3 Top Quarterback Prospects To Watch For 2022 NFL Draft


NFL prospect Kedon Slovis #9 of the USC Trojans passes against the Oregon Ducks during the first quarter in the PAC 12 2020 Football Championship at United Airlines Field at the Coliseum on December 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Quarterback is the most important position on an NFL roster.

A team that has an All-Pro play-caller will have a better chance of winning.

That’s why teams seize the opportunity of getting a quarterback who can change the franchise’s fortunes for the better.

No wonder the first three selections during the 2021 NFL Draft were quarterbacks.

Trevor Lawrence went to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Zach Wilson headed to the New York Jets, and Trey Lance joined the San Francisco 49ers.

Two more quarterbacks, Justin Fields and Mac Jones, had their names called in the first round as well.

It was also the fourth consecutive year wherein a quarterback became the top overall selection in the draft.

Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, both from the University of Oklahoma, had their moment in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

In 2020, the Cincinnati Bengals chose former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the number one pick.

Yet despite the surplus of quarterback talent, some NFL teams still have shaky depth charts at the position.

Because of this, the clamor for top quarterback talent never ceases, and the best of them often make it at the top of mock drafts.

Here are three quarterback prospects who might be available for the 2022 NFL Draft.

 

3. Kedon Slovis – USC

His accuracy can be a mirage because he has his share of head-scratching plays that can become turnovers.

Other than that concern, he has a 70 percent completion percentage which is exceptional for someone with only two years of college football experience.

In his first year at USC, Kedon Slovis won seven games and threw for 3,502 yards, 30 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

During the COVID-shortened 2020 season, the Arizona native had 1,921 yards, 17 touchdowns, and seven picks.

Despite the upside in his game, Slovis’ arm strength and mechanics are still suspect.

Working with coaches Jordan Palmer and Tom House may help make 2021 his best season with the Trojans.

 

2. Sam Howell – North Carolina

During his freshman year, Sam Howell received an overall grade of 82 from Pro Football Focus, which was second-highest to Trevor Lawrence’s 90.7.

In that season, he completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,641 yards and 38 touchdowns.

One year later, Howell’s completion percentage jumped to 68 percent while throwing for 30 touchdowns.

NFL teams will desire his arm strength which allowed him to get 637 yards on go routes in 2020.

Throwing darts all over the field is no problem for him, as shown in these highlights.

However, he’s racking up stats under an offense that is more suitable for the college game.

UNC’s RPO allowed him to accumulate impressive numbers, and he might struggle in shifting to the NFL game.

Still, his skill set is hard to pass over, especially for teams that need an upgrade at quarterback.

 

1. Spencer Rattler – Oklahoma

Spencer Rattler can join fellow Oklahoma quarterbacks Mayfield, Murray, and Jalen Hurts in the NFL thanks to his ability to complete plays outside the pocket.

Last season, he made 53 completions for 830 yards with nine touchdowns while scrambling outside his protection.

That’s a highly desirable talent for quarterbacks nowadays, as shown by Hurts, Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Lamar Jackson.

The Arizona native had 3,031 passing yards and 28 touchdowns in 2020.

He also added six rushing touchdowns on 81 attempts.

His strong arm makes him the top quarterback prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft.

However, his height and size might discourage teams from picking him.



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