Ranking the Top Five Quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft
- Updated: April 1, 2017
There are many quarterbacks that will be looking for their name to be called in the 2017 NFL Draft. These are the top five quarterbacks going pro.
1. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
Mahomes has been a growing quarterback over his three years in Lubbock. After an impressive first season in 2014, Mahomes threw for 4,653 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2015. Not many thought he could have a more impressive season. He did, though.
In his senior season, Mahomes threw for 5,052 yards and 45 touchdowns. He also only threw 10 interceptions. His 29 total interceptions over three years is more impressive than Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Mahomes can also make moves with his feet. He rushed for 22 touchdowns in his three seasons playing college football. That includes a 12 touchdown performance in 2016.
Mahomes has a very similar play-style to Dallas Cowboys sensation Dak Prescott. His stats are even more impressive than Prescott’s were when he came out of Mississippi State.
Mahomes may be projected to come out of the third round, but whatever team picks him up will get a steal.
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson University
Watson is another quarterback that has the same style of play as Prescott. He threw for over 4,000 yards in 2015 and 2016. That includes a 4,593 yard performance last season. He also led the Clemson Tigers to two national championships against Alabama, winning one with a touchdown pass with one second left.
The one thing that may throw some off is the fact that he’s thrown 32 interceptions in his college career. He’s also shown some struggle against smaller teams such as Troy and losing to Pitt.
He’s also shown that he has a clutch gene in him. Him and Clemson dominated Urban Meyer and Ohio State, beaten Nick Sabah and the all-powerful Crimson Tide and knocked off star quarterback Lamar Jackson and Louisville.
Watson is projected to be a top five pick. If he’s chosen by the right team, he’ll see success in his future.
3. Mitchell Trubisky, University of North Carolina
First known as Mitch, the UNC star has asked to be referred to his full name, per his mother’s request. No matter what name you call him, there’s no denying his starpower.
Trubisky’s breakout season came in 2016. He threw for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns. The 3,748 yards isn’t as impressive as Mahomes and Watson, but 30 touchdowns in 13 games played is something to look at.
Some call Trubisky the top quarterback in the draft. That may be stretching if a bit, but he will not still be sitting around after the first round, that’s for sure.
4. Brad Kaaya, University of Miami
Kaaya doesn’t have the running ability of some of the better quarterbacks in this draft, but he has shown that no matter what struggles his team has faced, he has shown up. He can still make plays.
In 2016, the Miami Hurricanes lost four in a row after a 4-0 start. The Canes wound up winning the rest of the way, including a win in the Russell Athletic Bowl over West Virginia.
Kaaya still impressed, even during the four game losing streak. He impressed all three seasons in Miami. He threw for over 3,000 each season, getting better as each fall semester went on.
He threw for 3,532 yards in his senior season. Those aren’t as impressive as the quarterbacks ranked above him on this list, but there is one thing that stands out – Kaaya has done this under different coaches.
Many quarterbacks can only succeed under one coach. Kaaya doesn’t need a good coach to show what a great player he is.
5. Josh Dobbs, Tennessee
When it comes to passing, Dobbs has made the biggest leap. He went from throwing 1,206 yards in 2016 to 2,291 yards in 2015. He stepped up that performance with a 2,946 yard performance in 2016.
Dobbs could be another steal in the draft. He is expected to go in the seventh round of the draft, possibly the last quarterback picked. Don’t count him out, however. He may not have eyebrows, but he does have talent.