Throughout the process leading up to the NFL draft, there has been one topic stealing all the headlines, the 2022 quarterback class. For the first time in a long time, there is no sure-fire franchise quarterback that teams can bank on being “the guy”.
There’s loads of potential, however, no one that one can say with full confidence can take their team to the next level.
Guys like Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder, Matt Corral, and Kenny Pickett have plenty of upside. However, their tape often provides more questions than answers. Such a ‘down’ year might seem concerning about the future going forward.
However, the future of the quarterback position in college football shines as bright as ever. From the current college crop all the way down to high school, the talent pool runs deep. It is safe to say that the streak of quarterbacks not going number one in the NFL draft will not be a long one.
Starting at the top is Alabama’s, Bryce Young. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner could have potentially been the first quarterback off the board this year, had he been eligible. Young has a chance to be the first pick in the 2023 draft and is certainly the favorite to repeat for the Heisman. However, it won’t be easy.
CJ Stroud came on strong for Ohio State in 2021 and caught the attention of NFL scouts during the Buckeyes pro-day. Stroud will have an endless array of weapons this fall and looks to have a monster year. The red-shirt sophomore will also be eligible for the 2023 draft and will also be a favorite to be the top player in the land. Look for both players to steal the headlines as they battle it out for signal-caller supremacy.
The list doesn’t stop with just Young and Stroud, however. College football is filled with grizzled veterans and young up-and-comers that will soon be playing on Sundays. USC transfer Caleb Williams could really explode for Lincoln Riley this fall. Dillon Gabriel will be replacing him at Oklahoma and is another that should put up impressive numbers.
The SEC is littered with quarterback talent. You have names like Spencer Rattler in South Carolina and Will Levis at Kentucky. There is Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker, Emory Jones, and Anthony Richardson down in Florida, as well as KJ Jefferson with the Razorbacks.
The ACC has Sam Hartman with Wake Forest, Brennan Armstrong in Virginia, Kedon Slovis now at Pitt, and Louisville’s Malik Cunningham. Across the country, you have young up-and-comers like Quinn Ewers in Texas and Cade Klubnik with Clemson. Speaking of Klubnik, he will have a battle with DJ Uiagalelei who is looking to reach his promise.
There are other names to keep an eye on as well. Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall and the Hurricanes Tyler Van Dyke look to have big years as well. The collegiate ranks have no shortage of talent all across the country.
The high-school level is loaded as well. Just in the 2023 recruiting class alone the quarterback class is loaded. Peyton and Eli Manning’s nephew Arch will most likely headline the class and looks to be a third-generation star. Names like Dante Moore, Malachi Nelson, and Nicholaus Iamaleava will also soon be lighting up the scoreboards on Saturdays.
-The quarterback position is in as good of hands as it ever has been as we look towards the future. NFL teams looking for their future franchise signal-caller won’t have to wait very long. Even after a year where there seems to be a shortage of “franchise” guys, the future is bright. There is certainly no shortage of talent when it concerns the most important position on the football field.