The 2018 NFL Draft is behind us and now the excitement about the rookies your team drafted is unbearable. As football season gets closer, the hype builds up. Are the rookies going to live up to expectations? Are they going to be busts? It’s always tough to tell, especially from the quarterback position. Quarterback is by far the toughest position to transition to from college to pro. The defenses are a lot smarter, faster, and more physical. Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Lamar Jackson were all drafted in the 1st round this year. I’ve done a lot of research and will break each quarterback down and tell you who I think is going to be the best of the draft class of 2018.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
With the first pick of the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns Select…….Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma University. Why?! Why waste the #1 pick on a quarterback that would have been available when your #4 pick approached? You missed out on Saquon Barkley, who was the best player in the draft.
Baker Mayfield is talented. I really like the attitude he brings to the field. You can tell he loves the game and puts his all into it. He has a great arm, and is very mobile as well. He has a tough road ahead of him but I believe Mayfield is ready to take it head on.
Mayfield does have a few problems to work on. First, it’s his maturity. He wears his emotions on his sleeve but at times they get the best of him. His footwork needs improvement and he’ll have to adjust from the spread, to a pro-style offense. He’s also a little undersized, but that’s never seemed to bother him.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets
Darnold was the 3rd overall pick and the Jets feel as if they drafted their guy. Darnold seems to be the most complete quarterback in this draft. He’s 6’3, smart, and has a big arm. He has a high ceiling and the future could be bright for Darnold and the Jets.
Darnold has a major turnover problem. It seemed like every time I turned on a USC game, he was fumbling or throwing a terrible interception. His main downfalls are definitely easy fixes as he holds the ball carelessly at times, or makes a bad read. The Jets have a good one though.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
The 6’5 beast out of Wyoming was the 7th selection of the draft. Allen has by far the strongest arm in the draft. He can make any throw, anywhere on the field. He also protects the ball really well.
Although he impressed every NFL GM he spoke to, a few of his tweets surfaced from the past. The most notable was the “I hate LeBron” tweet. Another minus from Allen’s game is that he can be inaccurate. He only completed 56% of his passes at Wyoming.
Josh Rosen, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona took Rosen with the 10th pick of the draft. According to Rosen, there were “9 mistakes” taken ahead of him. He has all of the tools to be a great NFL quarterback. The most impressed I was with Rosen was his head to head match up with #3 pick Sam Darnold last November. He outplayed Darnold tremendously. UCLA lost to USC, but Rosen was lights out in the 28-23 loss. He threw for 421 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Rosen has a few red flags though. He has been labeled uncoachable and immature. That will not fly in the NFL. Rosen will be interesting to watch develop in the NFL.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Jackson was the 32nd and final pick of the 1st round. Jackson captivated the entire nation with his flashy athleticism in college. He has a good arm and high football IQ. The thing that makes Jackson stand out is his speed. The dude is fast. He makes a lot happen with his feet. I remember him single handedly destroying Florida State on his way to a Heisman trophy. He will be a joy to watch in the NFL.
A lot of people think that he will not pan out in the NFL. He is a known scrambler, who happens to have a bazooka of an arm. He will not play a lot early in his career, but can learning from Joe Flacco impact his development?
So who is going to be the best?
In my opinion, the best quarterback in this class will be Josh Rosen. He was drafted in the best situation. The Cardinals have a good receiving corps headlined by Larry Fitzgerald. He also has a very good running back, David Johnson, who not only will open up the pass game, but will also be Rosen’s check down out of the backfield. Rosen will be in a little quarterback battle, but look for him to be the starter and contribute sooner rather than later.