MOBILE, Ala. — NFL teams scouting the best quarterbacks in the 2020 draft watched some of the top options throw at the same place this week. Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Utah State’s Jordan Love were among the notable signal-callers who participated in the Senior Bowl, and Herbert was named MVP of Saturday’s game.
There was one major problem, however. According to the coaches, scouts and executives we polled in Mobile, the dearth of quality quarterbacks is a concern heading into April’s draft.
The only consensus about this year’s QB crop is that after the top three guys, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be picked fourth. And there are even a few questions about the thrower at the top of the board, LSU’s Joe Burrow, who is the favorite to be taken No. 1 overall by the Bengals.
“This is not a good overall quarterback class, that’s for sure,” said one scout in Mobile. “There are a couple good ones, but there’s not the depth that even, like, last year [had].
“There are a couple guys that are definitely going high … a couple that will go higher than they should because that always happens because it’s such a needy position. But there’s not a lot of [depth].”
ESPN NFL Nation reporters Ben Baby, Mike Triplett, Sarah Barshop, Michael Rothstein, Jake Trotter and Brooke Pryor polled nine scouts and front-office executives in Mobile and asked them to give their early ranking of the top five quarterbacks in the 2020 class. Here are the results: