There has been so much talk about how strong the quarterback class is leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft.
We know they are talented college football players, and analysts have been comparing and contrasting each of them for months.
What we rarely see or hear is what the potential draftees think about each other.
Trevor Lawrence, who is in a comfortable place as the apparent first round pick of the 2021 NFL Draft by Urban Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars, noticed what one of his peers, BYU’s Zach Wilson, accomplished on his Pro Day.
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) March 26, 2021
Lawrence was not alone in his admiration of Wilson.
This complex throw, that Wilson managed to make look effortless, is considered one of the best throws of any of the Pro Days thus far.
Wilson is expected to be the second player selected by the New York Jets following the Jaguars picking Lawrence.
Both players are so talented.
In any other year, Wilson could easily be the first overall pick of the draft.
Would Zach Wilson be QB1 in another draft? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/fa5PevLvOH
— PFF (@PFF) March 27, 2021
In addition to Lawrence and Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trevor Lance, and Alabama’s Mac Jones are expected to be drafted in the first round.
2018 Is The Last Time We Saw This Much Quarterback Talent In The Draft
This is certainly not an annual occurrence.
The last time we had five quarterbacks go in the first round of the NFL Draft was in 2018 when the draft order went as follows:
- Baker Mayfield from the University of Oklahoma to the Cleveland Browns, first overall pick
- Sam Darnold from USC to the New York Jets, third overall pick
- Josh Allen from Wyoming to the Buffalo Bills, seventh overall pick
- Josh Rosen from UCLA to the Arizona Cardinals, tenth overall pick
- Lamar Jackson from Louisville to the Baltimore Ravens, thirty-second overall pick
Darnold and Rosen have not been as successful up to this point; however, Mayfield, Allen, and Jackson were all playoff quarterbacks during the 2020 season.
It Begs The Question.
Knowing that two of those five quarterbacks did not have a superb start to their careers makes us wonder which of this year’s fab five could be NFL busts.
That is the uncertainty associated with the NFL Draft especially at the quarterback position.
No matter how good the player is in college competition, it does not assure he will be a success at the next level when the NFL competition is much more difficult.
One thing we know is that the speculation about which teams select the fab five quarterbacks of the 2021 NFL Draft will soon end.
The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin on April 29 in Cleveland.