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Kaboom! Magazine.com 2018 NFL Draft Preview: Quarterbacks

Kaboom! Magazine.com 2018 NFL Draft Preview: Quarterbacks

Kaboom! Magazine.com 2018 NFL Draft Preview: Quarterbacks

Every NFL football team’s Super Bowl dreams and ambitions start at the exact same place….THE DRAFT. Every year, thousands of the top college athletes make themselves available for 32 NFL teams to draft and become professional football players. This year’s draft class features some of the most talented and most controversial athletes in the leagues history. Kaboom! Magazine.com prepares you for the 2018 NFL Draft with our annual draft preview. We will showcase the best players at each position entering this year draft, as well as a lot of late round gems that can help your favorite team hoist the Lombardi trophy for many years to come. Today, we will be focusing on this year’s top signal-callers and predict on which new quarterback we feel will have the best career in this draft class.

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Quarterbacks:
The most discussed position in this year’s draft, these gunslingers have the talent to lead any team to a super bowl, but there are a few character flaws that could have them out of the league in 3 years.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Southern California

1. Sam Darnold (USC):
This is without a doubt one the hardest quarterback draft classes to finger out in league history, but many experts feel that Darnold is the safest quarterback pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. At his pro day, Darnold put on a clinic, throwing accurate passes in the rain with excellent timing and anticipation. Of the top quarterback prospects, Darnold had the best pro-day performance. In 2017, Darnold completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He had an up-and-down season with too many turnovers – fumbles were a particular issue beyond the interceptions. Darnold also made some beautiful anticipatory throws with excellent accuracy in just about every game. He is a top 5 pick, but needs to improve his decision-making, eye movement, and confidence.

NCAA Football: UCLA at Stanford

2. Jos Rosen (UCLA):
“This boy was born to be a professional quarterback”- God, Rosen has the best mechanics and is the most natural pocket passer. Rosen’s tight spiral helps him to get his passes through small windows and beat good coverage. He has serious arm talent along with field vision and pocket presence. Rosen also worked under center, which has been rare to see with college quarterbacks in recent years. In 2017, Rosen completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,717 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He led a legendary one of the greatest comeback wins in college football history in Week 1 versus Texas A&M. UCLA was down 44-10 in the third quarter before Rosen led the Bruins back to a 45-44 victory over Texas A&M. Many teams question his conduct off the field and worry about him being too much of a partier. His leadership skills and being a good teammate are areas of concern across the league. If Rosen is not the 1st quarterback taken off the board, he will be the steal of the draft that teams will have nightmares about.

NCAA Football: Sugar Bowl-Auburn vs Oklahoma

3. Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma):
You can say a lot of things about this kid, but all he does is win, win, win no matter what. In 2017, he completed 71 percent of his passes in 2017 for 4,627 yards with 43 touchdowns and six interceptions, plus rushed for 5 touchdowns. Mayfield has excellent mobility to dodge sacks, escape pressure, extend plays with his feet, and throws well on the run. He also can pick up critical yards on the ground and adds the value of being a dangerous threat on third-and-short or third-and-manageable. He is a gritty gunslinger quarterback who has an “it factor” to his game. Mayfield doesn’t have a strong arm, but it is good enough to make the throws required in the NFL. One of Mayfield’s most impressive strengths as a passer is being able to locate the ball well and throw receivers open. Mayfield is undersized for the NFL with just average arm strength. He can have issues reading defenses because of his height, throwing into tight windows, and will have a big adjustment in learning to work under center, call plays, and operate a pro-style offense. He’s very cocky, but hey, so was Brett Favre and look how his career turned out.

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4. Josh Allen (Wyoming):
Allen is the quarterback that has won the offseason. It started with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. During his time in Mobile, he displayed his big skill set and powerful arm while making some improvements in accuracy and his ability to throw touch passes over his three practice sessions. Allen blew up the combine with a great workout and a strong showing in the interview room. He led all of the top quarterback prospects on the wonderlic test and finished off his excellent offseason with a quality pro day. His accuracy still needs a lot of work for the NFL, but there is no denying that Allen has a top of the draft skill set.

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5. Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State):
Rudolph is a love/hate prospect in the scouting community. One team source likes Rudolph, but many others are skeptics. In 2017, Rudolph completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards with 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Given the big discrepancy, Rudolph could go in the early rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft, because it only takes one team to fall in love. Rudolph will need development as a pro. He will have to work on his shaky accuracy and field vision, plus get used to playing under center and calling plays in the huddle. Rudolph is also not very athletic, though he has good size with average arm strength.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Wake Forest

Sleeper Pick: Lamar Jackson (Louisville):
Every year, the NFL considers one draft prospect as a rubix cube and this year’s player is Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson. He has an amazing skill set with a powerful arm that allows him to make throws off platform that many NFL quarterbacks couldn’t even dream of making. He is tough in the pocket, knew Bobby Petrino’s scheme well, and has amazing athleticism and speed as a runner. Jackson looks like a taller and right-handed version of Michael Vick. Many team sources feel that Jackson is being undervalued similarly to Deshaun Watson a year ago.

2018 Draft Class Career Predictions:
Best Career: Josh Rosen
Most Pro Bowl Selections: Josh Rosen
Most Super Bowls: Josh Rosen
Hall of Famers: Josh Rosen

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