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Rookie QB Sleepers: Mid-round Madness

Before getting into it, if you’re not in a superflex or two-quarterback leagues, this might not be for you. In those leagues, you’re not looking past Lawrence, Fields, Wilson, or Lance. This one is going out to the dynasty players with an eye on a QB but without a pick in the top half of the first round. We’re talking mid-round QB targets. (But really, if you’re still playing 1 QB, you gotta get with the times and find yourself a superflex league. You probably still own a Blackberry, don’t you?)

By Devin Wojick

Before getting into it, if you’re not in a superflex or two-quarterback leagues, this might not be for you. In those leagues, you’re not looking past Lawrence, Fields, Wilson, or Lance. This one is going out to the dynasty players with an eye on a QB but without a pick in the top half of the first round. We’re talking mid-round QB targets. (But really, if you’re still playing 1 QB, you gotta get with the times and find yourself a superflex league. You probably still own a Blackberry, don’t you?)

We’ve already heard about Trevor “The Best Prospect since Andrew Luck” Lawrence. We’ve read about Justin Fields who has seemingly been playing second fiddle to Lawrence since birth. The big riser of the year, Zach Wilson, and the man with all the physical traits in the world, Trey Lance. The thing is, though, if you don’t have the luxury of a high first, you might not get your hands on one of those guys. Some will argue that Mac Jones or Kyle Trask deserves to be in that conversation, but both lack that elite upside, and you can probably find better value in the late first or early second with the bigger QBs pushing guys down the board like Etienne, Bateman, or Ja’Marr Chase if you’re lucky. What I have for you is two guys that I can see climbing up the prospect ranks come draft day and who might very well end up as a steal in the late second or even early third round of your two QB or superflex rookie draft.

First up, my QB crush, Davis Mills. The big and obvious knock on him is that he only has eleven games of starting experience at Stanford. Before you start booing me off the stage, let me explain. Simply put, the dude has it all. At 6’4 225, he has the prototypical size and the easy throwing style to back it up. When you watch Mills, you see everything you could want in a QB but nothing more. What I mean by that is, he’s good at everything but doesn’t have the cannon of an arm that a guy like Josh Allen has or the elite wheels of a guy like Kyler Murray. He can go on all the rides at the amusement parks, though, so he has that over Kyler. The thing about Davis is, he doesn’t need those traits to give you incredible value as maybe the 7th or 8th QB off the board. His biggest strengths might be his quick decision-making and his accuracy, two traits that are absolutely necessary at the next level. In fact, according to PFF, if you were to remove RPOs and screen passes, Mills would have the second-highest completion percentage in the class this year. Think of a quarterback like Matt Ryan with some more athletic upside. The dude is just rock-solid as a prospect, and if he gets the draft capital, I’ll be happy to snatch him up in the second round of my superflex or two QB drafts.

Kellen Mond is someone who, I’m surprised, hasn’t been getting more buzz. If Mills has a good arm, Mond has a great (and underrated) one. He can make every throw on the field and has moments that make you believe he would be a top 15 pick, like this absolute dime on the move:

As a four-year starter at Texas A&M and one of the QBs with the most upside in the class, he really took a step in the right direction this past season. He hit a career-best in completion percentage, threw for 2282 yards at 7.7 yards per attempt, went 19-3 for touchdowns to interceptions, and tacked on another 294 and 4 touchdowns on the ground. This was all with a pretty lowly supporting cast throughout his entire career. Name me one of his wide receivers who got drafted, and I’ll pay off your car. Trick question, you can’t, because none of them were drafted, because Kellen was throwing to a bunch of future car salesmen. When he was given some good receivers, though, he did things like taking home the Senior Bowl MVP. Mond was brought to A&M as a dual-threat QB, and those traits certainly haven’t left him. He isn’t an athlete like Lance, but he is certainly a bigger threat on the ground than someone like Mac Jones or Kyle Trask.

Check out this 67 yard run against Oklahoma State:

He’s no Lamar Jackson, but he might be a Dak Prescott.

I would predict that both of these quarterbacks will fall to about the late first to late second-round range in the real draft, and if they land in a situation like New England, New Orleans, Atlanta, or another team with a window for them to make a mark as a starter, I’m all in. 

As a final throw-in, because we all love freebies and I have some spare time on my hands, I give you *drum roll*… Jamie Newman. Elite athlete but might be just an average quarterback. We’re always looking for that next dual-threat QB who gets us a point on every sneaky little rush and makes our opponents curse them under their breath every time they see them roll out of the pocket. If Newman gets any kind of draft capital or a road to a starting gig, you’re going to see me sprinting to the virtual podium with my 3rd round pick in hand to see if I can get the next Jalen Hurts.

Devin Wojick – @CurlyHeadDuck
Staff Writer
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