Last updated 23 February 2021
|2||Justin Fields||Ohio State|
|4||Trey Lance||North Dakota State|
|8||Kellen Mond||Texas A&M|
|13||Zac Thomas||Appalachian State|
|14||KJ Costello||Mississippi State|
|15||Ian Book||Notre Dame|
It’s clear that there’s at least 4 quarterbacks in this class who will legitimately have eyes on being taken in the top 10 – with Lawrence the standout option as a seemingly can’t miss dual-threat option. Justin Fields played his best game in the College Football Playoff semi-final while Zach Wilson and Trey Lance both have cannons for arms.
The second group – Kyle Trask and Mac Jones – will have eyes on breaking into that group and given the premium placed on the quarterback position both will also rightly have expectations of being drafted early on day one. Jones is perhaps the more polished of the two but Trask’s height and stronger arm will appeal more to some.
If your team is in the market for a quarterback and you end up with one of those top 6 on your team you’ll have every right to be optimistic – this is probably the best group in a single draft for a while. Below them however you’ll find one or two who might be developmental prospects and the rest who are likely to max out as backups.
Jamie Newman is the most interesting one and you can read more about why here while Sam Ehlinger is very up and down but has shown the ability at times to make all the throws but also makes some bad decisions at other times.
Feleipe Franks and KJ Costello could also sneak into this top 10 though I do like Shane Beuchele. Costello is the guy who set the SEC record for passing yards and touchdowns in a single game early in the 2020 season before getting a bit caught up in his own hype and seeing his play fall off.
In terms of intangibles, Notre Dame’s Ian Book might well be the top of this class but at only 6’0 its probably the only time he could describe himself as head and shoulders above the other quarterbacks on this list. He might well appeal to teams who value smarts in their quarterback room in the late rounds.