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The college football season hasn’t started and NFL teams are just now getting their 2021 draftees into mandatory camps, but it’s never too early to look into the future crop of talent. These signal callers are the best the NCAA has to offer and will compete to show they deserve to have their name called on day one of the 2022 NFL draft.
1. Sam Howell, North Carolina University
HT: 6’1” WT: 225 lbs.
2020 Statline: 3586 yards, 30 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
Howell is as complete a signal caller as there has been the last couple of years in the draft. Vision, mobility, accuracy, pocket presence and competitive nature…he has it all. His mastery of the pro-style offense has grown and he has been consistent since his freshman year.
Howell doesn’t have the ideal size you look for at the next level but he has maybe the most impressive full-spectrum throwing ability in the class. If he keeps his performance level high going into his junior season, he will be the first name called in the draft.
2. Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma
HT: 6’1” WT: 205 lbs.
2020 Statline: 3031 yards, 28 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
Spencer Rattler has mini-Patrick Mahomes written all over him and if you’ve seen him play, you’ll know why. His arm has pop, he is mobile and can throw off-kilter with the best of them. It also helps he is in command of “The Quarterback Factory” offense manufactured by Lincoln Riley.
Rattler is pro-ready with the only questions being his tendency to try to make something happen. He rarely throws it away or takes the safe throw when the play breaks down but it is also part of what makes him so electric to watch.
3. Tyler Shough, Texas Tech
HT: 6’5” WT: 221 lbs.
2020 Statline: 1559 yards, 13 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
If you liked Justin Herbert, you will love Tyler Shough. Shough has the size, arm and intangibles to be a franchise quarterback at the pro level. The only knock on him is his amount of starts and numbers, but he is primed for a breakout season in 2022.
Shough transferred to Texas Tech and should be able to show why he is a candidate to be a top 10 pick in the draft. He has all the makings of a star and in a short time at Oregon showed just a glimpse of his ability.
4. Matt Corral, Ole Miss
HT: 6’1” WT: 205 lbs.
2020 Statline: 3337 yards, 29 touchdowns, 14 interceptions
Corral has shown great improvement as a player under Lane Kiffin and he exploded onto the scene in 2020. His deep ball is as good as you’ll see in college football and he has very elite ball placement for a smaller quarterback. He is also no stranger to tough competition, having played in the heralded crucible of the SEC.
His footwork is questionable and because of Kiffin’s scheme he doesn’t have to throw with much anticipation. If he can improve those two areas, I can see a team taking a flier in the first round on the Rebel signal caller.
5. Kedon Slovis, USC
HT: 6’2” WT: 200 lbs.
2020 Statline: 1921 yards, 17 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
There are average, good and great quarterbacks and Kedon Slovis falls somewhere between average and good. He has limited experience but has shown good arm strength, accuracy and mobility to be a solid starter for a team in the NFL.
At times Slovis looks skittish in the pocket, routinely choosing to flee instead of standing strong to deliver the throw. He also is slow through his progressions, often staring down receivers. He will need to sit for a year at the next level but the ability is there.