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2018 QB Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
July 21, 2018

July 2018 Notes:

Final updates, final grades for 2018.

-- Added a few QB prospects found or missed from pre-Draft...Mike Ferrer is new and made the top 15. He's an NAIA 2017 Player of the Year, and a decent QB prospect.

-- We made some minor adjustments to Baker Mayfield on his grading of a few performances after a closer look, and it bumped him past Mason Rudolph and into the top spot by a hair. Same for Sam Darnold, and it took him a tick down.

-- Note that there are TWO tabs on this report. The rankings pre-Draft and then post-Draft (July).

April 25, 2018 Notes...

Post NFL Combine, we updated the QB groups measurables and that might change a few prospects ever so slightly. No major changes. We're still working through some data and tape on a few guys, but to this point here are our QB grades of the 2018 draft class.

Notes...

-- Mason Rudolph is still our #1 guy. We see Rudolph as strong potential to be a long-term franchise guy and we see the potential with Baker Mayfield to some degree as well. Both legit QB prospects. Both ready to go right away, Mayfield more so than any other guy here.

-- Darnold-Rosen, we see as capable but not likely elite or long-term franchise. Nothing has changed that view.

-- Nor have we changed on Josh Allen, but there's hope for him with that arm -- he's going to get a lot of chances to prove a team right. Our computer models didn't see him as a legit star/starter in the league.

-- Princeton's Chad Kanoff is our favorite sleeper in this bunch. See his full scouting report on CFM. I'm not that excited by him because the NFL isn't...and thus he'll have a huge wall to climb if he tries to get into the league -- and he has better prospects outside of football with his Ivy League education.

-- Lamar Jackson is a better prospect, to me, than our computer grade...he just doesn't fit the antiquated NFL. However, if a team built everything around him...he'd be successful...just in a different way than we're used to seeing. In the Vick-RG3 mode. Not a superstar, but really dangerous and confusing to defenses.

We'll update the grades as we go along up to draft day.

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July 2018 Notes:

Final updates, final grades for 2018.

-- Added a few QB prospects found or missed from pre-Draft...Mike Ferrer is new and made the top 15. He's an NAIA 2017 Player of the Year, and a decent QB prospect.

-- We made some minor adjustments to Baker Mayfield on his grading of a few performances after a closer look, and it bumped him past Mason Rudolph and into the top spot by a hair. Same for Sam Darnold, and it took him a tick down.

-- Note that there are TWO tabs on this report. The rankings pre-Draft and then post-Draft (July).

April 25, 2018 Notes...

Post NFL Combine, we updated the QB groups measurables and that might change a few prospects ever so slightly. No major changes. We're still working through some data and tape on a few guys, but to this point here are our QB grades of the 2018 draft class.

Notes...

-- Mason Rudolph is still our #1 guy. We see Rudolph as strong potential to be a long-term franchise guy and we see the potential with Baker Mayfield to some degree as well. Both legit QB prospects. Both ready to go right away, Mayfield more so than any other guy here.

-- Darnold-Rosen, we see as capable but not likely elite or long-term franchise. Nothing has changed that view.

-- Nor have we changed on Josh Allen, but there's hope for him with that arm -- he's going to get a lot of chances to prove a team right. Our computer models didn't see him as a legit star/starter in the league.

-- Princeton's Chad Kanoff is our favorite sleeper in this bunch. See his full scouting report on CFM. I'm not that excited by him because the NFL isn't...and thus he'll have a huge wall to climb if he tries to get into the league -- and he has better prospects outside of football with his Ivy League education.

-- Lamar Jackson is a better prospect, to me, than our computer grade...he just doesn't fit the antiquated NFL. However, if a team built everything around him...he'd be successful...just in a different way than we're used to seeing. In the Vick-RG3 mode. Not a superstar, but really dangerous and confusing to defenses.

We'll update the grades as we go along up to draft day.

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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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