2024 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings: Tyler Van Dyke will seek to make up for lost ground in 2023, but a rocket-armed Volunteer leads the charge just outside the top 10. Plus plenty of familiar names looking to take the leap towards their pro future.
2022 statistics: 9 games played, 53 completions on 82 attempts (64.6%) for 971 yards. 10 passing touchdowns, zero interceptions. 77 rushing yards.
A rocket arm could quite literally launch Milton to national prominence this season and propel him dramatically up the quarterback rankings by the time the 2024 NFL Draft rolls around.
The Volunteer has a real cannon of an arm, arguably the most impressive in the class. He can launch high-velocity strikes downfield with a simple flick of the wrist and does so with reasonable accuracy. This extreme arm talent does sometimes lead to shorter balls sailing, but with additional experience, Milton should be able to find his touch and learn to rein it in when needed.
There is plenty of work to be done with Milton’s game. He does not have the prettiest mechanics and looks a bit rigid and workmanlike with his technique. Furthermore, his play diagnostics and decision making both need polish, but the natural tools are certainly there.
Milton has an ideal frame to become a rushing threat in short-yardage situations but has not yet proven that he can be an effective operator in this sense. He clearly has the power and strength to do this, but appears a little upright and stiff when looking to exploit open creases within the pocket.
He has never been a full-time starter at the college level until this year, so the best is surely yet to come. Milton should set tongues wagging with an impressive season and for his upside alone, may crack the top-100 in the 2024 NFL Draft.
2022 statistics: 9 games played, 160 completions on 253 attempts (63.2%) for 1,835 yards. 10 passing touchdowns, five interceptions. -34 rushing yards.
Van Dyke is one to watch and has been for a couple of years now due to his intriguing tools and prototypical size. Unfortunately, he has looked shell-shocked in recent times and a pale imitation of what was expected of him after he initially broke through in 2021. Whether this is due to the uninspiring Miami offense holding him back, or whether last season is truly his level remains to be seen. Either way, 2023 feels like a make-or-break year for his 2024 NFL Draft value.
He has shown that he has a genuine arm and can deliver an accurate passing game to all levels of the field, but this was stymied in Miami last year. Van Dyke was not healthy and his confidence seemed to take a hit on an offense that lacked explosive opportunities and playmakers around him that would have allowed him to shine.
In what should be an improved situation under new Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson, Van Dyke should be able to prove his doubters wrong this year. He is an efficient processor and will have a chance to showcase his athletic upside both inside and outside of the pocket. There is a gunslinger who has teased legitimate potential locked away here waiting to emerge in 2023. Top-three upside if everything clicks.
2022 statistics: 13 games played, 264 completions on 399 attempts (66.2%) for 3,026 yards. 18 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions. 46 rushing yards with three scores.
Can he become what everyone thought he could be? Rattler’s raw talent has never been in question as he has a good enough arm to make all the throws, but he has done so with reckless abandon that has gotten him into trouble at times.
This mentality shifted late in 2022 and Rattler showed improved composure, touch and pocket manipulation, and a high level of poise and maturity that could continue to be unlocked in 2023. His final five game stat line of 2022 resulted in a completion percentage of 68.9% and saw him throw for 1,389 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only three interceptions.
Areas that Rattler certainly needs to work on are evident though. He is often late to sense pressure and escape the pocket. Even when he does, he is not terribly elusive and often spins into trouble meaning that he does not quite have the dual threat upside as some of his peers.
However, if late 2022 is a harbinger of what is to come and he can continue to play with patience and anticipation, his status as a top prospect should be on the rise once again in time next April and see him jump up the 2024 NFL Draft quarterback rankings.
2022 statistics: 11 games played, 204 completions on 300 attempts (68.0%) for 2,636 yards. 24 passing touchdowns, five interceptions. 640 rushing yards with nine scores.
This year will be Jefferson’s third full year starting for Arkansas and he has been a quarterback who has always seemed to be on the verge of emerging into something for Draftniks to salivate over. Unfortunately, he has been overshadowed by other, more prominent QBs thus far, and has perhaps not received the spotlight that he deserves.
Whilst Jefferson has sufficient arm strength, it does not pop off the screen as one might expect for a quarterback of his build. His accuracy and touch are sufficient and enable him to stress defenses at all levels of the field when he has time.
