Sam Darnold**, QB, USC
Height: 6-3. Weight: 221. Hand: 9.88. 40 Time: 4.85. Projected Round (2018): Top-5 pick. 4/24/18: Across the league, Darold is the consensus top quarterback prospect even though he may not be the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Darnold has a quality skill set with exceptional accuracy as a passer and the ability to throw on the move. His mobility and ability to create positive plays after blocking fails him is tremendous. Darnold is superb at throwing open receivers and leading them or hitting them in stride to set up yards after the catch. In the NFL, Darnold would be a great fit in a West Coast offense.
Darnold is the safest quarterback prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft. He didn't throw at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he interviewed well with teams showing good recall and football IQ. At his pro day, Darnold put on a clinic, throwing accurate passes in the rain with excellent timing and anticipation. Of the top quarterback prospects, Darnold had the best pro-day performance.
In 2017, Darnold completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He had an up-and-down season with too many turnovers - fumbles were a particular issue beyond the interceptions. Darnold also made some beautiful anticipatory throws with excellent accuracy in just about every game.
7/17/17: Darnold was very impressive as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Sources say that while they haven't studied Darnold extensively, he jumped out at them as being a potentially special quarterback. Darnold completed 67 percent of his passes in 2016 for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has size, a strong-enough arm and accuracy, plus led USC on a nine-game winning streak to end last season. There is buzz of him being a No. 1-overall talent at the position. Team sources say that the early feedback is that Darnold has good intangibles as well.
Josh Allen*, QB, Wyoming
Height: 6-4. Weight: 237. Arm: 33.5. Hand: 10.13. 40 Time: 4.75. Projected Round (2018): Top-5 pick. 4/24/18: Allen is the quarterback who has won the offseason, beginning with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. During his time in Mobile, he displayed his big skill set and powerful arm while making some improvements in accuracy and his ability to throw touch passes over his three practice sessions. Team sources also said that Allen interviewed well, and they gave him good marks for his character. As team sources predicted in our Senior Bowl Rumormill, Allen blew up the combine with a great workout and a strong showing in the interview room. He led all of the top quarterback prospects on the wonderlic test and finished off his excellent offseason with a quality pro day. His accuracy still needs a lot of work for the NFL, but there is no denying that Allen has a top-of-the-draft skill set.
In 2017, Allen completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. He notched five rushing touchdowns as well. Allen missed Wyoming's last two regular-season games with a shoulder injury. WalterFootball.com was first to report that Allen would enter the 2018 NFL Draft, and he announced his intent to declare after Wyoming's bowl game.
Allen will probably be a high pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but some of his performances in 2017 indicate that he could be a work in progress who will need some developmental time. His completion percentage and interception total from 2016 provide evidence for that assessment, too. Allen has a great skill set, but he needs a lot of grooming for the NFL.
Prior to a three-touchdown game against Texas State, Allen had his third ugly game of the season, even though Wyoming beat Hawaii. He was only 9-of-19 for 92 yards with a touchdown against the Rainbow Warriors. In Week 3 versus Oregon, Allen completed only 9-of-24 passes for 64 yards with an interception. He completed 22-of-32 passes for 328 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions against Gardner-Webb.
Allen was running for his life all day against Iowa to open the season. The Wyoming offensive line was dominated by the Hawkeyes, and Allen got no help from his supporting cast. He also made mistakes of his own accord, including two ugly interceptions, and there easily could have been at least one more interception that was dropped by Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell. Allen ended up completing 23-of-40 passes for 174 yards with two interceptions and zero touchdowns. Overall, Allen showed his big skill set with size, toughness, athleticism and a strong arm. There were plays where he looked like a young Ben Roethlisberger. There were other plays where Allen showed bad decision-making and inaccuracy.
7/17/17: Allen became a discussed prospect late in the 2016 season, but he wisely decided to return to Wyoming. He has a good skill set, and some draft analysts were projecting him high in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but one general manager told WalterFootball.com that he had Allen as a third-day prospect and thought Allen should improve before going pro. Scouts from other teams say they think Allen is a top-of-the-draft prospect and compare him to Ben Roethlisberger, so Allen could end up being a love/hate prospect. There is no doubt that he has superb physical talent to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. In 2016, Allen completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Height: 6-0. Weight: 216. Hand: 9.25. 40 Time: 4.84. Projected Round (2018): Top-16 Pick. 4/24/18: Because of Mayfield's love of football and the concerns about Josh Rosen's makeup, Mayfield is likely to be selected ahead of Rosen, despite Rosen being the better prospect on the field. Mayfield has enjoyed a rise during team draft meetings, with coaches being won over by his passion for the game and desire to win.
