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TDN Scouting: Who’s 2021 NFL Draft’s QB4?

  • The Draft Network
  • September 1, 2020
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Currently going through summer evaluations, our scouting team of Kyle Crabbs, Joe Marino, Jordan Reid, and Drae Harris are meeting up every day to discuss prospects, traits, and concepts.

On Tuesday, we talked a little bit about everything, including added NFL playoff spots, the race for 2021 QB4, and last but not least, Penn State’s dashed title hopes.

Playoff Positioning

New to the NFL this year is an added seventh playoff spot in each conference. With many teams likely to contend for this coveted new position, which 2020 team will benefit the most from the updated format? Harris and Crabbs both offered answers on the subject that revolved around organizations with young quarterbacks.

Harris - Arizona Cardinals

“If we’re going with an NFC team, how about the Cardinals? They’re right on the cusp of being an 8-8 or 9-7 team. That conference—as competitive as it is—I think they have a chance.”

Crabbs - Cleveland Browns

“Cleveland was the first team that came to my mind. There’s a lot that has to go right there (in order for them to make it), but talent certainly isn’t the problem.”

Who’s QB4?

When it comes to the 2021 NFL Draft, we’re still roughly three-quarters of a year out, yet the top three quarterbacks are seemingly already written in ink. With Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance all dominating the media attention, very little emphasis has been put into passers beyond those 3. Given this, Crabbs and Reid discussed their own thoughts on “QB4,” or at least who it could be from a trait perspective.

Crabbs - Brock Purdy, Iowa State

“I like Brock Purdy. He doesn’t explode off of the screen at you with his physical traits, but the Oklahoma game was really impressive to me. He’s made some nice throws that have really stood out to me, so I’d probably go with (him).”

Reid - Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

“Desmond Ridder. If you’re looking for a deep sleeper, he’s your guy.”

Pennsylvania Pain

As a former Penn State alum, Crabbs stays extremely up to date with the school and its football program. Following the cancellation of the Big Ten season, he was particularly upset for the Nittany Lions, not just because it’s his alma mater, but also because he believed that in 2020 they had their best roster in recent memory. Ultimately, with the likes of Jayson Oweh, Shaka Toney, Journey Brown, and Pat Freiermuth all likely to be 2021 draft picks, it’s hard to refute his bold claim.

“Penn State had enough talent that they legit could have contended with Ohio State for the Big Ten,” Crabbs stated. “Explosive athletes on both sides of the ball, dynamic playmakers, and I liked some of what I saw from Sean Clifford (in 2019). If he would've taken a step forward (in 2020), I think they could have given it a really good run. COVID-19 knocked out one of the best teams in Penn State history.”

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