NFL Draft prospects 2020: The top 10 quarterbacks, ranked from Joe Burrow to Bryce Perkins
Quarterback is the most important position in the NFL, so it’s only natural it’s the most talked-about position when the NFL Draft rolls around every spring. The 2020 NFL Draft is no different, and the names at the top of the QB big board this year (Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert) are the type that inspire thoughts of dynasties and huge trade hauls. Even some of the quarterbacks lower on the list (Jordan Love, Jalen Hurts, Jake Fromm) have the potential to be solid NFL starters.
Even though there might be just four QBs drafted in the first round, we all know that any quarterback who’s drafted has the potential to see the field as early as this year. That’s why Sporting News is taking a closer look at the top 10 QBs eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.
NFL Draft 2020 quarterback rankings
1. Joe Burrow, LSU
Burrow is coming off arguably the best season ever by a college quarterback: He completed 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,672 yards, with 60 TDs and just six INTs. He added another 368 yards and five TDs on the ground, showing enough mobility to prove he can keep pace in today’s NFL. The one worry about the 6-4, 216-pound Burrow is that he struggled as a junior (57.8 percent completion percentage, 2,894 yards, 16 TDs, five INTs), and it’s possible he needs to be in the perfect system with optimal weapons around him. Either way, he’s fully expected to be the No. 1 pick, and he has the tools to make that investment pay off.
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
There’s no denying Tua’s talent. He completed 69.3 percent of his passes and had a ridiculous 87:11 TD-to-INT ratio during his relatively short college career. Injuries are the worry for the 6-1, 218-pound left-hander. During his time at Alabama, he reportedly broke his left wrist twice, sprained both ankles and his right knee, and suffered a season-ending injury to his right hip. Naturally, teams are concerned, but Tagovailoa’s quick release, remarkable accuracy and strong leadership skills will be too tantalizing for teams in the top five. If he didn’t have the injury concerns, he’d likely be the top pick.
3. Justin Herbert, Oregon
Herbert has the size (6-6, 237 pounds) scouts drool over, and he improved enough in his final season at Oregon (66.8 percent completion percentage, 3,471 yards, 32 TDs, six INTs) that he could very well be a top-five pick. The big-armed Herbert didn’t put up eye-popping rushing stats in college, but he’s plenty mobile and seems ideal for the modern NFL. Based on his college career, he could develop a little slower at the pro level than Burrow or Tua, but there’s no denying Herbert’s talent or leadership ability.
4. Jordan Love, Utah State
Opinions seems mixed on Love, which is often the case for quarterbacks who don’t play at Power 5 schools. The 6-4, 225-pounder regressed his junior year, throwing 17 INTs compared to just 20 touchdowns. The year before, he tossed 32 TDs compared to just six INTs. Love also was charged with marijuana possession shortly after declaring for the NFL Draft. Because of all this, it’s anyone’s guess as to where he will go in the draft. Some see him as an underrated jewel who will go in the middle of the first round; others seem him as an inconsistent headache who will ultimately bust. The talent is there, but can he put it all together?
5. Jacob Eason, Washington
Eason showed marked improvement in his one year at Washington compared to his freshman year when he started at Georgia. His lone season with the Huskies resulted in a 64.2 completion percentage, 3,132 yards, 23 TDs and eight INTs. At 6-6 and 227 pounds, Eason has optimal size, and what he lacks in mobility, he makes up for in arm strength. Unlike the first few players on this list, Eason is more of a developmental prospect, but he has the pedigree to eventually pay off.
6. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Hurts is a natural leader, and after impressing at Alabama (but ultimately getting replaced by Tagovailoa), he transferred to Oklahoma and put up monster numbers (69.7 completion percentage, 3,851 yards, 32 passing TDs; 1,298 rushing yards, 20 rushing TDs). And while we know stats tend to be inflated in the Oklahoma system or against Big 12 competition, we also know that Hurts put up big numbers as a freshman at Alabama (2,780 passing yards, 954 rushing yards, 36 total TDs). Hurts has enough size (6-2, 218) to play at the NFL level, so it’s just a matter of him finding the right team and getting a chance.
7. Jake Fromm, Georgia
Fromm took advantage of a knee injury to Eason in the first game of the 2017 season to seize the starting job at Georgia and never look back. The 6-2, 220-pound Fromm regressed from his junior year in terms of completion percentage, dropping from 67.4 to 60.8 percent, but he also decreased his interceptions (six to five) and increased his yards (from 2,761 to 2,860). Fromm isn’t overly athletic, but he makes good decisions and reads defenses well, so NFL coaches will appreciate having him in their QB room.
8. Anthony Gordon, Washington State
Gordon was the latest quarterback to put up gaudy numbers in Mike Leach’s system. The 6-3, 210-pound signal-caller threw for 5,579 yards and 48 TDs (to 16 INTs) while leading the nation in attempts (689) and completions (493). You don’t really know what to expect from Leach quarterbacks when they go to the next level. The moderate success Gardner Minshew achieved as a rookie last season should help Gordon in this year’s draft, but he’ll still be viewed as a project.
9. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State
Lewerke has the “good leader” reputation, which he needs because his stats leave a lot to be desired. He never completed more than 59.6 percent of his passes or threw for more than 20 TDs in a season. Lewerke is mobile (559 rushing yards as a sophomore) and has decent size (6-3, 216 pounds), so NFL coaches will have something to work with, but it will take a while before he makes an impact.
10. Bryce Perkins, Virginia
Perkins showed excellent mobility during his two seasons at Virginia, rushing for 1,692 yards and 20 TDs. He also threw for 6,210 yards and 47 TDs while completing 64.5 percent of his passes. Perkins has good size (6-3, 215), and if he can clean up his decision-making (21 INTs in two seasons), he could get on the field earlier than expected. Either way, he has a lot of desirable tools, so he will be an interesting project.
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