The Top College Quarterbacks of 2019. This list will update daily as I release my rankings on Twitter. Follow the links below the player’s stats for game film/highlights on YouTube and their official college player profile.
Just Missed (basically 20-16):
Joe Burrow, Redshirt Senior, Louisiana State – 6’4″/216
Jacob Eason, Redshirt Junior, Washington – 6’6″/228
Khalil Tate, Senior, Arizona – 6’2″/215
Steven Montez, Redshirt Senior, Colorado – 6’5″/230
D’Eriq King, Senior, Houston – 5’11″/195
15. Kellen Mond, Junior, Texas A&M – 6’2”/210 (6/24/2019)
2018 Stats: 13 GP, 238/415 (57.3%), 3107 YD, 24 TD, 9 INT; 149 CAR, 474 YD, 7 TD
The 15 spot was the hardest one for me to rank. I could have gone different ways, but there was one name I felt needed to be included on this list more than the rest, Kellen Mond.
Why Kellen Mond? I think he has the highest ceiling of the quarterbacks that did not make this list. Hell, he might have a higher ceiling than some of the guys I have ranked ahead of him.
Mond won’t be confused with the best quarterbacks in the country. His film is good, but not great. His typical stat line is kinda “meh”. However, he has his moments, like his 430 yards and 3 TDs against Clemson, or how he torched LSU for 6 TDs.
He’s not a precise passer resulting in his accuracy being a red flag (51.5% as a freshman, 55.3% career). Generally, I look for quarterbacks that are over 60% in college but I see some upside for Mond as a prospect. He is a good runner with a strong arm, and he turned out to be a solid QB in the tough SEC.
The tools are all there. It’s possible that I’m sleeping on Mond and he puts it all together his junior year, emerging as a high-end prospect.
14. Cole McDonald, Redshirt Junior, Hawaii – 6’4”/220 (6/24/2019)
2018 Stats: 13 GP, 285/484 (58.9%), 3875 YD, 36 TD, 10 INT; 134 CAR, 359 YD, 4 TD
Remember Colt Brennan? Yeah, things didn’t exactly work out for him at the next level after being drafted in the 6th round by the Washington Redskins in 2008.
I was still in high school and I remember tuning in to Hawaii games nearly every Saturday and talking about Hawaii football with my buddies. In Northwest Ohio. All because that high-octane offense led by Brennan was the most fun to watch in the nation.
Cole McDonald is the best quarterback Hawaii has had since Brennan. Except, McDonald is a better player. His film is impressive. And I don’t think it’s because he’s picking on Mountain West schools.
Look, I’ll level with you, he struggled in the bowl game against Louisiana Tech. That was not a good game for the young passer on a big stage. Looking at the stats, that performance seems like an outlier. McDonald was consistently good until that game and there is no reason to believe that he won’t grow from that disappointing performance.
On film, I see a smart quarterback with good situational awareness and who doesn’t lock onto a single receiver, methodically going through his progressions. And if there isn’t a play, he’s athletic enough to make it happen with his legs.
McDonald is a proficient runner and has a knack for avoiding sacks while keeping his eyes downfield. He has a tendency to flee the pocket but operates fine outside of it, throwing well on the run and with the required arm strength to throw across the field.
His accuracy is better than 58.9% suggests. Although he misses an occasional throw, I saw many dropped passes on film which would have been touchdowns if thrown in the NFL.
When I watch him play, I can see him playing on Sundays. In retrospect, McDonald might be the total package you want in a quarterback prospect. I may be a little low with this ranking.
But on the other hand, McDonald’s just a quarterback out of Hawaii, right?
13. Mason Fine, Sr., North Texas – 5’11”/185 (6/25/2019)
2018 Stats: 13 GP, 303/469 (64.6%), 3793 YD, 27 TD, 5 INT; 69 CAR, 20 YD, 2 TD
Lucky 13 is a bit of a wildcard. Can Mason Fine play at the NFL level? If he were a few inches taller and about 30 pounds heavier, that question would become a lot easier to answer.
Fine is actually a hell of a quarterback and one of my favorites to watch play. He plays with a gunslinger’s mentality is a lot of fun to watch on film as he effortlessly uncorks bombs downfield or guns passes into tight windows.
