By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303
As we are slowly approaching the 2019 NFL season, many fans and analysts are already looking ahead to the 2020 NFL draft.
With the start of a new season comes the prediction that this could be one of the best quarterback classes we have seen in quite a while. If any or all of these predictions come true come late into the 2019 college football season, I would expect to see as many as 5 teams trying to land their franchise quarterback.
Leading the list of quarterbacks that will be eligible to enter the 2020 NFL draft is Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. If you follow any Miami Dolphins fan, you probably have seen the “Tank For Tua” posts flying around. Barring severe injury or a disastrous junior season, Tagovailoa is expected to be the first quarterback off the board. The 6’1″ dynamic dual-threat quarterback and Walter Camp Player of the Year will start his campaign out August 31st against Duke.
Another strong candidate vying for that number 1 pick will be Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Herbert who is 6’6″ enters his senior year after finishing the 2018 season with 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns. This will be Herbert’s second season under Head Coach Mario Cristobal. He will start off his 2019 season against the Auburn Tigers on August 31st.
Our next quarterback is Junior quarterback Jack Fromm from Georgia. Fromm became an instant must-watch prospect after his incredible 2017 season. This 6’2″ true freshmen quarterback lead the Georgia Bulldogs into the 2017 SEC Championship game against the Auburn Tigers and brought home the victory. Followed by a 54-48 double-overtime victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl win secured them a spot in the College Football Championship game against SEC rival Alabama. Which they dropped another hard-fought overtime game to Alabama, 26-23. Going into the 2018 season. Fromm led the Bulldogs to an 11-3 record, with a year-end Sugar Bowl loss to Texas. It was a game in which Georgia was heavily favored. Fromm finished his sophomore year with 2,761 yards and 30 touchdowns.
While we have a whole season of college football to go, there are many things that could happen between now and then. We are going to hear names like K. J Costello. The pro-style 6’5″ quarterback that threw for 3, 540 yards last season for the Stanford Cardinals.
Washington Huskies Jacob Eason is another tall quarterback. The 6’6″ transfer quarterback from Georgia lost his starting job to Jake Fromm, due to injury. As of now, he’s being thought of as a wait and see candidate. Bleacher Report going as far saying that “He has that look of a true pocket passer.” But without starts under his belt, he’s just a name to watch.
With several NFL teams looking to add that franchise quarterback or possibly finding that replacement quarterback, the 2019 college campaign is going to be fun to watch. Understanding that nothing is ever guaranteed, and since we don’t have crystal balls, and it’s too early to even begin to project landing spot (To me anyway), I always enjoy the back and forth banter. Because no matter who, what or where these guys might end up, I always remember that one NFL draft back in 2000, pick number 199. A skinny guy out of a Michigan. Now a 6 X Super Bowl Champion quarterback and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. A name that wasn’t even on most NFL scouts draft boards.
It just goes to show you, anything can happen.
Isn’t that right Mel Kiper Jr.?? “If Jimmy Clausen is not a successful quarterback in the NFL, I’m done. That’s it. I’m out.”
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