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I can already hear you saying this information doesn’t matter because the game is different and Parcells is outdated. Maybe so, but it’s still interesting to put the crop of quarterbacks through the criteria to see how they stack up. I did this experiment with last year’s crop of passers and only Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph checked all the boxes.

Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells is a renown talent evaluator and adopted a list of seven criteria that he used when considering quarterbacks in the NFL draft. That criteria is as follows:

  1. Be a three-year starter
  2. Be a senior in college
  3. Graduate from college
  4. Start 30 games
  5. Win 23 games
  6. Post a 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio
  7. Compete at least 60-percent of passes thrown

While none of the criteria takes into account traits identifiable on film, the central theme behind Parcells’ rules is to narrow the field of quarterbacks down to those who are accurate, make good decisions, are mentally tough and finish what they start.

Let’s examine the top quarterback prospects in 2018 to see how the measure up.

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

  • 3 years as starter? No – 1
  • Is he a senior? No
  • Did he graduate? No
  • Did he start 30 games? No – 14
  • Did he win 23 games? No
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes – 54:19
  • Completion percentage over 60? Yes, 70 percent

2/7 criteria met

Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

  • 3 years as starter? No, 1
  • Is he a senior? No
  • Did he graduate? No
  • Did he start 30 games? No, 17
  • Did he win 23 games? No
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes, 50:14
  • Completion percentage over 60? Yes, 67.4 percent

2/7 criteria met

Drew Lock, Missouri

  • 3 years as starter? Yes, 3+
  • Is he a senior? Yes
  • Did he graduate? Yes
  • Did he start 30 games? Yes, 46
  • Did he win 23 games? No
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes, 99:39
  • Completion percentage over 60? No, 56.9 percent

5/7 criteria met

Daniel Jones, Duke

  • 3 years as starter? Yes, 3
  • Is he a senior? Yes
  • Did he graduate? Yes
  • Did he start 30 games? Yes, 36
  • Did he win 23 games? No
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? No, 52:29
  • Completion percentage over 60? No, 59.9 percent

4/7 criteria met

Brett Rypien, Boise State

  • 3 years as starter? Yes, 4
  • Is he a senior? Yes
  • Did he graduate? Yes
  • Did he start 30 games? Yes, 53
  • Did he win 23 games? Yes, 40
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes, 90:29
  • Completion percentage over 60? Yes, 64 percent

7/7 criteria met

Will Grier, West Virginia

  • 3 years as starter? No, just over 2
  • Is he a senior? Yes
  • Did he graduate? Yes
  • Did he start 30 games? No, 27
  • Did he win 23 games? No
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes, 81:23
  • Completion percentage over 60? Yes, 65.7 percent

4/7 criteria met

Tyree Jackson, Buffalo

  • 3 years as starter? Yes, 3
  • Is he a senior? Yes
  • Did he graduate? Yes
  • Did he start 30 games? Yes, 31
  • Did he win 23 games?  No
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes, 49:24
  • Completion percentage over 60? No, 55.8 percent

5/7 criteria met

Gardner Minshew, Washington State

  • 3 years as starter? No, 2+
  • Is he a senior? Yes
  • Did he graduate? Yes
  • Did he start 30 games? No, 25
  • Did he win 23 games? No
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes, 62:20
  • Completion percentage over 60? Yes, 65.2 percent

4/7 criteria met

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

  • 3 years as starter? No, 2+
  • Is he a senior? Yes
  • Did he graduate? Yes
  • Did he start 30 games? Yes, 30
  • Did he win 23 games? No
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes, 48:13
  • Completion percentage over 60? Yes, 64.3 percent

5/7 criteria met

Ryan Finley, NC State

  • 3 years as starter? Yes
  • Is he a senior? Yes
  • Did he graduate? Yes
  • Did he start 30 games? Yes, 42
  • Did he win 23 games? Yes, 27
  • TD:INT ratio at least 2:1? Yes, 63:30
  • Completion percentage over 60? Yes, 64.2 percent

7/7 criteria met

Final Tally

  • 7/7 – Rypien, Finley
  • 5/7 – Stidham, Jackson, Lock
  • 4/7 – Minshew, Jones, Grier
  • 2/7 – Murray, Haskins

If Parcells was drafting a quarterback this year, by his own rules, the candidates would be reduced to Rypien and Finley.