SEC: Who Is the Top Senior QB for the 2020 Draft Class?

SEC Jake Bentley

The underclassmen QBs in the SEC are the headline grabbers. However, the conference has a few seniors looking to make draft waves in 2019.

So, let’s take a look at Jake Bentley, Joe Burrow, and Ben Hicks.

Jake Bentley, Sr, South Carolina

Games Watched: (2018) Georgia, Clemson

For the sake of this writeup, I re-watched the two games listed above. However, make no mistake about it, I have watched every single snap of Jake Bentley’s career.

Bentley has plus arm talent. He makes throws across the field and into tight windows. Bentley gets through reads quickly and generally makes the right call. He does an alright job of stepping up in the pocket. I will not sugarcoat this. Jake Bentley has some of the worst feet I have ever seen. His mechanics have been nothing short of dismal for three seasons. Bentley consistently sails balls high and wide.

If there is a potential silver lining, Bentley has been training with renown QB guru David Morris this summer. Morris helped mold Daniel Jones into becoming the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7

Production Score (Preliminary): 7

Preliminary Score (Minus Athletic Testing): 5.25

Joe Burrow, Sr, LSU

Games Watched: (2018) Mississippi State, Texas A&M

Burrow was buried on the depth chart at Ohio State so he elected to ply his trade in Baton Rouge.

Burrow is what usually gets labeled as a “game manager”. He generally takes care of the football. Burrow has below-average arm strength. He throws a catchable pass and maneuvers in the pocket well. If I had to pick a QB to go win me a football game, Burrow probably wouldn’t be my first choice.

Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.2

Production Score (Preliminary): 7

Preliminary Score (Minus Athletic Testing): 5.37

Ben Hicks, Sr, Arkansas

Games Watched: (2018) Michigan, Houston

Hicks was a three-year starter for SMU. Upon graduating, he decided to transfer to Arkansas to play for his former head coach, Chad Morris.

Hicks doesn’t have what I would call an above-average trait. He has an average arm. Hicks doesn’t run himself into trouble in the pocket. However, he is prone to the occasional boneheaded throw. It is altogether possible that he can elevate his play with the coach that originally recruited him.

Tape Score (Preliminary): 6.8

Production Score (Preliminary): 7

Preliminary Score (Minus Athletic Testing): 5.13

On our next journey during the QB voyage, we will head out west.

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