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2015 QB Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2015

Here are a few notes to consider about our current QB grades:

-- Brett Hundley holds a narrow lead as our top QB prospect for 2015 over Marcus Mariota. There are a lot of similarities between the two. We believe Hundley’s Wonderlic score (not leaked as of yet) was 26+, but cannot solidly confirm the rumor yet.

 -- You will see our Jameis Winston ranking, and then see some of the names we grade above him, and you’ll want your money back. We’re not backing down--we believe Winston is a very flawed QB on the field, forget all the off-field stuff for a moment. He is a bad mechanics, poor decision-making QB, and has been in both his seasons as far as I can tell on tape. Not a flat out bust, but I mean huge holes in his game…and I don’t he translates well to the NFL. There’s going to be a rude awakening on him in the pros…he’s got some Josh Freeman similarities.

 -- No one is as high on Jake Waters as we are. He might be the most fundamentally sound QB in this draft, with some issues: (1) His offseason shoulder surgery. (2) Not a great height. However, he is very Russell Wilson-like, and should be seen as such.

If I know the NFL, Waters will never get a fair chance or see the light of day. If I were a GM, I’d be all over him if his shoulder checks out. If I were his agent, and he wasn’t drafted in the top 125, then I’d advise him to go straight to Canada and tear up there, and then come back.

 -- You may notice Connor Cook on here. When we thought he might jump we did some pre-analysis. His initial grade is on here for an FYI. Blake Frohnapel of UMass as well.

 -- If I could tap one QB outside our top-10 here, and bet a nickel that they break through to shocking success, it would be South Alabama’s Brandon Bridge. He has mobility, height, and an amazingly accurate arm deep despite very bad mechanics at times. Where he struggles is in the normal short, underneath stuff…the regular stuff. Don’t be shocked if he gets a fringe look in the preseason and drops some bombs to get a little noticed. In the end, too many flaws working against him.

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Here are a few notes to consider about our current QB grades:

-- Brett Hundley holds a narrow lead as our top QB prospect for 2015 over Marcus Mariota. There are a lot of similarities between the two. We believe Hundley’s Wonderlic score (not leaked as of yet) was 26+, but cannot solidly confirm the rumor yet.

 -- You will see our Jameis Winston ranking, and then see some of the names we grade above him, and you’ll want your money back. We’re not backing down--we believe Winston is a very flawed QB on the field, forget all the off-field stuff for a moment. He is a bad mechanics, poor decision-making QB, and has been in both his seasons as far as I can tell on tape. Not a flat out bust, but I mean huge holes in his game…and I don’t he translates well to the NFL. There’s going to be a rude awakening on him in the pros…he’s got some Josh Freeman similarities.

 -- No one is as high on Jake Waters as we are. He might be the most fundamentally sound QB in this draft, with some issues: (1) His offseason shoulder surgery. (2) Not a great height. However, he is very Russell Wilson-like, and should be seen as such.

If I know the NFL, Waters will never get a fair chance or see the light of day. If I were a GM, I’d be all over him if his shoulder checks out. If I were his agent, and he wasn’t drafted in the top 125, then I’d advise him to go straight to Canada and tear up there, and then come back.

 -- You may notice Connor Cook on here. When we thought he might jump we did some pre-analysis. His initial grade is on here for an FYI. Blake Frohnapel of UMass as well.

 -- If I could tap one QB outside our top-10 here, and bet a nickel that they break through to shocking success, it would be South Alabama’s Brandon Bridge. He has mobility, height, and an amazingly accurate arm deep despite very bad mechanics at times. Where he struggles is in the normal short, underneath stuff…the regular stuff. Don’t be shocked if he gets a fringe look in the preseason and drops some bombs to get a little noticed. In the end, too many flaws working against him.

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About R.C. Fischer

R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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