2017 NFL Draft – Top Quarterbacks

Offense: QB | WR | RB | FB | TE | OT | OG | C

Defense: DT | DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S

Note: These are ordered in regards to general overall rating.  This is not necessarily a reflection of predictive draft order as other variables such as scheme, coaching, etc. will alter each team’s rating of each prospect.

  1. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina – Making all of the NFL throws right now with good velocity and excellent accuracy.  Reading defenses and going through progressions well.  Patient, and has some mobility to escape. Needs to work on pocket feel and footwork there.
  2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson – Deshaun Watson plays in an offense that will equip him much better for the NFL than many people think. Not just a pitch and catch quarterback that often scare away NFL evaluators, Watson has the experience and knowledge to fit into a more traditional offense. A gifted runner, but is primarily a pocket passer with the ability to complete all passes up and down the route tree. Will need to work on deep accuracy, the importance of which will depend on what type of scheme he finds himself in. Would thrive with a flexible offensive scheme with a coordinator that knows how to play to his strengths.
  3. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech – Despite playing in the Air Raid offense, which has produced a tremendous amount of QB stats at the college level, but not much as far as players translating that at the next level, Mahomes has got the attention of scouts around the NFL. With prototypical height, build, and arm strength. He moves around the pocket well, and has shown accuracy and arm strength that is needed for a more pro style system. Mahomes will be under the microscope during the draft process to see his level of understanding of defenses and NFL offensive schemes.
  4. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame – A big, strong, smart QB prospect that has all of the physical and mental skills to succeed at the next level. Strong arm and good decision maker, Kizer will continue to struggle to display his skills on a team that is behind early in games and forced into a one-dimensional game plan. Scouts will be doing plenty of work on Kizer, trying to separate his skill set from circumstance.
  5. Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh – Was prepared to run an NFL offense at Pitt, where they ran a pro style offense. Was very efficient while running the offense, and is mentally prepared to run an offense at the next level. Good prospect that can immediately work as a backup because there isn’t the need to spend all of the time acclimating him to the pro game.
  6. Davis Webb, California – Excellent size and great arm strength, and able to show it in a pass heavy offensive scheme. Has the tools to succeed in a pro style system, with the smarts and physical attributes, but showcases very inconsistent pass fundamentals. Shines and times and looks the part of a high draft pick, but his up and down accuracy and decision making indicate he is a development project with a high ceiling.
  7. Brad Kaaya, Miami – Looks the part of an NFL quarterback with the ability to read and dissect defenses, excellent pocket presence, and a tall frame. With a staggering lack of pro-ready quarterbacks coming to the NFL in recent years, Kaaya will have an advantage over most quarterbacks coming out of college, with the ability to find the weakness in a defense, look of defenders, and get the ball accurately to the open receiver. He has a bit of a hitch in his delivery, and could stand to put some muscle on his long frame.
  8. Chad Kelly, Mississippi – A gunslinger, and one of the more debated prospects in the draft. Excellent arm strength, and make all of the throws on the route tree with power. Fearless competitor. Not as tall as you would want, but built well.
  9. C.J. Beathard, Iowa – Rare pro-style, pocket passer in college with a strong arm. Works from under center and from the shotgun. Above average arm, and improving footwork in the pocket. Exceptional leader and competitor. Intriguing prospect because of his experience in a pro style system, so ahead of the curve of most college quarterback proscpects.
  10. Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech – A physically gifted athlete that excelled in his one year at Virginia Tech as a signal caller.  By most accounts, should have stayed in another year to hone is craft.  However, his excellent size and speed could be intriguing to teams as a project to develop, and might be a steal midway through the draft.

Comments: Mitch Trubisky “Mitchell” is starting to establish himself as a high ceiling, pro-style quarterback, and is checking off all of the boxes in the draft process.  Deshaun Watson is right there, and still might end up being the first quarterback overall, with Kizer moving up draft boards. Patrick Mahomes II is gaining a lot of attention for his arm.