End of Regular Season QB Rankings

I have a new #1 QB and nobody is talking about him. Either I'm wrong or the experts are wrong. What does the math say?

When evaluating quarterbacks in terms of their NFL potential, there are three components the average person can look at from their respective couches:

  1. Physical Capability

  2. Quality Performance

  3. Quality Preparation

The Physical Capabilities for quarterbacks vary from Justin Fields to Mac Jones. The greatest Quarterback of all-time is probably not ranked in the top 100 Quarterbacks in the last decade if you only evaluated athleticism. That being said, Lamar Jackson rightfully won an MVP and consistently leads his team on the back of his athleticism. Let's just agree that athleticism is a factor, but not a deal-breaker if the other skills are there.

Every QB on my list has had quality performance, or else they wouldn't be on my list and would not be in any discussion revolving around the NFL.

When it comes to Quality Preparation, there is a lot of gray area. I could make the argument that the scout team QB at Alabama has more NFL preparation than 95% of the signal callers across the nation because he plays against that consistently ridiculous Alabama Defense every day. I could make the argument that a four year starter is more prepared than a one year starter (Joe Burrow doesn't exist, right?). There are so many factors that we will never be able to understand. However, I like to think that strength of schedule does carry a lot of weight. What's interesting about this year's QB Draft class is that there are not a lot of guys with strong schedules backing their impressive seasons. Some of the best QB play is coming outside of the Power 5 conferences. Let's get into it.

Honorable Mentions

I have become a huge fan of Mississippi State sophomore Will Rogers. He leads the country in passing attempts, passing completions, and completion percentage (75.1%). Only 3 college quarterbacks in history have done better. He has also launched 35 Touchdowns to only 8 Interceptions, and he has done all of this in the SEC, going 3-2 in against the Bulldogs' 5 ranked opponents.

Carson Strong from Nevada has also put up a quality performance in with a big sample size. He threw the rock 524 times (3rd) and completed 70% (7th). He has also thrown 36 TDs (6th). PFF has him ranked 6th on their QB Board and gave him an impressive 90.3 passing grade on the year. Nevada finished 8-4 with no real notable wins, but Strong definitely did enough to make my honorable mentions.

Being 19-2 as a starter, ranked #1 in EPSN Passer Rating, ranked #1 in Average yards/completion, ranked #4 in completion percentage (73%), and having a 23/3 TD/INT Ratio -you would think this quarterback would definitely be ranked in my Top 5 (he was last month). Grant McCall has another year of eligibility left at Coastal Carolina and I imagine he will take it instead of going into the 2022 Draft. But I have loved what I have seen so far from the 6'3" 210 junior.

5. Desmond Ridder

Physical Ability? Check. Quality Performance...he looks like an incredible runner. He has some issues in the passing game. He is definitely a winner with four years under his belt. Cincinnati is undefeated, but they have only played 1 ranked team (certainly a notable win against Notre Dame). It is crazy to me that they probably will make the College Football Playoffs. However, that may be exactly what Desmond Ridder needs to prove he belongs in first round conversations.

4. Bailey Zappe

After four consecutive losses, Zappe has led Western Kentucky to seven straight wins. He leads the nation in Touchdowns with 52. FIFTY-TWO.

He has completed 70% of his passes on 580 passing attempts (2nd to Will Rogers).

What I love most about Zappe is that he has only taken 12 sacks through 600+ drop backs. He is only 6'1" 220, but what he has done with his arm has surely caught some attention. His style of play is de