The knock against Fine is his size and the level of competition he faces – not to mention his struggles against bigger schools, which could also be an effect of simply having a less talented team around him, similar to Josh Allen’s immense struggles in college against tougher competition.
The difference, of course, is that Allen is 6’5″ and weighs 230+, boasting one of the strongest arms coming out in some time, whereas Fine is about Kyler Murray’s size and does not have the same electric running ability.
Today’s NFL is more conducive toward the success of undersized QBs, so Fine cannot be counted out as a potential pro quarterback. And while he can be effective running the ball, it isn’t a big part of his game, so I believe he could put on some extra weight for the next level and I don’t see him being too negatively affected.
Fine’s arm is strong and accurate, and he’s someone the other players rally around. I was watching some North Texas practice tape where Fine was “mic’d up” and he was very encouraging and complementary of his teammates. I get the sense he is a great locker room guy. That type of leadership is valuable in the pros.
This is a tough quarterback prospect who isn’t afraid to stay in the pocket and deliver a strike even when he knows that defensive end bearing down is about to wallop him. He’s also an experienced player who will have started for 4 years by the end of 2019’s season (10 games as a freshman, full-time starter sophomore through senior year) while performing at a high level.
Despite his diminutive size, the door is certainly not closed on Fine’s NFL future. Talent rises to the top.
12. Sam Ehlinger, Jr., Texas – 6’3”/235 (6/26/2019)
2018 Stats: 14 GP, 275/425 (64.7%), 3292 YD, 25 TD, 5 INT; 164 CAR, 482 YD, 16 TD
I’m sure this probably seems lower than you’ve seen Ehlinger ranked in other “Top College QBs” lists. Don’t get me wrong, I like Ehlinger a lot as a player and became an instant fan after seeing his game against Georgia. He’s a tough quarterback that’s built like a linebacker and will run over a linebacker to pick up a couple more yards.
Ehlinger shows flashes of brilliance as a passer, but he is still developing in that area, which seems standard for a quarterback his age. One of my main concerns, however, is that head coach Tom Herman has never coached an effective NFL quarterback, despite coaching several prolific ones in college. Is Ehlinger just another one of those?
I also have concerns about Ehlinger getting injured due to his play style. It’s one thing to play how he does in college, but you simply cannot get by in the NFL by relying on defenders playing soft or scoring 16 touchdowns on the ground.
This ranking places him as my QB7 in this year’s draftable class, which I believe is fair considering the players I have ranked ahead of him. I see him as a day-two kind of prospect, which would still make him the best NFL quarterback prospect Herman has produced.
I love the completion percentage and TD-INT ratio. And I can always appreciate a quarterback who isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder into a defender to finish a run.
Ehlinger is a talented player, so I am not ruling out the possibility that I’m low here, nor is a move to the next tier up out of the question. But I still need to see one more good year out of the Austin, Texas native before I am ready to place his name among the names of guys I see as upper-echelon prospects.
11. Jordan Love, Redshirt Junior, Utah State – 6’4”/225 (6/27/2019)
2018 Stats: 13 GP, 267/417 (64.0%), 3567 YD, 32 TD, 6 INT; 43 CAR, 63 YD, 7 TD
There is a lot to love about Jordan Love, a former 3-star prospect from Bakersfield, California. He has exceeded that rating by developing into a very good college quarterback for the Aggies and is my preseason #6 quarterback in the talented class of 2020 draft-eligibles.
Love is an accurate thrower with good arm strength and NFL size. I’m not projecting him to be a fantasy football stud but he is a competent, smart quarterback who does not make a lot of mistakes. The NFL is constantly looking for QBs that fit this description, so I see a definite opportunity for Love at the next level despite him playing at a smaller school that faces Mountain West-caliber competition.
Even though the game was a loss and Love threw zero touchdowns with two interceptions, on film, he actually showed out against Michigan State in 2018, making a lot of nice throws, racking up 319 yards and completing 65.9% of his passes, adding a rushing touchdown.
No, he didn’t light up the scoreboard in that game, but he performed well with a less talented team around him against a superior Big 10 opponent with a really tough defense. Love’s play kept the Aggies competitive in that game, as the final score was 38-31.
Along with having a good arm and just being an absolute gamer, Love is athletic, a solid runner who has scored nine touchdowns on the ground in his career and throws very accurately on the run.
