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CFB’s Top 25 NFL Draft-Eligible QBs: Week 4

  • The Draft Network
  • September 20, 2021
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Heading into Week 4 of the season, we’re beginning to get a better idea of who the most consistent prospects in this class are, though many of the ones on this list have still yet to face the test of tougher competition. That will change in the near future, as several of these names continue to slightly shuffle from week to week.

As we move through this college football season, and release these rankings weekly, a quick note: Players enter the season with a preseason ranking that they have earned over the course of their college career up to this point. Players have good weeks and bad weeks. Some pick themselves up while others enter a downward spiral. Some start near the top, have one bad game, and consistently get worse and fall off the radar for good reason. But do not expect to see a player dropped 15 spots in the rankings because of one or two bad performances. Players will be moved down at a proper rate—there will be no jumping the gun and bouncing around here. Quarterbacks are evaluated on criteria that include accuracy, ball placement, level of mental processing, and natural/raw athletic ability.

Here’s a look at who makes the Top 25 at the quarterback position in the 2022 NFL Draft after Week 3 and who falls just short:


Last Week: No. 1

Strong and the Nevada offense faced a tough test against a Kansas State defense littered with talent. It was a tough loss, the Wolf Pack’s first of the season, but didn’t seem to be much of Strong’s fault. We’ve seen Nevada deal with drops throughout the season, something that was still somewhat of an issue Saturday.

Strong finished out the game 27-of-40 passing for 262 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Despite the loss and it not being the “strongest” performance that Strong has ever delivered, the rare ability still showed itself. Strong’s deep ball is hard to compare to anyone else’s in this class. I mean, how many can do this game in and game out?


Last Week: No. 2

Electric. If you’re trying to describe Corral’s most recent performance with one word, that’s the one.

Corral and this Ole Miss team could hardly have looked more dynamic as they put up 61 points in the victory over Tulane. Corral completed 23-of-31 passes for 335 yards with three touchdowns, also recording 68 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground on 13 carries. He’s another prospect who has come as advertised this season who possesses the special traits you look for in an elite quarterback. It will be exciting to see how he maintains that as Ole Miss begins to face tougher competition down the schedule.


Last Week: No. 3

Howell raised some question marks in a disappointing Week 1 showing against Virginia Tech (though not all of that was his fault—pass protection is a thing), but followed it up with an improved performance the following week. Howell appears to be staying on the right track, as he completed 14-of-21 passes for 307 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in the 59-39 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.


Last Week: No. 5

Willis has consistently been everything he was portrayed to be in the offseason and put up yet another outstanding performance on Saturday as Liberty blasted Old Dominion, 45-17. Willis finished out the day 21-of-28 passing for 242 yards with four touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 77 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground on nine carries.

Today’s NFL seems to have a large amount of appreciation for athletic quarterbacks, but a signal-caller should first and foremost be a talented passer with all the right stuff mentally as well. Willis is making a convincing case for himself.


Last Week: No. 4

Rattler had some early struggles then put on a solid performance (and a score that resembled a basketball one more than a football one) the following week against a lesser opponent. Rattler didn’t do anything egregious as Oklahoma outlasted Nebraska on Saturday and if you look at the stat line alone, it looks like a decent game. Rattler completed 24-of-34 passes for 214 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions.

However, we’re still seeing some of the same problems from Rattler, who lacks composure at times with some issues holding the ball too long and making errant passes. Consistency is a virtue. Despite the talent and raw ability he brings to the table that is superior to most, Rattler doesn’t have it right now.


Last Week: No. 8

Daniels missed a game with a core injury, but man did he return with a bang. Daniels completed 23-of-31 passes for 303 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Bulldogs’ 40-13 rout of South Carolina. Daniels impressed us all with how he immediately demanded attention and became one of the most heralded quarterback prospects in his four performances last year, and can continue to assume his place there if he keeps up the types of performances we saw from him in this return.


Last Week: No. 6

The game between Coastal Carolina and Buffalo was a close one, as the Chanticleers came out on top, winning 28-25. McCall completed 13-of-19 passes for 232 yards with three touchdowns and a rare interception—only the fourth of his career. To be among the youngest quarterback prospects garnering 2022 NFL Draft attention, McCall has certainly impressed.


Last Week: No. 7

Things didn’t go the way the Bearcats wanted at first in this contest, but they still ended the game with a 38-24 win over an Indiana team that looked threatening at the start. Ridder was a big part of that, poised as he helped his team come back from a 14-point deficit. It wasn’t perfect, but it continued to reflect on his leadership ability—the ability to be an essential part of a comeback is important for the prominent figure that is the player at the quarterback position.

Ridder completed 20-of-36 passes for 210 yards with one touchdown and one interception, also losing a fumble. So, some things to clean up with taking care of the football but a lot to respect as well.


Last Week: No. 10

Jurkovec is currently dealing with a wrist injury and his return for the 2021 season seems unlikely. He was on track to becoming one of the more recognized quarterbacks in this class, though. It will be interesting to see the decision he makes moving forward career-wise.

10. D’Eriq King, Miami

Last Week: No. 11

King was in the early Heisman conversation for a reason and he seems to be trying to make the best of his circumstances, as he headed into the game against Michigan State with the fifth-best completion percentage in the ACC. Miami’s offensive struggles are absolutely team-wide. He’s suffered some losses in the backfield, though, and some of the issues around him have affected his numbers. King was 38-of-59 passing for 388 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, also losing a fumble.

11. Will Levis, Kentucky

12. Kedon Slovis, USC

13. Dillon Gabriel, UCF

14. Jayden Daniels, Arizona State

15. Tyler Shough, Texas Tech

16. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

17. Jack Coan, Notre Dame

18. Emory Jones, Florida

19. Brock Purdy, Iowa State

20. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA

21. Tanner Morgan, Minnesota

22. Michael Penix Jr., Indiana

23. Dustin Crum, Kent State

24. Graham Mertz, Wisconsin

25. Jake Haener, Fresno State

Honorable mentions: Brennan Armstrong (Virginia), Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State), Sean Clifford (Penn State)

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