Andrew Harbaugh | January 19th, 2019
Clemson set the college football world ablaze when they destroyed the historically dominant Alabama Crimson Tide, but that did not bring a close to the college football season. That’s because as part of the beginning of the draft season we all get treated to three all-star games the Shrine Game, NFLPA Bowl, and the Senior Bowl.
These games are where players get coached by all-star staffs from all over the country whether it be from football legends such as Ed Reed, Plaxico Burress, and Darrell Green in the NFLPA Bowl or from amazing staffs of the Raiders and 49ers in the Senior Bowl. These games are chances for these players to leave an impact with these guys who have a network of connections to teams in the NFL. You never know what practice rep or play in a game may make a team go “wow” and then come the draft, your life is changed forever.
First up of these games will be the Shrine Game played in Tampa Bay, Florida inside Tropicana Field. This game can be found on NFL Network Saturday, January 19th at 3 pm EST. This game has a lot of great players at a lot of different positions but there were a lot of quarterbacks that a lot of people want to see go through the process.
With that in mind, I will be focusing on three unique quarterbacks in this class with lots of questions around them.
College: Boise State
Brett Rypien is a name that you MUST remember come draft time. Rypien has a live arm, he is not your typical Boise State quarterback like Kellen Moore. What he lacks in flashy stats he makes up for in great technique and deep ball accuracy. My personal favorite attribute with him is that he will stay in that pocket and deliver a throw and not think twice even if a blitzing safety or linebacker is about to smack him in the mouth. He is flying under the radar in a very thin quarterback class. He will get a chance at some point in his career to start and if he can capitalize great, if not he can serve as a reliable backup at the very least.
College: North Dakota State
Everyone wants to make the Carson Wentz comparison, the problem is the only thing they have in common is they both went to North Dakota State. Wentz has a more live arm, he’s physically more impressive and he’s just the better overall player by a mile. As for Stick, he has pretty good pocket presence, keeps his eyes downfield, and he’s a decent runner and a shifty one at that. Stick’s main issue is his arm, his arm is the biggest question mark with him. When you’re an NFL quarterback you need to make throws all over the field. The problem Stick has is that he either does not have enough strength for the deep throws at times and he also doesn’t have the touch for the shorter throws consistently. Not a good problem to have when your job is making throws all day long.
College: Ole Miss
Jordan Ta’amu had so many weapons in college with the trio of D.K. Metcalf, AJ Brown, and Dawson Knox, some say he underperformed, some say he did just enough. I think Ta’amu is one of the best value assets in this upcoming draft. He will probably be a late day three pick, but if he goes to the right spot he could sit and develop into his full potential. He has an electric arm, good athlete, and his accuracy is decent as well. On the flip side though he can be erratic at times and does not help himself with his decision making. With the right coaching staff and mentor, he could flourish into something beautiful down the road in a couple years.
Quarterbacks are used to having all the eyes on them but with these three, specifically, they perfectly represent the clear and present tiers in the draft rankings at this position. Be sure to watch today so you can see if anyone impresses you or for that matter disappoints you.
Questions and comments?