He also shows a high degree of anticipation when the play is in motion within condensed areas such as the red zone, as defenses must respect him as a short-area runner. This allows him to regularly hit on fast-developing plays and find receivers who have settled in soft zones.
The Razorback does not however always appear to read coverages correctly pre-snap on longer drives, which makes his processing seemingly muddled. This affects his overall poise and rhythm and he can look jumpy in the pocket. As a result, it is easy to question his overall decision making, and he often has to force the issue and rely on his ability to make plays when the pocket has collapsed with defenders hanging off him. His athletic profile allows him to do this at the college level, but NFL defenders will not be so forgiving.
Jefferson has the athleticism to move out of pocket as a runner and the strength and frame to burst through arm tackles, but he is more of a linear runner than a nimble, elusive type. His throwing arm can be very inconsistent when on the move.
Overall, it is unlikely that Jefferson will challenge the top QBs in the 2024 NFL Draft quarterback rankings, but he has a shot to be drafted on day three as a developmental backup.
2022 statistics: 14 games played, 266 completions on 388 attempts (68.6%) for 2,913 yards. 17 passing touchdowns, three interceptions. 885 rushing yards with 11 scores.
The new season will be a defining one for Jayden Daniels. He is a quarterback who possesses several promising traits, but questions abound as to his true ceiling and potential as a future NFL signal caller.
Daniels is an effective scrambler who makes innumerable plays with his feet — as his stats prove — but does sometimes rely on this a little too much. In 2023, it will be to his long-term benefit if he develops the patience and trust with his o-line to sit in the pocket and allow plays to develop.
He has an accurate arm, but does not possess any real velocity and often under throws receivers on deep routes. Sometimes underneath he has a habit of throwing into traffic, and whilst his performance and completion percentage have not been severely diminished so far in his career, he will not get away with such risks at the next level. It has to be said though that he does typically protect the ball and is rarely guilty of committing flagrant turnover-worthy plays.
If Daniels can put more evidence onto tape that clearly shows an ability to fully take command of his offense, make decisive reads at the line of scrimmage, and execute the system with poise, then he will elevate himself up this list. For now, a day-three pick is most likely in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Who else could emerge and rise up these 2024 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings?
16. Shedeur Sanders, 6’2/215lbs — Colorado
May not declare for next year’s draft as this will be the first year that he will be playing at a higher level than he is used to at Jackson State, but there are elements of Sanders’ game to be excited about. Has an intriguing arm, with repeatable mechanics and appears an athletic prospect with genuine raw talent.
Does not possess an ideal frame and it will be intriguing to see how he stands up to real pressure throughout the season. Had an impressive 70.6% completion percentage in 2022 at Jackson State on 483 attempts, throwing 40 touchdowns to six interceptions. Can he remain composed and operate at a higher level effectively in the face of increased expectations? Has NFL bloodlines, and is the son of Deion Sanders. Expect him to rise up the 2024 NFL Draft quarterback rankings.
17. Sam Hartman, 6’1/208lbs — Notre Dame
Good touch and accuracy on his passes and is a tough, veteran competitor at the collegiate level. His experience is obvious as he can operate effectively inside the pocket and reads the game well. Works through his progressions efficiently. Has questionable raw tools and spotty decision-making, but can attack the field deep and make most of the throws required. Will be interesting to see if he can elevate the Notre Dame offense this season. If he can, then a mid-round selection is not off the table.
18. Devin Leary, 6’1/212lbs — Kentucky
Has decent zip underneath and is very accurate in short areas of the field on quick routes. His balls can float and die when he targets receivers further downfield due to his arm strength being average. Decisive in the pocket and works through his reads whilst staying poised in the face of pressure. Is undersized and seems smaller than his listed 6’1/212lbs. Point guard, but he lacks the upside of an NFL starter hence why he is so low in these 2024 NFL Draft quarterback rankings.
19. Phil Jurkovec — Pittsburgh
20. Cameron Rising — Utah
21. Grayson McCall — Coastal Carolina
22. Austin Reed — Western Kentucky
23. Jeff Sims — Nebraska
24. Tyler Shough — Texas Tech
25. Kedon Slovis — BYU
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