2018 NFL Draft: Breaking Down The Top Five Quarterbacks



1.  Sam Darnold, Southern California

I absolutely love when Sam Darnold is outside of the pocket and making throws on the run.  It’s where I think he’s the most dangerous, and this play is a prime example of that.  Darnold climbs the pocket and escapes the pressure, all while keeping his eyes downfield, then squares up his body and delivers a strike along the sideline.  This is a big boy throw from my top Quarterback on my board.



2.  Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Plays like this one is why I have Mayfield this high on my list.  This play has two cross routes to pull coverage off of the intended receiver.  He’s able to make this read quickly and deliver a great ball. This throw is right on the money where only the receiver can make a play, which ends up being a catch for the touchdown.

Forget the size concerns.  Forget the off-field concerns.  This is great read, and an even better throw.



3.  Josh Rosen, UCLA

This is a gimmick formation, but if you break it down, it’s just a simple read for Josh Rosen.  He has to anticipate the route and throw an accurate ball, which he does.  He’s able to fit this ball into a tight window for a touchdown.



4.  Josh Allen, Wyoming

This isn’t a flashy play, but it’s something that I love to look for when breaking down Quarterback film – Redzone Efficiency.  It’s a designed rollout to the right side with just two receivers, one at the goal line, with another one deeper in the end zone.  Josh Allen does a great job of selling the play action to draw in the linebackers before using his speed to buy himself some time to make the read here.  The pass falls incomplete after Allen puts this ball just a bit too far outside of the receiver, although he is able to get both hands on the ball.  Nonetheless, it’s a nice job executing a play that’s likely a touchdown in the NFL.



5.  Lamar Jackson, Louisville

This is such a strong part of Lamar Jackson’s game.  It’s a simple read option that is executed to a T.  While it should be noted how dependent this play is on key blocks, once Jackson is in the open field he turns on the jets and it’s all over.  I still have some big concerns over his throwing mechanics, which is why he’s 5th on my board, but his acceleration and agility makes him a dynamic prospect.

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