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How Did Fans Rank the Top 2018 NFL Draft QB Prospects?

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NCAA Football: UCLA at Southern California Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Last week I posted a survey (you can give it a shot here if you’d still like) asking fans to rank their top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. The results were interesting! Here they are:

7. LUKE FALK, WASHINGTON STATE

GGN Scouting Report

Rank: 6.19

I included Falk since there seemed to be an internet consensus that he is the bottom bar for the top 7 QBs, but obviously most fans either see him sternly in that spot or perhaps even lower. He did have a somewhat surprising chunk place him top five.

6. MASON RUDOLPH, OKLAHOMA STATE

GGN Scouting Report

Rank: 5.56

Rudolph got virtually no surprise buzz for the top two, but there was a visible reception for him as a top-3 or top-4 guy. The poll confirmed he has a comfortable seat in the top six, but has work to do to reach a top five reputation.

5. LAMAR JACKSON, LOUISVILLE

GGN Scouting Report

Rank: 4.77

Wow, I have to say I am surprised at where Jackson ended up. Early in the poll, he was ahead of Allen, but ends up at 5th. Over half of people see the Heisman winner as either #4 or #5 (he received the most votes for each spot), but a considerable chunk see him outside the top five. At the same time, he got 38 votes for the top three. He’s a divisive player among the draft community.

4. JOSH ALLEN, WYOMING

GGN Scouting Report

Rank: 4.28

Allen’s graphic defines his polarizing figure. Nobody else on the vote got more than 4 votes for both #1 and #7; Allen received 8 first-place votes (4th most) and 25 7th-place votes (also 4th most). He had at least 15 votes for six different positions, ahead of Mayfield and Jackson who had 15+ for five different positions each.

Allen actually began the poll trailing Jackson and only inches ahead of Rudolph, but ended up comfortably ahead. I’m a bit surprised at how well he rated on this poll. You can clearly see below how across the map opinions on him are.

3. BAKER MAYFIELD, OKLAHOMA

Rank: 3.02

The gap between Allen and Mayfield is the biggest in the rankings, forming an agreeable top three. Over 85% agree Mayfield is at least top four, and two thirds had him top three. He received the third most votes for both #1 and #2, while leading considerably in #3 votes. All of this is to say Mayfield seems to be firmly seated as the #3 guy in the eyes of fans right now. He actually started the poll ahead of your second-ranked quarterback:

2. SAM DARNOLD, USC

Rank: 2.41

It seems like Darnold’s buzz has quieted down after he was anointed the next big thing prior to this year and failed to live up to the immense hype. However, it seems fans still clearly see him as an upper-echleon prospect. He received the second most votes for #1, and the most for #2. Pretty much everyone agreed he’s at least top four, while over half have him top two.

1. JOSH ROSEN, UCLA

Rank: 1.78

Rosen takes the king’s throne by a landslide. Over half of voters placed him as their #1 quarterback, while around 84% placed him top two and 94% placed him top three.

While Rosen easily was the most beloved quarterback in the poll, the fact that 47% of voters think the #1 QB is someone else speaks volumes to how close this class is. To me, all of the quarterbacks on this list (except for Falk) have at least one very special trait. But at the same time, they all have a few very concerning flaws, some appearing more fatal than others. Rosen seems like the best bet (and a good one) to hear his name called first, but this is far from an Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning situation. This is a wildly unpredictable class, bleeding with high ceilings and low floors.

Poll

Which quarterback will have the most teams regretting that they passed on him?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Josh Rosen
    (94 votes)
  • 9%
    Sam Darnold
    (67 votes)
  • 39%
    Baker Mayfield
    (295 votes)
  • 9%
    Josh Allen
    (67 votes)
  • 17%
    Lamar Jackson
    (132 votes)
  • 5%
    Mason Rudolph
    (40 votes)
  • 1%
    Luke Falk
    (13 votes)
  • 4%
    Someone else
    (31 votes)
739 votes total Vote Now