Surveying 2017 NFL Draft’s Expanding Quarterback Class

January 4, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In the 2014, 2015 and 2016 NFL drafts, a total of zero Power Five conference senior quarterbacks were selected in the first two rounds. For the most part, if you're a top college quarterback, you either leave before your eligibility runs out or you must constantly prove yourself as a comparable talent at a “lower level” of college football.
This year, according to NFL Draft Scout, the top senior passers are Mississippi's Chad Kelly, California's Davis Webb, Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs, Pittsburgh's Nathan Peterman, Iowa's C.J. Beathard and Wisconsin's Bart Houston.  
Webb had to graduate transfer from Texas Tech to see playing time, as did Peterman from Tennessee. Kelly has a list of off-field incidents, and he ended the season with a major knee injury that should keep him out of the draft cycle. Houston was notably benched several times this season, while Dobbs and Beathard haven't done much in their careers other than post marginal upsets.  
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