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Marino | 2017 NFL Draft Positional Superlatives: Quarterbacks

JAN 09 CFP National Championship - Clemson v Alabama
Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire

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Marino | 2017 NFL Draft Positional Superlatives: Quarterbacks

The final installment on my positional superlatives series are quarterbacks which features two prospects ranked among my top 50 prospects and four with day one or day two grades. The whole class has a risk/reward feel but there are a handful of prospects that give you a chance to be a franchise passer.

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Best Prospect:  Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina

Mitchell Trubisky has the skill set of a high level starting quarterback. Despite some inconsistencies with his deep ball, Trubisky is one the most accurate quarterbacks in this class, and has the arm strength to go with it. Trubisky is poised in the pocket and has another dimension when operating on the run.

Trubisky works his progressions well and is comfortable moving in the pocket to avoid rushers. He has a good internal clock. He finds quick platforms and has the ability to improvise.

Ideally he would have more starting experience, but he is beyond his years in several vital aspects of the game. There are minor decision-making concerns, but more game experience should help him fully understand what he can and cannot get away with. 

JAN 09 CFP National Championship - Clemson v Alabama

TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) delivers a pass during the 2017 College Football National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide on January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire) Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire

Best Resume:  Deshaun Watson, Clemson

My resume grades factor the injury history, off-field concerns and accolades that a player accumulates in their collegiate career and Watson scored the best. He did have a torn ACL and broken hand in 2014 but went on to start 35 games with no off the field issues. His career is as decorated as can be:

  • 2015-Consensus All-American, ACC Offensive Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, First Team All-ACC Selection, Manning Award Winner, Archie Griffin Award Winner, Davey O’Brien Award Winner,Heisman Trophy Award Finalist.
  • 2016-Second Team All-ACC Selection, Senior Bowl Invite, Manning Award Winner, Davey O’Brien Award Winner, Chic Harley Award Winner, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Winner, Heisman Trophy Award Finalist.Two-time ACC Championship Game MVP, MVP of the 2017 College Football National Championship Game

Best Size:  DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

My size metric weighs all official measurements against positional averages over the last five years and Kizer scored best. He checks in at 6042, 233 pounds with 33 ⅛” arms and 9 ⅞” hands.

Best Production:  Deshaun Watson, Clemson

My production metric factors total games started and consistency in statistical output and Watson scored the best. In 35 starts, Watson completed 67.4% of his passes for 10,163 yards with 90 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He tallied 1,934 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns.

Watson is the first player in college football history to pass for over 4,000 yards and rushing for over 1,000 yards in the same season.

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Joe Marino

Joe Marino is the Assistant Director of NDT Scouting and co-host of the Draft Dudes Podcast. Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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