My 2018 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings

I always have to mention this, these are not projections of where these players will go, rather where I personally think they should go. Unlike my prospect breakdowns, these round grades DO take into account positional importance, so you may notice Josh Allen is graded as 1st to 2nd round prospect rather than a 2nd to 3rd round grade.

#1 – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

My favorite player in this quarterback class. His accuracy and touchdown to interception numbers blew away anybody else in this draft class. Mayfield isn’t Lamar Jackson-level fast, but he can extend plays with his feet and can escape pressure.

Grade: Round 1

#2 – Sam Darnold, USC

Darnold played in a very pro-style offense, which will smooth his transition to the NFL compared to a guy like Mayfield who played in a much more spread oriented style. Darnold has good accuracy on tape, but he often tries to force balls into too tight windows, leading to turnovers.

Grade: Round 1

#3 – Josh Rosen, UCLA

The gap between one and three on my board is very small. Rosen is the most NFL-ready of the three when you look at his footwork and mechanics, but his athleticism and arm strength aren’t quite there compared to the other four big five quarterbacks.

Grade: Round 1

#4 – Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Lamar Jackson can make plays with his feet and has the unique dual-threat ability to make plays with his arms or his legs. He has improved in the pocket, although his accuracy is a step below the top three quarterbacks in the class, when he cleans up his narrow base you can see it improve on tape.

Grade: Round 1

#5 – Josh Allen, Wyoming

Allen’s arm strength is by far the best in this class, he has great velocity on his throws and can fit the ball into tight windows occasionally, but his poor completion percentage and obvious lack of an ability to read defenses drops his grade for me.

Grade: Round 1-2

#6 – Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

Rudolph started off this process overrated, but now he is becoming underrated. He moves well in the pocket, can throw the ball deep, and because of his experience is an expert at manipulating defenses, although he did benefit from playing in a spread scheme.

Grade: Round 2

#7 – Kyle Lauletta, Richmond

Lauletta is a natural athlete that throws the ball with great power. He really shone to me at the senior bowl, and his incredible production in (albeit lower level) college gives me hope. Like Mason Rudolph, there are questions on how he will transition from a spread scheme to the NFL.

Grade: Round 3

#8 – Mike White, Western Kentucky

White has a big arm and can push the ball vertically, but he does rely on that arm a little big too much. In his tape, White sometimes stuggles to read defenses, and he threw 15 interceptions in his two years as the starter at Western Kentucky.

Grade: Round 3-4

#9 – Luke Falk, Washington State

He is a pocket passer who throws with great accuracy and velocity, and he put up incredible production in college, however, he does try and force throws at times, is injury prone, and will need to put on some weight.

Grade: Round 4-5

#10 – Kurt Benkert, Virginia

Benkert is a poor man’s Josh Allen. He has good arm strength, is athletic, and shows flashes of greatness, but is incredibly inconsistent in terms of accuracy and reading defenses.

Grade: Round 5-6

#11 – Chase Litton, Marshall

Litton has had some off the field trouble, but I see lots of potential in him on the field. The Marshall QB has a big arm and is athletic enough to avoid pass rushers and still deliver the pass.

Grade: Round 6-7

#12 – Riley Ferguson, Memphis

Ferguson was great at Memphis, he did not throw many turnovers, showed great accuracy, and was mobile in the pocket, but he is inconsistent under pressure, and his footwork and throwing motion will raise questions.

Grade: Round 7

#13 – Tanner Lee, Nebraska

Showed great arm strength at the combine, but he threw a ton of interceptions while at Nebraska.

Grade: Round 7-UDFA

#14 – Logan Woodside, Toledo

He started three years at Toledo and had a 3.72 touchdown to interception ratio , but a lack of arm strength and velocity may cause problems.

Grade: Round 7-UDFA

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