While we are months away from the 2019 NFL Draft, it is never too early to start looking at some of the top prospects and in this case particularly the quarterback prospects. If your NFL team is struggling and in need of a quarterback look no further. Here are the top quarterback prospects as the college season winds down. This year’s class in not as hyped up as last year’s but there are still some guys who can ball.
Justin Herbert, Oregon
Herbert has been the consensus number one QB on a lot of people’s draft boards and he may end up being the number one pick overall in April. He has great size at 6’6″ 234 pounds and as a howitzer for an arm. He also excels at throwing on the run but his accuracy has been inconsistent at times. He is a little raw so he will need a little grooming but he has franchise QB potential. There have been reports that he will stay at Oregon for his senior season but they said that about Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen last year so we shall see.
Drew Lock, Missouri
Some people have Lock rated as their top QB prospect. He’s got a really strong arm that can make every throw and he is also a solid athlete. He’s struggled in some games this season but overall he has shown that he is a first round pick. Last year he set the SEC single season touchdown record with 44. This year he has thrown for 21 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He has a gunslinger style of play kind of like Jay Cutler. Sometimes he can force throws and is a little too confident in his arm. Also he needs to work on his touch as he tends to put everything into every throw. Lock projects to be a sold starter in the NFL.
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Haskins is the best passer Ohio State has had in a long time. His arm is good enough and is known for his accuracy. He has been very productive this year throwing for 33 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He is a true pocket passer but sometimes can hang in there a little too long. Since this was his first year as a starter, the consensus is that Haskins will stay in school but he could be a 2nd and possibly late first rounder if he declares this season.
Will Grier, West Virginia
Grier has had an interesting college career. In 2016 he was suspended for PED use when he was at Florida which led him to transfer to West Virginia. There have been questions about his arm strength but he continues to produce at a high level with 35 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions this year. Quarterbacks in the Big 12 will always face scrutiny because of the lack of defense that is played in that conference. Lets not forget when Geno Smith through it for 656 yards in one game and we all know how he turned out. However, Grier projects to be a second rounder and would benefit most by sitting and learning an NFL offense with a team that has an established QB.
Ryan Finley, NC State
Finley projects to be the most pro-ready quarterback of this year’s class. He’s a mature, smart passer who does a good job of protecting the football. This year he has thrown for 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His athleticism and arm strength is what has scouts concerned if those will be enough to translate to the NFL. He is however very accurate, and has the potential to be a decent starter in the NFL.