2018 NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterbacks



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2018 quarterback prospects available for the 2018 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2019 prospect. ** - denotes 2020 prospect.

This page was last updated May 24, 2017. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE| OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

  1. Sam Darnold**, QB, USC
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2018): 1.

    5/24/17: 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 arm, accuracy, and led USC on a nine-game winning streak to end the season. There is buzz of him being a No. 1-overall talent at the position.




  2. Josh Allen*, QB, Wyoming
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 222.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    5/24/17: 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. In 2016, Allen completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.


  3. Lamar Jackson*, QB, Louisville
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    5/24/17: 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.


  4. Josh Rosen*, QB, UCLA
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    5/24/17: Rosen completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,915 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions in 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.




  5. Nick Fitzgerald*, QB, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    5/24/17: Some team sources like Fitzgerald and feel he has potential. In his first year as the starter after Dak Prescott moved to the NFL, Fitzgerald completed 54 percent of his passes for 2,423 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 16 touchdowns. Fitzgerald has pro size and will need to develop his accuracy and pocket passing.


  6. Chase Litton*, QB, Marshall
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 223.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    5/24/17: 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 fresham 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.


  7. Jarrett Stidham**, QB, Auburn
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    5/24/17: As a freshman at Baylor, Stidham flashed by completing 69 percent of his passes for 1,265 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. His freshman season was ended early because of injury, but he flashed serious ability with arm strength, athleticism and accuracy. After the scandal that claimed the job of Art Briles, Stidham eventually landed at Auburn after attending community college for a year. Team sources have said that Stidham has a lot of ability and they are eager to see him this season.


  8. Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    5/24/17: 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.


  9. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    5/24/17: 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 off 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.


  10. Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    5/24/17: 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 also will have to learn to call plays in the huddle. 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.


  11. Deondre Francois**, QB, Florida State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    5/24/17: Francois showed a powerful arm and an athletic skill set in his debut for Florida State in 2016. The redshirt freshman completed 59 percent of his passes for 3,350 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. It will be interesting to see if Francois can improve his accuracy and pocket passing as he gains experience. He has a lot of upside and could break out in 2017.




  12. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 214.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    5/24/17: 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.


  13. Jake Browning*, QB, Washington
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    5/24/17: Browning had a strong sophomore season to help push Washington into the college football playoff. He completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,430 yards with 43 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the season. As a freshman in 2015, he completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,995 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Browning is a good college player, but might be short on pro size and skill set. He also had shoulder surgery after the 2016 season.


  14. Kyle Allen*, QB, Houston
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    5/24/17: Allen started out his collegiate career at Texas A&M and had 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.




  15. Tanner Mangum*, QB, BYU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2018): 5-7.

    5/24/17: Mangum had some impressive moments during his freshman season in 2015 when he came on in relief of Taysom Hill. That season, Mangum completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,377 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was the backup to Hill again in 2016, going 22-of-33, 67 percent, for 241 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in limited action.


  16. Anu Solomon, QB, Baylor
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 206.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    5/24/17: 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.


  17. Kenny Hill, QB, TCU
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    5/24/17: 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, he transferred to TCU.

    Hill has some passing talent, and it wouldn't be surprising if he lights up the Big XII with the Horned Frogs.


  18. Brett Rypien*, QB, Boise State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    5/24/17: In 2016, Rypien completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,646 yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He completed 64 precent of his passes for 3,353 yards with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a freshman.


  19. Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 234.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2018): 7-FA.

    5/24/17: Johnson has a good skill set with a good arm and athleticism, but he has struggled to pass the ball consistently. Johnson should consider changing positions for the NFL.


  20. Cooper Bateman, QB, Utah
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 224.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2018): FA.

    5/24/17: Bateman was the backup quarterback at Alabama in 2016 and also has played as a wide receiver. He transferred to Utah for the 2017 season.


2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE| OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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