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GGN's 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Power Rankings

Taking a look at the signal callers for the 2017 NFL Draft, should the Jets be interested in any of them?

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The 2018 NFL QB draft class should be significantly better than the 2017 one, a lot can change, but that's how it stands right now. Whether you're in the "suck for Sam" camp or not, the top end talent next year should dwarf this year by a considerable margin. Saying that, although i don't see any top 10 talent this year, a number of these QB's have the potential to go on to become very good starters in the NFL.

I'm sure many of you will disagree with my rankings, but here they are:

#1 Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech)

2016 stats: 65.7% completion, 5052 yards, 41 TD's, 10 INT's. 12 rushing TD's

I said it a couple of weeks ago on Twitter, but the more I watch of Mahomes, the more I like him. The more I read about him from coaches, team mates, family members and the man himself, the more i like him. The accepted wisdom has been that he'll need to sit and develop, I don't think that's necessarily true. If he lands on the right team, he could have an immediate impact. You also have to love that arm strength and confidence.

#2 Deshaun Watson (Clemson)

2016 stats: 67% completion, 4593 yards, 41 TD's, 17 INT's. 9 rushing TD's.

Watson has that aura of success that follows him around, he's a competitor and a winner, he showed that at Clemson. He's got good anticipation and touch and he really came up big in the National Championship games. Can he real a full field? Drive balls down field with accuracy? Those are the question marks, I still like Watson as a first round talent, but he needs to limit the mistakes trying to force balls.

#3 Mitchell Trubisky (North Carolina)

2016 stats: 68% completion, 3748 yards, 30 TD's, 6 INT, 5 rushing TD's.

Mitchell "don't call me Mitch" Trubisky looks like an NFL signal caller and at times in college he showed it. He may have the highest ceiling in this class if he puts it all together. He can certainly work through progressions and he has a quick and efficient release too. I like his ability to drive the ball and he has a calmness to his game. I did see him unravel against some good defenses and he only has one year of experience. He's a first round talent, but a #1 overall talent, not for me...he's just too risky.

#4 DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame)

2016 stats: 58.7% completion, 2925 yards, 26 TD's, 9 INT, 8 rushing TD's.

There is a lot I don't like about Kizer and I'm rating him a little higher than I intended to based on raw ability that needs a lot of fine-tuning. Horrible completion % in college and locks onto his first target far too often. He doesn't throw with much anticipation and he can get jittery. However, he has excellent size with a plus arm. He's got good speed and he'll stand in and take some punishment. His delivery is clean and smooth and he interviewed well at the combine. Giving him the benefit of the doubt.

#5 Nathan Peterman (Pittsburgh)

2016 stats: 60.5% completion, 2855 yards, 27 TD's, 7 INT, 3 rushing TD's.

I've always been impressed with Peterman, he has good intelligence for the position and he reads the whole field. He's one of the better QB's at working through his progressions and he doesn't need to see the receiver open before delivering a pass, I like his anticipation. The problem with Peterman which prevents him from jumping to the next level is his tendency to float some balls over the middle of the field, he needs to drive those passes to ensure NFL defensive backs don't have time to react.

#6 Brad Kaaya (Miami)

2016 stats: 62% completion, 3532 yards, 27 TD's, 7 INT, 1 rushing TD.

There is a lot to like about Kaaya, he's a 3 year starter with experience playing under center. He moves well inside the pocket and slides away from pressure while keeping his eyes downfield. He also works through his progressions quickly and often goes to the 3rd or 4th option. The problem is he has limited ar talent and his accuracy especially deep can fall off a cliff at times. He's a rhythm guy who if you make uncomfortable can become sloppy.

#7 Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee)

2016 stats: 63% completion, 2946 yards, 27 TD's, 12 INT, 12 rushing TD.

Dobbs hasn't had the same effect, but he's similar to Mahomes in that the more I watch, the more I like. He's an extremely dangerous runner, but he works through his progressions to try and beat teams with his arm first (unless it's a designed QB run play of course). He moves around in the pocket as well as anyone, and he drives the ball with a tight spiral. His deep ball accuracy is excellent and he's shown himself to be a good leader. He makes some poor choices and will need to improve his footwork at the NFL level.

#8 Davis Webb (California)

2016 stats: 61.6% completion, 4295 yards, 37 TD's, 12 INT, 6 rushing TD's

The Jets have been keeping a close eye on Davis Webb and it wouldn't surprise me to see them draft him to compete straight out the gate. He put up some good numbers at Cal after transferring from Texas Tech, he has a high release point with a good feel for when to get the ball out. He's another rhythm guy who's hard to stop once he gets going. The problem is he doesn't always read the defenses, passing to his primary receiver even when covered. That could be a huge problem at the next level.

#9 C.J Beathard (Iowa)

2016 stats: 56.5% completion, 1929 yards, 17 TD's, 10 INT, 2 rushing TD's

I don't think the numbers for Beathard are a true representation of who he is. He's definitely a guy who will need some development time, his accuracy is inconsistent and he fails to move safeties with his eyes, he also needs to develop that internal clock to know when to get rid of the ball. Saying that, he's a good team leader who has an NFL standard arm with improving touch and ball placement. He's not a guy I'd like to see on the Jets (we already have multiple developmental guys), but I think he has some potential.

#10 Chad Kelly (Mississippi)

2016 stats: 62.5% completion, 2758 yards, 19 TD's, 8 INT, 5 Rushing TD's

Finally we have Kelly, a player who has ability but is far too inconsistent to trust. His accuracy can falter badly with him missing the simplest of throws, he takes way too many hits outside the pocket and doesn't stand in to deliver strikes in the pocket. He does have the arm ability to make all the throws though and when given time he can throw with touch and accuracy. He's a very frustrating player because he can look great and terrible on the same series. Some question his leadership and his off-field behaviour, he was kicked off the Clemson team and arrested outside a nightclub in Buffalo in 2014.