This year’s NFL Draft has more draftable quarterbacks than we have seen in a while, but most of them will be gone in the first 75-picks. So where will the rest of them go? We should see Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Justin Fields, OSU, Zach Wilson, BYU, Trey Lance, NDSU, Mac Jones, Alabama, Kyle Trask, Florida, and either Kellen Mond, TAMU, or Davis Mills, Stanford all gone by the mid-third round. Which is quite amazing, that is a large injection of young quarterback talent in the NFL Draft.
Having a minimum of five quarterbacks going in the first round will end up pushing many guys into the deep rounds of the NFL Draft.
The NFL has come crazed with the idea of winning titles with a quarterback on a rookie deal, which might have more to do with the cost of even an average quarterback than anything else. We are also seeing a changing of the guard as quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, and Phillip Rivers have left recently. While it looks like Big Ben and Matt Ryan might be on their way out as well. Leaving a gap of quarterbacks at the next level.
The 2021 NFL Draft is not lacking in quarterback depth by any means. Several of which between April and October of 2020 was anywhere between QB3 and QB7 who ended up falling off. Guys like Kyle Trask, Florida, Brady White, Memphis, Sam Ehlinger, Texas, and Shane Buechele. SMU had been projected all over the draft from the start of the season until the end.
What is in store for the late-round quarterbacks in the NFL Draft?
There will be a lot of project quarterbacks going in these rounds, as questions surround the 2022 quarterback class. We could see several of these guys starting at some point in the next couple of years, either due to progression or the quarterback in front of them is no longer on the roster. There are quite a few teams with aging quarterbacks or guys who have failed to live up to their contract. So going after one late, where the depth of the draft does not meet the value of the quarterbacks left would make sense for many teams.
This would not be the first time either we have seen teams take dart throws on quarterbacks even with a strong starter.
So who will go where?