Draft QBs with the Most on the Line in the Postseason
Last season, the legend of Joe Burrow began after he got annihilated on a hit against Central Florida. While it won’t be to the same meteoric rise, this year we get to see multiple quarterback prospects in some of the biggest games of their careers. However, now we’ll see if these quarterbacks can improve their draft stock in these games are yet to be seen, but we’ll see who has the most on the line.
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
A prospect that took the nation by storm following his week one game against Houston, where he asserted dominance in the air and on the ground. Statistically, Hurts has been one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Off the field, Hurts has unmatched leadership and has held himself to a higher standard than anyone else.
On tape however, Hurts leaves a lot to be desired. His inability to properly handle pressure, take care of the football, and make tight-window throws are worrisome. Luckily for Jalen Hurts, he’s presented with a prime opportunity to improve his stock as a legitimate draft prospect against LSU in the College Football Playoff. LSU has a top-two secondary in the nation, a capable pass-rush, and a fantastic defensive coordinator. This game could make or break Hurts as a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect.
Jordan Love, Utah State
Although he’s playing against Kent State in the Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl, Aggies Quarterback Jordan Love needs to play well. Love has already declared for the 2020 NFL Draft but he’s a polarizing prospect. His case is similar to Josh Allen’s was in 2018, where he’s shown flashes of being capable, but he’s been inconsistent and the level of competition is a question mark. Against Kent State, that question won’t be answered, but it’s going to be a game that’s nationally televised on ESPN2 where Love will have more eyes on him than he’s had all season.
Jake Fromm, Georgia
This is one that I’d be worried about if I were Fromm or a Fromm fan. I know when you look at this matchup, you think “Jake Fromm against a Big XII defense? He’s going to dominate.” That’s not the case at all. Baylor’s strength this season was their defensive consistency. Being led by James Lynch on the defensive line and Grayland Arnold in the secondary, Fromm has a tall task ahead of him.
I’ve been open about my negativity with Fromm and that he leaves so much to be desired on my end that I don’t think he’s a first-round quarterback and I’m not entirely sure he’s a second-round quarterback either. This is Fromm’s last chance to prove he’s got what it takes to play quarterback in the NFL if he decides to enter the NFL Draft.
Bryce Perkins, Virginia
Outside of Clemson, Florida has the best defense that Bryce Perkins will face this season. I’ve been someone with my doubts about Perkins and whether or not he’d be able to succeed in the NFL. While his style his fine to work in today’s NFL, I question whether or not he’s got the accuracy and mindset to find success. Playing against one of the top defenses in the nation should be a good test for those who have doubts about his play.
Tyler Huntley, Utah
Going into this past season, I had an undrafted grade on Tyler Huntley. I haven’t gone through all of his film and re-assigned a grade to him, but from the games I’ve seen him in, he’s helped himself this year. Texas doesn’t have the same defense that they’ve had in years past but they still have talent. Huntley has developed a reputation as a bit of a game manager. He’ll have one more college football game to rid that label and be known as a player that can win games for teams.
Justin Herbert, Oregon
The only player on here that I’m almost certain will be a first-round pick. For three years now, we’ve been talking about Justin Herbert as a top quarterback in the nation. Unfortunately, Herbert hasn’t shown up in any big games and he’ll have one last chance to against Wisconsin. While I don’t think he’ll fall out of the first round, given his physical tools, I do think he could use this opportunity to try and jump the injured Tua Tagovailoa as QB2 if he plays a great game in the Rose Bowl.
Shea Patterson, Michigan
Is there a more hot and cold quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft? Patterson has shown flashes of passing ability, he can make plays with his legs, but he’s been so inconsistent in his career that it hurts his stock. No matter who declares or skips the bowl game for Alabama, they’ll still have a very talented defense, giving Patterson one last opportunity to make some plays in a college football game.