Team sources said that Mayfield impressed them at the combine in the field work with how he threw the ball. He also did well in the interview room showing good play recall and football IQ.
Mayfield had a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl. In 2017, he completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,627 yards with 43 touchdowns and six interceptions, plus rushed for five touchdowns. Mayfield led Oklahoma to an impressive road win at Ohio State, lost a shootout at home to Iowa State, and led the Sooners to an epic win over Oklahoma State, in which Mayfield threw for 598 yards on the Cowboys.
There is a lot to like about Mayfield's play for the NFL. He is a gritty gunslinger quarterback who has an "it factor" to his game. Mayfield doesn't have a strong arm, but it is good enough to make the throws required in the NFL. One of Mayfield's most impressive strengths as a passer is being able to locate the ball well and throw receivers open. He is very good with his timing and trajectory on passes to hit receivers on the run and set them up for lots of yards after the catch. Mayfield is very skilled to loft in touch passes downfield and throws a very catchable ball. He can be an accurate passer with superb ball placement.
Mayfield has excellent mobility to dodge sacks, escape pressure, extend plays with his feet, and throws well on the run. He also can pick up critical yards on the ground and adds the value of being a dangerous threat on third-and-short or third-and-manageable.
Mayfield is undersized for the NFL with just average arm strength. He can have issues reading defenses because of his height, throwing into tight windows, and will have a big adjustment in learning to work under center, call plays, and operate a pro-style offense. One big area of improvement for Mayfield is his footwork as he gets happy feet in the pocket. One college scouting director told me that Mayfield's feet are terrible. In speaking to multiple teams, they had second-day grades on Mayfield, but he is likely to be a top-10 pick out of the thin supply of quarterbacks and huge demand for them. There are too many teams that are desperate for a quarterback for Mayfield not to go in the top half of the first round.
7/17/17: In 2016, Mayfield completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,965 yards with 40 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He picked up six rushing touchdowns as well. Improving his field vision, feel, and pocket passing are necessary for Mayfield to have any chance of being an early round prospect. He is a good college quarterback, but not a pro-caliber signal-caller.
Mayfield stepped up in 2015 and carried the Sooners late in the season as they earned a spot in the college playoff. He was a Heisman finalist as he completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,700 yards with 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Mayfield also ran for 405 yards with seven scores.
Josh Rosen*, QB, UCLA
Height: 6-4. Weight: 210. Hand: 9.88. 40 Time: 4.85. Projected Round (2018): Top-20 pick. 4/24/18: Even though Rosen has a rocket arm with natural pocket-passing potential, his stock has fallen some in the leadup to the 2018 NFL Draft. Teams have some concerns about his intangibles and durability. They question his conduct off the field and worry about him being too much of a partier. His leadership skills and being a good teammate are areas of concern across the league. However, he interviewed well at the combine, showing good play recall and football IQ. Rosen is a unique individual, which has caused some teams to prefer Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield.
Of the top quarterback prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, Rosen has the best mechanics and is the most natural pocket passer. He throws a tremendous ball and can really spin it. Rosen's tight spiral helps him to get his passes through small windows and beat good coverage. He has serious arm talent along with field vision and pocket presence. Rosen also worked under center, which has been rare to see with college quarterbacks in recent years.
In 2017, Rosen completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,717 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Rosen had two concussions during his final season at UCLA. He led a legendary one of the greatest comeback wins in college football history in Week 1 versus Texas A&M. UCLA was down 44-10 in the third quarter before Rosen led the Bruins back to a 45-44 victory over Texas A&M. WalterFootball.com was first to report that Rosen would enter the 2018 NFL Draft, and he announced his intention after the season.
7/17/17: Rosen completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,915 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions over his six games of 2016 before being sidelined by shoulder surgery. Rosen is a pocket passer, but there is already talk that his character and leadership are lacking. Some team sources have told me that Rosen is disliked by a lot of teammates.
