NFL Draft 2019: Top quarterbacks

NFL Draft 2019: Top quarterbacks
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Michael Conroy/AP)

Welcome to draft season! This is the first of 11 positional breakdowns leading up to the NFL Draft. Here are my top 10 quarterbacks:

1. Drew Lock (Sr., Missouri, 6-foot-4, 228 pounds)


Productive prototypical pocket passer who trusts his arm talent above all else. Accuracy needs work, but capable of being poor man's Patrick Mahomes in right system. Projected: 1st round

2. Dwayne Haskins (So., Ohio St., 6-3, 231)

Still raw, but historic sophomore season — 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes (just eight interceptions) — hints at exciting potential. There are athletic limitations, but who cares, you're buying the pocket presence and howitzer attached to his right shoulder. Projected: 1st round

3. Kyler Murray (Jr., Oklahoma, 5-10, 207)

Murray wouldn't know failure if it walked up and bit his nose off. The speed demon with a live arm has all the tools to produce at a high level, but durability is a definite concern for this miniature quarterback. I'd also be more convinced of his future success if he lands somewhere other than Arizona. Projected: Top 10

4. Daniel Jones (Jr., Duke, 6-5, 221)

David Cutcliffe protege (See: The Mannings) who was a three-year starter with pro-level mechanics and accuracy (decent arm talent). Projected: 1st or 2nd round

5. Jarrett Stidham (Jr., Auburn, 6-2, 218)

A lack of talent surrounding him forced him to play a rushed style in 2018 that zapped his confidence. With the right coach and system: he's a mobile QB with a strong arm who steps it up in the biggest situations. Projected: 3rd to 5th round

6. Ryan Finley (Sr., N.C. State, 6-4, 213)

Lacks elite arm-talent, but is an accurate pocket-passer who is capable of picking apart a zone. Projected: 3rd round

7. Will Grier (Sr., West Virginia, 6-2, 217)

A great leader who possesses a gunslinger mentality without the weaponry to support it. System likely key component in elite production. Projected: 3rd or 4th round

8. Tyree Jackson (Jr., Buffalo, 6-7, 249)


Big, athletic quarterback with elite arm strength, but overall skill-set is still developmental. Projected: 3rd or 4th round

9. Clayton Thorson (Sr., Northwestern, 6-4, 222)

Four-year starter with good size and fundamentals, but a discouraging lack of production. Projected: 4th or 5th round

10. Jacob Dolegala (Sr., Central Connecticut St., 6-6, 240)

An impressive pro day uncovered this potential diamond. He's a big, pocket-passer with natural arm talent who some QB guru will take a chance on. Projected: 5th round to UFA

BONUS. Manny Wilkins (Sr., Arizona St., 6-3, 200)

Slender frame with live arm and ability to make plays with his legs. Pro day performance likely gets him drafted. Projected: 6th or 7th round

BONUS. Easton Stick (Sr., North Dakota St., 6-1, 224)

Undisputed team leader (three-year team captain) who has experience in both pro-style and RPO systems. Projected: 7th round or UFA