Podcast #8: 2018 NFL draft QB thoughts

The first football (eighth overall) of what will hopefully be many podcasts focuses the top QBs in the 2018 draft. Then down the line I can be held to the thoughts I had before tonight’s draft.

The short is that only Darnold really is a top 5 player in this draft. Only Allen or Jackson have top 5 upside. All that said, if you don’t have a quarterback, you simply have to reach every year until you get one. Only once every 15 years or so there is a John Elway, Peyton Manning, or Andrew Luck. Everyone else is a gamble.

Supplementary:

Josh Allen – highest upside, floor slightly higher than Hackenberg. Deep accuracy is not good. Best fit: Pittsburgh

Josh Rosen – most polished right now, but may not improve much. Questionable reads at times. Best fit: Miami Dolphins.

Sam Darnold – best at reading defenses, least red flags. Best fit: Denver Broncos.

Lamar Jackson – second highest (maybe highest?) potential? but needs time to develop. Best fit: New York Giants.

Baker Mayfield – currently could play in an NFL offense but defenses will catch up. Improved stock the most in 2017. Best fit: Buffalo Bills.

What we missed:

Mistake calling Josh Rosen, “Zach Rosen” like the former Penn Quaker Point Guard. May have also called Josh Allen, “Zach Allen“, former TCU and RU QB.

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Ranking best, worst drafting teams in Round 1

Which teams have cashed in the most with their first-round picks over the past 10 years? Sharon Katz ranks them from 1-32, as Round 1 of the 2016 NFL draft approaches Thursday night.

Source: Ranking best, worst drafting teams in Round 1

ESPN can often have too much yapping with not enough fact, but this is a great article where they took the metrics and explained them in words to the average fan to show how certain teams have performed in first round drafting over the past decade.