DEEP FRIED DRAFT
2019 Senior Bowl: Ranking the QBs 1-8
1 Daniel Jones Duke Jr 6'4 210
An early graduate, Jones possesses the size and arm strength you desire. He is a solid athlete. Jones can make plays with his legs, both in the pocket and out. I like the way he isn’t afraid to push the ball downfield. I do have injury concerns with him. Jones has suffered a broken collarbone. He has also dealt with numerous other lingering pains. If 100%, Jones could see himself elevated into the Top-10 in the 2019 draft.
2 Drew Lock Missouri Sr 6'3 205
Drew Lock has consistently produced big numbers as a four-year starter for the Tigers. He has that WOW arm talent. Consistency against big-time competition has always been my concern for Lock. He needs this week more than most. A great week here and Drew Lock is hearing his name on Day One.
3 Will Grier West Virginia Sr 6'2 204
Grier is a very accurate thrower. He makes the players around him better. What he doesn’t have is top-level arm strength. It will be interesting to see how he handles the windy conditions that often come to Mobile in January.
4 Jarrett Stidham Auburn Jr 6'2 210
Not many saw the shine come off of them as a prospect as Stidham this year. He had a rough year in the Auburn offense during 2018. Maybe he wasn’t a true fit? Stidham struggled with his accuracy and mechanics. He is a natural thrower. Stidham needs to rehab his image during Senior Bowl week. Perhaps a lot more than most.
5 Ryan Finley NC State Sr 6'4 200
The Boise State transfer was up and down in 2018. The Wolfpack signal caller struggled with accuracy at times. Other times he made the wow throws you want to see. However, with three NFL caliber wideouts at his disposal, I expected more.
6 Gardner Minshew Washington State Sr 6'2 220
Minshew came out of nowhere to lead the nation in passing. He took to Mikeleach’s Air-raid like a duck to water. Minshew is well traveled as a QB. However, that is becoming more and more common each year. Minshew has an accurate delivery and adequate arm strength. He has worked his way from future G.A. to draftable quarterback in the last four months.
7 Clayton Thorson Northwestern Sr 6'3 215
Thorson is a prospect I am not as high on as most. While he has the requisite size and athletic ability, I don’t see what all of the fuss is about. Can he show me something different? Sure. Thorson also tore his ACL in the Northwestern bowl game 12 months ago.
8 Trace McSorley Penn State Sr 6'0 205
McSorley is a gamer they say. He is a winner they say. I see a player who is not an NFL caliber quarterback. Is he tough? Absolutely. Is he a good athlete? Sure. Could he play another position? Maybe. I just don’t see an NFL future for McSorley. There are at least 12 other quarterbacks I would have rather seen in this spot than him.
The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl is upon us. Beginning January 22nd, 110 senior football prospects will interview with and practice in front of hundreds of NFL coaches and scouts. Tuesday morning, the players will weigh-in and then both teams will lightly practice in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are the two biggest practice days when both squads practice in full pads. This culminates in the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The game can also be seen live on NFL Network.
Deep Fried Draft will have it covered all week. Look for daily write-ups about the practices each day.
Below I rank the quarterbacks playing in this year's game. I go from best to worst in this year's game.
**Please note that these rankings are based on what I have seen up to this point. What I see upon further tape study, Senior Bowl performance, and the rest of the draft process will likely change these rankings.**
***This also reflects the roster that was announced in early January***