This year’s NFL Draft is loaded with quarterback talent. While some experts disagree on which prospect is the best, they all agree that this is perhaps the best class of signal callers we’ve had in years.
Now, it’s time to attempt to answer the all-important question: Who will go where? Below is a list of the top QB’s in this year’s draft, and which teams would be the best fit for them.
Sam Darnold: Darnold is expected by many to be the top pick in this year’s draft. He has all the makings of a potential franchise quarterback. Size, toughness, arm strength and a high football IQ. He had some issues with turnovers in his final season in college, but it looks like teams are willing to overlook those issues in favor of his more positive attributes.
Best Fit: Cleveland Browns. Everything is relative. The Browns aren’t really a good fit for anyone right now, but they have the top pick in the draft for the second year in a row, and Darnold seems like the right guy to lead them out of the basement. If he does end up in Cleveland, both he and the Browns will hope he can reverse the trend of Cleveland being the place where young QB’s careers go to die.
Josh Rosen: Some consider Rosen’s skillset to be the best among the QB’s in this year’s draft class. Many scouts tout his accuracy and precision passing as being far superior to Darnold’s. A potential problem with Rosen is his durability, as he spent much of the past two seasons sidelined with injuries.
Best Fit: New York Giants. The Giants look to be moving on from Eli Manning, and Rosen has the level head and demeanor to handle the big city. He’ll already have one of the top targets in the game in Odell Beckham Jr., so he should be able to catch on relatively quickly.
Baker Mayfield: Opinions on Mayfield are a very mixed bag. While most agree his exceptional playmaking ability could be an asset to any NFL team, some cite his size and some behavioral issues as potential concerns. Mayfield often draws comparisons to Johnny Manziel, and we all know how that turned out. Still, it’s impossible to ignore his talent.
Best Fit: Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins already have Ryan Tannehill, but he doesn’t possess the wow factor that Mayfield could bring to this team, and this city. With two talented young wideouts in Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, Mayfield could quickly become a star, and the franchise quarterback Miami has been waiting for since Dan Marino retired.
Josh Allen: Allen is considered somewhat of a raw prospect. He may have the strongest arm in the draft, but needs some work on his mechanics and accuracy. Many scouts have him going in the top five, but he would be better served sitting behind someone for a year or two, like Patrick Mahomes last year.
Best Fit: Washington Redskins. The Redskins just traded for Alex Smith, who could be for Allen what he was for Mahomes in Kansas City. A prospect like Allen could really benefit from backing up Smith for a couple of years. If Allen can refine his skills, he could become a star at the next level.
Lamar Jackson: Like Allen, Jackson is considered a bit raw. Unlike Allen, he has the ability to make an immediate impact wherever he goes. Jackson is an electrifying playmaker with a proven ability to single-handedly change the outcome of a game. Scouts have discussed the possibility of him switching to receiver, but don’t be fooled, he’s a quarterback through and through.
Best Fit: New Orleans Saints. Jackson is a phenomenal talent, but he probably isn’t ready to start in the NFL right away. Drew Brees can’t play forever. He could spend his last few years in New Orleans mentoring Jackson. What better situation for a young QB to be in?