After lighting the collegiate landscape on fire with one of the greatest quarterback showings ever seen on the college gridiron, it’s widely known and accepted that that Cincinnati Bengals will be using their No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to acquire the services of Joe Burrow. From there, it’s a coin flip as to what field general is taken next off the board which brings us to the purpose of this piece; which QB goes No. 3? Of the teams with picks in the Top-10, the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers are the most QB needy; they currently own the No. 5 and No. 6 picks respectively. But if either decides to trade up, it could dramatically change the draft’s frontend landscape at online sportsbooks. We’ll know exactly how it all plays out on Thursday, April 23 when the draft plays out online.
Justin Herbert -255
Jordan Love +180
Tua Tagovailoa +650
Jacob Eason +4500
Justin Herbert QB Oregon Ducks
Herbert decided to return to the Oregon Ducks and play out his senior campaign. Though Mario Cristobal’s squad ultimately went on to win the Rose Bowl in a heated battle with the Wisconsin Badgers, Herbert’s overall stats regressed just a bit which ultimately hurt his draft stock and allowed others to leapfrog him in the pecking order. Still, he went on to throw for the most yards of his collegiate career (3,333) in a single season, and churned out the best completion percentage throughout his four-year stay in Eugene (66.7). His touchdowns thrown went up from 28 the previous year to 32 in 2019, while his interceptions dropped from eight to five. His 158.7 QB rating was the second best of his college career, but he did show a proclivity to not tuck it and run so much though his 30-yard TD jaunt versus Wisconsin sealed the big bowl win for the program. There’s rumors floating around that LA trades up to select a QB now that it’s parted ways with Philip Rivers. Should that be the case, I can’t help but think it’s Tua they snag with him ahead of schedule in recovering from his hip injury. Should Herbert be available once the Dolphins are on the clock, they’d likely have no issue selecting Herbert who just might be the best of this QB crop once it’s all said and done.
Jordan Love QB Utah State Aggies
Love is getting a ton of hype after blowing the record books up in Logan while leading the Utah State Aggies offense each of the last three seasons. Back-to-back 3000+ yard seasons and 45 touchdown passes will do that. But keep in mind, USU resides in the awful Mountain West which saw seven of 12 schools put forth winning records with only four winning 9+ games. In other words, the conference stinks so it remains to be seen what kind of QB Love will be at the next level. The kids got talent no doubt, but it’s a major stretch to think a team will take such a leap of faith to draft him as the third QB off the board. It seriously wouldn’t shock me if he was still on the board well into the second round.
Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama Crimson Tide
Just how recovered is Tua from the hip injury that cost him the back half of the 2019 regular season as well as the Citrus Bowl triumph over the Michigan Wolverines? That my friends is the multi-million dollar question! Had Tua entered the draft 100 percent and not showing a penchant for getting injured with regularity, he would likely be giving Joe Burrow a battle for this year’s No. 1 pick. Be that as it may, he’s likely to be the second or third QB taken off the board dependent upon what teams do with their current picks or new ones after trading up. I’m not exactly sure why, but I simply foresee Tagovailoa donning the powder blue jersey of the LA Chargers with lightning bolts on the side of his helmet. It’s up to Chargers management to make that a reality by trading up; say maybe with the Lions at No. 3? If not, their future will then depend on what Miami wants to do at No. 5.
Jacob Eason QB Washington Huskies
Eason possesses all the talent in the world. He stands tall in the pocket and fires fastballs accurately to his waiting pass catchers. He’s got a powerful arm that can stretch defenses and force them to pay attention to his deep balls. He’s displayed the ability to beat good coverage and owns excellent field vision. That said, he’s raw and inexperienced with last year’s go-round with U-Dub only his second full season at the collegiate level after leading Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs back in 2016-17. Alas, it all amounted to him throwing for 2900+ yards and a 22:8 TD/INT ratio. While the 144.8 QB Rating was the best of his career, he brings absolutely nothing to the table on the ground. In this day and age of the RPO in the NFL, that’s no bueno! Had he gotten at least one more full season in under his belt, Eason would’ve been a possibility as a top-3 QB. No chance in 2020!
The field is paying off at 50-1 simply due to the fact that it has no shot of cashing in. None of Jake Fromm, Jalen Hurts, James Morgan, Steven Montez, Nate Stanley, Khalil Tate or Cole McDonald will be the third quarterback taken off the board in NFL Draft betting - Book it!
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