2020 NFL Draft: Ranking the Quarterback Prospects

With the 2020 NFL Draft closing in, certified scout Mark Morales-Smith ranks the top running back prospects and breaks down their game.

2020 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE

QB Joe Burrow, LSU

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 221
  • 40-yard dash: N/A

Burrow will almost undoubtedly be the first-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. He has displayed incredible football IQ and accuracy, as well as proving his leadership on his way to an NCAA title. The Tua injury locked him into the first slot and deservedly so. He’s a tough kid who makes good decisions and can even make plays with his legs if needed. His very average arm strength doesn’t scare me much, and I can’t imagine it scares NFL GMs either.

However, with all that said, I don’t view him as this slam dunk, superstar franchise quarterback. He has the potential, but he does only have one impressive year in a great system with an incredible team around him. Going to the Bengals almost certainly won’t help anything, it rarely does. I like Burrow; nevertheless, I don’t view him as a can’t-miss prospect like Andrew Luck, or Deshaun Watson were when they came out.

QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 6’
  • Weight: 217
  • 40-yard dash: N/A

All things equal, Tagovailoa is the best quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. His skill set is superb. He can make every throw on the field with impressive accuracy, has excellent feet and a quick release. The intelligence and decision-making skills are there to run play action, RPO, and look off defensive backs. This is the best prospect we’ve seen since 2017 as a pure quarterback.

Unfortunately, the durability concerns loom over him like a dark cloud and rightfully so. You can overlook the ankle surgeries, broken nose, concussion, and rumors about a wrist issue; however, when you combine that with the devastating hip injury, you must take it into account. I believe he will be an absolute steal in this draft. With that said, I completely understand why some teams would and likely will hesitate to pick him. Fantasy owners should too, as there is a chance he doesn’t play in 2020.

QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 236
  • Weight: 40-yard dash: 4.68

Herbert is the prototype at quarterback. A natural and physical talent, he checks every box. If we had never seen any of these quarterbacks play before and all we had was a combine, he’d be the first-overall pick. He’s a big, strong athlete with a rocket launcher for an arm and unlimited upside. Even mentally, he played in a pro-style offense and can read the entire field.

Still, there is just something missing. Beyond a lack of clear leadership and intangibles, the more significant concerns are his touch and trajectory. This will lead to turnovers and missed opportunities far too often. He often either air-mails wideouts or the ball is too low, leading to turnover opportunities and limiting a receiver’s opportunity. There are also just too many flat throws that end up with linebackers and safeties getting their hands on the ball. I have him ranked as the QB4 in this draft, and there is a big drop-off after the QB2.

QB Jordan Love, Utah State

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 224
  • Weight: 40-yard dash: 4.74

The NFL is a copycat league, and every team is now looking for their very own Patrick Mahomes, and that burden is heaped upon Love. That’s a lot to put on a kid, and quite frankly, he doesn’t deserve it. He’s coming off a subpar year and is being evaluated on upside and potential. While he’s a big, strong-armed quarterback, he is also inconsistent, stares down receivers, lacks anticipation, and has a long release. He will likely be drafted earlier than he deserves, and I don’t see him as a year-one starter.

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