McShay's QB grades: 2019 NFL draft class vs. first-rounders since 2016
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How does this year’s crop of NFL draft signal-callers compare to quarterbacks taken in the first round since 2016?
Below are my grades and excerpts from my scouting reports for every first-round QB over the past three years, along with the grades for my top four guys — Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Ryan Finley — in this class. These are in order of highest grade to lowest. Let’s take a look.
Note: The “as a prospect” blurbs are how we viewed each player coming out of college. The grades are from my final evaluations before they were drafted.
Pre-draft ranking: No. 4 overall
As a prospect: “There’s no question that he developed some bad habits with his footwork (lazy/sloppy with lower-body at times) and ball security (dangling ball with one hand when moving in the pocket), but both are correctable. The bottom line is that Darnold is the most complete quarterback in the 2018 class, and he has the type of makeup that most good NFL starters possess. Darnold grades out as a high-level NFL starting quarterback, and he projects to be a