2017 NFL draft rankings: Quarterbacks
The Browns, 49ers and Bears all are headed for top-five picks—they could land 1-2-3, in that order—and each team could use its first pick on a quarterback. Alone, that’s enough to think another early quarterback run is waiting at the 2017 NFL draft, even if this year’s class winds up not entirely warranting such a commitment.
The top three names in our QB rankings right now (Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and Mitch Trubisky) are the three you are likely to hear most about between now and April 27. A fourth, Brad Kaaya, has jumped in and out of that group all season—he may wind up among a group of promising mid-round types. But is there enough talent at the top for those teams in need?
|1||Deshaun Watson||Clemson||6' 3", 215 lbs.|
|2||DeShone Kizer||Notre Dame||6' 4 1/2", 230 lbs.|
|3||Patrick Mahomes||Texas Tech||6' 3", 215 lbs.|
|4||Mitch Trubisky||North Carolina||6' 3", 220 lbs.|
|5||Brad Kaaya||Miami||6' 4", 215 lbs.|
|6||Davis Webb||Cal||6' 5", 230 lbs.|
|7||Zach Terrell||Western Michigan||6' 1", 210 lbs.|
|8||Chad Kelly||Ole Miss||6' 2", 224 lbs.|
|9||Sefo Liufau||Colorado||6' 4", 240 lbs.|
|10||Alek Torgersen||Penn||6' 3", 230 lbs.|
Watson is, and will continue to be, a divisive QB prospect—he’s a unanimous early-round prospect, but is he a No. 1 overall-caliber weapon? He holds a slight edge here because of his dual-threat prowess, as well as what he’s shown in key moments on a big stage. Kizer has an inch-plus of height and a good 15 to 20 pounds on Watson, which counts in the pocket, and he also can get out and run when he needs to. Trubisky is such a mixed bag: While the ceiling is unquestionably high, how long will it take his NFL coaching staff to rid him of the wild variations in his footwork? Can it be done? This class has lost a handful of interesting names: Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield and Luke Falk all will return to school. It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of Kelly, who has off-field red flags and is working back from a torn ACL. If a team is taking a shot on Day 3, he would have the highest upside.
Montana’s Brady Gustafson drew the early tag as “2017 Carson Wentz”: tall, FCS program, high-powered offense. Don’t forget Torgersen, though. We talked about the Penn QB on a recent On the Clock podcast, and there’s a lot to like in his game.