The NFL Draft is only two days away, and a number of quarterbacks could potentially be selected in the first round. The Browns reportedly have interest in former North Carolina star Mitch Trubisky, while FOX NFL Draft analyst Peter Schrager also has Clemson's Deshaun Watson going in the top 10 in his seven-round mock draft.
Colin Cowherd and Joel Klatt discussed the top quarterback prospects available in this year's class on Tuesday's episode of The Herd, and Cowherd explained his method of drafting a QB.
Quarterbacks from mid-level programs have a better chance at succeeding
“Here’s who you should draft as a quarterback. Here’s the way it works.
Right now Alabama, USC, Ohio State, Florida, Texas… these are world class powers that don’t have a single starting quarterback in the NFL. Why? Because they play with elite players, and they’re elevated beyond what they really can do.
Here’s who’s starring in the NFL: Guys who played at mid-level programs. Purdue, NC State, that elevated their team to an unnatural place. Drew Brees took Purdue to a championship. Philip Rivers made North Carolina State really, really good. Look around. What did Matt Ryan do at a non-traditional power [Boston College]?"
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NFL-ready QBs aren't coming from traditional powerhouses
"If you look at the NFL, the guys that don’t go to the Big 5 schools, they don’t go to Bama, Ohio State. They don’t go to those places. What they do is go to the good conferences, overwhelmingly, and take good programs that win 6.5 a year and they win 9.
Trubisky won fewer games than the quarterback the year before!”
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Quarterbacks succeed when they can control the game from the pocket
“I do think there’s some validity to what you’re talking about. The bottom line is this sport is played in situations, and it’s played with the live bullets flying - and you’re not doing this in shorts and a t-shirt. What does his arm look like in a perfect scenario? It’s very rare that your platform is totally clean in the National Football League from the pocket.
My biggest takeaway is that I think quarterbacks, generally, succeed if they are able to control the game - mentally or physically - from the pocket.
You can’t control the game like [Johnny] Manziel did from outside the pocket and translate that into the National Football League.”
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Deshaun Watson's performance in meetings could boost his stock
“And I don’t think Trubisky controls the game from the pocket. The two guys who had the ability to do that at times in college were [Deshaun] Watson and [DeShone] Kizer.
Deshaun Watson’s going to hold a lot of value - and when push comes to shove, and remember this when you’re watching the draft. The football people in the room still want ‘football guys’ that they’re comfortable with. The Alphas of the world, in particular, at that position. And I can tell you to a man, the people that I’ve spoken to around the league have effusive praise about Deshaun Watson in their meetings. And so I think Watson’s going to have a great chance to jettison up there into the top 10.”
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The Browns could make a huge trade Thursday
“What I think is going to happen, Colin, is I think the Browns… the moneyball people in that organization are going to fall in love with Trubisky, they’re going to take Garrett No. 1 and then jump ahead of the Jets with all those picks that they have this year and next year in the top two rounds and go back into the top 10. Have two top 10 picks and get Trubisky - which is going to leave the Jets Deshaun Watson.
I think that that’s a real possibility in the top 10 come Thursday night, and I think New York fans could have a really good quarterback."