With Love under center, Utah State had one of the nation’s best offenses in 2018 and the team looks set up to repeat again this year as Love gets one more year of experience under his belt. I’m expecting big things from him in 2019.
As of right now, I see Love as a borderline starter at the next level with upside to move up a tier.
10. KJ Costello, Sr, Stanford – 6’5”/215 (6/28/2019)
2018 Stats: 13 GP, 269/413 (65.1%), 3540 YD, 29 TD, 11 INT
The NFL ultimately values wins over fantasy stats, so I like Costello as a prospect more than this ranking suggests. I think he has a higher floor than Justin Herbert, the quarterback I have ranked #9, despite my feeling that he’s a little more boom-or-bust and could have the floor of a player like Blake Bortles…
As an aside, I don’t think Herbert will be another Bortles, but I can see it as a possibility. If a safer prospect is more your jam, 9 and 10 can be swapped. Back to Costello.
Costello can start in the NFL. And I think he proves it in 2019. Stanford lost a lot of talent to the NFL this past offseason, offense and defense, and Costello is now the guy for this Cardinal team.
Under these circumstances, if Costello leads his team to a similar or improved record while playing at a similar or even improved level, that could provide him the credibility he needs to seriously be in the first-round quarterback conversation. “Seriously,” of course, meaning more than just the standard lip service paid to players like AJ McCarron or Tom Savage in the conversation.
However, not all first-round quarterbacks become great fantasy options. I’m a fan of Costello’s and I believe he’s a solid quarterback who can guide his future team to a lot of wins, but will not be statistically prolific enough to ever be a fantasy QB1 option. He will likely settle in as a mid-tier QB2 to carry on a roster, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Every roster needs these guys.
Costello is very accurate, can make all the throws with good placement, is mobile enough to avoid sacks and extend plays, and… makes clutch throws. Which is a trait I LOVE in a quarterback. Plus, he’s a Stanford product. Those Stanford guys are smart.
The 2018 Second Team All-PAC 12 quarterback will be able to absorb a playbook and system quickly at the next level, which is an underrated advantage for a player to have. With that, he might even be more pro-ready than a couple of the players I have ranked ahead of him.
As of now, the summer before the 2019 season, Costello is my #5 draft-eligible quarterback.
9. Justin Herbert, Sr., Oregon – 6’6”/233 (6/29/2019)
2018 Stats: 13 GP, 240/404 (59.4%), 3151 YD, 29 TD, 8 INT; 71 CAR, 166 YD, 2 TD
Herbert will be a first round pick, likely an early one, and has a lot of upside to be a good quarterback, but I’m not loving him as a future fantasy option. In fact, a sizable portion of why Herbert is ranked this low is because in a devy league, I am comfortable completely passing on Herbert and waiting to see who emerges from this year’s sophomore and junior crops of quarterbacks instead.
There are four sophomore QBs in particular I have my eye on this season, but we will get to know them over the next week, starting with number eight on 6/30.
In terms of arm strength, Herbert has possibly the best in the nation. This dude has a gun and the ball just flies out of his hand. Throw in his size, smarts (he’s a first team Academic All-PAC 12), and athleticism, you have the necessary components for an ideal quarterback prospect.
However great the arm strength and physical traits, Herbert’s accuracy could use some work. He took a step back in that area as a junior last year after completing over 63% both his freshman and sophomore years. This could have been a simple bump that Herbert hit and he very well could rebound as a senior.
The main problem I’m running into with Herbert, though, is that something about him feels Blake Bortles-esque to me and he also reminds me a little of Josh Allen, who I also ranked in the 8-10 range – and am still skeptical on. I’m really not loving those pro comps.
Additionally, I carry a healthy level of skepticism toward Oregon QBs in general, considering the last two first round-caliber QBs out of the program were Marcus Mariota and Joey Harrington. Not exactly stud fantasy players. I’m letting someone else roster Herbert in devy leagues.
Said that, it’s not impossible for Herbert to become a high-end QB, just like it’s not impossible for Allen, but I’m thinking Herbert catches on as a starter who will be statistically similar to a regular season version of Joe Flacco. Good quarterback who can win games and have a long career, just not really ever a good primary fantasy option.
