Setting The Draft Day Priority Of The Current Quarterback Competitions

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that we need to take the “news” early in camp with a bit of a grain of salt, as reporters talk about how certain quarterbacks are outplaying their counterpart.  A lot can change as players take the field in the preseason, and that’s where decisions will truly be made.  At the same time, we can’t ignore what’s being said as we prepare for our drafts.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the questionable situations and see what’s being said:

 

Denver Broncos
Trevor Semian vs. Paxton Lynch

This is one of the more intriguing battles, and according to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson (click here for the article):

First, Siemian. He is ahead in this race basically by default. He is solid and brings a pro mentality every day. But he’s also more steady than spectacular – a reality that speaks to what Elway and the personnel staff believe about him in the longer term.

Next, Lynch. More than anything, Elway and the personnel staff want him to seize this job and take a big step forward, but he hasn’t done it at this point. Given the talent that Elway believes he has, the grand design is to get Lynch into the starting job at some stage this season. 

Obviously the hope will be that when the games start the light will go on for Lynch, who carries significantly more upside.  For those in two-quarterback formats he’s an ideal draft and stash, with the potential to make a significant impact if he earns the starting role.  Barring a better showing in the actual games (something that is incredibly realistic), it appears that he’s ticketed to be carrying a clipboard Week 1 however.

Current Draft Priority:

  1. Paxton Lynch
  2. Trevor Semian (even as a starter, it’s hard to imagine much of an impact)

 

Houston Texans
Tom Savage vs. Deshaun Watson

According to John McClain (via Twitter):

Tom Savage has been terrific in the first 2 weeks of camp. He’s clearly No. 1. Makes every throw, respected by teammates, knows this offense

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Savage is the Week 1 starter, but just how long will he really last?  Over the first three weeks of the season he’ll get the Jaguars at home, before traveling to Cincinnati and New England.  With their defense the Texans will ask the QB to be more game manager, as opposed to difference maker, but the offense is going to need to put some points on the board.  If Savage can’t do it, and with these matchups it’s very likely that he won’t, then a change will quickly come.

Current Draft Priority:

  1. Deshaun Watson (even if he doesn’t win the job, it’s inevitable)
  2. Tom Savage

 

Cleveland Browns
Brock Osweiler vs. DeShone Kizer vs. Cody Kessler

Let’s call this one a hot mess…  According to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland (click here for the article):

“We need to throw the ball better,” Jackson said. “Throw the ball better and throw the ball with more urgency, and throw the ball in better spots, but we have to get open, too. It is a combination of both.”

The same article talks about Osweiler moving into the starting role, which is a bit of a surprise…  Or is it?  Osweiler did struggle in Houston last season, but he’s just a year removed from averaging 7.15 yards per attempt in Denver, while also tossing 10 TD vs. 6 INT.  He’s not going to be an All-Star, but maybe a fresh look in a different system will help to tap into the upside that was once seen.

Chances are you are going to want to avoid all of these options, but the desperate in two-quarterback formats could take a gamble and hope to catch lightning in a bottle:

Current Draft Priority:

  1. Brock Osweiler
  2. Deshone Kizer
  3. Cody Kessler

Make sure to check out our early 2017 Rankings:

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