- Aaron Rodgers | ADP: 17.8
Supporting Cast (+++): Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett. He also has an up and coming running game that can also catch out of the backfield.
Offensive Line (++): A talented unit, especially at the tackle position but was hit with the injury bug in 2016.
Division (++): Chicago and Detroit are not good at defending the pass.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 11/32
- Tom Brady | ADP: 19.6
Supporting Cast (+++): Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski are all dangerous threats. All of his running backs are excellent pass catchers and heavily involved there.
Offensive Line (++): The unit as a whole is underrated and isn’t much of a factor when Brady gets the ball off so quickly.
Division (+++): Arguably the worst division in football. Brady owns the division and each defense against the pass are very poor.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 19/32
- Matt Ryan | ADP: 38.1
Supporting Cast (++): Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel and Austin Hooper. Ryan also loves to throw it to his running backs, who are both great pass catchers and very involved.
Offensive Line (++): Not an excellent unit, but they performed well enough in 2016.
Division (+++): Tampa Bay, Carolina and New Orleans all have trouble defending the pass.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 7/32
- Drew Brees | ADP: 36.3
Supporting Cast (++): Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Willie Snead and Coby Fleener. Peterson and Ingram aren’t pass catchers but rookie Alvin Kamara is.
Offensive Line (+): Not a very good unit, but young. Brees gets the ball out quick and will adjust.
Division (+++) The falcons were 28th against the pass in 2016 but were without their number one cornerback for a while. Jalen Collins is suspended. Until further notice, they can be passed on.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 1/32
- Andrew Luck + | ADP: 68.7 ** May not play week one
Supporting Cast (+++): TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Kamar Aiken and Jack Doyle. Adding Aiken was huge for Indy. Frank Gore is actually a good pass catcher and Luck will have some really good options.
Offensive Line (+++): The right side is a bit shaky, but I actually really like this offensive line this year.
Division (+): Usually the soft division, but the Jaguars and Titans have really improved defensively. JJ Watt is back in action and the Texans always have a good defense.
Strength of Schedule for QBs: 24/32
6. Kirk Cousins | ADP: 88.4 | SoS: 31/32
7. Russell Wilson | ADP: 61.4 | SoS: 9/32
8. Marcus Mariota | ADP: 106.8 | SoS: 16/32
9. Derek Carr | ADP: 73.0 | SoS: 32/32
10. Jameis Winston | ADP: 91.3 | 5/32
(+++) 3/3 – Very strong, excellent, strong confidence
(++) 2/3 – Good, not great. Satisfactory, not to be concerned with
(+) 1/3 – Worrisome, may cause issue for the player, caution
ADP: Average Drafted Position
Strength of Schedule (SoS): 1 – Least Difficult, 32nd – Most Difficult
What is fantasy Strength of Schedule? (From FantasyPros.com)
Each team’s Strength of Schedule (SOS) displays the relative ease or difficulty of their matchups for the season. SOS is measured by calculating the fantasy points allowed by each team’s opponents to determine who has the easiest and most difficult fantasy schedules. Teams with the easiest schedules face opponents with the highest fantasy points allowed.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers seem to be in the market for a quarterback, but how early? Analysts seem to think selection 30 is a possible spot for one. Kizer has been linked to the Steelers at that juncture, could he be the heir to Big Ben? Will the Steelers pull the trigger on a quarterback that early?
DeShone Kizer #14 | Notre Dame
6’4 233lbs | RS Sophomore
What’s to like: NFL size. Relaxed pocket presence, climbs the latter well. Very accurate on short-intermediate throws. Good on his feet, is a threat as a runner but has a pass-first mentality. According to NFL.com, Kizer posted 18 rushing touchdowns the past two seasons. Can make all throws asked of him. Has a tremendous arm. Excels at throwing at bigger targets, knows where to put the ball where only that target can get it. Footwork is a plus, just needs to trust himself after three seconds. Attempts to make a play in non-ideal situations: taking a big hit, while getting sacked, escaping the pocket etc. Not a ton of experience, but that makes him all the more desirable since he has all the traits.
Concerns: Needs to improve on leading receivers. Takes sacks more often than necessary. Fixed on his first target too long and often, makes him easier to read. Too many lazy interceptions on bad reads. According to NFL.com. Kizer threw at least one interception in 15 of his 23 started games. Drops his eyes when first couple reads unavailable. Shoots for the tight window more often than he should, those windows are non-existent, or rare in the NFL. Looks like he may not trust himself at times, hesitant and then becomes fussed. Confidence was shaken by his coach.
Verdict: A medium-rare prospect in terms of rawness. Has experience but not enough. Will benefit from a better coach, environment, and support system. His flaws are decision based and I believe can be fixed with proper coaching and experience. Has the arm strength, accuracy, pocket presence (when comfortable) and footwork. I saw a lot of drops and fumbles from his receivers, which tweaked his numbers a bit. If Kizer isn’t thrown into the fire, he can develop very smoothly into an NFL quarterback. I would only take Kizer, or any QB for that matter, at pick 30 if and only if this is Ben Roethlisberger’s final season. With the luxury 3rd round compensatory pick, it really is tough to rule out anything.
2016 Stats: 212/361 (58.7 % completion) for 2925 yards. 26 TD, 9 INT. Rushed 129 times for 472 yards (3.7 avg). 8 rush TD. 1 punt for 37 yards against Stanford.
Grade: Early Round 2 | Projection: First Round
Games watched: Stanford 2016, Duke 2016, USC 2016, Miami (FL) 2016, Syracuse 2016
Stats courtesy: Sports-Reference, NFL.com
Photo courtesy: CSN Chicago
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are doing their due dilligence on quarterbacks, even though the team signed Landry Jones to an extension. The Steelers seem to have interest in Miami (FL) quarterback Brad Kaaya, whom they met at the NFL Combine and spent time with him at his pro day.
Brad Kaaya | University of Miami (FL)
6’4 214lbs | Junior
What’s to like: Excellent mechanics, according to NFL.com Kaaya has been schooled on them since eight years old. Has very good footwork. Excellent touch on the football and knowledge of when to throw with touch. Has good pocket awareness, climbs the pocket when necessary. Doesn’t panic when pressured, stays calm and collected. Has a good looking deep ball. Shows good touch in between linebackers and safeties. Keeps his balance, doesn’t throw off back foot often.
Concerns: Lack of NFL arm strength, under throws frequently. Too often does he take the sack rather than throwing ball away. Too many pre-determined throws, can he go through a progression? I’d like to see more zip on the football, NFL defenders will have a split second more to make a play on the ball. Accuracy and ball placement is spotty throwing to the sidelines. According to NFL.com, Kaaya completed just 38% of his passes between 11-20 yards in 2016. Needs to sell the play fake better. Gives away his intentions too easily, defensive backs can read him without issue.
Verdict: With the mechanics and footwork needed to become a starting quarterback, Kaaya’s tape is encouraging. He has some flaws, some personal and some scheme related. The Steelers seem interested in him and with Ben flirting with retirement, they may be open to drafting a kid with raw ability with a higher ceiling than Landry Jones. I believe Kaaya will be a better pro than collegiate quarterback.
2016 Stats: 261/421 passing (62% completion), 3532 yards, 27 TD, 7 INT, 150.3 passing efficiency rating, 1 rushing TD.
Grade: Round 4 | Projection: Round 3
Games watched: Virginia 2016, Notre Dame 2016, Appalachian State 2016, Pittsburgh 2016, UNC 2016
Stats courtesy: Sports-Reference, NFL.com
Photo courtesy: ChatSports
Video courtesy: DraftBreakdown.com