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Who Is the Best Quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft Class

In the weeks leading up to the NFL draft, there has been a lot of buzz about the strength of this year’s crop of quarterbacks. Most experts agree that five quarterbacks will be selected in the first round of this year’s draft – USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Since opinions vary so dramatically on which of these signal-callers will be the best at the next level, let’s approach this differently than a typical scouting report. Before we look at each quarterback one-by-one, we’ll start with a blind comparison of the five quarterbacks’ 2017 passing stats. Before skipping ahead to see which quarterback is in each position, take a second to process the chart and try to match this year’s QB crop with their stats.   Key: Age When Drafted, Games Played, Yards per Game, Completion Percentage, Passer Rating, Total QBR, Yards per Attempt, Touchdowns, Interceptions, Fumbles To give this chart a point of reference, here are three more quarterbacks: three NFL quarterbacks in their final year of college who have had varying degrees of success in their professional careers. Can you tell which quarterback is which? QB1 is Rosen, QB2 is Mayfield, QB3 is Darnold, QB4 is Allen and QB5 is Jackson. Meanwhile, QB6 is Jake Locker, QB7 is Andrew Luck and QB8 is Marcus Mariota. With that out of the way, let’s look at each quarterback individually to paint a better picture of their unique skillsets. Sam Darnold Measurements: 6’3, 221 lbs, 9.38-inch hands Pros: Pocket Presence, Clutch gene Cons: Mechanics, Turnovers Darnold is widely considered the best quarterback in this draft class. After a very strong redshirt freshman season, Darnold was pegged to [...]

Who Is the Best Quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft Class2018-04-26T18:50:21+00:00