With the 2019 Reese's Senior Bowl less than two weeks away, the TDN staff is hard at work studying tape for the upcoming event. As a result, we're able to compile our annual (we did it last year at NDT) Senior Bowl Superlatives pieces on every position group.
Today, we dive into the quarterback class, with each evaluator offering their take on which quarterback is their top guy coming into the week, who has the most to prove and who is the sleeper out of the group.
Top Prospect: Drew Lock, Missouri
Lock began the season struggling a bit in Derek Dooley's offense, but adjusted nicely down the stretch to finish with his first signature win over Florida. The senior may have been at his best in the Tigers' bowl game against Oklahoma State, and he'll look to build on that during what should be a strong week in Mobile. His biggest focus should be on keeping consistently sound mechanics throw-after-throw, especially in his base.
Most to Prove: Ryan Finley, N.C. State
I could have easily picked Clayton Thorson or Jarrett Stidham for this category, but both of them have better physical tools than Finley, which will probably boost their stock in the eyes of the NFL. Finley has to prove his arm strength is good enough to be a preferable starter in the NFL, while also showing consistent accuracy down the field, where he was spotty most of his college career.
Sleeper: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
There really aren't any quarterbacks in this group that could be classified as sleepers, so I changed the question in my mind to which quarterback will see their stock rise coming out of the week. Given Lock and Daniel Jones' status is already reportedly high in the eyes of the NFL, and Gardner Minshew, Trace McSorley, Finley and Will Grier's average physical skill sets and inconsistent accuracy, I believe either Jarrett Stidham or Clayton Thorson will get the biggest bump in stock by the end of Senior Bowl week.
Thorson is a strong leader with good intangibles, an impressive work ethic and good enough physical tools to check the box. I definitely would not call myself a fan, but I think the NFL will feel better about him than the media coming out of the week.