After beginning the year as potentially one of the most heralded quarterback classes in recent memory, poor performance could have many teams reconsidering the top of their 2018 draft boards come next April.
It’s a beautiful thing. Without it, all we’d have are reason and patience, and who would ever want to live in a world like that?
Hype is a word that has been thrown around quite a bit when it comes to the quarterbacks class for the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. Before the season started, fans of several teams were already getting their custom jersey orders ready for whatever franchise signal-caller they expected to take with the first overall pick.
However, with over half of the college football season in the books, the hype train on several of the top quarterbacks in the 2018 class has begun to slow significantly. Hype only continues when production is able to keep pace, and as of now, many of these quarterbacks have struggled to do so. Scouts and front office personnel must decide whether mitigating circumstances — injury, surrounding team performance — can excuse some of the troublesome trends — namely turnovers — that they’ve seen up to this point.
The remainder of the draft process, specifically the Combine and interview process, will also factor in heavily but this could still wind up as one of the more polarizing classes in recent memory. Not to mention the fact that many of the top quarterbacks still have eligibility remaining and could decide to return to school in 2018 in the hopes of rebuilding their draft stock.
As the end of the season draws nearer, conference championships and bowl games will play a big role in the final tape evaluation of the quarterbacks in this class. In the meantime, however, let’s take a look at how the rankings stack up based on Week 8 as we make our way into Week 9: