NFL Draft QB breakdown: Does Kyler Murray have what it takes to go No. 1? |

NFL Draft QB breakdown: Does Kyler Murray have what it takes to go No. 1?

Joe Rutter
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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray goes through passing drills at the Oklahoma NFL Pro Day in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins passes during NFL Pro Day at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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West Virginia quarterback Will Grier runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The NFL Draft will be conducted April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn. Each day leading up to the first round, the Tribune-Review is compiling a positional preview of the top draft prospects.

Today: Quarterbacks


1. Kyler Murray

Oklahoma, 5-10, 207

Murray followed in Baker Mayfield’s footsteps by winning the Heisman Trophy. Now he’s hoping to do it again by being the first overall pick in the draft. Murray joined Deshaun Watson as the only quarterbacks in FBS history to pass for more than 4,000 yards and exceed 1,000 rushing in a season.

2. Dwayne Haskins

Ohio State, 6-3, 231

Haskins finished third in Heisman voting after passing for an FBS-best 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns in 14 starts. He also ranked among the top five passers with a 70 percent completion percentage. Unlike Murray, Haskins hasn’t faced questions about his size.

3. Drew Lock

Missouri, 6-4, 228

Lock had more passing yardage and touchdowns in 2017, his junior year, but he improved his completion percentage as a senior, finding his receivers on almost 63 percent of his passes. He also reduced his interceptions in his senior year when he had 28 touchdowns passes and eight picks.

4. Daniel Jones

Duke, 6-5, 221

Jones missed two games in 2018 because of a broken clavicle, but he passed for 2,674 yards and 22 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He had perhaps his best game in an Independence Bowl win over Temple when he threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns.

5. Ryan Finley

N.C. State, 6-4, 213

Finley started at Boise State before transferring to the ACC when Brett Rypien replaced him as the starter. At N.C. State, Finley completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,928 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2018.

6. Will Grier

West Virginia, 6-2, 217

Grier put up plenty of highlights during his two years in Morgantown following his transfer from Florida. As a senior, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns while throwing just eight interceptions.

7. Jarrett Stidham

Auburn, 6-2, 218

Stidham started at Baylor and had a stop at a community college before landing at Auburn, where he was the SEC newcomer of the year in 2017. He didn’t enjoy as much success as a senior when he completed just 60.7 percent of his passes for 2,794 yards and 18 touchdowns, although he only threw five interceptions.

8. Tyree Jackson

Buffalo, 6-7, 249

Jackson excelled against MAC competition as a junior when he was named the conference player of the year. After three seasons with Buffalo, he toyed with transferring but changed his mind and declared for the draft. He passed for 3,131 yards and 28 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, but he completed just 55.3 percent of his throws.

9. Clayton Thorson

Northwestern, 6-4, 222

Thorson played in 53 games during his four years at Northwestern. After tearing his ACL in the Music City Bowl, he returned for his senior season and started 13 of 14 games. He passed for 3,183 yards and 17 touchdowns, but he also threw 15 interceptions.

10. Brett Rypien

Boise State, 6-2, 210

The nephew of former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, Brett was a four-year starter at Boise State, winning the Mountain West offensive player of the year award in 2018. He finished with 13,581 passing yards and 1,036, both conference records. As a senior, he passed for 3,705 yards and 30 touchdowns.


Trace McSorley

Penn State, 6-0, 202

After strong sophomore and junior seasons, a so-so senior year caused McSorley’s draft stock to drop to the point where he is considered to be a borderline late-round pick. He completed just 53 percent of his passes as a senior for 2,530 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 798 yards and 12 scores.

Best fit for Steelers


After selecting Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph in the 2017-18 drafts, respectively, the Steelers are set at the position and likely won’t use one of their 10 draft picks on a passer.

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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