Here is my initial pre combine look at the 2019 QB class.
It’s not a good or bad QB class by my eyes. It’s pretty typical. Some good and some not so good. As always, we’ll be focusing on the prospects who, we think, have a shot. There are definitely some potential fantasy options in this year’s group if the landing spots go well.
I will work all of the positional rankings into tiers over time and eventually I’ll join all the positions into one ranking list (like the Rotobahn 500, but for rookies) and create tiers for our rookie drafts.
For now, with the QBs, I give you my top ten.
I’ll have a quick tight ends article up soon—just under the wire and I’ll hopefully have time to add a quick podcast. I should be back in full podcast swing next week, and I am really looking forward to it. It will be mostly rookie stuff and dynasty stuff along with my take on best-ball drafts once I start doing them. I’ve been too dedicated to film so far to do much, but I’ll get into some drafts in March and I’ll really lean in once we get to May.
|1||Kyler Murray||5-10||194||Oklahoma||Size matters, but not as much as being good at the game does. Kyler is good at the game—damn good in fact. He does things as a runner that I’ve never seen from a quarterback before, and if he finds a good scheme and a team that can coach him correctly, he could have a great career. I don’t much care about the baseball thing. It’s a minor concern. I see baseball as something he’ll do if football fails, so we’re back to fear of failure as we are with any prospect. Despite Murray’s small frame, he has a plus arm. This is what we told you back in 2012 with Russell Wilson, who was our most underrated player that season. At Rotobahn, we are not fearful of players who are outside of the mold. We do not fear small quarterbacks. That being said, it’s important to understand the realities of the game. He’ll be more susceptible to injury due to his size combined with his aggressive running style. He’ll get arm tackled at inopportune times where a typical sized QB might break away. He’ll have sightline issues at times—especially on throws between the hashes. These are not fatal flaws, just realities that you should account for. So he’s small, and it will cause some problems—problems that should be outweighed by his total game. Coach thinks he’ll run sub 4.4 at the combine and that it won’t be close. He thinks 4.3 is possible. Fantasy GMs are you listening? He’s also got a strong arm for a QB of any size. He can make all the throws and then some. He’s also the best quarterback in this class in terms of processing and decision-making. In all honesty, I’m more worried about the team Kyler goes to than I am worried about Kyler letting us down. This kid is legit.|
|2||Dwayne Haskins*||6'3"||220||Ohio State||The more I watch, the more comfortable I am becoming with him. He’s awkward…and less than aesthetically pleasing to be sure, but the ball seems to get to the right place at the right time, and that’s what counts in football. He’s got a good mental clock and gets the ball out pretty consistently. He’s also a strong kid who can take the pounding of the NFL. He’ll probably be over-drafted because teams overpay in the NFL, but what really counts to us, is where he goes. I think the Giants will take him at six. If that happens, his fantasy appeal explodes for the long term—unless they also deal OBJ. He’d be just another nice prospect in that scenario.|
|3||Drew Lock||6'3⅜"||228||Missouri||Lock is a very interesting prospect, and I think a lot of folks are sleeping on him to some extent, because the talent is there. This kid has the size and the arm to light up NFL defenses.|
|4||Ryan Finley||6'3⅞"||208||NC State||I like Finley a lot and I’ll be doing a deep dive into his film soon. Everybody talks about the NC State receivers and how good they look, and at some point, you have to come to the conclusion that the QB must be good too. He’s got enough size and could add a little weight if need be. He’s a smart kid with a high football IQ. His arm is more than adequate and the timing and accuracy are there pretty consistently. He’s a good athlete and a leader with 42 college starts under his belt. I think he could be a starter at the next level. He’s better than the Andy Dalton’s of the world.|
|5||Daniel Jones*||6'5"||220||Duke||I like Jones a lot as a developmental quarterback, and that development, if I was in charge, would be largely about building up his body some. He’s a bit wispy for my tastes when we are talking about a pocket passer. Jones throws a solid ball and he sees the game pretty well. I’m maybe halfway through my process with him, but I’m encouraged. He’s from a pro style scheme and should have a good transition in that regard. He feels risky high in the draft but as late first or second rounder, I can see it.|
|6||Brett Rypien||6'1⅝"||196||Boise State||He's really solid below the waist in terms of fundamentals. Lack of bulk, particularly in the lower body is a concern, but he can ball out and make most of the throws you’d want a pro QB to make. His timing on the deep ball is good and his accuracy is even better. He’s a good timing thrower in the intermediate and short passing games. He’s cool under fire and can lead an offense. This guy looks like a Patriot to me. I think he can be a starter in the right situation.|
|7||Clayton Thorson||6'4"||225||Northwestern||Coach and I both like this kid but Coach sees more ceiling than I do. He’s a serious competitor and he brings something to the table with his mobility. He’s also a leader on the field. You can see his teammates reacting positively to him and NFL teams really like that. His arm is strong but I see too many area throws for my liking. I have a few more games to go with him, so perhaps I’ll come around some on that front. He’s definitely a guy we like more than most seem to. If he ever gets an NFL gig, he’ll score points with his arm and with his feet. Rotobahn loves foot-points.|
|8||Will Grier||6'2¼"||221||West Virginia||Grier has some tools. He’s strong and athletic with a plus arm. If you went by his highlight reel, you might think he’s the next coming, but deeper dives reveal warts. His footwork is not awful but it’s inconsistent. His feet stop too often for no good reason. Think Tom Savage. He also freezes too often when the play isn’t there. He needs to quicken his clock on the play and his reaction time to pressure. He strikes me asa a guy who needs more starts—more time. Another year of starts at WVA would be a good idea, but he lost time to a PED suspension when he was at Florida. He can make throws, but I see a guy not ready for prime time. I’m not at all confident that he ever will be.|
|9||Easton Stick||6’1”||220||NDSU||Stick impressed me enough over a few hours of film to do a deeper dive and I will be doing that between now and the draft. I like this kid’s moxie but I’m not saying that as a way of masking a poor skill set. Stick has a solid arm and is mobile. He’s on the small side and from a small school, but I think he will get drafted and I think he’s got a shot at being a solid starter in time. He could be a very interesting pick for a team like New Orleans, who has a year or so left on Brees and can develop a starter along with the preexisting Taysom Hill.|
|10||Tyree Jackson*||6’7”||245||Buffalo||Jackson is an upside project. He’s got plenty of athleticism and plenty of arm strength, but he holds the ball too long too often and too many of the throws he gets off are late. He leaves me wanting on the majority of snaps but makes enough impressive plays to keep me interested. It’s sort of ironic that he plays for Buffalo, because his ceiling would look a lot like Josh Allen. Maybe playing behind Allen could be a possibility. Who knows, but Jackson’s years away with no guaranty of arrival.|