By John Camera
This year’s crop of Quarterbacks has been slandered up and down. Most contend that this group lacks star power and doesn’t have a first round caliber talent. Some have even gone so far as to call it as bad or worse than the scarily-bad 2013 class (which included EJ Manuel, Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, and Mike Glennon among others). That’s libel as far as I’m concerned. Plenty of QB classes have produced one or even no starting quarterbacks but 2017’s group has five potential starters if the teams who pick them are smart.
The best Quarterback in this year’s class is Brad Kaaya, the Junior signal caller from Miami who is the most pro-ready and has a very high ceiling. Kaaya could start from day one with the right team, but could sit for a year or two and potentially become what Aaron Rodgers was for Green Bay once Brett Favre retired. Following Kaaya on my rankings are most people’s no. 1 and 2 QBs; Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer, respectively. Trubisky has most of the traits you look for in young quarterbacks but he’s a one year wonder who will need some seasoning. Kizer is similar but brings better athleticism albeit with less refined mechanics and footwork.
The top three are each their own flavor of QB. Want a pro-ready QB with great accuracy and anticipation? Go ahead and pick Kaaya, just make sure you have a good O-line in place and a reliable receiver or two. Would you rather wait a year and pick a fundamentally sound and accurate QB in the mold of Matt Ryan? Take Trubisky but realize he’ll need time to develop. Still willing to wait but you’d prefer someone like Steve McNair? DeShone Kizer is your guy but he may need a little more time to develop than Kaaya or Trubisky.
And beyond the top three there are exciting prospects like Clemson’s national champion Deshaun Watson and Texas Tech star Patrick Mahomes. So don’t believe the (lack of) hype from draft media. If the teams that draft these young QBs are patient, they will end up with some surefire stars.