Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Height: 6-4. Weight: 225. Projected 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 2/8/18: Lock set the SEC single regular-season record for touchdown passes in 2017 with 43. He went on a tear in the last half of the year to lead Missouri to six straight wins after a 1-5 start. Lock completed 58 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,964 yards with 44 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Lock is a gunslinger-style quarterback who has a big arm with the ability to throw any pass. However, he needs to improve his accuracy, field vision, and the speed at which he works through progressions. Lock can be prone to overthrows, plus can put too much heat on some passes. Lock has good size and can fit the pass into tight windows. He throws the ball well downfield and shows some timing and anticipation. Lock does have the propensity to force throws to covered wideouts as he can trust his arm too much to beat tight coverage. He also has some mobility. Lock could stand to make improvements before going to the NFL.
Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
Height: 6-4. Weight: 225. Projected 40 Time: 4.78. Projected Round (2019): 1-2. 2/8/18: In 2017, Thorson completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,844 yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He had eight rushing touchdowns as well. Thorson suffered a torn ACL in Northwestern's bowl game after making a catch on a halfback throwback. His numbers were held back by a terrible offensive line, awful wide receivers and zero play-makers at his disposal. Thorson completed 59 percent of his passes as a sophomore for 3,182 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
WalterFootball.com first reported that Thorson would return for his senior year. I had heard early in the fall of 2017 that Thorson would go back unless he graded out as a first-rounder by the NFL Draft Advisory. Scouts who were through Northwestern told me that they were impressed with what they saw from Thorson on tape and in practice. Thorson has shown that he has pro potential in terms of his skill set. He can throw the deep out with a fastball that can be fit into tight windows. Thorson also has quality mechanics with a quick delivery. Scouts say that he has a strong arm, is smart and athletic, and improved as a junior.
In speaking with a general manager who watched tape of Thorson in early November, they graded Thorson as a late second-/early third-rounder. They thought he is a decent athlete, but is bit mechanical as a thrower and doesn't go downfield enough. Thorson wasn't without some lowlights on tape. However a lot of Thorson's mistakes came from trying to do too much as his supporting cast was terrible and if he didn't make a play for Northwestern, nobody else would. His performance in the fourth quarter against Wisconsin was extremely impressive, although one of those trying-too-hard mistakes led to the comeback effort falling short.
Early in fall 2017, some scouts said that they anticipated giving Thorson a second-round grade, unless he fell off with his play. At the same time, they thought he could rise in the leadup to the 2018 NFL Draft. The reason for that is he a good leader who gets along well with all of his teammates. While Thorson is a devout Christian, he knows how to be one of the guys and get along with the different groups in the locker room. They think that evaluators could fall in love with Thorson during the interview process.
Shea Patterson*, QB, Michigan
Height: 6-2. Weight: 203. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 2/8/18: Patterson has transferred to Michigan, where his game could really improve under Jim Harbaugh. In a tumultuous 2017 for Ole Miss, Patterson completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions before a season-ending knee injury. Scouting sources have told me that they think Patterson could be a stronger version of Johnny Manziel without all the off-the-field problems. Patterson (6-2, 203) completed 55 percent of his passes for 880 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in his three games of 2016. He has a good skill set and the talent around him to produce well in 2018.
Jacob Eason*, QB, Washington
Height: 6-5. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 2/8/18: Eason was injured in the 2017 season opener for Georgia, and Jake Fromm remained the starter for the rest of the season. The Bulldogs didn't want to change their winning formula once Eason was healthy, so they kept Eason as the backup.
I know some scouts who love Eason. He has excellent size with a quality arm with pocket-passing potential. He also got good 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. Kirby Smart said one of the sad parts about Eason leaving Georgia was that his growth under Chaney wasn't seen nationally. Eason completed 55 percent of his passes in 2016 for 2,430 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Jarrett Stidham*, QB, Auburn
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.72. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 2/8/18: Stidham completed 67 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,158 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Early in the season, Stidham had some struggles, but he steadily improved and threw more accurately while showing more comfort in the pocket. Stidham came through with some efficient games to knock off both undefeated Georgia and Alabama. He made real strides during the 2017 season.
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 in 2018.