April 19, 2024

Strengths and Weaknesses of the top QB’s in the Class of 2018


Taking a look at the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Top QB’s coming out for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Now that the Super Bowl has concluded and another season of the NFL is in the history books, the Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock and their future franchise QB is waiting. This piece will examine all the pros and cons of the top QBs in this year’s class.

Sam Darnold


Excels at throwing on the run. His elongated throwing motion allows him to generate a lot of power on throws while off balance. His release might be long in motion, but it is quick in speed and could be shortened with some coaching. He has above-average arm strength for a NFL QB. Good movement in the pocket knows when to run and when to throw. Good accuracy in the short and intermediate parts of the field. Throws with anticipation and timing. By all accounts is a class A individual, hard working and smart. Deceptive quicks and speed with ideal size at the QB position. Stands at a sturdy 6’4 220 pounds and never missed a game at USC. A far better athlete than meets the eye, was recruited as a linebacker.


His elongated throwing motion has been the source of serious fumbling issues this year and helped him lead the NCAA in turnovers in 2017. While remarkably good at the position, this was only his third year playing QB regularly since starting high school, so he still has much to learn. Tends to be a bit of a gunslinger, forcing balls into tight windows, resulting in 13 interceptions his sophomore season. When the pocket breaks down, he can get antsy and his footwork regresses. He will need time to adjust to NFL speed.

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