8. Justin Fields, So., Ohio State – 6’3”/225
2018 Stats: 12 GP, 27/39 (69.2%), 328 YD, 4 TD, 0 INT; 42 CAR, 266 YD, 4 TD
As mentioned in the Justin Herbert write-up, I am comfortable passing on the Oregon product completely in a devy league, opting instead to see how four sophomore quarterbacks in particular pan out. The first of these four I will be discussing, of course, is Justin Fields, the #2 quarterback in last year’s recruiting class behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.
Fields served as Jake Fromm’s backup at Georgia in 2018 and only saw limited action as a freshman behind an entrenched starter. He transferred to Ohio State in the offseason and due to some transfer magic, is eligible to play right away, circumventing the rule which generally requires a transfer to sit for a full year before returning to the field.
Ryan Day steps in as the head coach for the Buckeyes after holding the offensive coordinator position in 2018. Under Day’s tutelage, Dwayne Haskins became a first round draft pick in April. My money is on Haskins to break the stigma around Ohio State quarterbacks in the NFL, and I am very excited to see what wonders Day can work on a player with near-limitless potential like Fields.
The dual-threat passer is one of the nation’s most gifted athletes, and one of 24/7 Sports’ highest rated recruits of all time. Fields looked very good when he did see the field last year, displaying a live arm and how dangerous he is as a runner. I often tuned into Georgia games late to catch a glimpse of Fromm’s talented freshman backup.
At Ohio State, Fields is inheriting an offense that lost key contributors at WR including Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, not to mention RB Mike Weber and a slew of offensive linemen. He will still have JK Dobbins to hand the ball off to, however.
Along with the change in coaching, the Buckeyes will also be replacing high-impact players at nearly every offensive position, so it will be interesting to see how this new-look Ohio State offense will perform, but one thing’s for sure, Justin Fields will be good.
7. JT Daniels, So., Southern California – 6’3”/ 210
2018 Stats: 11 GP, 216/363 (59.5%), 2672 YD, 14 TD, 10 INT
In the highlights, keep an eye on the receiver wearing the number eight. That’s Amon-Ra St. Brown! Now teammates at USC, the QB-WR duo played high school ball together, too. And be sure to keep an eye on freshman five-star WR Bru McCoy this year. He is also a former teammate of Daniels and St. Brown at Mater Dei HS. This trio is definitely one of my favorite story lines in college football in 2019.
Daniels is a another sophomore quarterback I am really high on and am excited to see how much he improves from his true freshman season to his sophomore one.
The five-star passer from Irvine, California graduated from high school a year early in order to play college ball sooner. To get an idea of the kind of football player Daniels is, he was in charge of calling plays as a sophomore in high school. That year, he threw for over 4800 yards and scored 67 touchdowns.
His junior year, he led his team to an undefeated 15-0 season and a High School National Championship. So, before even attending USC, we have a player smart enough, with a high enough football IQ to simultaneously play quarterback at a nationally high level and do the job of an offensive coordinator since he was a sophomore in high school, with a championship pedigree to boot.
Daniels, as a true freshman last year, was thrown into the fire and made the starting QB for one of the most highly-recognized college programs in the nation. At the age of 18. During what should have been his senior year of high school.
If all of this isn’t impressive enough, despite the fact his numbers from 2018 weren’t exactly world-beating, Daniels went out and showed a lot of promise, flashing moments of brilliance and displaying the tools needed to become a high-end NFL prospect.
As a freshman, he completed several pro-level throws, showing an uncanny ability to hit his receivers perfectly in stride and fit the ball into tight windows, as well as showing improvement as the season progressed.
His arm strength is very good and he will continue to develop in all areas of his game while working with offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, a Texas Tech legend at quarterback who is #3 all-time in (college) career touchdown passes (134) and #4 all-time in career passing yards (15,793).
Harrell is a guy who knows the quarterback position inside and out, and will work wonders on a special talent like JT Daniels.
The Trojans are known for putting first-round quarterbacks into the NFL and Daniels will be the next to follow in their footsteps. Let’s hope that he’s more Carson Palmer or Sam Darnold than he is Matt Leinart or Mark Sanchez. I believe he will be.
