The 2021 NCAAF and NFL seasons are in full swing and it's officially time for draft speculation. So far, I've gauged heavy quarterback interest from the Lions fanbase, despite none of the top QBs entering the season playing well at all. My #1 QB entering the season, Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, may have just lost his starting job to true freshman Caleb Williams in a thrilling win over Texas. So far through 6 games he has thrown just 10 TDs and 5 INTs with a QBR of 71.9, 31st in the country. Not the performance you would expect from a #1 overall draft pick. The national favorite to be the #1 QB, North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell has been even worse statistically, with an adjusted QBR of 70.1 and 5 INTs through 6 games and has the Tar Heels at 3-3. So, there you have the presumed top 2 QBs of 2021 entering the year.
There has been a pleasant surprise at the quarterback position, however. Matt Corral of Ole Miss has been spectacular and may take home the Heisman this season. He has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards along with 12 TDs and 0 picks. He has scored another 8 TDs on the ground and compiled an adjusted QBR of 89.9 through 5 games, better than both Howell and Rattler in less time. In the majority of the mock drafts I have seen, Corral has been the first quarterback off the board but sometimes as low as the 10th pick, with offensive tackles, corners and edge players being taken first. Some other notable names at QB include Malik Willis of Liberty (20 total TDs, QBR of 89.6) and Kedon Slovis of USC (9 total TDs, QBR of 54.9) but the latter has been maybe the biggest disappointment of them all.
What are your thoughts on the 2021 QB class? Should the Lions invest top draft capital to get one? Is there anybody I'm missing? Sleeper picks? Let me know below!