With the NFL season about to kick off, after college football wet our beaks on Thursday, its an opportune time to think about how the two will converge next spring.
Next off season could see a wave of change at the quarterback position throughout the leage. A change so sweeping that the league has never seen it before. Consider for a moment all the starting quarterbacks who have contracts set to expire at the end of the league year:
- Phillip Rivers
- Dak Prescott
- Jacoby Brissett
- Tom Brady
- Drew Brees
- Jameis Winston
- Marcus Mariota
A few more quarterbacks could be cut with little to no dead money hampering the decision:
- Joe Flacco
- Andy Dalton
- Derek Carr
- Jimmy Garappolo
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
That is 12 out of 32 starters that COULD change. Certainly it seems likely that Brady, Rivers, and Brees will come to agreements with their current clubs, as long as they intend to continue their careers anyway. It also doesn’t seem feasible that Jerry Jones lets Dak walk. But the others, under the right circumstances could be open to change. None are on teams that are viable contenders at this point, so a regime, or at least quarterback change could be in the works.
So what does the draft market look like? I’m sure its crossed the mind of at least one team that they may be better off skipping this 2020 quarterback draft class in hopes of being in position to land Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence in 2021.
This last spring in the draft there were 11 signal callers taken in the draft:
- #1 Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals (Oklahoma)
- #6 Daniel Jones – New York Giants (Duke)
- #15 Dwayne Haskins – Washington Redskins (Ohio State)
- #42 Drew Lock – Denver Broncos (Mizzou)
- #100 Will Grier – Carolina Panthers (West Virginia)
- #104 Ryan Finley – Cincinnati Bengals (NC State)
- #133 Jarrett Stidham – New England Patriots (Auburn)
- #166 Easton Stick – Los Angeles Chargers (North Dakota State)
- #167 Clayton Thorson – Philadelphia Eagles (Northwestern)
- #178 Gardner Minshew – Jacksonville Jaguars (Washington State)
- #197 Trace McSorley – Baltimore Ravens (Penn State)
With 12 potential starters on the move via free agency (potential, not likely), lets give you 12 names to watch as you settle in for your saturday football viewing pleasure.
TUA TAGOVAILOA – UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA – SEC
JAKE FROMM – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA – SEC
JUSTIN HERBERT – UNIVERSITY OF OREGON – PAC 12
SHEA PATTERSON – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – BIG TEN
JACOB EASON – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON – PAC 12
JALEN HURTS – UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA – BIG 12
D’ERIQ KING – UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON – AAC
KJ COSTELLO – STANFORD UNIVERSITY – PAC 12
NATE STANLEY – UNIVERSITY OF IOWA – BIG TEN
JORDAN LOVE – UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY – MWC
STEVEN MONTEZ – UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO – PAC 12
NATHAN ROURKE – UNIVERSITY OF OHIO – MAC
It wouldn’t shock if as many as 5 of these guys go in the first round. There is always, and I mean ALWAYS a mystery team that you wouldn’t expect to draft a quarterback in September that is swooping into the late first come April to nab their future franchise guy, or at least who they hope will be their future franchise guy. And right now its not a stretch to say that Cincy, Indianapolis, Tennessee, and Las Vegas (thats right, I said Las Vegas) will be eagerly looking to draft one of these young lads in the first round.
So enjoy your Sundays, but don’t put that clicker down on Saturday. Now that you know who to look for, you can catch a glimpse of your team’s future.
- Written by Jason Sullivan
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