6. Adrian Martinez, So., Nebraska – 6’2”/220
2018 Stats: 11 GP, 224/347 (64.6%), 2617 YD, 17 TD, 8 INT; 140 CAR, 629 YD, 8 TD
Before we begin, no, Adrian Martinez is not related to former Huskers quarterback, Taylor Martinez, who played for Nebraska from 2009-2013 and went undrafted after a prolific career at the storied university.
Luckily for Adrian, however, he much better resembles an NFL quarterback than Taylor. A highly-recruited prospect out of Fresno, California, Martinez was the crown jewel of Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class after decommitting from Tennessee to play ball in the Big 10.
The true freshman quickly made the starting job his, and while it did not translate to a lot of wins in 2018, Martinez is surrounded by a good coaching staff and his prolific freshman season gave us a peek into what head coach Scott Frost’s team is in for over the next couple years.
Frost, who played quarterback in college, has had success with quarterbacks in his career, coaching Marcus Mariota at Oregon as the offensive coordinator, and McKenzie Milton at UCF as the head coach. Mario Verduzco, the QBs coach behind Milton’s massive 2017 season followed Frost from UCF to Nebraska and has been working on turning Martinez into the best QB he can be.
The dual-threat quarterback is a gifted athlete with a knack for making big plays with his arm and legs. Martinez is already even being compared to Patrick Mahomes by some. He throws with nice zip and gets the ball where it needs to go, displaying good ball placement as a freshman. Martinez should only continue to improve in that area.
Along with being physically gifted, Martinez is strong on the mental side of the game, too. He makes good decisions with the football, doesn’t stare down his receivers, and goes through his progressions, scanning the field when his primary isn’t open.
A knock against him is how he seems to rely on his legs a lot, as he often tucks the ball and runs too soon before a play has had time to develop. He has the ability to extend a play but opts to run instead, which leads me to my next point.
He needs to learn how to slide. Martinez took far too many big hits last year on scrambles. Injuries have stunted the careers of the aforementioned Mariota and Milton. It would be a shame to see the same happen to Martinez. This is a skill that will hopefully develop as he becomes more experienced.
Martinez had several big performances last year but he was particularly impressive against ranked Ohio State and Wisconsin teams, combining for 779 yards of offense (650 passing, 129 rushing) and 6 total touchdowns (3 passing, 3 rushing). He also led the Huskers to a 4-2 finish over the final six games.
Overall, I like this player a lot. He’s humble, hard-working, and will continue to develop into a great leader. I see him playing at a high level on Sundays for a long time. All signs are pointing up for Martinez. Don’t be surprised if the 2018 Freshman All-American inspires a lot of Heisman chatter in 2019.
5. Brock Purdy, Sophomore, Iowa State – 6’1”/202
2018 Stats: 10 GP, 146/220 (66.4%), 2250 YD, 16 TD, 7 INT; 100 CAR, 308 YD, 5 TD
Brock Purdy? True sophomore? From Iowa freaking State?
At first, I felt a little crazy ranking Purdy inside my devy top five, thinking that maybe, just maybe, I was vastly overestimating this player’s ability. After all, Purdy is a three-star quarterback prospect out of Gilbert, Arizona who turned down offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, and UCF to play for the Cyclones.
I liked the numbers he put up as a true freshman, plus it was a good sign that Alabama was pursuing him. And then I watched the film on Purdy. What I saw is a future NFL quarterback. He has everything. The big arm, the accuracy, the moxie, that “it” factor. And one of my favorite traits I see in Purdy is that he elevates the game of the players around him.
He’s cool in the pocket for a young player, which still means he’s a little erratic and bails from the pocket too soon at times, but Purdy will improve in this area as a sophomore. The absence of a receiver like Hakeem Butler will also force Purdy to become more proficient at going through his progressions, as he doesn’t have that obvious go-to receiver anymore.
When Purdy took over, Iowa State was 1-3. He didn’t even throw a pass until week five against Oklahoma State, a game in which he threw for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns in a win over a ranked Big 12 opponent. With the freshman at the helm, the Cyclones went 7-2 (6-1 in the Big 12), including a huge win against #6 West Virginia in week six, a game in which he starred again.
My main gripe with Purdy is that he wants to be Iowa State’s version of Tim Tebow, which is scary, because Tebow was a terrible pro quarterback. So hopefully the similarities stop at: Heisman-winning quarterback and first-round NFL draft pick.
