I started doing a top 5 at each position in one blog post and decided it was way too long. Then, I decided to make it Offense in one section and Defense in another section. Then, that got too long as well.
Now, I am going to do each and every position individually. There are a lot of good players out there and I am sure I will miss some along the way, but I want each and every one to get the respect that they deserve.
Here are my top Quarterbacks for 2015.
1. Paxton Lynch – Memphis: If you read this blog often you would have seen that I have been promoting Lynch since last season. You just don’t see that many 6’6″ or 6’7″ Quarterbacks that are this athletic. He has the strong arm, and possesses the skills to make the touch throws as well. If his pocket collapses, this guy can get you a first down. We don’t know his official 40 time yet, but it has to be pretty impressive because this young Quarterback has some wheels.
2. Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma: Speaking of wheels, Mayfield is a tremendous athlete and a scrambler extraordinaire. I flirted with the idea of naming him my top guy just because Oklahoma is a different team with Mayfield taking snaps. He may not excite the NFL scouts because he’s about 6-1, 210, but he is a tremendous athlete that has the arm. Lynch was unwanted coming out of high
school, but Mayfield even more so. He was a walk-on at Texas Tech and again at Oklahoma. I would not be surprised in the least if Mayfield took his team to the Playoffs. I wrote about the OU Spring Game in 2014 and predicted greatness for Mayfield and I enjoy it when I am correct.
3. Jared Goff – California: Everybody had Goff as the number one guy in the nation before the season started and he has done nothing wrong while leading his team to bowl eligibility for the first time in a while. The problem does not lie with Goff so much as the emergence of Lynch and Mayfield. While I will stand by my earlier comments on Goff, he still has a lot of ability and can make the throws. He lacks the mobility of the others on this list, but he is athletic enough to run for the occasional first down.
4. Trevone Boykin – TCU: Boykin is still Boykin. He has the arm and the feet to be a phenomenal Quarterback and he still is. The pundits dropped him just because his team is not blowing many teams out this season. It’s still a team game and Boykin is a fine Quarterback. His numbers are just as good as last season, and the experts are silly. I will be curious as to what NFL Scouts decide to do with Boykin, but he is one of the top college Quarterbacks in the nation.
5. Deshaun Watson – Clemson: This is a good example of how recruiting does actually pay off. The top 2 guys on this list were lightly recruited, but Watson was the number one guy at his position.
Watson is a great team leader, is extremely athletic and is another guy with a strong arm. Watson beat out Chad Kelly at Clemson which caused Kelly to transfer to a Junior College and then to Ole Miss. Watson played early as a true freshman last season and showed his enormous talent and potential. But, he had some injury problems. This season, he has been injury free and his team is still unbeaten on the season and ranked #1 right now by some.
5A. Carson Wentz – North Dakota State: Wentz could wind up being the best Quarterback of this season when all is said and done. You really never know how an FCS player is going to adjust to the NFL, but Wentz is a similar type of athlete to Paxton Lynch, but he’s 6’5″ and 235 instead of 6’7″ and 245. He was not recruited out of high school because he played a different position up until his senior year when he moved to Quarterback. He has the perfect NFL size, the strong arm and he is a gifted athlete. The knock on him is going to be the competition, but all college players have the same problems when moving to the NFL.
Dak Prescott – Mississippi State: SEC’s best Quarterback
Matt Johnson – Bowling Green: He won’t be big enough to excite NFL scouts, but he is smooth.
Cody Kessler – USC: Like Johnson, if Kessler were bigger he would be a 1st rounder.
Marquise Williams – North Carolina: Great arm, and great runner. 5th year senior and talented.
Jacoby Brissett – North Carolina State: Big, strong QB and a Florida transfer.
Connor Cook – Michigan State: Everybody else has Cook in their top 5.
Mason Rudolph – Oklahoma State: Big, strong youngster with a live arm.
Chad Kelly – Ole Miss: Strong arm and very mobile, but Clemson coaches liked Watson better.
Gunner Kiel – Cincinnati: Oft injured, but very talented guy.
Nate Sudfeld – Indiana: 6-6, 240 and can make plays.
Christian Hackenberg – Penn State: Enigma in my eyes, but has some talent.
DeShone Kizer – Notre Dame: Irish will have something like the Ohio State situation next year.
Greg Ward Jr – Houston: Ward might be the top dual threat guy in the nation.
Patrick Mahomes II – Texas Tech: He’s not like the typical Tech QB and he can run.
CJ Beathard – Iowa: Grandson of Pete Beathard can play, too.
Brandon Doughty – Western Kentucky: Great passer with NFL size.
Jeff Driskel – Louisiana Tech: 2nd ex- Florida QB on this list, change of scenery was great for both.
Cooper Rush – Central Michigan: Rush puts up big numbers.
Luke Falk – Washington State: Nobody has better numbers than a Leach QB. System QB?
Josh Rosen – UCLA: Best true freshman QB in a long time.
Kevin Hogan – Stanford: 5th year guy and a steady performer.
Jake Coker – Alabama: Bama fans never liked Coker, but he is a gamer and has heart.
Joshua Dobbs – Tennessee: Dobbs is the heart and soul of the Vols.