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2016 NFL Draft: Quarterback rankings midway through season

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The San Francisco 49ers are highly likely to draft a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft. We ran a poll on some of the top candidates, and have results.

Two days ago, I put together a poll so people could rank the top five quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft. The list was not full, and some people likely would have voted on other players, but I think we got a pretty good sampling. I closed the poll this morning after 2,040 votes. This is far from a scientific process, but it gives us a starting point as we begin our analysis of quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The San Francisco 49ers benched Colin Kaepernick prior to Week 9, and he will remain on the bench for the Week 11 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. It remains to be seen if he will return to the lineup, but with a sizable cap figure in 2016, the 49ers have a decision to make between now and April 1. The odds seem pretty good the team will part ways with Kap, in which case they will almost certainly draft a quarterback in late April.

Jared Goff was the fairly clear winner, getting double the first place votes of the next QB, Connor Cook. Cook was followed by Paxton Lynch, Christian Hackenburg and Kevin Hogan. I have posted a screenshot of the full results at the bottom.

Before that, I put together a few different top five QB lists. I had Greg and Jake submit their top fives, and then I grabbed a couple more from friend of the site, Matt Miller, and CBS Sports. The date last updated is in parenthesis.

Rk NN (11/12) Greg Valerio (11/11) Jake Narayan (11/11)
1 Jared Goff Jared Goff Jared Goff
2 Connor Cook Paxton Lynch Connor Cook
3 Paxton Lynch Connor Cook Paxton Lynch
4 Christian Hackenburg Carson Wentz Brandon Doughty
5 Kevin Hogan Christian Hackenburg Christian Hackenburg
Rk Matt Miller (11/4) CBS Sports (11/10)
1 Jared Goff Paxton Lynch
2 Paxton Lynch Jared Goff
3 Christian Hackenburg Connor Cook
4 Carson Wentz Christian Hackenburg
5 Connor Cook Carson Wentz

For the voting, I imagine Hogan got a lot of Bay Area recognition, while Hackenburg goes to a fairly notable program at Penn State. I will be running this poll again after the bowl season wraps up, and then again sometime in March or April. I imagine the rankings will change for everybody during the stretch. Players will emerge over the final month and a half of college football, and the draft process will shake out a lot of things.

QB vote November 12