Group of Five: Any Senior QBs Worth a Look?

We have already looked at several of the underclassman QBs that could be available in the 2020 NFL Draft. Now it is time to look at some of the seniors. Instead at looking at the top of the heap, I thought I would take a peek at some of the lesser known prospects. A handful from the Group of Five schools. So, today we are going to break down Mason Fine, Riley Neal, and Blake Barnett.

Mason Fine, Sr, North Texas

Games Watched: (2018) Liberty, Rice

Fine was a lightly recruited high school recruit. This is despite being one of the most prolific high school passers of all-time. His light recruitment likely stems from being small and playing at a small Oklahoma high school.

Fine has an above-average arm. He is capable of making some of the tough throws. However, you can see him struggling mechanically at times just to get that extra bit of oomph needed. Fine does an okay job at getting through his reads but he often isn’t asked to go through many. Fine’s accuracy is all over the place. On one play, he is dropping a dime forty yards down the field. On the next play, Fine is throwing behind his receiver on a five-yard curl. He needs to do a better job of working around the pressure. Some of the things he has to overcome with his feet are directly correlated to his lack of size. I believe the 5’11” 180 he is listed at by North Texas is generous. At best, I think Mason Fine is a poor man’s, Baker Mayfield.

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.2

Production Score (Preliminary): 9

Preliminary Score (Minus Athletic Testing): 5.67

Riley Neal, Sr, Vanderbilt

Games Watched: (2017) Illinois, UAB

Riley Neal is a graduate transfer from Ball State. Neal has the prototypical size for an NFL quarterback. At least what the prototype size use to be. My favorite thing about his game is the way he manipulates the pocket. Neal does a superb job of navigating through the pass rush. Whether it be side-stepping a rusher, stepping up inside, or escaping it altogether, Neal is game. He throws a catchable football, especially on some of the back-shoulder throws. Neal is mechanically sound.

What Riley Neal doesn’t have is a big arm. He lacks zip on the intermediate to deep throws. He is a player to watch closely in the fall to see how he performs in the SEC.

Tape Score (Preliminary):  7.6

Production Score (Preliminary): 6

Preliminary Score (Minus Athletic Testing): 5.46

Blake Barnett, Sr, South Florida

Games Watched: (2018) Georgia Tech, Illinois

Blake Barnett is the rare dual transfer. He started at Alabama before transferring mid-season. Barnett landed at Arizona State. He then grad transferred to South Florida. Barnett was one of the top QBs coming out of high school.

On the field, Barnett is quite pedestrian. He is average to below average in every category. Barnett’s biggest strength is his maneuverability. His accuracy is hit or miss. I will need to see a lot more from him in 2019 to make think he is nothing more than a camp arm.

Tape Score (Preliminary): 6.6

Production Score (Preliminary): 6

Preliminary Score (Minus Athletic Testing): 4.86

On our next journey during the QB voyage, we will head to the Big Ten and look at three of their senior prospects.

Images courtesy of North Texas Athletics, Rick Yeatts, George Walker IV / Tennessean and Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images

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