The quarterback position is easily the most important on a football team. It is nearly impossible for an NFL team to win on a consistent basis without solid production from their quarterback. This is why the top players at the position are so highly sought-after in the NFL draft. It is never shocking to see several quarterbacks go within the first few picks, and this is definitely a real possibility on April 29. Here are the top three quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft according to experts.
The highly touted quarterback from Clemson University is almost certainly going to get selected with the first overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence has only lost two games during his three years as Clemson’s starting quarterback. Lawrence has been on the radar of NFL teams since winning the NCAA Championship as a true freshman. His tall stature and huge arm make him the prototypical NFL quarterback. Despite having a massive arm, Lawrence refuses to force throws. This led to him throwing just 17 interceptions in his three-year collegiate career.
Most talent evaluators have Zach Wilson from BYU slighted ahead of Justin Fields from Ohio State. A lot of fans may not know much about Wilson, but he skyrocketed up draft boards this season after a spectacular year with the BYU Cougars. It is hard to ignore his 33 touchdowns and three interceptions this year. Wilson has the size and arm strength of a quality NFL quarterback. He also has enough speed to make plays when the pocket collapses. Wilson can go as high as number two overall to the Jets, but he likely will not fall past the Carolina Panthers at the #8 spot.
Justin Fields’ time with the Ohio State Buckeyes makes him a much flashier prospect than Zach Wilson. Fields struggled with his accuracy at times during the 2020 season, but he put on an absolute show in the College Football Playoffs despite playing with a serious rib injury. Fields has a huge arm with blazing speed, which earns him a lot of comparisons to DeShaun Watson. Fields also has a chance to get selected by the Jets with the second pick, but the Denver Broncos would love for him to fall to number nine.