Rosen had an impressive debut as a freshman, completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,670 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He showed off a powerful arm and the ability to be an NFL pocket passer. While Rosen has gotten a ton of hype, the same thing happened with Christian Hackenberg after his freshman season. Thus, Rosen still has more to prove as a junior to be a high first-rounder.
Lamar Jackson*, QB, Louisville
Height: 6-2. Weight: 216. Hand: 9.5. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 1. 4/24/18: At the combine, Jackson did well in the interview room with his play recall and football IQ. He had a mixed workout in the field drills and illustrated that he has a lot of progress to make with his footwork and with throwing from the lower half of his body. Those improvements would make Jackson more accurate. At his pro day, the same example was presented in that Jackson threw the ball pretty well, but illustrated that he needs to revamp his footwork to make him more accurate.
It made headlines when NFL Network's Mike Mayock reported that NFL teams were having a hard time getting private visits and workouts set up with Jackson. Jackson's mother is said to be handling those requests as they did not hire an agent. According to team sources, that was a big mistake. Team sources say there are a list of self-inflicted problems from not having an agent that Jackson has had. One, he wasn't prepared for the wonderlic test, and he had a low score in part from not practicing the test. An agent wold have had Allen prepared with practice tests before the combine. Two, he didn't run the 40 or jump at his pro day, so teams don't have those numbers to evaluate. An agent would have recommended he do it at either the combine or his pro day, if not both. Three, his pro day was underwhelming according to scouts who were there. While he threw the ball okay, they said the workout was not organized in the passing script and did not feature quality receivers for him to throw to. Evaluators said it hurt Jackson that he did not prepare for the pro day with a pre-draft quarterback tutor like Jordan Palmer. Teams that have met with Jackson and worked him out also said that it was an odyssey of changes and very disorganized. For teams that are on the bubble about Jackson, these issues are hurting him, which has caused a dampening in the buzz about him.
Jackson has an amazing skill set with a powerful arm that allows him to make throws off platform that many NFL quarterbacks couldn't even dream of making. He is tough in the pocket, knew Bobby Petrino's scheme well, and has amazing athleticism and speed as a runner. Jackson looks like a taller and right-handed version of Michael Vick. Many team sources feel that Jackson is being undervalued similarly to Deshaun Watson a year ago.
In speaking with a general manager who scouted Jackson this season said, "[The Cardinals] depend on him too much, and he's trying to do it all. I think he has a learning curve. He will need the right system and right coach, but he's super-talented. [Jackson] suffers with accuracy issues."
In 2017, Jackson completed 59 percent of his passes for 3,660 yards with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry on the ground on his way to 1,601 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns.
7/17/17: Jackson set college football on fire in 2016 while winning the Heisman Trophy. He was a massive point-producer for the Cardinals. Jackson completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He also ran for 21 touchdowns and 1,571 yards while averaging six yards per carry.
Jackson has a good athletic skill set, but will need to show more accuracy and pocket-passing skills in 2017. He also faces some size concerns and needs to add weight. Teams do feel that Jackson has a ton of athletic ability and upside to grow. He also has gotten good early reviews for his character, leadership and toughness.
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 235. Arm: 32.5. Hand: 9.13. 40 Time: 4.90. Projected Round (2018): 1-3. 4/24/18: There is a huge demand for quarterbacks across the league and not enough players to fill that need. As a result, a team could reach on Rudolph late in the first round to make sure it gets a young quarterback. Doing that would also give the organization an extra year on the rookie contract, which is tremendous cost savings. Rudolph has a shot at going late on Thursday night even though he is not a consensus first-round quarterback across the NFL.
Sources said that Rudolph interviewed well at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, but he is a love/hate prospect in the scouting community. One team source likes Rudolph, but many others are skeptics. A general manager of a playoff team told me they had Rudolph graded on the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft. Another NFC general manager said they thought Rudolph could go on Day 2. An AFC college scouting director of a playoff team said they were giving Rudolph a fifth-round grade. One area scout said that they were really concerned with how Rudolph struggled throwing into tight windows, because he won't have receivers running wide open like they were for him at Oklahoma State. Given the big discrepancy, Rudolph could go in the early rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft, because it only takes one team to fall in love. Many teams don't like him, however, and have his grade low.
