2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterbacks



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 quarterback prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated June 6, 2018. 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

2019 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. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 1.

    6/6/18: Sources who have already completed advance work on the 2019 NFL Draft's class say Herbert has big-time potential. He only played in eight games during 2017, but completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,750 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. The sophomore also ran for five touchdowns. As a freshman, Herbert completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.

    Herbert displays good size and a strong arm with the ability to loft in touch passes. He can drop in passes with nice ball placement that leads his receivers and beats quality coverage with the location of his passes. With his height and size, Herbert can comfortably stand tall in the pocket and demonstrate the patience to let routes develop. Along with his arm talent, Herbert is a quality athlete who has the ability to pick up yards on the ground.

    For the NFL, Herbert needs to improve his field vision and working through progressions. His college offense often has him throwing to his first target or only focusing on one side of the field. Still, there is no doubt that Herbert has the skill set to start on Sundays and possesses plenty of upside to develop.






  2. Jarrett Stidham*, QB, Auburn
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    6/6/18: 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.

    "It's the tale of two tapes," said one scout. "I think he could end up being worthy of a [first-round pick]. He wasn't playing with top bona fide receivers either [in 2017]. [The Tigers] say he is going to have more command of the offense this year. He has that side arm release, but he's a good player. He's a pretty good athlete, and he has some speed now. There are things for him to work on, but I believe he's worthy of a first-round projection entering the season."

    Another NFC scout who was at spring games and attending spring practices was even higher on Stidham's pro potential. They were very effusive in their praise for Stidham and think he could end up being a high first-round pick. Here is how they summarized Stidham:

    "Okay size; growth potential; high football IQ; good, but not great, arm with good mechanics and ability to change arm slot; better touch than power thrower; quick release to beat the rush. He improved his eyes versus pressure over the last nine games [of 2017]. He has a good mental clock; very mobile [with] excellent speed for a quarterback; [a] legitimate threat on the ground - he beat Alabama because he continually broke contain on crucial third downs. Plus. he's got an incredible story of perseverance that defines his mettle as a person. The kid is a legit winner. Those are all the types of positives that will make him grow quickly on general managers and directors as season wears on if he continues his ascent. He's built mentally and skill-set wise for the pro landscape and has the makeup and goods to run a franchise."

    "Not as physically gifted as Herbert in Oregon, but [Stidham] can throw a good ball. He has very good mobility to execute flexible scheme design, and his football IQ is as good as it gets. He's a pro already in that regard and it was pretty easy to see. Guys like him acclimate quickly and win locker rooms not just with approach but he has a good skill set to back it up as a player also."

    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.


  3. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    6/6/18: 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 wide outs, occasionally trusting his arm too much to beat tight coverage. He also has some mobility. Lock could stand to make improvements before going to the NFL, thus he was wise to return to Missouri before turning pro.


  4. Shea Patterson*, QB, Michigan
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-3.

    6/6/18: Patterson transferred to Michigan, and 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.




  5. Will Grier*, QB, West Virginia
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 214.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    6/6/18: Grier played well overall for West Virginia in 2017. He has a quality arm and can throw the ball with accuracy, but needs to improve his field vision and decision-making for the NFL. Grier was only in his first full season as a starter in 2017, so he was wise return to West Virginia for 2018 to improve before going pro. For 2017, Grier completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,490 yards with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also had to have surgery after a finger injury sustained versus Texas. That caused him to miss the final two games of the year against Oklahoma and Utah.

    In 2015 playing for Florida, Grier completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He was impressive for the Gators before testing positive for steroids. That led to him transferring to West Virginia. Sources say that Grier and his family can be high-maintenance personalities who some teams are going to shy away from.


  6. Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    6/6/18: 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 in 2017 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 in 2016 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 a quick delivery, but is a bit too mechanical. Scouts say that he has a strong arm, is smart and athletic, and improves year over year.

    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 with his lackluster supporting cast was terrible; 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.


  7. Jacob Eason*, QB, Washington
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/6/18: 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, keeping Eason as the backup. After the season, Eason transferred to Washington, and he will have to sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Thus, Eason is more likely to be a prospect for the 2020 or 2021 NFL Draft.

    I know some scouts who are high Eason, so he definitely would get serious consideration if he entered the 2019 NFL Draft, for which he will be eligible. Eason 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.




  8. Brian Lewerke*, QB, Michigan State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    6/6/18: One team source who has done advance work on the 2019 NFL Draft said they like the stature, field vision, processing speed, and how the ball comes out of the hand of Lewerke, Oregon's Justin Herbert, Auburn's Jarrett Stidham, and Iowa State's Kyle Kempt. Of course, those prospects could rise and fall over the course of the 2018 season, but they have nice starts with impressing some evaluators.

