Quarterback is the most important position for a football team, securing the face of your franchise is key to being a Superbowl contender. These are my Top 10 Quarterback Prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft:
1. Joe Burrow (6’4” 216lb)
Joe Burrow is a lock to be this year’s number one overall pick. Joe is one of the best prospects at the Quarterback position since Andrew Luck in 2012. Burrow will bring pinpoint accuracy and his high football IQ to his most likely destination; the Cincinnati Bengals. He throws with great anticipation and can make quick decisions due to his great presnap diagnoses of opposing defenses. The former Heisman is “sneaky athletic”, he can maneuver the pocket while keeping eyes downfield to make a play or tuck it down and run.
NFL Comparison: Tony Romo
2. Tua Tagovailoa (6’1” 218lb)
If it wasn’t for injury concerns, Tua would be in the running to be the number one pick in this draft. The Crimson Tide Prospect, when healthy has been one of the best players in college football during his two years as a starter. Tagovailoa can make all the throws, he makes quick decisions as well. The lefty slinger takes care of the ball, which is huge in today’s NFL, posting an 8:1 TD/INT ratio at Alabama. Even though Tua checks all the boxes as a player, some teams are scared to invest high draft capital on a QB who could potentially be “Damaged Goods”. Look for Tua to be selected within the first 5 picks.
NFL Comparison: Russel Wilson
3. Justin Herbert (6’6” 238lb)
The Oregon Duck signal-caller is a freak of nature, he is 6’6” and very mobile. Justin Herbert is said to be an “introverted leader”, he leads with his play, not his voice. He has great arm strength but sometimes he lets passes getaway. I don’t believe that Oregon was a great fit for Herbet as there is still a lot of potential in this prospect that was not unleashed in the Ducks spread attack. Herbert should be selected inside the top 10.
NFL Comparison: Ben Roethlisberger
4. Jordan Love (6’4” 224lb)
Jordan Love is probably the most debated Quarterback Prospect in this Draft. At Utah State, Love had a great Sophmore season, throwing 32 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. His senior campaign was a little different, throwing only 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. I know 17 interceptions seem like a giant number, which it is, but when you look into the film a majority of those turnovers came from tipped and dropped passes. Love offers great arm strength and ideal size. This prospect is great off script and can make the Mahome-esque play. Many have used Mahomes as the comparison for Love but I don’t think he is anywhere close to the recent Superbowl MVP. Love has real potential but a wide range of possibilities when it comes to where he could be drafted. The former Aggie could be off the board as early as #5 or as late as the second round.
NFL Comparison: Vince Young
5. Jacob Eason (6’6” 231lb)
Jacob Eason is an exciting prospect with prototypical size. Eason has a cannon but has a good amount of red flags that are keeping him out of the Day 1 mix. The Washington Husky relays on his arm too much, panics under duress and takes too many sacks. Eason will fit best on a team where he can sit back and learn for a year or two. He throws a pretty ball and has the physical traits every team looks for. Green Bay, Pittsburgh, or Tampa Bay are places I believe are perfect fits. Jacob Eason Projects to be a Day 2 pick with high upside.
NFL Comparison: Broncos, Brock Osweiler
6. Jalen Hurts (6’2” 218lb)
One thing about Jalen Hurts is, is a winner, 38-4 as a collegiate starter. Hurts is a true dual-threat, mobile enough to hurt opposing defenses with his legs and talented enough to pick apart secondaries. The competitiveness and Leadership Hurts has shown throughout his career at Alabama and Oklahoma are top-notch. I believe Hurts can be one of the steals of this draft. Just know when he gets an opportunity he will make it count. Jalen Hurts will be a third-round pick who will be capable of coming in day one and performing.
NFL Comparison: Dak Prescott
7. Jake Fromm (6’2” 220lb)
Like Hurts, Fromm is a great leader and competitor. The Georgia Bulldog isn’t flashy but throws with great anticipation and is very smart when it comes to reading defenses. Both of those traits are very important due to the fact Fromm doesn’t have the strongest arm. With Fromm, you know what you are going to get, his floor is higher than most of this year’s quarterback prospects but a lack of physical tools cap off his ceiling on the lower side. Fromm will be selected in round 2-3 as many teams are in love with his intangibles.
NFL Comparison: Kirk Cousins
8. Anthony Gordon (6’3” 210lb)
The Mike Leach product is someone who I believe could be the ultimate steal of this draft. Anthony Gordon threw for over 5,500 yards and 48 touchdowns last season at Washington state. Gordon throws with touch and can scramble to make the highlight plays. The former Cougar is comfortable in the pocket and not afraid to air it out. One thing that really stands out on Gordon’s tape is that he lacks proper footwork, resembles Cam Newton’s dropback. Gordon will catch the snap and stand flat-footed at times. Teams are shy when it comes to “Air-Raid” quarterbacks but Gordon is a low-risk/high-reward prospect who could be a diamond in the rough. Gordan should be a Day-2 pick but wouldn’t be surprised if he falls into the later rounds of Day-3
NFL Comparison: Drew Lock
9. James Morgan (6’4” 213lb)
James Morgan is a player who is rising up draft boards. Morgan offers elite arm strength and can drop the ball on a dime. Morgan is a tough leader that could develop into a decent NFL starter if he falls into a good situation where he can sit back and learn. Lacking accuracy and trusting his arm a little too much Morgan projects to be a late Day-2 pick early Day-3.
NFL Comparison: Joe Flacco
10. Cole McDonald (6’3” 215lb)
Projected to be a day-3 pick, McDonald can offer something special for a team that takes a chance on him. In his last game of college, McDonald showed scouts he has serious potential, throwing for almost 500 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner with less than two minutes left. McDonald does lack the anticipation scouts look for, along with that the former Hawaii signal-caller has a funny release. I wouldn’t put tons of stock in Mcdonald but I would keep him on my radar as a late-round sleeper in this year’s draft.
NFL Comparison: Phillip Rivers