Barry Jackson wrote:
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has three in his top 25 draft eligible players: Oregon’s JUSTIN HERBERT (sixth overall), Ohio State’s DWAYNE HASKINS (11th) and Duke’s DANIEL JONES (25).
Many expect Herbert to return for his senior season and if he doesn’t, Miami wouldn’t be drafting high enough to get him without a trade.
“Herbert has arm talent and athleticism, but I’d like to see more consistency overall,” Kiper said.
Of Haskins, Kiper writes on ESPN.com: “Haskins is eligible for this draft because he’s a third-year sophomore, and there’s some buzz that he could leave school after just one season as the starter. There’s a lot to like about him as a prospect: he has a big arm, shows great anticipation on his throws, takes care of the ball and has solid athleticism (though he’s not a great runner). The high ceiling is there, and that’s what NFL teams draft for. With 46 touchdown passes and just eight picks -- plus an utter domination of one of college football’s best defenses last week -- Haskins has first-round potential.”
If Herbert returns to school, Kiper sees Jones as having “ a real chance to be the No. 1 quarterback off the board. The most impressive trait I’ve seen from Jones this season is his ability to buy time in the pocket and use his feet to get square and make a throw. He has thrown 27 interceptions in his three seasons as the starter, and he forces passes at times, but he has mostly cut down on the poor throws this season.”
Some rate Missouri’s DREW LOCK as a likely first-rounder, but Kiper doesn’t. He has him as the No. 4 draft eligible quarterback, followed by West Virginia’s Will Grier (Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum watched Grier two weeks ago)
Kiper’s sixth through 10th QB prospects: NC State’s RYAN FINLEY, Iowa’s NATHAN STANLEY, Stanford’s KJ COSTELLO, Washington State’s GARDNER MINSHEW and Auburn’s JARRETT STIDHAM.
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