Joking aside, I don’t see any blatant red flags in Purdy’s game. He wasn’t perfect last year, but his flaws can be coached and his overall decision-making will be better in 2019. Iowa State has a good coaching staff and they have been doing a nice job bringing Purdy along so far. There is no reason to believe this will change.
Purdy was no ordinary freshman in 2018 but has gotten lost in the shuffle with Trevor Lawrence stealing most of the spotlight, but make no mistake, this is a special player and you will be hearing the name Brock Purdy a lot in the coming years. Get him on the cheap while you can now. Pro comp: Baker Mayfield, but less cocky.
4. Jalen Hurts, Senior, Oklahoma – 6’2”/218
2018 Stats: 13 GP, 51/70 (72.9%), 765 YD, 8 TD, 2 INT; 36 CAR, 167 YD, 2 TD
One of my absolute favorite players in the nation, Jalen Hurts is an Alabama football legend and handled the situation with being replaced by Tua Tagovailoa as the starter with so much class, plus he just seems like an all-around great dude.
Hurts struggled to develop as a passer his sophomore year after taking home hardware his freshman year as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. He ended up being benched in favor of Tagovailoa, a freshman at the time, in the second half of the 2017 National Championship game and the rest is history.
The year off gave Hurts time to develop as a passer more, rather than going out there every Saturday being asked to merely do what he has to not to lose the game. This extra time to develop paid off in 2018’s SEC Championship game when Hurts saved the Tide’s season in epic fashion after an injured Tagovailoa found himself sidelined.
The Houston, Texas native not only made plays with his legs, as usual, but came out dropping dimes with his arm. It was clear he had made strides as a passer, a scary thought for opposing defenses.
In 2019, Hurts steps into the ideal situation where he will be coached by a QB whisperer in Lincoln Riley, which is the key here. Riley has coached two consecutive quarterbacks to become Heisman Trophy winners and first-overall NFL Draft picks.
Hurts is an incredibly talented player and I believe Riley will have a massive positive impact on his game. It appears he already is, actually. Along with the clear improvement as a passer in 2018, Hurts looked even better in the Sooners’ Spring Game this past offseason. He looks accurate and more comfortable throwing from the pocket.
And the offense he’s piloting this year is loaded with NFL talent like running backs Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, and tight end Grant Calcaterra. There will be a lot of points scored by the Sooners this year and Hurts will emerge as a Heisman candidate. I wouldn’t even rule out the possibility he keeps Oklahoma’s Heisman streak alive.
Heisman or no Heisman, with a strong senior season out of Jalen Hurts, it will come as no shock when he generates first-round draft buzz and begins to look like a guy that can make it as a starting QB in the NFL.
Oh, and be sure to mark down November 9 on your calendars. Iowa State travels to Norman to take on Oklahoma in what will be an absolutely epic Jalen Hurts vs. Brock Purdy showdown. I cannot wait.
3. Jake Fromm, Jr., Georgia – 6’2”/220
2018 Stats: 14 GP, 207/307 (67.4%), 2761 YD, 30 TD, 6 INT
I think Fromm is a great quarterback prospect and that his film and resume speak for themselves, but leaving it at that would be no fun!
Assuming Fromm enters the 2020 NFL Draft, his first year of eligibility, he will leave Georgia as the greatest Bulldog QB of all-time. By the end of the 2019 season, Fromm will be a three-year starter who not only performed at a high level his whole career, but led his team like a general through the SEC to three consecutive 11+ win seasons and high-end bowl game berths.
Fromm clearly improved from his freshman to sophomore year, posting increases in yards, touchdowns, completion percentage, and throwing one less interception than in his first year.
He doesn’t throw for a lot of yards, but neither would your quarterback if he had Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Elijah Holyfield, and D’Andre Swift to hand the ball off to. Georgia is a run-first team and Fromm hasn’t had to throw the ball very much, posting under 600 attempts in 29 career games. This doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the talent to take over a game when called upon, however.
The four-star passer out of Warner Robins, GA has a 24-5 career record, saving some of his very best performances for the toughest opponents. His performance against Alabama in 2018 comes to mind where he threw for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns with zero interceptions while completing 64% of his passes.
