The other guys: Sleeper QB prospects flying under the radar

April 18, 2018

By now, you know the top four quarterback prospects heading into the 2018 NFL draft. It would be surprising to see any one of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield available after the top 10 picks at this point. Maybe even the top five. 

 

Beyond them, the athletic intrigue around Lamar Jackson likely will earn him a first-round selection. Early in Day 2, Mason Rudolph shouldn't have to wait long to hear his name.

 

But what about the rest? Who are the other top options for teams in need of a quarterback?

 

Earlier on, teams will have to decide between Kyle Lauletta, who soared after an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl, and Luke Falk, the large-bodied passer out of Washington State with a deep arm. In the mid- to late rounds, Nic Shimonek has potential, and some team is likely to buy low on J.T. Barrett's athleticism.

 

Let's meet the sleepers at the most important position in football.

 

Tanner Lee, Nebraska

Almost inevitably, some team late in the draft will want to fill out its quarterback depth chart. That hypothetical team may also have a veteran under center, but it might see a need developing down the road.

 

Said team would then scan the scraps available in the sixth and seventh rounds and decide which prospect presents the best opportunity to cash in a lottery ticket. That team will survey at all of the flawed options and select the quarterback who has shown the most sprinkles of potential.

 

In that scenario, such a team could easily land on Tanner Lee.

 

The problems with Lee are obvious. Over his two years at Tulane, he completed just 53.6 percent of his pass attempts and averaged a lowly 5.9 yards per throw.

 

His accuracy improved in 2017 after his transfer to Nebraska, but not by much. He finished the season with a completion percentage of 57.5 yards, but his poor decision-making led to 16 interceptions.

 

Lee did post a passer rating of 137.1 against tougher Big Ten competition this past season. And as Pauline reported back in January, teams are still impressed by Lee's arm strength and overall physical tools—he's 6'4" and 220 pounds—despite his lack of quality production.

 

That might be all he needs to find an NFL home without having to go the undrafted-free-agent route.

    Please reload

    Our Recent Posts

    Please reload

    Archive

    Please reload

    Tags

    ©2020 by Alliance Management Group. All rights reserved.