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PFW Draft Prospect Rankings: Quarterback

The writers of Patriots Football Weekly offer their notes and rankings on the QB prospects entering the 2016 NFL Draft.

Draft Rankings By Position:

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The writers of Patriots Football Weekly have done their homework on all the prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Now, you can download the actual notes they took on all the top players, broken down by position for your convenience. Today, they offer their notes on the quarterbacks.
* - indicates underclassman


1 | Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 237 | 40: 4.65

Andy Hart: Competition level is obvious concern. Great size. Athletic. Can thrown on the run. Looks on receivers at times and could have better feet. Very high ceiling. Obvious upside and potential. May take time to develop. 

Paul Perillo: Good mobility; Big and athletic; Sees field well; Accurate; Capable of pushing ball downfield; Will need time coming from I-AA program.

2 | Jared Goff*, California

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT: 215 | 40: 4.75

Andy Hart: Great production and improved each year. Mobile but not a real runner. Lot of quick, sideways throws in Cal offense. Good accuracy. Throws off back foot at times. Don't love him and can't see an elite upside. 

Paul Perillo: Will have to adapt to NFL offense after working out of gun/spread; Lots of quick reads/throws; Decent mobility; Accurate on the move; Solid but not spectacular.

3 | Paxton Lynch*, Memphis

HEIGHT: 6-6 | WEIGHT: 244 | 40: 4.81

Andy Hart: Lots of sideline calls and short, quick throws in offense. Athletic and can throw on the run. Great measurables. Didn't make a lot of "NFL" throws in college. Will need transition and coaching. Decent accuracy

Paul Perillo: Another spread offense/quick throw guy; Deep ball tends to hang; Moves well for size; Accurate on the run; Will need at least a year to learn NFL offense. 

4 | Connor Cook, Michigan State

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT: 217 | 40: 4.79

Andy Hart: Gets happy feet. Doesn't step into throws. Not a high completion percentage. Feet and fundamentals need work. Throws into traffic too often. Questions about his attitude and personality could be a concern. Don't love him.

Paul Perillo: Stands in pocket and will take a hit to make throw; Sees field well; Nice seam routes; A little inconsistent but worth developing. 

5 | Christian Hackenberg*, Penn State

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT: 223 | 40: 4.78

Andy Hart: Too many sacks and fumbles. Too low a completion percentage. OK athlete and can throw on move when needed. Very good arm. Reminds me of Flacco, for better or worse.

Paul Perillo: Wondering if freshman year under Billy O was an aberration or an indication of what good coaching can do; Has measurables but lacks consistency; Needs to get better pocket awareness; Worth a third or fourth round flyer.


Cardale Jones*, Ohio State

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 253 | 40: 4.81

Andy Hart: Huge, with a big arm to match. Raw project. Nice deep ball. Not NFL ready but certainly has upside and potential. Barely a 1-year starter.

Paul Perillo: Great size and ability but lacks maturity and consistency; Very little experience; Another great athlete who could help at a different position.

Jacoby Brissett, North Carolina State

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT: 231 | 40: 4.94

Andy Hart: Good sized athlete. Makes wow! plays. Throwns on run. Not elite arm, but OK. Captain and leader. Decent deep touch. I like his upside as a developmental guy.

Paul Perillo: Good athlete who made a ton of plays; Can throw on the run; Tends to float the ball too much; Could be interesting with NFL coaching. 

Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech

HEIGHT: 6-4 | WEIGHT: 234 | 40: 4.56

Andy Hart: Florida transfer. Lots of shotgun stuff. Looks the part of NFL passer. Decent mechanics and steps into throws. Solid touch. More than a worth a shot late.

Paul Perillo: Spread guy; Nice mobility and touch; Puts ball where his receivers can get it; Excellent on slants; Tends to float deep passes; Late-round target.

Nate Sudfeld, Indiana

HEIGHT: 6-6 | WEIGHT: 234 | 40: 5.02

Andy Hart: Zach's bro. Spread offense. Big body and arm. Can sling it. Pro reads? Is a bit of a project, but has intriguing upside.

Paul Perillo:  Spread guy; Not a great arm; Makes some nice throws; Uses eyes well; Gets the most out of his ability. Not bad.

Jake Coker, Alabama

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 244 | 40: 5.12

Andy Hart: Transfer from FSU. Lost battles for jobs twice. Pro-style offense. Good comp. percentage. Gives his guys a chance to make plays.Adjusts arm angles when needed.

Paul Perillo: Great size and moves well ; Strong arm; Shows great poise in big spots; Blessed with great talent around him - lots of wide open receivers. 

Kevin Hogan, Stanford

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 218 | 40: 4.78

Andy Hart: Unique motion. Good comp. (66) and got better each year. Can run a little. OK deep ball. Just average all around. Probably a backup at best.

Paul Perillo: Good size/decent mobility; Ran some zone-reads; Mostly screens and gos; Nice touch, accuracy; Backup possibility.

Brandon Allen, Arkansas

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 217 | 40: 4.84

Andy Hart:  Pretty short. Improved each year. Leader and captain. Mobile but not a real runner. Solid accuracy and good enough arm. But size is tough (or easy!) to overlook. Heady backup?

Paul Perillo: Worked under center at times; Does a nice job of climbing in pocket; Small but mobile, although not a great runner; Keeps eyes downfield when scrambling; Solid backup potential despite size.

Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

HEIGHT: 6-2 | WEIGHT: 226 | 40: 4.79

Andy Hart: More runner than passer. Tebow comps, but better thrower than Tebow. Tough and physical. Throws some ugly balls, but also has decent touch at times. Don't see him as an NFL starter.

Paul Perillo: More of a playmaker than a passer; Can make throws but more comfortable running; Nice touch; Physical runner who could be useful on a roster.

Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 213 | 40: 5.22

Andy Hart: Three-year starter. Nearly 70-percent completions. Great production. Pretty accurate. Lot of pistol work, screens, etc. Projects as a backup type with upside.

Paul Perillo:Another system guy but great numbers and production; Nice deep ball; Accurate, especially in red zone; Developmental prospect. 

Cody Kessler, USC

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 220 | 40: 4.89

Andy Hart: Small. Decent mobility. No zip on throws. Makes WRs adjust too often. Captain and a gym rat. No thanks.

Paul Perillo: Lots of quick throws; Moves well; Not the strongest arm; Reasonably accurate; Not overly impressive. 

Vernon Adams, Oregon

HEIGHT: 5-11 | WEIGHT: 195 | 40: 4.58

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Vad Lee, James Madison

HEIGHT: 6-1 | WEIGHT: 225 | 40: 4.57

Andy Hart: Undersized athlete. College player with limited pro potential.

Paul Perillo: Could be a candidate to transition to running back with strong lower body, otherwise not much pro potential. 

Jake Rudock, Michigan

HEIGHT: 6-3 | WEIGHT: 199 | 40: 4.86

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Blake Frohnapfel, UMass

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 230 | 40: 4.98

Andy Hart: No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

Joel Stave, Wisconsin

HEIGHT: 6-5 | WEIGHT: 236 | 40: 4.8

Andy Hart: Lot of short throws. Ball hangs up on intermediate throws. Flat footed at times. Not as bad as his numbers would lead you to believe.

Paul Perillo: All short stuff; Not overly accurate; Seems like on his throws at times; Not much there. 

Travis Wilson, Utah

HEIGHT: 6-7 | WEIGHT: 233 | 40: 4.94

Andy Hart:No Comments.

Paul Perillo: No Comments.

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