In his two years at Georgia, Fromm has already surpassed Matthew Stafford, who played for three years, in touchdown passes. He will also surpass him in career wins and yards this year, all while completing a much greater percentage of his passes and throwing less picks. Remember. Stafford went #1 overall in the draft. Yes, Stafford had a stronger arm. But Fromm is much more refined.
And it’s not like Fromm’s arm isn’t first-round-caliber, because it is. But I really think it’s the intangibles that set him ahead of all other 2020 draft-eligible quarterbacks not named Tua Tagovailoa. Fromm is a leader and a gutsy player who is good or better at all aspects of being a passer.
His mechanics are good, he’s cool in the pocket, has great accuracy, and already knows how to read defenses proficiently. He’s a smart guy, too, and will quickly soak up a new system at the next level.
I think Matt Ryan is a good player comp for Fromm. Neither is super athletic, and both are guys who don’t have the strongest arms, but they both do everything at the QB position well. I see a few Pro Bowls, playoff wins, and seasons of fantasy football stardom in Fromm’s future.
Top 5 upside. Fromm would look good in a Tennessee Titans uniform.
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Jr., Alabama – 6’1”/218
2018 Stats: 15 GP, 245/355 (69.0%), 3966 YD, 43 TD, 6 INT; 57 CAR, 190 YD, 5 TD
I present to you: the #1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Tua Tagovailoa.
The gunslinger from Ewa Beach, Hawaii is one of the most accurate college quarterbacks I’ve ever seen on all levels, and his ability to hit receivers in stride is uncanny. He throws a very catchable ball, too. Just enough zip to get the job done.
Tagovailoa is refined beyond his years as a quarterback prospect, on and off the field, and has “superstar” written all over him.
He’s the total package: strong arm, accurate, mobile, intelligent, leader. He’s a likable guy and will fetch all kinds of media coverage and endorsements. Plus, his #13 will assuredly be one of the top-selling jerseys for years. And I’m not just an excited Bama fan blowing this out of proportion…
This kid is going to be big at the next level, but there is one thing that could prevent it: injuries. Tagovailoa was easily the best quarterback in the country until sustaining injuries to his ankles and knees late last year. After that, his game was off, eventually leading to him come off the field against Georgia in favor of Jalen Hurts.
Hurts, of course, went on to win the game for Alabama in a strange twist opposite of 2017’s National Championship game, sending the Tide into the playoffs undefeated.
After absolutely balling out against Oklahoma, Tagovailoa struggled against Clemson, turning in a “poor” outing in the College Football Playoff Finals where he still threw for nearly 300 yards and completed nearly 65% of his passes against one of the best defenses in the nation. He had two touchdowns and two interceptions. And for fantasy football purposes, I don’t hate that stat line.
My hope is that the injuries that plagued Tagovailoa last season were just one-off occurrences that won’t become a chronic problem for him. They are worth noting, however, because of the decline in play with them.
Now healthy, Tagovailoa is ready to put together another Heisman-worthy campaign, while leading the Tide to another Natty. Health is key here though.
Tagovailoa is the best left-handed quarterback since Mike Vick and is the best quarterback eligible for the 2020 Draft. He is a franchise QB who will immediately transform the team that takes him into a playoff contender. Let the #TankForTua sweepstakes commence!
1. Trevor Lawrence, So., Clemson – 6’6”/215
2018 Stats: 15 GP, 259/397 (65.2%), 3280 YD, 30 TD, 4 INT; 60 CAR, 177 YD, 1 TD
I don’t want it to seem like I’m half-assing this one but every writer out there has written something about Lawrence and there’s truly nothing new that can be said, so I’m going to keep this one short and sweet.
Did you see what Lawrence did to Alabama in the National Championship game? That was as a true freshman. He just torched the nation’s best-coached defense like they were a D-2 school. It was unreal. Just total domination.
True freshmen simply do not put up those types of numbers, let alone against the level of competition Lawrence faced last year. And even more impressively, he played his best against the best teams. That’s a marker of a special player.
This kid is going places. And by places, I mean first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, 1.01 in virtually every superflex league rookie draft on the internet, and to the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
The number one overall pick in the 2021 draft is going to be one of the most valuable assets of all time because prospects like Lawrence only come around so often. He’s easily the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck, except Lawrence has a championship pedigree.
There might be a race to the bottom for this one. What do you all think, #TankForTua or hold out one more year to #TankForTrevor?
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