In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2019 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting top prospects by position each week leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
Next up is a look at some of the premier quarterbacks according to pundits.
School: West Virginia
Weight: 217 pounds
Will Grier has been on the radar since a standout high school career, one that culminated with him being named the Parade National High School Player of the year back in 2013.
Six years later, and what's seemed like an eternity for teams waiting to get their hands on him, he's finally entering the NFL.
Overall, Grier authored a highly productive career for the Mountaineers. In fact, he finished fourth in last year's Heisman Trophy voting after completing 266 of 397 passes (67.0 percent) for 3,864 yards, 37 touchdowns and just eight picks. In addition, he passed for 300 or more yards in 19 of his 22 career games, setting a new school record in the process.
Scouts and pundits love Grier's moxie, with some comparing his swagger to Baker Mayfield, who burst on the scene as a rookie after being selected first overall in last year's draft. There's no doubt that confidence is imperative to succeed at quarterback, and the West Virginia product certainly has that in spades.
But that's far from all he has going for him.
Experts also love his aggressive nature, noting how he isn't afraid to let it rip no matter the situation, which is why he figures to be among one of the first quarterbacks off the board.
40-Yard Dash: 4.84 seconds
Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches
Broad Jump: 112.0 inches
School: N.C. State
Weight: 214 pounds
NFL Network Pro Comparison: Sean Mannion
A highly skilled N.C. State QB with off the charts football acumen.
Just like Philip Rivers before him, Ryan Finley is aiming to be the next great quarterback to make the leap from the Wolfpack to the NFL.
And while there have been quite a few in between, including Russell Wilson, Mike Glennon and Jacoby Brissett, Finley is one that may remind evaluators most of the legendary Charger.
The 6-4, 214-pound passer earns rave reviews for his ability to read coverages. Not only that, he possesses the arm talent to make all the throws after diagnosing the defense, earning rave reviews for his pocket presence and composure under pressure. Add it all up and Finley leaves N.C. State with the second-best winning percentage in school history (64.1) behind only Rivers.
Overall, Finley appeared in 26 games for the Wolf Pack, ranking fifth all-time in passing yards (6,577), completions (555) and attempts (881), and seventh in TD passes (35). Plus, as noted by pundits, he boasts excellent football acumen, which is why he has the second-best career interception percentage (1.59) in school history, throwing only 14 picks in 881 passes.
40-Yard Dash: 4.73 seconds
Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches
Broad Jump: 116.0 inches
School: Ohio State
Weight: 231 pounds
NFL Network Pro Comparison: Drew Bledsoe
From a virtual unknown simply looking to prove his worth to a near lock to be a top 10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
It's certainly been a whirlwind year for Dwayne Haskins, who emerged as a potential franchise quarterback following a dynamic 2018 campaign for the Buckeyes. Haskins completed 373 of 533 attempts (70.0-percent) to lead college football with 4,831 passing yards. He also threw for 50 touchdowns and only eight interceptions, which is why he captured Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Haskins is a prototypical pocket passer with an absolute cannon. In fact, he may boast the strongest rifle in the draft. Pundits also love his confidence, noting how he isn't afraid to fire away any pass no matter the situation. While he isn't the best athlete, Haskins boasts subtle movements in the pocket to find just enough room to let it rip. He's also strong as an ox, driving pass rushers crazy with his innate ability to shrug them off with ease.
Add it all up, it's easy to see how a team is willing to bet on Haskins leading their offense for the next decade-plus.
40-Yard Dash: 5.04 seconds
Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches
Weight: 221 pounds
NFL Network Pro Comparison: Ryan Tannehill
Daniel Jones has been on NFL teams' radars from the moment he took the field as a redshirt freshman.
He started all 12 games for the Blue Devils that year, completing 270 of 430 passes (62.8 percent) for 2,836 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine picks. It was the start of a brilliant career as he appeared in 36 games over three seasons, completing 764 of 1,275 attempts (59.5 percent) for 8,201 yards, 52 touchdowns and just 29 interceptions.
Boasting an ideal quarterback frame at 6-5, 221-pounds, Jones is not just a pocket passer. He carves teams up on the ground as well, rushing 406 times for 1,323 yards and another 17 scores.
Jones clearly made a strong push to be an NFL franchise quarterback during his time at Duke, but he may have cemented his resume with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He was named the prestigious game's MVP, completing 8-of-11 passes (72.7 percent) for 115 yards and one touchdown. As if that wasn't enough, he also ran in another TD to help lead the North team to a 34-24 victory.
All in all, Jones' athleticism, arm power and ability to make all the throws added up to an impressive collegiate career. More importantly, it projects to a complete NFL quarterback, which is why most expect to hear his name called on the first day of the draft.
40-Yard Dash: 4.81 seconds
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches
Broad Jump: 120.0 inches
Weight: 228 pounds
NFL Network Pro Comparison: Matthew Stafford
That's the word you constantly most often when scouts and pundits discuss Drew Lock, noting he's the type of quarterback that inspires teammates to run through a brick wall.
However, it's his play on the field that's really put him on the map entering draft season.
Lock started virtually every game over the past four years, completing 883 of 1,553 attempts (57-percent) for 12,193 yards, 99 touchdowns and 30 picks. He enters the draft after a senior season in which he was 275 for 437 (63-percent) for 3,498 yards, 28 touchdowns and eight picks. While most quarterbacks will take that type of production, it paled in comparison to his junior campaign in which he threw for 44 touchdowns and 3,964 yards.
Pundits would like to see Lock continue to improve his accuracy, but overall stress how he's the prototypical quarterback who usually finds success in the NFL.
40-Yard Dash: 4.69 seconds
Vertical Jump: 31.0 inches
Broad Jump: 112.0 inches
Weight: 207 pounds
NFL Network Pro Comparison: Russell Wilson
Kyler Murray has already been a top 10 pick.
By now, everyone knows he was drafted eighth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft.
However, after a breakout season in which he won the Heisman Trophy, Murray announced he was following his heart and entering the NFL Draft.
As we approach April 25, it looks like a surefire bet he'll be a first-round pick in another professional sport for the second time in a calendar year.
Taking over for Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner who went first overall in last year's draft, Murray completed 260 of 377 passes (69.0-percent) for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and only seven picks. As if that wasn't enough, Murray can also carve teams up with his legs, tucking and running 123 times a year ago for 1,001 yards and another 12 touchdowns.
As a result, Murray joined Deshaun Watson as the only quarterbacks in college football history to ever surpass 4,000 yards in the air and 1,000 on the ground. He's also the only quarterback in FBS history to to average at least 300 passing yards (311.5) and at least 60 rushing yards (71.5) a game for a full year.
Simply put, Murray is a rare talent with a penchant to make truly spectacular plays, which is why he's earning more buzz than any other prospect leading up to the draft.
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