Studs & Duds - Traits Of 2019 Quarterbacks

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If you enjoyed last week's Studs & Duds, in which I broke out the receipts on my Draft Network co-workers, fret not. That rendition of Studs & Duds will return, I promise. But today I wanted to mark a special occasion: I've watched the last of my graded 2019 Quarterbacks.

I played the long waiting game to grade one of my personal favorites, Boise State's Brett Rypien, and bring home the end of my 2019 QB film.

In all, I've watched 14 quarterbacks for the 2019 NFL Draft. They are:

- Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins

- Oklahoma's Kyler Murray

- Missouri's Drew Lock

- Duke's Daniel Jones

- Boise State's Brett Rypien

- West Virginia's Will Grier

- Washington State's Gardner Minshew

- Auburn's Jarrett Stidham

- Mississippi's Jordan Ta'amu

- Buffalo's Tyree Jackson

- NC State's Ryan Finley

- Northwestern's Clayton Thorson

- Penn State's Trace McSorley

- Washington's Jake Browning

I've also watched Purdue's David Blough, North Dakota State's Easton Stick and Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald, but did not warrant them desirable prospects and did not write assessments.

(Editor's note: this listing is not the order in which I rank the prospects, thank you.)

(Editor's note 2.0: some of y'all are going to be real mad at the Stick omission so I apologize. If my OCD kicks in come mid-April when my film work is done, I will revisit him to get to a multiple of five for number of QB reports.)

So who has the goods?! I'm glad you asked.


STUD - Kyler Murray's Arm Talent

Listen, I have my concerns about Kyler. But gracious, this dude makes some unbelievable throws off-platform. The long touchdown against Alabama is really just the tip of the iceberg.

Color me surprised...the former baseball player has got a whip.

But I digress, Murray is one of the few players in this year's group that you can get off-script and see him gouge you by breaking the rules of what a guy is supposed to be able to do throwing the football.

DUD - Daniel Jones' Arm Talent

So Daniel Jones has some nice stretches in his game. I like how well he dictates quick game. He strikes me as a likable dude that you can structure and build around and get by. (READ: Not win a Super Bowl with.)

But get Jones off script? Force him to make quick decisions under pressure or disperse the ball quickly with a guy at the top of his drop? You're going to be sorely disappointed. He doesn't really throw around defenders and when he does, the results are very ugly.

STUD - Brett Rypien's Accuracy

I don't think any passer in 2018 threw more dimes than Rypien. Go watch Troy. Watch Air Force. Go watch Nevada. His guys aren't always open, but Rypien drops the ball in some super tight windows.

The concern with Brett is he really isn't the size you want but, unlike Kyler Murray, his arm strength isn't quite as good and he's no where near as mobile. That said, Rypien's got the goods. I like him.

DUD - Gardner Minshew's Accuracy

Don't get me wrong. Minshew has got some flashes. But playing in Mike Leach's offense doesn't exactly stress you to throw in tight windows. And with so much space at his disposal, Minshew's accuracy lapses tend to get hidden.

He misses high and inside. A lot. Like, it's a recipe for bad news levels of frequency. Minshew can be late working to these guys underneath, so here's hoping with a little more promptness in reads he can avoid this fatal flaw at the next level.

STUD - Drew Lock's Arm Strength

If you want a guy who can throw a heater, Lock is your dude. His extended play touchdown pass vs. Alabama just exploded off of his hand and went across the width of the field to torch FS Deionte Thompson and CB Saivion Smith.

Lock isn't a dude without warts. He's another one who scares the living daylights out of me with his ability to handle pressure. But if there's a guy who can hammer throws in and afford to hold the ball late, it's Lock.

DUD - Ryan Finley's Arm Strength

We've seen modest passers become bad passers in the NFL if they don't have the mustard needed on the ball. And Finley's arm just doesn't do it for me. I see a ball that dies on it's way to the target too often, he's going to really struggle to drive home throws to the far sideline.

A longer time in the air means a longer time for defenders to undercut the throw. I'm not sure how to reconcile or mask those issues in Finley's skill set.

 

Written By:

Kyle Crabbs

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CBO & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.

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