Quarterback is arguably the most critical position in all of sports. It can single-handedly change a franchise in the NFL for better or for worse. The right choice can lead to years of prosperity, and the wrong one, can put you back for years.
The Miami Dolphins used a first-round pick previously on Ryan Tannehill, and while the pick hasn’t been bad, it also hasn’t led to the prosperity they wanted. The Dolphins have made the playoffs once, but they haven’t gotten over the hump to be a great team with him either.
The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t get the year they expected out of former first rounder Blake Bortles following a trip to the AFC Championship Game in 2017. Going into this offseason, it’s clear the Jags are going to be in the business for a quarterback.
Now, with the Senior Bowl coming up this week, the Jags and Phins will have their eyes out on a few of the single callers they can draft potentially in the first two rounds:
Drew Lock, Daniel Jones, and Will Grier are all quarterbacks that expect to be drafted within the first two rounds when April comes around. All three rank behind Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, and depending on who you ask, OU’s Kyler Murray, neither of whom are in Mobile, AL, this week.
Lock from Missouri was the number one guy to a lot of scouts before the season started, but with the emergence of Haskins and also, the Heisman winner Murray, Lock has fallen a peg down. He possess wicked arm strength that he showcased several times at Missouri. Lock has the size, and physical traits but at times struggled to put it all together.
After a stellar performance in the Tigers bowl game Lock is looking to carry the momentum into the Senior Bowl and flash some consistency this week. It has also been reported Lock has already met with Miami on Monday in Alabama.
Jones shot up draft boards as the season progressed, and now stands as a top 5 QB in the class. At Duke, Jones showed great touch on his passes completing 61% with 22 TDs and 9 INTs. And, he had an excellent command of the offense.
Jones doesn’t have the strongest arm and doesn’t throw the hardest passes, but he also doesn’t turn the ball over. Jones could be a great fit in a west coast scheme and could thrive in a run-first offense like the one in Jacksonville. He’s definitely going to be worth a look in later rounds.
Grier comes into this week perhaps the most overlooked of this group of three. He put up big numbers at West Virginia throwing to David Sills and Garry Jennings Jr. It also just happens both those wideouts will be with Gier in Mobile.
Grier is big and mobile and flashed some great plays at Morgantown showing he has the accuracy and enough mobility to make some great throws. Grier will need to show consistency against top-level defensive talent in Mobile. Something that was always at hand in the Big 12.
No one is saying that any of those names is a top 15 pick, right now, but they definitely will get a lot of attention for later in round one and into round two.
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