The top pick in the NFL Draft are so valuable – not as much because they’ll yield a professional team the top prospect from the amateur ranks, but because it gives NFL teams a chance to select the next great quarterback prospect from college.
But as the saying goes: drafting and developing a quarterback is much more of an art than a science. As we all now, for every Jamarcus Russell (picked #1 overall), there’s a Tom Brady (picked 198th overall).
But without the benefit of hindsight, this list is meant to be something like a glorified version of a bar room debate, where you and your friends discuss whether you would’ve selected one quarterback prospect from one year over another. Remember — this isn’t a ranking of how good they are today, but rather how they were viewed as prospects when they in their respective draft class.
Here are the top quarterback prospects coming out of college over the last 10 years ranked, in order of how good of a prospect they were when coming out: