You have to wonder how many people who had a quarterback pick out of the 2018 draft were able to get them.
So, let’s do some homework here.
First, let me point out that the quarterback draft is one of the more secretive aspects of the NFL, and that’s because it’s one of those areas where it’s almost like a black box.
You have no idea how many picks are on the board, how many of them are in play, and what the players actually look like.
That’s not to say there aren’t any intriguing names.
That doesn’t mean the quarterbacks who were taken in the first two rounds of the draft are the most intriguing prospects, because there are plenty of other options.
However, the more interesting names who are on offer are the ones who were picked in the third round or later.
Here’s how to get a glimpse of the quarterback depth chart this offseason and into the future.
In order to get to the quarterback board, you’ll have to go back to the 2017 draft, which was the only time the league has had a free agency draft since 1992.
The league has expanded the free agency calendar every year since then, so you can expect to see some of the same names over the next two weeks.
Here are the names that are expected to be available in the 2019 draft: 1.
Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan: There is a lot of hype around Rudock.
The 6-foot-4, 224-pounder had the most impressive season of any quarterback taken in that draft, completing 69.4 percent of his passes and completing 65.4 of his throws for 3,715 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
He had a career passer rating of 116.5, which ranks 13th all-time among quarterbacks who threw at least 1,000 passes.
He is the first Michigan quarterback to be drafted since Matt Kalil in 2009.
Mitch Trubisky, QB/WR, North Carolina: The Tar Heels have had one of their top quarterbacks since he joined the program in 2013, so it’s hard to think they won’t keep their top pick for the 2019 season.
The fifth overall pick in last year’s draft, Trubik is a huge talent who has shown flashes of brilliance, but he also is a rookie, and he was the most consistent passer in the ACC in 2017, completing 60.5 percent of passes for 3.931 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Trubkisky had the highest passer rating in the country in 2017 with a 105.6, which is second all- time among QBs who threw more than 1,100 passes.
Paxton Lynch, QB (QB), Memphis: Lynch is a versatile quarterback who can be a playmaker or a risk-taker, and the Tennessee offense was a lot more effective when he was in the fold.
He threw for 3 and 7 TDs and rushed for 479 yards, good for ninth all-purpose yards in school history, in his only season with the Tigers.
He has the highest completion percentage of any QB drafted in the last 10 drafts.
Paolo Uggetti, RB (RB), Clemson: The former first-round pick from UCF has made a name for himself with Clemson, racking up over 1,300 rushing yards in seven seasons and earning a spot in the College Football Playoff this season.
Uggett has been one of several backs selected in the 2017 NFL draft, including in the fourth round and sixth round.
He was the top running back in the nation in 2017.
Derek Carr, QB: Carr is the youngest of the three quarterbacks on this list.
The son of former Oakland Raiders quarterback Jimmie Carr and former Los Angeles Rams receiver Steve Carr, Derek was the first quarterback taken after Jimmie in the 2012 draft.
His first two seasons were mostly forgettable, but his third season was a breakout campaign with 3,065 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.
Carr is currently the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL behind Tom Brady, who is set to make $72 million over the course of his contract.
Andrew Luck, QB(RB), Indianapolis: Luck is in a similar position to the three former first round picks.
The Colts have struggled with injuries at quarterback this year, so they’ve made a concerted effort to move on from a guy who has led them to a Super Bowl title.
Luck is the best quarterback in this class, but the Colts need to move him sooner rather than later, and they’re hoping to add a run-stopper in the draft.
Deshaun Watson, QB / RB, Clemson: Watson has been an electric player in the Tigers offense for a while now.
He finished with 4,912 rushing yards as a freshman and set Clemson’s career rushing total at 5,564 for his career.
He also led the