I went through and scouted 22 different NFL Draft quarterback prospects for this cycle. Each player I studied in-depth and really explored their potential abilities. However, the grades more so reflect where each prospect is now based on their current ability. In the event of a tie, I insert my opinions on who I would prefer over others based on upside and their chances of improving in those abilities.
A little bit about my grades and how to read them:
87 and over is considered a first round grade. After that, anyone from 86-80 is considered a day two grade. 79 and under is considered a day three grade.
Here are my grades and rankings for the quarterback position:
- Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (103)
- Justin Fields, Ohio State (87)
- Mac Jones, Alabama (87)
- Zach Wilson, BYU (85)
- Trey Lance, NDSU (83)
- Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (77)
- Jamie Newman, Georgia (72)
- Ian Book, Notre Dame (72)
- Davis Mills, Stanford (71)
- Kyle Trask, Florida (70)
- Sam Ehlinger, Texas (69)
- Peyton Ramsey, Northwestern (69)
- Shane Buechele, SMU (68)
- David Moore, Central Michigan (67)
- Kevin Thomson, Washington (66)
- Zach Smith, Tulsa (65)
- Zac Thomas, Appalachian State (65)
- Feleipe Franks, Arkansas (64)
- Brady Davis, Illinois State (63)
- Brady White, Memphis (63)
- KJ Costello, Mississippi State (61)
- Collin Hill, South Carolina (58)
Let’s put some notes into the rankings.
- Trevor Lawrence has the highest NFL Draft quarterback grade I have ever given out. I think with where he is right now combined with his upside, his potential is through the roof. Plus, his proven leadership ability really makes him a special prospect for the NFL.
- Justin Fields edged out Mac Jones based on the fact that Fields has more athletic ability as well as better arm talent. While Jones is mentally the better quarterback right now, Fields has a much higher upside due to his physical tools.
- Jamie Newman has a much higher upside than Ian Book, which is why he gets the nod there. Book looks more like a career backup with the improvisational skills to make things happen and keep teams alive. Newman has the physical tools that NFL teams love and could develop his mental side of the game to be a low-level starter in two-to-three years, much like Jacoby Brissett.
- Sam Ehlinger was placed ahead of Peyton Ramsey based on the lack of upside that Ramsey shows. Ramsey is limited by his arm, while Ehlinger has a cannon that is in need of taming.