    In 2017, Lewerke completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,580 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He needs to improve his accuracy in 2018.


  9. Kyle Kempt, QB, Iowa State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/6/18: One team source who has done advance work on the 2019 NFL Draft said they like the stature, field vision, processing speed, and how the ball comes out of the hands of Oregon's Justin Herbert, Auburn's Jarrett Stidham and Michigan State's Brian Lewerke. Of course, those prospects could rise and fall over the course of the 2018 season, but they have nice starts with impressing some evaluators.

    In 2017, Kempt completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,473 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions over eight games of playing time. Kempt could produce a huge 2018 season from playing in a weak defensive conference.


  10. Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/6/18: In 2017, Fitzgerald completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,782 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He totaled 14 rushing touchdowns as well. An ankle injury in the Egg Bowl ended his season early, but sources had told me much earlier that Fitzgerald was going to return for his senior year.

    Some team sources like Fitzgerald and feel he has potential while others aren't excited about him. 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.




  11. Deondre Francois*, QB, Florida State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    6/6/18: Francois battled hard against Alabama in the 2017 season opener, completing 19-of-33 passes for 210 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. In that contest unfortunately, Francois suffered a season-ending patellar-tendon injury, which required surgery. Francois has an early-round skill set, but he needs to stay healthy and develop as a pocket passer.

    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 2018.


  12. Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/6/18: Finley was a good game-manager for the Wolfpack in 2017, completing 65 percent of his passes for 3,518 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He made good decisions and protected the football well. In 2016, Finley completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,055 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Some team sources say they like what they have seen from Finley and are eager to see him this fall.


  13. Daniel Jones*, QB, Duke
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/6/18: Jones has earned some compliments from scouting sources. They think that the redshirt junior has some physical talent and also is getting great coaching development from David Cutcliffe. In 2017, Jones completed 56 percent of his passes for 2,439 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. As a freshman, he made 63 percent of his passes for 2,836 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Jones has good height and a nice skill set. He could be a quarterback who continues to rise over 2018 and 2019.




  14. Jake Bentley*, QB, South Carolina
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    6/6/18: Bentley is a gritty quarterback who led South Carolina to a 9-4 season in 2017. He completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,555 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for six touchdowns. Bentley needs to develop his pocket passing skills, but last year, he also was without top play-maker Deebo Samuel, who missed almost the entire season.


  15. Kelly Bryant*, QB, Clemson
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    6/6/18: Early in the 2017 season, Bryant flashed some potential for Clemson, but then he struggled as a pocket passer for a lot of the year. He completed 67 percent of his passes on the season for 2,678 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. He did a lot of damage with his legs, running for 665 yards and 11 scores on the ground. Perhaps Bryant can improve with more experience, but entering this season, scouts who had done advance work on the 2019 prospects thought he was more of a late-rounder.


  16. Justice Hansen, QB, Arkansas State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.81.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/6/18: Team sources tell me that they feel that Hansen has a loose arm and plays in a system that produces big numbers via easy completions. They have Hansen graded late entering the 2018 season. In 2017, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,630 yards with 34 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.


  17. Jake Browning, QB, Washington
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    6/6/18: Browning completed 69 percent of his passes in 2017 for 2,544 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. He is a good college quarterback, but he doesn't have a pro skill set. In 2016, Browning turned in a strong sophomore season to help push Washington into the college football playoff. He completed 62 percent of his passes on the year for 3,430 yards with 43 touchdowns and nine interceptions. As a freshman in 2015, he completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,995 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Browning had shoulder surgery after the 2016 season.




  18. Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.82.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    6/6/18: McSorley can dangerously burn defenses downfield as an aggressive quarterback who throws vertically. Over the past two seasons, he benefited from Saquon Barkley leading the offense, but McSorley also made a ton of clutch throws to help Penn State win a lot of games. In 2017, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,228 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 3,614 yards with 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2016.


  19. Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.77.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    6/6/18: In 2017, Rypien completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,877 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has more of a backup skill set for the NFL. 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.


  20. Tanner Mangum, QB, BYU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2019): FA.

    6/6/18: In 2017, Mangum completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,540 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also had some impressive moments during his freshman year 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.


  21. Shane Buechele*, QB, Texas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2019): FA.

    6/6/18: Buechele has flashed some ability to throw the deep ball but needs to become a more consistent passer. In 2017, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,350 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions, but also missed some games and shared playing time with Sam Ehlinger. As a freshman, Buechele completed 60 percent for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 scores.


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

2019 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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