With the combine set to start taking hold on February 27th, the full impact it has for prospective quarterbacks is huge. This is one of the deepest QB classes in the draft in over five years. The last in comparison seems to be 2004 where the first round was loaded with starting caliber throwers.
Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger were all picked in the first eleven picks. Matt Schaub, who was also a capable starter in the league for a long time was drafted in the third round. This year’s draft could see even more gunslingers drafted in the first.
Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen may all hear their name called shortly after the draft begins on April 26th. The second tier: Mason Rudolph, Luke Falk, Lamar Jackson and Riley Ferguson should hear their names shortly thereafter.
With the amount of quality players at the games most important position, I decided to find out who had the most to gain from the combine showcase. The most obvious answer is Baker Mayfield, as he has the greatest amount of questions to answer. His passion and leadership are undeniable.
However, Mayfield’s off the field problems can be addressed with the interviews throughout the week. His size concerns can be relieved if he eliminates those worries through his showing in Indianapolis. I fully expect him to do enough there to be considered for a top 10 or 15 overall selection.
Most GMs already know what they’d get in Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen. The same could probably be said about Josh Allen for different reasons. He is deemed a work in progress by most around the league to this point. Passers like Mike White (who showed well at the Senior Bowl), Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph can put themselves in discussion for early day two selections if they perform well at the combine.