1. Carson Wentz (North Dakota State)- He fits the description of your typical quarterback. Carson is 6’5, 237 pounds and didn’t start as a quarterback until his senior year in high school. When he was a freshman, Wentz was only 5’8 and weighed 125 pounds. It’s obvious he had a big time growth spurt. He displays the great arm strength to push the football down the field with above average velocity, he uses his weight very well and to his advantage when under duress. He’s very functional in the pocket and is able to move in along with moving outside of the pocket. He was a two-year starter at North Dakota State and had much success going 20-3.
2. Jared Goff (California)- Could he be the next best thing coming out of the University of California? Only time will tell. He was the perfect fit for Sonny Dykes up-tempo offense which was the quarterback out the shotgun and delivering quick passes to the outside receivers. He has a very impressive over the top release and has no issues at all with putting the football into tight windows. He’s improved greatly when it comes to reading defenses pre-snap and finding a mismatch post-snap. Jared shows most of the traits that scouts are looking for in a pro-style quarterback.
3. Paxton Lynch (Memphis)- One of my radio associates was extremely high on this guy and after watching the tape on him, I see why. He was a true dual-threat at the position while in high school but he did miss most of his senior season with a bruised knee. When he got his opportunity at Memphis in 2013, Paxton Lynch took serious advantage of the moment. He’s got the height, that’s a positive. He’s a 6’7 quarterback with a tall and lanky appearance and has the build for the NFL. He’s extremely light on his feet with the athleticism, body control, climb and shuffle to slide in the pocket. He can also buy time and make adjustments while throwing the football. Lynch also succeeds with making throws on the run and moving the pocket on bootlegs and motions. He set many single season passing records at Memphis: 3,778 yards passing and 28 touchdown passes in 2015 and led Memphis to its first ten win season since the 1930’s.
4. Connor Cook (Michigan State)- When he got his chance to start for Mark Dantonio in 2013, he led Michigan State to a 12-1 record, a win in the Big Ten title game and a win in the Rose Bowl. He leaves the Spartans with a record of 34-4 and an in conference mark of 23-2 in Big Ten play. Connor Cook is a winner. He has a great eye for the entire field and he spreads the ball around to each receiver open. He has the build to take punishment and he displays touch, anticipation and toughness in the pocket. He has “effortless” arm strength when he steps into his throws. He ran Sparty’s offense perfectly making those quick passes underneath with the ability to hit the receiver in stride down the sideline.
5. Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)- When he arrived at Happy Valley, many around college football referred to him as the “future overall number one pick”. He has the ideal height and physical build to make it at the next level. He can let lasers loose in the pocket with excellent arm-strength and touch on his passes. He’s able to throw from three, five and seven step drops and drops back with clean footwork. He is very quick with his feet in the pocket to move around and use his shiftiness. He’s also experienced taking snaps under center which is also a big positive when scouts are watching him.