Rudolph will need development as a pro. He will have to work on his shaky accuracy and field vision, plus get used to playing under center and calling plays in the huddle. Rudolph is also not very athletic, though he has good size with average arm strength. Going through progressions and reading the field are problems for Rudolph, and he has to improve there for the NFL. His anticipation is terrible, too, and that will have to improve for the pros, or he could be taking a lot of sacks from holding onto the ball too long.
Rudolph didn't have his typical performance when TCU dropped Oklahoma State. He completed 22-of-41 for 398 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Horned Frogs. Previously in 2017, Rudolph lit up Tulsa, South Alabama and Pittsburgh. Rudolph didn't play well against Texas and had a plethora of interceptions dropped versus West Virginia.
In 2017, Rudolph completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards with 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
7/17/17: Rudolph completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,91 yards with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2016. He ran for six scores as well. Rudolph (6-5, 235) has good size, but he needs work on his field vision and transitioning to a pro offense.
Rudolph has nice size with an arm to deliver the ball downfield. He throws nice touch passes and locates passes well. However, Rudolph is going to need a lot of work on his field vision for the NFL. He rarely works beyond his primary read and constantly stares down his first option. In terms of his longer-term development, Rudolph was wise to return for his senior season. He should focus on improving his field vision to work through progressions before going pro. Along with improving his footwork, working on being under center, and learning how to call NFL plays.
Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 211. Arm: 32.13. Hand: 9.38. Projected 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 4/24/18: Falk completed 67 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,593 yards with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Some team sources are intrigued with Falk as they like his pocket-passing potential, accuracy and confidence.
In speaking with scouts, they say that Falk has an above-average arm. While his accuracy is his best strength, he does have issues seeing coverage and will throw into it. The same sources also label Falk as a thin-framed player who will need to add weight for the NFL. Additionally, Falk lacks escapability and mobility, but sources compared him to Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
7/17/17: In 2016, Falk completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,468 yards with 38 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has a quality arm to hurt teams from the pocket, but his numbers are inflated by a college spread offense.
Falk also needs to work on moving his eyes and working through progressions rather than locking on to one receiver or one side of the field. Falk always operates out of the shotgun, so he will need to learn how to work under center and understand the associated footwork with taking three- and five-step drops. Falk will have to learn to call plays in the huddle, too. There are a number of quick throws and bubble screens that the Cougars run that won't translate to the NFL as well.
There were some media reports that Falk would enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He said those reports were false and eventually decided to return for his senior year. In 2015, Falk completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,561 yards with 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions. As a freshman, he completed 64 percent of his throw for 1,859 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Falk should continue to put together big stat lines playing in Mike Leach's offense.
Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
Height: 6-2. Weight: 217. Arm: 30.75. Hand: 9.63. 40 Time: 4.77. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 4/24/18: Lauletta had a decent week at the Senior Bowl and generated some media buzz. In speaking to a few teams, some are intrigued by Lauletta and others think he is just a guy. Still, he has some arm talent and mobility with a gritty style of play. Some teams are grading Lauletta as a fourth- or fifth-rounder, but the team that likes him enough to draft him could take him higher than that. In 2017, Lauletta completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,737 yards with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He was the starter as a junior and sophomore.
Chase Litton*, QB, Marshall
Height: 6-5. Weight: 232. Hand: 9.38. 40 Time: 4.87. Projected Round (2018): 5-FA. 4/24/18: Litton completed 60 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,115 yards with 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In speaking with team evaluators, Litton is a love/hate prospect, depending on whom you ask. Litton was a surprising early-entry into the 2018 NFL Draft.
7/17/17: Litton has played well over his first two seasons in college football. As a sophomore, he completed 62 percent of his pass for 2,612 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The freshman completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,605 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions the year before. Litton is a tall quarterback who could use more weight on his frame.
Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
Height: 6-4. Weight: 224. Arm: 32.63. Hand: 9.38. 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2018): 5-FA. 4/24/18: White had a decent week at the Senior Bowl and generated some media buzz. Some team sources aren't excited about him and say he is just a guy. Others said they are grading White as a very late-rounder or undrafted free agent. They think he has good size and accuracy, sees the field pretty well, and is smart. They also believe, however, that his arm strength and below-average athleticism give him a ceiling as a third-string quarterback in the NFL.
