The fourth week of the 2017 college football season gets going in full earnest Saturday morning, and all the notable quarterbacks will be in action. As many as five quarterbacks could end up getting selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and the San Francisco 49ers could be on the prowl for one of them next April.
NFL.com’s college football coverage is back once again with their quarterback power rankings. With so much talent potentially available next April, they are keeping a close eye on the top prospects, ranking out the top ten options each week.
This week, we saw some notable shake-up at the top. After two straight strong performances, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen had some struggles in a loss to Memphis, and was bumped down three spots to No. 4. He gets Stanford this week. He is 0-2 against the Cardinal in his career, and needs a bounce-back performance.
Sam Darnold appears to be the guy a lot of people will like come draft season. He has not always been No. 1 on this list, but scouts generally seem to buy into him more than Josh Rosen or Josh Allen. Odds seem pretty good he’s going to be New York Jet this time next year.
After Darnold, the top five goes Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), Josh Rosen (UCLA), and Lamar Jackson (Louisville). Two unranked players are new to the rankings this week. Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State) comes in at No. 8 after a strong performance against LSU. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns, and had 88 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns. Josh Jackson (Virginia Tech) is a redshirt freshman, so he won’t be in this year’s draft. He faced East Carolina this week and completed 24 of 31 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns.