by Greg Gabriel, Buffalo Sports Page NFL Expert
This week, leading up to Thursday’s NFL Draft, veteran NFL scout Greg Gabriel will break down the top four quarterbacks in the first round. The Buffalo Bills are likely in the market for a signal caller, and may wind up with one of these top prospects.
Sam Darnold – QB – USC
Size –6′ 3″ – 221 lbs– 4.85 40 yard dash (verified)
Strong Points –Good size to go along with good athleticism for the position. Has the feet and agility to extend plays and a better than average runner. Flashes the ability to take over a game. Has a strong arm and shows at times shows pinpoint accuracy. Seems to have good leadership skills.
Weak Points –Did not play as well in 2017 as he did in 2016. Very inconsistent from game to game. Turns the ball over too often (interceptions and fumbles). Are the fumbles the result of having small hands? Inconsistent with his reads and decision making. Has a slight side arm delivery and a long throwing motion
Summation –A third year sophomore with two years of college eligibility left. Has started the last two seasons. Should have stayed in school. There is no question he has talent and can develop into a solid NFL quarterback but is he ready for the rigors of the NFL now? Had a very inconsistent 2017 season where he would look outstanding one game and very average the next. Because so many NFL clubs have a need at quarterback he will go high but that does not mean he’ll have success at the next level. Needs to get with the right team and be able to work with top coaches to fix his release problems and help him develop. If that doesn’t happen he could bust. Really a hit or miss type of player and if he doesn’t hit it will cost people their jobs.
Tuesday: Josh Allen
Wednesday: Baker Mayfield
Thursday: Josh Rosen