If you look at any mock draft between now and April 29th you are likely to see five quarterbacks going in round one. In some order, you will see Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Zach Wilson (BYU), Justin Fields (Ohio State), Trey Lance (North Dakota State), and Mac Jones (Alabama) being selected on the first day.
The question then becomes who gets drafted next? And when do they come off of the board? Over the last five years, an average of 12 quarterbacks has been selected. A low of 10 was taken in 2017 with a high of 15 off the board in 2016.
Five signal callers have been selected in the first round twice since 1999 (’99 & ’18). In both instances, a total of 13 were taken overall in each class.
So, who will be the other eight who get taken in the 2021 class? Let’s look at the contenders.
Trask should be the next QB taken after the first round. He was a productive passer over the last 1 ½ seasons in Gainesville. Trask isn’t much of an athlete. However, he does a good job manipulating inside of the pocket. Trask is accurate with a decent arm.
Kellen Mond-Texas A&M
Ian Book-Notre Dame
Mond has become the popular name after Chris Simms said he was a top-four QB in this class and said he was as good as Trevor Lawrence. Stuff like that builds up too high of expectations. That is not saying Mond doesn’t have a lot to like. His teammates love him. Mond rewrote the Texas A&M record books. He is fairly athletic and can make plays off-script. When Mond is in rhythm he can be great. This was evidenced in the third quarter of the 2021 Senior Bowl. A game in which Mond was named MVP. He just completely lacks any sort of consistency.
Book was a gamer at Notre Dame. He is undersized, doesn’t have the biggest arm, but he just makes plays. Book is athletic enough to make plays outside of the pocket.
Davis Mills has great size and a good arm. He is also inconsistent and never produced at a high clip. However, it is the upside with Mills that teams may take a flyer on.
DRAFT LATE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS
Jamie Newman-Wake Forest
Every player in this group has one or two things about them that could be special. Or they could all flame out quickly.