17. Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
18. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
19. Vita Vea, DT, Washington
20. Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
21. Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia
22. Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Strengths - Next-level anticipation on high-degree of difficult throws. Drops the ball in the bucket often. Unafraid, aggressive thrower. Makes tremendous plays throwing the football after scrambling. Big arm. Above-average mobility. Solid overall accuracy. Weakensses: Elongated delivery. Gun-slinger style leads to bad interceptions. Hectic pocket movement gets footwork out of sorts. Even in clean pocket, he throws off balance more than you'd like. Lacks experience.
23. Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
24. Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
26. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
32. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
33. Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
34. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Strengths: Experienced. Typically displays laser-like accuracy short and at intermediate levels. Impressive creativity with his legs. Can read the entire field and move around in the pocket. RPO experience. Weaknesses: Scheme provided a plethora of wide open targets. Occasionally drops his eyes when pressure is mounting. Accuracy dips considerably down the field.
35. Mike McGinchey, OT, Notre Dame
36. Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
37. Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
38. Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State
39. Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
40. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
41. Holton Hill, CB, Texas
42. James Daniels, C, Iowa
43. Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
44. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
45. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
46. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
47. Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
48. Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
49. Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
50. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
51. Josh Sweat, Florida State
52. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
54. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
55. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming - Although I've settled on Allen at No. 55 overall, I figured it'd be a disservice to you if I didn't include him here. Strengths - Enormous arm. Big frame. Plus athleticism. Desire to improvise. Occasional elite-level throws at the intermediate level and down the field. Weaknesses: Overly antsy in the pocket. Habitually "overextends" plays and forces the football into traffic. Accuracy is spotty down the field.
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