White completed 66 percent of his passes in 2017 for 4,177 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In 2016, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,363 yards with 37 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Alex McGough, QB, Florida International
Height: 6-2. Weight: 220. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Projected Round (2018): 5-FA. 4/24/18: A lot of teams around the league are working out McGough, and he has impressed with his arm talent in private workouts. He's a sleeper quarterback who has generated a buzz and could end up being a mid-third-day pick. Teams have been impressed with McGough's combination of arm strength and athleticism.
McGough has some arm talent and is athletically gifted. In 2017, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,798 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Unfortunately, McGough broke his collarbone in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. That injury prevented playing in an all-star game. McGough completed 58 percent of his passes in 2016 for 1,891 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. As a sophomore, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,722 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Nic Shimonek, QB, Texas Tech
Height: 6-3. Weight: 225. Hand: 9.25. 40 Time: 4.86. Projected Round (2018): 5-FA. 4/24/18: Shimonek was the Red Raiders' replacement for Pat Mahomes in 2017, and Shimonek had a quality year beating up on a conference that lacks defense. In 2017, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,963 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Some sources feel that Shimonek has arm talent and is an interesting prospect for the NFL.
Shimonek was the best quarterback prospect at the East-West Shrine and looked worthy of a late-round selection. He had a solid week of practice in St. Petersburg, and one general manager told me that Shimonek was, by far, his favorite quarterback there.
Tanner Lee*, QB, Nebraska
Height: 6-4. Weight: 218. Hand: 10. 40 Time: 4.98. Projected Round (2018): 5-FA. 4/24/18: Lee decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft, and he projects as a potential third-day pick. He had a decent week at the Senior Bowl and interviewed well. In 2017, Lee completed 58 percent of his passes for 3,143 yards with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Lee is a pro-style pocket passer who doesn't offer much mobility. Hence, he wasn't a good fit in Scott Frost's offense and decided to move on. Lee started out his collegiate career at Tulane before transferring to Nebraska.
Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia
Height: 6-2. Weight: 218. Arm: 31.13. Hand: 9.63. 40 Time: 4.95. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 4/24/18: A general manager told WalterFootball.com that Benkert was a player who intrigued them and that they were going to be studying him some more. Benkert completed 59 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,207 yards with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, but had an unimpressive week in Mobile. Benkert could be a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent who competes to be a third-string quarterback.
Benkert has enough size and above-average arm strength. While he isn't a great athlete, he has mobility and can extend plays with his feet. Benkert has very impressive deep ball accuracy with the ability to make some phenomenal throws off platform. Benkert will work through his progressions, but he needs to get faster at that and improve his field vision for the NFL. Benkert needs to improve on his feet, but a good NFL coach could fix that. Obviously, playing under center and transitioning to a pro system will be works in progress.
Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo
Height: 6-1. Weight: 201. Hand: 9.75. 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 4/24/18: Sources said they liked how Woodside threw the ball at the combine, and that could help get him a shot as an undrafted free agent or late-round pick. In 2017, Woodside completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,882 yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions. As a junior, he completed 69 percent for 4,129 yards with 45 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Austin Allen, QB, Arkansas
Height: 6-0. Weight: 209. Hand: 9.63. 40 Time: 4.81. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 4/24/18: In 2017, Allen completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,427 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. He missed four games with injury. Allen was a backup as a sophomore and freshman. His best season came as a junior when he completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,430 yards with 25 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis
Height: 6-3. Weight: 212. Hand: 9.63. 40 Time: 4.98. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 4/24/18: In 2017, Ferguson completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,257 yards with 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Sources say that Ferguson is skinny and needs to fill out his frame for the NFL. That was given further proof at the East-West Shrine, where Ferguson looked very thin. He could be a late-round pick who starts out his career as a third-string quarterback.
7/17/17: In 2016, Ferguson completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,698 yards with 32 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was in his first year as a starter after replacing Paxton Lynch.
Ferguson needs to improve his field vision for the NFL. He consistently locks onto his primary read and stares him down. When Ferguson rolls out of the pocket, his field vision improves and he looks beyond his first read. It isn't surprising that Ferguson needs more development considering his limited playing experience, and he was wise to return for his senior year to develop his pocket passing before going pro.
