Every Wednesday or Thursday during the NFL season (and offseason), Joe Caporoso will break down the upcoming week of NFL action. Unfasten the belts and prepare to gorge on another weekend of fandom, fantasy, gambling, tweeting, cheering, complaining…and complaining.
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NFL Draft Quarterback Comparisons!
A ceiling and floor comparison for the top six quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Feel free to shred them apart here:
Sam Darnold – Generally considered the top prospect in the class and the one most likely to go first overall., despite it being debatable if he is superior to Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield (in my humble opinion). Darnold had a mildly disappointing season for USC after being the most hyped college football player heading into last year thanks to a monster bowl game. Darnold has ideal size, a strong arm, throws well on the run and exciting mobility for a quarterback who is 6’4, 220 pounds. He is also only 20 years old.Ceiling: Healthy Andrew Luck
Floor: Poor man’s Carson Palmer with more mobility
Josh Rosen – The best pure pocket passer in the class who regularly elevated an average at best supporting cast around him at UCLA. Most of the concerns around Rosen are about his durability and attitude. The attitude concerns seem to lack much of a basis in reality outside of Rosen being an opinionated young man who came from a wealthy family. The durability concerns are valid, as he needs to keep building on his frame and do a better job of protecting himself (hopefully he will have a solid offensive line in the NFL, which he lacked at UCLA).Ceiling: Playoff Eli Manning
Floor: Regular Season Eli Manning
Baker Mayfield – A polarizing prospect who is getting misguided comparisons to Johnny Manziel because they are both short and white. Mayfield is a highly accurate passer who handles pressure well and can attack down the field successfully. He is also a playmaker with his feet. He doesn’t fit the mold of a “traditionally” successful NFL quarterback, particularly with his frame and there are questions if the massive chip on his shoulder will end up being a positive or negative.
Ceiling: Less Mobile Russell Wilson
Floor: Case Keenum
Lamar Jackson – Another polarizing prospect. Jackson has been moved to receiver by some “analysts” and the always brave anonymous scouts, yet improved as a passer year over year at Louisville and handled a complex offense well. Jackson is electric as a runner but there are valid concerns about his durability with his thin frame and his accuracy isn’t quite where you want it to be coming out of college. He is only 21 years old, however.
Ceiling: Mike Vick
Floor: More Mobile Ryan Tannehill
Josh Allen – The biggest arm in the NFL Draft combined with what is traditionally viewed as ideal size for a quarterback has many scouts salivating over Allen. However, his lack of accuracy, inability to elevate a weak supporting cast when facing tough competition and inconsistency are all major red flags. Whoever drafts Allen is betting on their coaching staff fixing his accuracy and mechanical issues over the next few years, which is an extremely risky bet to make.
Ceiling: Jay Cutler
Floor: Brock Osweiler
Mason Rudolph – The forgotten man who has a very good chance to slip into the first round. Rudolph is a traditional pocket passer with good size and decent mobility. There is no single attribute that really jumps off the page with him and there are concerns with his ability to read defenses and protect the football at the next level.
Ceiling: Kirk Cousins
Floor: Connor Cook
Under Appreciated Snack Of The Week
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— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) March 20, 2018
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Football was more fun when this guy was healthy…
What Do I Watch Now?
Manhunt, Netflix – Tells the story of tracking down the Unabomber using the linguistics in the crazed letters he wrote. The acting can be a little suspect at times (outside of Paul Bettany as Kaczynski) but the show picks up steam after the first two episodes and sprints through the finish line.
Who Do I Read Now?
The Last Policeman, Ben Winters – The first book in a trilogy about a police officer trying to solve a murder as the world awaits the impact of an incoming asteroid expected to cause Armageddon. A dark read but engrossing science fiction.
Top Ten Mock!
- Cleveland – Sam Darnold, QB
- Giants – Saquon Barkley, RB
- Jets – Josh Rosen, QB
- Cleveland – Quenton Nelson, OL
- Denver – Baker Mayfield, QB
- Indianpolis – Bradley Chubb, Edge
- Tampa Bay – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB
- Chicago – Denzel Ward, CB
- San Francisco – Calvin Ridley, WR
- Oakland – Roquan Smith, LB
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