This year’s quarterback class is fascinating in the sense that it has been hyped up for two years now. Even before last year’s NFL draft, there was plenty of chatter that teams should wait until 2018 because this class was supposed to be historically great.
The Bears, Texans and Chiefs all had other ideas, as they traded up to draft Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, respectively. Perhaps that was our first indication that the 2018 QB class was getting too much hype.
But while I don’t necessarily see a Hall of Fame quarterback coming out of this group, I do think the depth of the class is much better than last year’s. Many — if not most — of these quarterbacks will stay in the NFL for a long time, some as good starters and some as good backups.
Before we get to the rankings, just note that I spend months on my evaluations, watching a lot of film and talking to sources I trust. I purposely wait until just before the draft to release the rankings, soaking in as much info as possible. Instead of projecting where I think these players will be drafted, I note where I think they should be drafted. Quarterbacks are almost always overdrafted, so I’m used to them getting picked ahead of where I would personally draft them. It’s normal.
Let’s jump right in with this year’s rankings: