While the 2021 quarterback class has its three-headed monster in place, there remains an open discussion for the fourth option for teams and fantasy players alike.
Obviously, the leader of the pack is Trevor Lawrence who, in my mind, the best quarterback prospect from a physical and trait standpoint since Andrew Luck. Justin Fields and Trey Lance are vying for the second and third spot but I expect Fields to lock that up pretty handily after what many expect to be another strong season starting next week.
Now as I said, the discussion surrounding college football, devy, and dynasty circles are what do you do if you miss out on those three?
As of right now, there are four guys to watch who can take that spot. Each has been consistent in terms of production and on film with displaying traits teams will look for come next April.
The four guys I see as battling for this fourth spot are Kyle Trask of Florida, Zach Wilson of BYU, Tanner Morgan of Minnesota, and Mac Jones of Alabama. While all have produced some serious numbers, this year and last, each one has a trait that separates them and gives them a boost over the others.
Kyle Trask, Florida
Best Trait: Growth
Coming into last year the Florida Gators had high expectations led by quarterback Feleipe Franks. Fast forward a year and Franks is now at Arkansas leading them on their resurgence and Kyle Trask is the main man in Gainesville building his own resume up. Before last year, after a Franks injury, Trask had not started since his Sophomore year of high school! He ended being D’Eriq King’s backup while at Manvel High School in Texas.
He came to Gainesville a three-star recruit who ran a lot of scout team and had backup duties. Under Dan Mullen’s watchful eye, however, he has turned into one of the nation’s best quarterback prospects and its the continued growth teams and scouts love. You don’t want a guy who you believe has plateaued or peaked in college. Trask is the rare case where you can see each week his arm and mind grow rep by rep. His constant connection you see with Kyle Pitts and others is something people like Tyler Forness have been noticing since last year and for good reason. The man is just warming up.
Kyle Trask to Kyle Pitts is going to be a lethal combination next season pic.twitter.com/nt2HQrU5vb
— Tyler Forness (@TheRealForno) May 26, 2020
Zach Wilson, BYU
Best Trait: Arm Talent
All credit for discovering and believing in Zach Wilson from all the way back to last year goes to Dante Collineli. Wilson entered 2020 with an average stat line and an erratic arm, but through five games of the season he has tamed his arm and made it the most lethal offensive weapon in college football. Wilson has actually already eclipsed his touchdown total from 2019.
Wilson has the arm to make every throw on the field and at every level. Few quarterbacks outside of Trevor Lawrence can claim they can do that, but Wilson is one of them. I would argue his arm talent is on the same level as Fields and Lance as well, the only question being can he keep it under control at the next level. He is without a doubt one of the most fun guys to watch and eventually breakdown in this 2021 quarterback class if he keeps making throws like this.
Zach Wilson lobs it up for a 78 yard TD pass — the longest of his career 🔥 pic.twitter.com/r0wCTDPNRS
— ESPN (@espn) October 17, 2020
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Tanner Morgan, Minnesota
Best Trait: Mechanics
We haven’t seen Tanner Morgan yet in 2020 (apart from the Outback Bowl) but this Saturday we see him go against an always tough Michigan defense. Last year, Morgan’s receivers Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman were the ones receiving the hype and praise but it’s Morgan has been feeding the rock to them.
When you watch Morgan he is so mechanically sound he almost looks robotic at times but that is obviously something that can be fixed at the next level with coaching. Him having the right mechanics will give a leg up on a lot of the competition here in this discussion. The mechanics allow for the results his arm produces, like throwing the ball to the likes of Tyler Johnson when he has issues separating or Rashod Bateman when he works a corner to get open and separate.
The latter is rather excited to see his quarterback play, to say the least.
And Tanner Morgan https://t.co/kGuwUkbi1n
— Rashod Bateman (@R_bateman2) October 17, 2020
Mac Jones, Alabama
Best Trait: Ball Placement/Touch
Mac “Charmin” Jones has the softest touch and best placement of any quarterback in this class in my opinion. This 2021 quarterback class has a lot of great arm talents but Jones is in a league of his own in this department.
Does Jones have the best receiving group in college? Absolutely. It helps to have guys like Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle to throw to but he helps those guys be what they are. With Devonta Smith, he thrives as a possession receiver and redzone target. Jones is able to get the ball to him with the right placement time and again for Smith to make plays at all levels of the field. For Waddle, look at plays like this to see how soft his touch is and how he drops it in the bucket for Waddle to not lose his step in his route to score the big touchdown.
GOODBYE JAYLEN WADDLE! 90 YARDS TO THE HOUSE! pic.twitter.com/SCaA6rYY9e
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 18, 2020
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