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2019 NFL Draft: 5 Best Quarterbacks 5 Best Destinations

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The 2019 NFL Combine is over.  It wasn’t a star studded quarterback extravaganza like last year, and it didn’t matter, quarterbacks still dominated the conversation.  It’s the reality that we live with, no matter how deep other positions are, it always comes back to the quarterback, and for good reason.  A team without a sufficient quarterback, is not winning in today’s NFL.  And right now there are several teams who need a quality quarterback.

5 Top Quarterbacks after the Combine: (Source collegiate stats WalterFootball.com)

5. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, 6’4″, 227 pounds, Arms: 31 1/8″, Hand: 9 3/4″

2018 season: completed 61 percent of passes for 3183 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions; nine rushing touchdowns

Did not play in Senior Bowl because of a high ankle sprain.  Did not run at the Combine.  According to theDraftNetwork.com: “Ball lacks pop coming off his hand and will float to destination.  Misses on tight windowed throws due to inability to slot the ball with force.  His best trait is experience, his worst trait is arm accuracy.”

 

4. Daniel Jones, Duke, 6’5″, 220 pounds, Arms: 33.25, Hand: 9.75

2018 season: completed 61 percent of passes for 2674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions

Missed two games in 2018 with collarbone injury.  Has strong arm and accurate. According to Full Press Coverage

“Arm talent is among the top in this class.  Excellent touch, especially on deep balls.  Accuracy is spotty, but placement is generally solid”

3. Drew Lock, Missouri, 6’3″, 223 pounds, Arms: 33.5, Hand: 9,

2018 season: completed 61 percent of passes for 3498 yards, 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions; six rushing touchdowns

Is athletic and has a rifle for an arm.  “Has a very strong arm with the ability to make all the throws into tight windows.  He gets the ball out of his hand quickly, and takes advantage of defenses.  A better athlete than people realize, he can create yards on the ground if necessary.”

2. Dwight Haskins, Ohio State, 6’3″, 220 pounds, Arms: 33 1/2″, Hand: 9 5/8″

2018 season: completed 70 percent of passes for 4831 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions

Has strong arm.  According to NFL Draft & Combine: Haskins has an effortless throwing motion that allows him to release a fastball with a flick of his wrist.  He possess a ball that explodes out of his hand giving him confidence to wait out coverage and hit the fastest targets in stride.

1. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, 5’10”, 207 pounds, Arms: 28 1/2″, Hands:9 1/2″

2018 season: completed 69 percent of his passes for 4361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions

Just throwing this out there does anyone really listen to @nflnetwork @CharleyCasserly “anonymous Combine” comments anymore?  Asking for a friend?

After his measurables in the Combine, Murray quickly became the number one quarterback and perhaps the number one overall pick of the NFL 2019 Draft.  From the Underdog Sports Network, Murray can throw on the run which makes him a dual threat quarterback.  He also has a nice deep ball and he can drop it in a bucket.  The 2018 Heisman trophy winner did not run or throw at the 2019 NFL Combine, but then again apparently he didn’t need to.

Top 5 NFL Teams that Need a Quarterback NOW

  • My caveat: while it is a somewhat consensus that Arizona Cardinals will draft Kyler Murray with the first pick of the first round…I don’t believe that is the Cardinals most pressing needs.  They need an offensive line (Josh Rosen was sacked 45 times in 14 games).  A wide receiver who can consistently catch the ball not named Larry Fitzgerald( Fitzgerald had 69 receptions for 734 yards next receiver was Christian Kirk with 43 receptions and 590 yards) and David Johnson to stay healthy.

5. Philadelphia Eagles, Draft position 1.25

I know they have Carson Wentz, but if history has taught us anything it is that Wentz will get hurt sometimes during the season.  As they let Nick Foles fly away and spread his starting wings, they will need a reliable back-up.  Could Drew Lock still be available at 25?  I wish.

4. Denver Broncos, Draft position 1.10

After one season, the Broncos have traded Case Keenum to Washington.  They have acquired Joe Flacco from Baltimore.  Flacco is a stop-gap answer, but with general manager, John Elway’s past quarterback decisions, the question is can he be trusted.  The answer a hard no….so look for him to draft Clayton Thorson, you know size matters.

3. New York Giants, Draft position 1.6

When you have Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram, and still can’t score (16th in the NFL in scoring with 23.1 per game average)…there’s a problem.  Giants will probably have to make some draft day moves but to get Dwayne Haskins, it will be worth it.

2. Arizona Cardinals, Draft pick 1.1

As I stated earlier, don’t believe they need a quarterback but believe they will pick Kyler Murray anyway.  So they fired their head coach after one season, will (most likely) shop their first round pick after one year?  Add general manager to their most pressing needs.

1. Miami Dolphins, Draft Pick 1.13

Ryan Tannehill has all but his back-pack packed to go.  Daniel Jones has the personality to be the face of the new rebuilding Dolphins and he should surely be available at 13.

If this isn’t the best time of the year, then I don’t know what is.

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