2016 NFL draft: Top 10 quarterbacks
TOP 10 QUARTERBACK PROSPECTS
1. Jared Goff, California. Height: 6-4. Weight: 215. Class: Junior. Stats: 64.5 completion percentage, 4,714 yards, 43 touchdowns, 13 interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.82. Projection: Top 5.
Rewrote the Cal record book, though comparable numbers like passer rating, yards per pass and completion percentage don’t quite match former Golden Bears star Aaron Rodgers.
2. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State. Height: 6-5¼. Weight: 237. Class: Senior. Stats: 62.5 completion percentage, 1,651 yards, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.78. Projection: Top 5.
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Missed the second half of last season with a broken bone in his wrist, but no quarterback in this class can match his blend of size, speed and arm talent.
3. Paxton Lynch, Memphis. Height: 6-6⅝. Weight: 244. Class: Senior. Stats: 66.8 completion percentage, 3,778 yards, 28 touchdowns, four interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.86. Projection: Round 1-2.
Could become the most talented quarterback in this class, but needs a lot of polish with understanding an NFL offense and could become a bust.
4. Connor Cook, Michigan State. Height: 6-4. Weight: 217. Class: Senior. Stats: 56.1 completion percentage, 3,131 yards, 24 touchdowns, seven interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.79. Projection: Round 2.
Possesses many of the tools needed from an elite quarterback prospect, but accuracy and intangibles remain uncertain.
5. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State. Height: 6-4⅜. Weight: 223. Class: Junior. Stats: 53.5 completion percentage, 2,525 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, six interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.78. Projection: Round 2-3.
The nation’s top high school quarterback prospect three years ago never lived up to expectations in Happy Valley.
6. Cardale Jones, Ohio State. Height: 6-5. Weight: 253. Class: Junior. Stats: 62.3 completion percentage, 1,459 yards, eight touchdowns, five interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.81. Projection: Round 4.
Showed his considerable upside coming off the sideline to lead the Buckeyes over Oregon in the 2015 national championship game, but also his rough edges losing the starting quarterback job last season.
7. Jacoby Brissett, North Carolina State. Height: 6-3¾. Weight: 231. Class: Senior. Stats: 60 completion percentage, 2,662 yards, 20 touchdowns, six interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.94. Projection: Round 4-5.
More athletic than his 40-time indicates, has the potential to become a starter down the road but must improve deep-ball accuracy.
8. Kevin Hogan, Stanford. Height: 6-3¼. Weight: 218. Class: Senior. Stats: 67.8 completion percentage, 2,867 yards, 27 touchdowns, eight interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.79. Projection: Round 4-5.
Needs a couple years to develop and fix his throwing motion, but good athleticism, arm strength and touch on his deep ball offers plenty of potential.
9. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State. Height: 6-2¼. Weight: 226. Class: Senior. Stats: 66.2 completion percentage, 3,793 yards, 29 touchdowns, five interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.79. Projection: Round 4-5.
Talented arm with good mobility, but may be classic example of good college quarterback unable to succeed at the next level.
10. Brandon Allen, Arkansas. Height: 6-1⅜. Weight: 217. Class: Senior. Stats: 65.9 completion percentage, 3,440 yards, 30 touchdowns, eight interceptions. 40-yard dash: 4.84. Projection: Round 6-7.
Undersized with small hands, but could develop into solid backup and has drawn comparisons to former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn.