There’s not much consensus around the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft class. The surprises started early, with the Chicago Bears taking North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky No. 2 overall. The Chiefs then traded up to No. 10 to get Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson went No. 12 to the Houston Texans.
Here are our rankings of the top remaining quarterbacks for the 2017 NFL Draft:
2017 NFL Draft, best available quarterbacks
1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
Kizer possesses both a large frame (6-foot-4, 233 pounds) and a big arm — and he’s not afraid to use both to his advantage. He made mostly smart decisions with the football at Notre Dame (47 touchdowns to 19 interceptions in two seasons), and he also rand for 18 touchdowns in 25 games. Kizer left the Irish early, and while some analysts think he should have stayed in school another season, he could develop into a starting NFL QB.
2. Brad Kaaya, Miami
A three-year starter for the Hurricanes, Kaaya got valuable experience at Miami. He threw for more than 3,000 yards in each of his three seasons and totaled 69 passing touchdowns. Kaaya, at 6-foot-4, looks like a standard pocket passer. However, there are times where Kaaya can’t get out of the pocket or successfully avoid sacks.
3. Davis Webb, Cal
Webb spent his first three seasons in college at Texas Tech, where he was ultimately beat out by Mahomes. He winded up at Cal, where he posted prolific numbers during his senior season. Webb threw for 4,295 yards and 37 touchdowns during the 2016 campaign. Webb is one of the bigger QBs in the draft at 6-foot-5, but he has had some accuracy issues.
4. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
Dobbs played in 37 games at Tennessee, where he was one of the better dual-threat QBs in the SEC. He had 2,946 passing yards during the 2016 season and was sharp on his deep ball. He also piled up more than 2,100 rushing yards during his career — 831 of which came last year. At 6-foot-3, 216 pounds, though, durability might be an issue.
5. Nathan Peterman, Pitt
Peterman was a teammate of Dobbs’ while at Tennessee for two seasons before he opted to transfer to Pitt. Peterman got playing time and produced with the Panthers. He threw for 5,142 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 picks during his time at Pitt in a pro-style system.
6. Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
Evans is one of the biggest quarterback mysteries in the draft class. He played just one season of FBS football, transferring to Virigina Tech from a junior college ahead of the 2016 season. He threw for 3,552 yards with the Hokies, but many analysts think he could’ve used another year of development in college.
7. C.J. Beathard, Iowa
Beathard, on the other hand, is one of the most experience signal-callers in the draft. He appeared in 40 collegiate games with Iowa, and he was the team’s quarterback when the Hawkeyes made a run to the Rose Bowl during the 2015 season. However, his numbers dropped off rather substantially in 2016. He had 2,809 yards as a junior in 2015, but Beathard had just 1,929 passing yards during his senior season in 2016. His completion percentage also dropped by five percent and he threw five more interceptions.
8. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
The Rebels QB has two years of starting experience. After passing for 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2015, Kelly passed for 2,758 yards this past season. But he also combined to rush for 832 yards in his two seasons as the starter.
9. Alek Torgersen, Penn
The Ivy League standout combined to pass for 36 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions in his final two seasons with the Quakers. He also completed 69.1 percent of his passes in 2015 (66.9 percent in 2016). He threw the most yards in a season in 2014, when he passed for 2,689 yards.
10. Seth Russell, Baylor
In his last two years with the Bears, Russell threw for 49 total touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He was stronger in 2015, averaging 10.52 yards per attempt as he passed for 29 touchdowns and 2,104 yards. But he required season-ending surgery after a neck injury against Iowa State.