Danny Etling, QB, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 215. Hand: 9.38. 40 Time: 4.76. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 4/24/18: Etling completed 60 percent of his passes in 2017 for 2,462 yards with 16 touchdowns and two interceptions. While the senior protected the ball well, he didn't produce enough big plays despite lots of talent around him. As a junior, Etling completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,123 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He would be very fortunate to get drafted.
Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy
Height: 6-2. Weight: 224. Arm: 29.5. Hand: 9.13. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 4/24/18: Silvers played well enough to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl. In 2017, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,290 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Silvers had comparable numbers as a junior, sophomore and freshman. He did not participate in the combine.
J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 224. Hand: 9.88. 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 4/24/18: Barrett was a good running quarterback in college, but he doesn't have the passing ability for the NFL. That was illustrated at the East-West Shrine. In 2017, the senior completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,053 yards with 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 10 touchdowns in the Buckeyes' spread offense. Sources felt that after Barrett's knee injury in college, he didn't have the explosiveness to switch positions and become a running back or defensive back for the NFL. Barrett will have to compete to be a third-string quarterback.
Quinton Flowers, QB, South Florida
Height: 5-10. Weight: 214. Hand: 9.75. 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2018): FA. 4/24/18: Flowers completed 53 percent of his passes in 2017 for 2,911 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also notched 11 rushing touchdowns. Flowers participated at the East-West Shrine and was unimpressive. Some general managers feel that Flowers should move to defensive back to try to compete in the NFL.
7/17/17: Flowers had an impressive 2016 season, completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,812 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for 1,530 yards with 18 touchdowns on the ground. Flowers is shorter than typical starting quarterbacks in the NFL, which will hurt him. He will need to show pocket-passing ability to climb and avoid talk of changing positions.
Kenny Hill, QB, TCU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.73. Projected Round (2018): FA. 4/24/18: Hill completed 67 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,152 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He did not participate in the combine.
7/17/17: Hill completed 61 percent of his passes in 2016 for 3,208 yards with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The redshirt junior sat out the 2015 season per NCAA rules after leaving Texas A&M.
Hill was the replacement for Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M in 2014 and started out with a streak of impressive performances. Things went downhill for Hill though, and he ended up being replaced; however, he did complete 67 percent of his passes for 2,649 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Like a few other Aggie quarterbacks, Hill decided to leave the program and transferred to TCU.
Richard Lagow, QB, Indiana
Height: 6-6. Weight: 240. Projected 40 Time: 4.83. Projected Round (2018): FA. 4/24/18: Lagow was in and out of the lineup for the Hoosiers in 2017. On the year, he completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Lagow didn't participate in the combine.
Indiana's Week 3 game against Florida International was cancelled, and Lagow struggled against Virginia in Week 2, completing only 3-of-10 passes before being benched. He got the season off to impressive start against Ohio State, however, completing 40-of-65 passes for 410 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Lagow threw the ball really well and got the ball out quickly. He also held up well in the face of the rush as the Buckeyes' defensive line dominated Indiana's offensive front.
As a junior in 2016, Lagow completed 58 percent of his passes for 3,362 yards with 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He previously played in the junior college ranks.
Kyle Allen*, QB, Houston
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Projected Round (2018): FA. 4/24/18: In 2017, Allen completed 76 percent of his passes for 751 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He was a backup for the majority of the season and should not have entered the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen didn't participate in the combine. He has impressed teams with his intelligence and how advanced he is mentally.
7/17/17: Allen started out his collegiate career at Texas A&M and put together some good play there. In 2015, he completed 57 percent of his passes for 2,210 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had similar numbers as a freshman for the Aggies. Allen could be a breakout player for Houston in 2017.
Anu Solomon, QB, Baylor
Height: 6-2. Weight: 206. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round (2018): FA. 4/24/18: Solomon started the first two games of the 2017 season before being benched. He completed 44 percent of his passes for 399 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Solomon didn't participate in the combine.
7/17/17: Solomon was a running quarterback at Arizona before transferring to Baylor after the 2016 season. Solomon's best season came in 2015 when he completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,667 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.