These players are, in my opinion, the top 5 at their position. They have displayed great attributes of moving on to the next level of becoming an NFL athlete. I have ranked them based off their stats, their impact on the field to win, their NFL readiness/body stature, the conference they play in, and how much of a threat they could be. Also threw in there an honorable mention.
Honorable Mention: Chad Kelly
Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, played at Ole Miss these last 2 seasons. This past season he did not do as well as he did his first year at Ole Miss because of an ACL tear he experienced mid-year this season. This season he threw for 2,758 yards, 19 TDs, 8 INTs, and with a 62.5% completion while he started for the Rebels. He is a Dual-Threat QB because of his speed capabilities and play-action skills. On 81 attempts he ran for 332 yards for 5 TDs. I believe that Kelly is a great QB and would be higher on my list if he did not become injured. He can torch a team with his passing skills and his speed which I believe can be effective in the NFL.
#5: DeShone Kizer
DeShone Kizer played for Notre Dame these past 2 seasons and helped the Fighting Irish a lot. Kizer’s stats have been consistent and have slightly increased this season which still was not good enough because of their losing record. He threw for 2,925 yards, 26 TDs, 9 INTs, and with a 59% completion. Kizer, out of all the QBs, has the lowest completion rating. I think he might need more development in his decision-making and accuracy before he becomes an NFL starter. He is not a speedster but he can run the ball and is big in stature. On 129 attempts, Kizer had 472 yards and 8 TDs which is not bad but at the same time, not the best. The question is can he produce and be effective going to the NFL after not experiencing much competition in his conference/college career?
#4: Joshua Dobbs
Joshua Dobbs has played at the University of Tennesee all 4 years of his collegiate athletic career. Watching him, I’ve seen his improvement and his dedication to the game of football. But is he ready? That is the primary question for Dobbs. I am looking for precision from Dobbs to get over the hump of just being named another QB. He threw for 2,946 yards, 27 TDs, 12 INTs, and with a 63% completion. He is also a Dual-Threat QB which is nice because he is a big guy with speed that can also power run. On 139 attempts, he ran for 713 yards for 9 TDs. Back to his passing, I know he is a good QB I just want him to be more confident in his passing and to not have so many close games. I think he has a lot of potential, just how will he use it.
#3: Mitch Trubisky
Mitch Trubisky has played for the Tar Heels for the last 3 seasons but this season was his first real season. Don’t get me wrong, he did well on actually playing a full season and all snaps, but I still think an extra year would solidify what happened the previous year was not a fluke. He threw 3,748 yards, 30 TDs, 6 INTs, and with a 68% completion which is way better than last year. Those are great numbers, especially in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), to put yourself in NFL scouts mouth. His accuracy is great and he has a strong arm to just bomb a deep pass to his receivers. I think he would be okay in the NFL but not right away, I still would like to see him stay one more year but body wise he looks ready. Plus, I think based on who is around him to catch his passes will be a factor in his success to lead a team.
#2: Brad Kaaya
Brad Kaaya has played the last 3 seasons at the University of Miami and has done a fantastic job as QB. He has shown his improvement and used the weapons around him to help Miami’s football program become better. He can be a lethal QB in the NFL, he is a great decision maker and passer. He threw for 3,532 yards, 27 TDs, 7 INTs, and with a 62% completion. I would take those stats any day and I believe that Kaaya can be a starter in his first year in the league. He has battled some of the best secondaries in his college career and has done well. He is more of a pocket passer but can move with his feet to avoid a collapsed pocket.
#1: Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson has played for the Clemson Tigers for the past 3 seasons. He has made his mark in college football these past 2 seasons with going to the National Championship twice against the same team and won the latest championship against Alabama. By far, I believe, Watson is the number 1 QB prospect in the draft and he has earned every ounce of it. This season he threw for 4,593 yards, 41 TDs, 17 INTs, and with a 67% completion. He can use his feet also with 169 attempts, 629 yards, and 9 TDs. I have nothing bad to say about Watson. Watching him improve from one season to another is incredible, he has definitely earned the respect from others. In the championship game, I thought he was not going to be able to beat the Crimson Tide because of the beatings he kept getting in the first half but he stuck in there and threw for 420 yards and 3 TDs to win the National Championship. He is the most NFL ready QB in the class of 2017 and will probably be the number 1 pick for the Cleveland Browns. His precision, arm strength, and leadership skills will no doubt make him a valuable player in the NFL.
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