With over half of the college and NFL football seasons in the books, now is a great time to update the big board and look at the movement among prospects at each position.
Everyone tries to get a decent feel of how NFL draft prospects stack up before the season starts. It is inevitable, however, that some prospects fail to live up to their promise, while others seemingly come out of nowhere to exceed expectations.
The 2019 season has been no different in that regard as there has been lots of movement since the previous set of rankings. While a lot of tape still needs to be watched, here are how things stack up at the halfway point:
- Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
- Joe Burrow, LSU
- Justin Herbert, Oregon
- Jacob Eason, Washington
- Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Tua Tagovailoa has been exactly what everyone expected this season and has solidified himself as a strong candidate to go number one overall in the spring. Joe Burrow, however, is arguably the most improved player in the entire country this season. He has looked like a brand new player in 2019 and has put himself in position to be a top-five pick in April. Justin Herbert hasn’t exactly improved or regressed this season, but his impressive physical tools give him arguably the highest ceiling of all the quarterbacks for the 2020 NFL Draft.
No one really knew what to expect from Jacob Eason since he had not played in nearly two years, but he has shown this season that his arm talent is matched by very few other quarterbacks. He just needs to be more consistent week in and week out. Jalen Hurts is another prospect who has greatly improved this campaig. Since transferring to Oklahoma, he looks like a much more comfortable passer while still utilizing his excellent dual-threat ability.