NFL 2017 Draft News: Power Ranking Top 10 Quarterback Prospects
Power Rankings Top 10 QBs for 2017 NFL Draft
March 28, 2017
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The 2017 NFL draft is right around the corner, so it’s time to look at some of the top prospects who will be drafted over the three days. For this article we’ll take a look at the top-10 quarterbacks. This isn’t a deep class of QB’s, but there’s potential sleepers who could be something in a few years.
Here’s the top-10 quarterbacks for the 2017 NFL draft.
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1. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina - Mitch Trubisky has the size at 6’2”, is a great athlete and showed the ability to throw the ball with terrific accuracy. The one concern I have is Trubisky was a starter at UNC for just one season and he did have issues holding onto the football. Either way, Trubisky looks like your traditional quarterback and will likely be the first taken off the board.
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Deshaun Watson is simply a gamer, as he plays his best the bigger the moment and isn’t short on confidence. Watson has shown good arm strength and the ability to throw a beautiful football as well. However, accuracy can be an issue with Watson, and he’s not exactly the big quarterback you see teams go after. Either way, somebody will fall in love with the national champion and take him probably in the first round.
3. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech - Patrick Mahomes II is a gunslinger who threw more than 1,300 passes in three seasons at Texas Tech. Mahomes has a wiry frame he’ll be able to fill out and can throw the ball with great touch. Mahomes also comes from good genes with his father being a major league pitcher for 11 years. Mahomes is the potential steal for me in this QB class.
4. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame - DeShone Kizer has a great build at 6’4” and is a very smart quarterback who usually makes the right decisions with the football. Kizer also has great pocket presence and is an underrated athlete who had nearly 1,000 rushing yards in two years with the Irish. Kizer will be taken rather quickly, especially with the long history of teams falling in love with Notre Dame quarterbacks.
5. Davis Webb, California - Davis Webb has great size at 6’5” and comes from a pass happy offense in which he threw the ball 620 times last season. Webb sees the field well and has a high football IQ with his father being a coach. Webb is a project due to him forcing passes at times and having subpar pocket presence, but there’s a lot to worth with in the senior from Texas.
6. Brad Kaaya, Miami - I wish Brad Kaaya stayed in school for another year, but he has the arm strength to make all the throws at the next level. Kaaya also has a great feel in the pocket and doesn’t seem to get rattled often. The concerns with Kaaya are the accuracy and the mechanics that prevented him from taking big steps at the college level. Kaaya could have improved his stock big time with another year of work, but he’ll be a likely third day pick.
7. Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh - Nathan Peterman throws the ball with great touch and isn’t afraid to take a hit before getting rid of the ball. Peterman is one of the tougher QBs in this class and comes with zero off-the-field issues. The concerns are Peterman comes from a simple Pittsburgh offense and accuracy can be an issue.
8. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee - Joshua Dobbs has great zip on his football and can go stretches of pinpoint accuracy. Dobbs also has a calm demeanor that will go a long way to him being a leader at the next level. The concerns with Dobbs have always been consistency, as he’s never quite been able to put things together for a long period.
9. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss - Chad Kelly has the arm strength and the confidence to be a decent player at the next level. A little Jay Cutler in Kelly when it comes to raw ability, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. The obvious questions with Kelly are injuries and off-the-field issues. Those two things are why Kelly will drop big time and possibly go undrafted overall.
10. Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech - Jerod Evans has a little Ben Roethlisberger to him at 6’3”, 230 pounds, as he doesn’t go down easily and isn’t afraid to truck a defender in the open field. Evans also has good arm strength and is impressively accurate on the move. Decision making and overall football IQ are the biggest question marks for Evans.