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2018 NFL Draft QB Rankings

By Jim Johnson
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Ranking the draftable quarterback prospects from the 2018 class, out of Southern Pigskin's coverage area.

These intial rankings are comprised of what right now are the draftable/PFA worthy prospects from our coverage area here at Southern Pigskin -- the ACC, SEC, Sun Belt, and SoCon.

These pre-combine rankings include a basic rundown of strengths and weaknesses, however, after the combine, they will be updated with round projections, player comparisons, and a more in-depth summation of my personal opinion on each respective player.

Starting with the quarterbacks, they will be released one day at a time until all of the position groups are up. After that, they will be easily found in a comprehensive database from a homepage that includes a first round mock draft.

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | IOL (OG/C) | EDGE (DE/3-4 OLB) | DL | LB | CB | S


1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville:  6’3, 211

Strengths: Good accuracy at all three levels of the field. Plus arm strength. Doesn’t turn the ball over often. Dominates between the numbers. Athletically in a class of his own.

Weaknesses: Has made great strides with his accuracy, but still needs to improve on throws to the sideline. Occasionally panics against the blitz.

2. Brandon Silvers, Troy: 6’3, 219

Strengths: Good accuracy. Average deep ball. Pretty consistent throughout his career. Able to keep plays alive with his athleticism. Underrated improviser.

Weaknesses: Struggles mightily when pressured. Turns the ball over more than one would like.

3. Kurt Benkert, Virginia: 6’3, 214

Strengths: Throws a nice deep ball. Above average accuracy. Mobile enough to extend plays with his feet.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t handle pressure well. Footwork needs improvement. Moves through his progression, but needs to do so more quickly.

4. Danny Etling, LSU: 6’3, 215

Strengths: Was extremely efficient on deep balls in 2017, after being maybe slightly above average in 2016, but it’s worth asking how much of that was on account of the pass catchers.

Weaknesses: Has never handled pressure well. Accuracy was only ever average, and it actually somewhat regressed last season.

5. Austin Allen, Arkansas: 6’1, 215

Strengths: About average accuracy, but it does appear to have improved during his senior season, albeit with a more limited sample size. Very effective downfield passer. When he’s on, he’s on.

Weaknesses: Abysmal under pressure, and actually worse last season than in 2016. Too many interceptions. Less than ideal size. Not very athletic.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP