Sam Darnold*, QB, USC
Height: 6-4. Weight: 225. Projected 40 Time: 4.78. Projected Round (2019): 1. 8/9/17: 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.
Darnold has suggested that there is the possibility that he would return to USC for the 2018 season and thus be in the 2019 NFL Draft. That can't be ruled out as there has been a track record during this decade of top quarterback prospects passing on going high in the draft to return to school. That group has included Jake Locker, Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley.
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Height: 6-5. Weight: 222. Projected 40 Time: 4.75. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/9/17: 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, although 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.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Height: 6-3. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/9/17: 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.
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Height: 6-4. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.75. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/9/17: 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.
Jacob Eason*, QB, Georgia
Height: 6-5. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/9/17: Eason was a top recruit who flashed as a freshman starter for Georgia. He has excellent size with a quality arm with pocket passing potential. He also is getting experience working in an offense under a respected coordinator with Jim Chaney that correlates more to the NFL than the vast majority of college offenses being used. Eason completed 55 percent of his passes in 2016 for 2,430 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has the potential to break out as sophomore and junior to become an early round prospect.
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Projected Round (2019): 2-3.