With the first week of free agency coming to a close, we’ve seen a lot of movement around the NFL. Most notably at the quarterback position. Not too often in the NFL do we see QBs moved around while significantly impacting draft boards, but this year we did.
Here we’ll examine the top 6 QBs in this year’s NFL draft (in my personal opinion) and where they best fit in this year’s 2020 NFL draft. This will be based on team needs, scheme fits, and more.
But before we dive into who will best fit where in the draft, let’s take a look and review who has been moved where so far in free agency.
Teddy Bridgewater (from Saints) – Signed 3-year deal with the Carolina Panthers
Drew Brees – Signed 2-year extension with the New Orleans Saints
Tom Brady (from Patriots) – Signed 2-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (click here to see Tom Brady’s demands of the Tampa Bay front office)
Dak Prescott – Franchise tag from Dallas Cowboys
Phillip Rivers (from Chargers) – Signed 1-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts
Case Keenum (from Redskins) – Signed 3-year deal with the Cleveland Browns
Chase Daniel (from Bears) – Signed 3-year deal with the Detroit Lions
Nick Foles (from Jaguars) – Traded to the Chicago Bears
Ryan Tannehill – Signed 4-year extension with the Tennessee Titans
Top Quarterbacks Still Available: Jameis Winston, Joe Flacco, Josh McCown, Trevor Siemian, Mike Glennon, and Drew Stanton
Now, let’s get into the good stuff.
- Joe Burrow, LSU – Cincinnati Bengals
I mean, this was pretty obvious right? However, Joe Burrows fits well in Cincy not only because they have the number one overall pick. Burrow doesn’t have the strongest arm in the game but he sees the field really well and some experts are saying he possesses talents similar to that of Los Angeles Rams’ QB Jared Goff. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was a mentor for Goff for two seasons in LA with one of those two years being spent as his quarterback coach. With this in mind, it’s easy to say that Taylor will be able to get the best out of Burrow as he did with Goff in LA.
Cincy’s offense can also give Burrow the chance to grow quickly. With weapons like A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, and Giovanni Bernard, Burrow will have little to complain about and a lot to be thankful for (barring they all can stay healthy and out of trouble).
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama – Miami Dolphins
From a physical standpoint, Tua is much more impressive than Joe Burrow, but coming off the season that Burrow had and Tua having had a pretty serious hip injury, it brings a lot of hesitation to the table on where to draft him; however, not too much hesitation though as I suspect the Dolphins will take him early.
Miami seems to be the perfect fit for Tua simply because they are completely devoid of talent and can use any help they can get. Tua brings a ton to the table. He’s got the arm strength, accuracy, and athleticism. Plus his arm talent and mobility would fit perfectly into Chan Gailey’s West Coast styled attack. On top of that, all of his health checks at the combine were positive. Another positive is that the Dolphins have one of the greatest QBs of all time, Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract through 2020 which gives Tua the options to be drafted, rest, and recover.
3. Justin Herbert, Oregon – Los Angeles Chargers
Despite LA parting ways with Phillip Rivers this offseason, they too are in a position where they have an experienced QB under center. Tyrod Taylor, though he wouldn’t be my first option at QB, has full-time starting experience and could by the Chargers time to draft Herbet and have him learn under Taylor for awhile. I will say though, that this approach has not always been successful, specifically with Tyrod Taylor. Looking back at his time in Cleveland, he was rushed out of the starting spot and Baker Mayfield took the reins immediately (and rightfully so). Still, the idea is there for head coach Anthony Lynn to have a young QB that he could take under his wing and groom into a franchise player.
Though he’s not an entirely polished product, Herbert has the measurables. He is 6’6″ 236 lbs with a big right arm and has impressive mobility. On top of all of that, he could easily take advantage of an incredibly talented receiving core in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Hunter Henry.
The one challenge – LA has the sixth pick in this year’s draft, just one pick behind Miami. And while I truly believe Miami will take Tua at number five, there is also the possibility that the Dolphins could be eyeing Herbert as well.
4. Jordan Love, Utah State – New Orleans Saints
With the Saints locking down Drew Brees for at least two more season, they have a great opportunity to groom a young QB under one of the best to ever play the position. While some have been speculating that Tayson Hill is that young QB, I believe Jordan Love would be an even better option.
Love has struggled with turnovers in his football career, most notably in 2019 throwing 17 interceptions. However, he has the arm strength and accuracy that could turn him into a future NFL star. His size (6’4″, 224 lbs) is also nothing to sneeze at.
Ultimately, Love has a hell of an opportunity to learn under Drew Brees for a couple of seasons and hopefully take care of that turnover problem he has. Some are speculating that his athleticism leaves the door open to fit a similar position that Taysom Hill is in right now, but truthfully I believe if you’re going to groom a young QB, groom him as a QB and not a utility guy, but that’s just me.
5. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma – New England Patriots
With long-time Patriot and future hall of famer Tom Brady moving on to Tampa Bay, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are in need of a new man under center. While it’s projected that Jarrett Stidham will take the reins in 2020, it would be very like Bill Belichick to add another QB in the draft.
If we take a look at the Belichick’s track record with Brady on the roster, the Patriots have consistently taken a QB in the second round when needed, this includes Ryan Mallet, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett, and Stidham. This could be exactly where Hurts falls in the draft, who seemingly became a “passer” in 2019 after being critiqued so heavily as a running QB.
Hurts looked refined in 2019. His passing mechanics, effectiveness, arm strength, and accuracy all improved and Hurts look like a competent option at QB. On top of all of that, Jalen Hurts has two very important qualities about him that would make Bill Belichick very happy. Hurts is a firey competitor and he is also a huge “team” guy. He allowed Tua to take the stage in Alabama because it was better for the team, and did so in probably the most mature way a young man could. Belichick is going to love that. Lastly, his mobility and athleticism could make him very dangerous in Josh McDaniel’s offense. Watch out for Hurts to make a move at starter in 2020.
6. Jacob Eason, Washington – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts do not have a 2020 first-round pick as of now, so a “go” at one of the top QB prospects is pretty unlikely. However, with Phillip Rivers under center, the Colts could jump on a developmental QB on day 2 and Jacob Eason would fit that bill perfectly. He isn’t the most polished QB in the draft by any means but experts cannot stop talking about Eason’s arm talents and how versatile he could be in a lot of offenses.
The down-side with Eason is that he lacks mobility, both inside and outside of the pocket, making him ineffective when pressured. He will definitely need coaching, there’s no doubt about that. But with a coach like Frank Reich in Indy, and a QB like Phillip Rivers to learn under, Eason’s best odds seem to be as a Colt. Reich has helped groom QBs like Jacoby Brissett and Carson Wentz, he is also a former QB himself. While you cannot teach athleticism, you can certainly work on your craft enough to make yourself an effective piece in an NFL offense’s puzzle. Reich can mold his offense around Eason when the time comes, he did so in Philly with Nick Foles and they won a Super Bowl.
Comment below with your thoughts on these prospects and if you have differing opinions. I would love to hear them!
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