Each week at PFF, we've given you an overview of all the top draft-eligible quarterbacks across the college football world, with eyes towards the 2018 NFL draft. Now with, all that's left to play are some bowl games and, oh the College Football Playoff games, we give you the final regular season draft-eligible quarterback rankings.
Below you will find the top draft-eligible quarterbacks from across the country, and how they stack up against one another in both traditional and advanced statistics, ranked by their overall PFF grade so far this season. While these rankings are obviously not how they'll finish the season with the last weekend left, nor how they are projected to be drafted, these rankings serve as a guideline to rank how each quarterback has fared for their respective teams, while our advanced stats further depict how they may fare at the next level.
With that, here are our takes on the top 14 draft-eligible quarterbacks, that you won't get anywhere else.
1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma – 96.2 overall grade
Game Grade vs TCU: 79.8
Mayfield missed on a few deep shots against TCU, finishing only 1-for-5 on deep (20-plus yard) passes, but his one connection was a well-placed “go” route that went for a 52-yard touchdown. He showed short-area accuracy and his second redzone touchdown to TE Mark Andrews was perfectly placed with good timing and anticipation into a tight, NFL window. Mayfield made big plays under pressure, completing 5-of-9 for 138 yards and two scores and he likely locked up the Heisman trophy with an exclamation point as Oklahoma took home the Big 12 title.
2. Will Grier, West Virginia – 91.5 overall grade
WVU finished their regular season, here's what we last said about Grier:
Grier threw only seven passes before injuring his finger on a goal line dive that resulted in a fumble. Grier finished 5-for-7 for 46 yards with his two incompletions being dropped, including his best throw of the day on a deep crossing route.
3. Lamar Jackson, Louisville – 91.4 overall grade
Louisville finished their regular season, here's what we last said about Jackson
Jackson was efficient throughout the game, displaying good recognition of finding the open man and delivering with accuracy. Jackson played with good discipline and took what the defense gave him, but was also effective on the three attempts he fired down the field connecting on 2-of-3 deep ball attempts for 56 yards and a touchdown, with his lone incompletion on a perfectly placed ‘post’ route that was dropped by his receiver in the end zone. Jackson played well under pressure with defenders barreling down on him, going 6-of-10 for 96 yards and a TD under duress. His progression as a passer this season has been evident, and this was another display of how far he has come.
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