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The NFL Comparison for Top 10 QB Recruits from Class of 2015

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 13, 2014

The NFL Comparison for Top 10 QB Recruits from Class of 2015

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    Dave Martin

    NFL comparisons are always fun, as they give people a chance to see which popular professional players  recruits most likely resemble.

    Quarterbacks are up, and the 2015 class has a great set of passing prospects. While many comparisons can be made, the focus will be on the 10 best quarterback recruits in the country.

    A passer in California plays similarly to an NFL quarterback not far from his home, while his rival looks like an NFC South field general on tape. Also, another 2015 quarterback recruit has similar skills to a passer who just won the Super Bowl.

Sheriron Jones

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    Evan Vucci

    At 6'2" and 180 pounds, 4-star quarterback Sheriron Jones can make something out of nothing with ease. He's an athletic field general who can elude rushers and escape traffic.

    Jones has some rawness to his game, but he has more magic. The California native shows good arm strength to all areas of the field, and when he's in sync with his mechanics, he's terrific.

    His athletic and improvisational ability are both a lot like that of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Ty Storey

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    An Arkansas commitment, 4-star quarterback Ty Storey has a chance to be a good one. The 6'3", 216-pounder isn't going to impress a lot of people with his running ability, but he can beat defenses from the pocket.

    Storey does a great job of throwing into windows, especially on in-breaking routes. He has solid accuracy, and his arm strength is above average.

    Giants quarterback Eli Manning is Storey's NFL comparison. 

Drew Lock

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    At 6'5" and 195 pounds, Drew Lock is a 4-star quarterback prospect who is committed to Missouri. Lock is a passer who lives and dies by his arm strength, as it can be his worst enemy sometimes.

    The Show Me State native is a gunslinger who has no shortage of confidence in his ability to rifle passes past defenders and into tight spots. He can be streaky with his accuracy, plus he's a better athlete than given credit.

    Lock is a lot like Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears.

Brady White

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    Hailing from California, Brady White is a 4-star passing prospect who might not have a dominant skill. However, he grades out in the above-average range of almost everything.

    White isn't very big at just 6'2" and 190 pounds, but he can get the ball downfield from the pocket. His accuracy and mechanics are consistent, plus he sees the field well. His ability to work through his reads while also playing with some mobility is comparable to Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Blake Barnett

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    At 6'3.5" and 195 pounds, Blake Barnett has a ton of potential. He's as physically gifted as any quarterback on this list, but he needs to shorten his release.

    Free-agent quarterback Byron Leftwich would be a nice comparison for Barnett, but the 4-star prospect is significantly more mobile than the professional passer. Barnett's mobility, great arm strength and quirky release makes him a similar quarterback to Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers.

Kyler Murray

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    This comparison isn't as big a slam dunk as you might think. Sure, 4-star quarterback Kyler Murray is 5'11", just like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. However, Wilson has a stronger arm, plus he has a thicker frame.

    Yet they're both solidly accurate from the pocket. Like Wilson, Murray is a good decision-maker who can also make plays with his legs. 

    Greg Powers of Scout.com wrote on April 5, "Murray is as smooth as silk. He is a well-oiled machine at the position and can make all the throws with pinpoint accuracy."

Jarrett Stidham

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    Like Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, 5-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham has played some receiver in his career.

    Stidham is an athletic passer who is 6'3.5" and 190 pounds. He has good release quickness in his throwing motion, plus he possesses great arm strength. He can get out on the run to make good throws to targets, plus he's competitive and confident.

    Just like Tannehill.

Torrance Gibson

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    A southpaw from Florida, 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson flashes brilliance at times. He can also leave you wanting a little bit more.

    Gibson has great physical tools, plus he's 6'4" and 200 pounds. He has raw passing skills, but he displays good arm strength and athleticism. He makes solid decisions with the ball, but the Sunshine State native is still working on putting it all together.

    He's a similar quarterback to Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans.

Ricky Town

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    Ricky Town has average mobility, but the star of his show is his right arm. The 6'4", 205-pounder is an accurate passer who has a quick release and good arm strength.

    He beats defenses with his mind and arm talent. Town can spray the ball well to all areas of the field, plus he reads defenses and has a good feel for the game. The 5-star USC commitment handles the ball well, plays with a quiet confidence and is good off of play action.

    When you think of him, think of San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers—minus the quirky release.

Josh Rosen

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    UCLA has a good one coming to Westwood in 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen. At 6'4" and 205 pounds, the California native has great arm strength.

    Rosen also operates with balanced mechanics, plus he has good accuracy to all levels of the field. He does a fine job of surveying the field before the snap, which leads to him making a lot of visible adjustments with his receivers before the start of the play.

    His size, poise and release are all very similar to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.                                   
    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

     

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