TOJ Pick Six: Quarterbacks In The NFL Draft

DA provides his QB rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 12 days until the NFL Draft, now feels like the best time to drop my pick six for each position in the draft. We will go through quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties. Today, we begin with the signal callers, where there has been a lot of discussion considering the Jets currently hold the second overall pick in a draft with multiple quality QB prospects. The way these rankings work is I will give you my top 6 at each position, with stats, my grade, and their overall ranking on my big board, and something that wows and worries me about each prospect.

Let’s dig right in, shall we?

1. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Overall Ranking: 1
Round Grade: First
Stats: 69.2%, 3153 yards, 24 TDs, 5 INTs
Wow: when Vince Vaughn says in Wedding Crashers that he can put the ball wherever he wants and he can make it rain out there, he was talking about Trevor Lawrence. There isn’t a throw Lawrence can’t make, as he displays elite ball placement ability at every level.
Worry: shoulder surgery a month ago, despite it being his non-throwing arm, could be worrisome if he takes too many hits behind a suspect offensive line.

2. Ohio State QB Justin Fields
Overall Ranking: 2
Round Grade: First
Stats: 70.2%, 2100 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs, 383 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs
Wow: Justin Fields is the amalgamation of Michael Vick and Lamar Jackson in terms of athleticism, with the quarterbacking of Donovan McNabb mixed in. His ability to throw on the run to every level, and to put the ball where only his receiver can get it, are evidence of a confident QB.
Worry: he is almost too patient with the ball and, while some of that is because of the lengthy routes his receivers ran, he’s going to have to become more decisive with the ball.

3. North Dakota State QB Trey Lance
Overall Ranking: 7
Round Grade: First
Stats: 66.9%, 2786 yards, 28 TDs, 0 INTs, 1100 rushing yards, 14 rushing TDs (2019)
Wow: Trey Lance already has developed a knack for not panicking under pressure, which is something you hope young QBs developed. He went almost 300 attempts without throwing an interception and displayed good accuracy in the short game.
Worry: showed a tendency to lock on to his first read, and he has to become more accurate downfield.

4. BYU QB Zach Wilson
Overall Ranking: 11
Round Grade: First
Stats: 73.5%, 3692 yards, 33 TDs, 3 INTs, 10 rushing TDs
Wow: Wilson has more Matt Stafford than Sam Darnold in his game, especially when it comes to the arm angles and unreal deep-ball ability. He displays a quick internal clock already, and is decisive about where he wants to go with the ball.
Worry: a torn labrum and thumb injury on his throwing arm is worrying, but even more worrisome is his inability to anticipate the pass rush: in a few games I watched, he’d turn into pressure at an alarming rate.

5. Georgia QB Jamie Newman
Overall Ranking: 51
Round Grade: Mid-2nd
Stats: 60.9%, 2868 yards, 26 TDs, 11 INTs, 6 rushing TDs (2019)
Wow: 2019 showed a QB that stands tall in the pocket and does not rattle easily when pressure is around him. Newman gets the ball out quickly, and he throws darts out there. A much stronger arm than some of the guys that will go ahead of him.
Worry: Newman’s footwork could stand to improve, and he has to learn to use more touch on his throws.

6. Alabama QB Mac Jones
Overall Ranking: 63
Round Grade: Third
Stats: 77.4%, 4500 yards, 41 TDs, 4 INTs
Wow: Big Mac Jones’s accuracy is his best trait, in my opinion, as he very rarely misses wide receivers. He’s a smart QB, which helps him make up for some of his limited physical traits. Jones does a decent job of moving in and around pressure and rarely panics when the pass rush is barreling down on him.
Worry: his lack of mobility is concerning, as there won’t be many instances of him winning off-platform, and him being limited to only winning in structure makes him very different from the five QBs I have ranked ahead of him. He, also, doesn’t have a strong arm.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.