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2023 NFL Draft: Breaking Down The ‘Other’ QBs

  • Ryan Fowler
  • December 7, 2022
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There is plenty of talent at the top of the 2023 NFL Draft QB class. It’ll be an exhaustive vetting process over these next few months for Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Will Levis, and Anthony Richardson as they become household names. However, there are more talents to become familiar with—players that will be taken on day two or day three of the 2023 NFL Draft. For some, they won’t hear their name called at all, but opportunities present themselves in weird ways.

This year’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’—now San Francisco 49ers starter Brock Purdy—is our latest example that the talent from top to bottom in every positional group is worth making note of. Here are a few of the “other” signal-callers worth making note of for this spring.

Jaren Hall, BYU

Don’t look at his age, look at his tape. You’ll quickly learn why scouts are so high on the dynamic dual-threat talent from BYU. A legit processor under center who involved his legs more and more as the season wore on, he tossed 31 touchdowns compared to six interceptions this fall while becoming one of the nation’s top deep ball throwers. While he hasn’t received close to the attention that former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson did as a toolsy talent out of the Cougars program, Hall will challenge for snaps in the ideal scenario next summer should he declare.

Jake Haener, Fresno State

I think Haener has a chance to rise significantly after a week at the Senior Bowl. Injury concerns will remain a knock, but he’s one of the most impressive quarterbacks in the class. He’s poised, accurate, can make any throw in the book, and rarely puts the ball in precarious situations. A transfer from Washington, he’s become one of the Bulldogs’ most successful talents to ever suit up under center and an uber-experienced prospect that teams won’t have to put the training wheels on.

Cameron Ward, Washington State

A transfer from the University of Incarnate Word, Ward has arguably the best arm in the entire 2023 NFL Draft class. Ward is a ball of clay that, if all comes to fruition, could be one of the headliners from this class. 

One season after throwing 47 touchdowns for UIW last year, throwing 23 touchdowns compared to eight picks left a lot to be desired in his first year in the Pac-12. I wouldn’t be shocked if he returns to school as the 6-foot-2, 220-pound talent would benefit from another year of reading defenses at the collegiate level. On the flip side, however, he’s got talent offensive coordinators drool over and could find himself groomed for a year or so at the NFL level before getting an opportunity. 

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA

You can grab Richardson on day one of the 2023 NFL Draft or wait and take a less suped-up version in the aptly nicknamed ‘DTR.’ While Richardson is heads above Thompson-Robinson as a passer of the football, his otherworldly ability to create outside of structure as both a thrower and a runner gave defenses headaches for five years at UCLA. 

2022 was his best year in the pocket, tossing for 25 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. When you add 11 scores (720 yards) via his legs, you get a prospect that can threaten a defense at every single snap. His game is what’s in at the NFL level, and I expect a team to draft him higher than the industry expects in April. 

Tyson Bagent, Shepherd (D-II)

A Senior Bowl invite whose game remains relatively unknown despite breaking the record for the most passing touchdowns by a collegiate quarterback, Bagent can play. While his mechanics are still a work in progress and his throwing shoulder gets a bit tight when loading, he still manages to deliver from different arm angles. 

An NFL rep on Bagent: “He throws with good velocity. He can throw opposite hash to sideline. Scheme wise you can tell they did a good job tailoring what they do to his tools. They move the pocket so he can throw on the run. They have some designed run stuff because he’s mobile enough. Kids dad is a multi-time arm wrestling champion, so he has that in his pedigree. You can see his personality in the way he plays the game. I like the kid.” 

As someone that could hear his name called during the middle rounds, Bagent’s week in Mobile will hold a ton of weight toward his path to snaps on Sundays.

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