Blue In NC

May 12th, 2017 at 11:55 AM ^

Agreed.  Hurst should be on that list but (a) he wasn't technically a starter, and (b) he wasn't a hyped recruit, so he tends fly under the radar... until this year when he destroys all OL.


May 12th, 2017 at 12:22 PM ^

lawrence is impressive and like gary, should only continue to improve...crazy thing is i thought christian wilkins looked just as good last year (though on that DL lawrence, watkins, ferrell, etc all each had dominant stretches).  add in oliver and bosa and some of the other young players and nfl teams should have some stacked DL drafts in future

I Like Burgers

May 12th, 2017 at 12:30 PM ^

He also lost every single offensive weapon he has.  Will be interesting to see what kind of numbers he puts up when he's handing off and throwing to a bunch of unknowns.

And its not like Oklahoma is stocked with 4 and 5-star players on offense.  Losing Mixon, Perine, and Westbrook is a big, big loss.


May 12th, 2017 at 12:08 PM ^

I know he has all the physical tools and the recruiting profile to match, but it seems like his production thus far doesn't warrant that.  That's an awful lot of pressure to put on a guy that hasn't gotten a ton of playing time yet.  Granted he was behind a senior-laden NFL talent line in front of him, but still.  Lets keep this kid somewhat under wraps before we start heaping that expectation on a guy that was in high school a year ago.


May 12th, 2017 at 12:15 PM ^

Ed Oliver at #1? Over Lamar Jackson and Saquon Barkley? Wyoming's QB at 10...? I know Josh Allen is getting NFL hype, but I'm skeptical


May 12th, 2017 at 1:07 PM ^

True, but he has started 10+ games... Basically a full season. That's essentially the same amount Mitch Trubisky started his entire career for North Carolina and he was the 2nd overall pick (chicago bears fans are still crying). Darnold has all the tools (and the roster supporting him) to do very well this year. 


Mr Miggle

May 12th, 2017 at 4:12 PM ^

Trubisky went in the NFL draft, this list has true sophomores that have never started a game on it. Everyone on it will get at least more year of experience before entering the draft. There's an expectation for different levels of experience, greater than the one between those QBs.


May 13th, 2017 at 12:56 AM ^

The Darnold has a pretty small sample size to be lofting him to #1. He's a lot of hype right now. Just with this particular post. I'd disagree with anyone. The young man threw for a TD nearly 10% of the time he threw the ball. He played in 13 games, which is enough to compare him to any other first year player on that list and his final rating of 161.1 is great. 

His stats alone are enough to draw attention, but watching the manner in which he complies these makes you realize you're watching a truly unique player. If he had started the season last year, he probably would have been in NY. I am certain he'l get there this year. He's so far ahead of any other first year qb, as to the NFL game I've seen in years.