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College QB Power Rankings - Week 6

With some top players on a bye week, some other names join the party

October 11, 2017 - 8:23 pm

Derek Kramer
@DerekKramerWGR

Some of the top college quarterbacks were off for the week, but the week saw some new names appear on the bottom of the list. I was told of new players to keep an eye on in N.C. State's Ryan Finley and West Virginia's Will Grier, and neither player disappointed. 

Now, we get a full slate, as every quarterback on this list is playing this week. We get to see Jake Browning, Baker Mayfield and Luke Falk (Falk plays FRIDAY) on ESPN, Sam Darnold will be on ABC. 

The Bills bye week also means more time to really focus your eyes on these quarterbacks. Expect some movement next week, with more games means more players can step up and let down.

Without further introduction, let the sixth quarterback power rankings begin! Don't forget to text "COLLEGE" to 550-550 for schedules, stats and more findings from Jeremy White on the upcoming quarterbacks. 
 

1.) Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma State
LAST WEEK: 1
Week 6 Stats:
 BYE WEEK

With the struggles from Sam Darnold, the presumptive first overall pick heading into the year, Mason Rudolph is looking more of the part as one of the top quarterbacks in the class. As a senior, he's also the best one that is a guarantee to be available in the draft. Rudolph's pocket presence, timing and accuracy are his major strengths. Throwing on the run, however, his accuracy dips tremendously. He also needs to be able to prove he can make the transition to an NFL offense smoothly, as he runs from primarily the shotgun at Oklahoma State. But the physical tools, the accuracy and the arm are all there. Baylor is not a good football team, overall. Rudolph should continue to play well. 

NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Baylor, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

 

2.) Lamar Jackson - Louisville
LAST WEEK: 2
Week 6 Stats:
26 of 47, 354 yards, 1 TD 1 INT, 19 carries, 73 yards, 2 TDs vs. #24 NC State

Jackson didn't play well enough to take advantage of Rudolph's bye week, but he also was not bad, which made sure he would not drop below another player on a bye week in Josh Rosen. Jackson has been more inconsistent with his accuracy lately, but is still showing to be worthy of being in the discussion as a first round quarterback. Against N.C. State, Jackson was under pressure constantly, despite his athleticism. He had plenty of bad throws in this game, but also was the main reason for keeping an average Louisville in this game. Overall, Jackson has cleaned up his passing mechanics from his past two years, and has plenty of zip on all of his passes. NFL coaches will ask Jackson to run less, which leads to his biggest question: Can he thrive in the NFL while running less often?  

NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Boston College - 12:20 p.m. 

 

3.) Josh Rosen - UCLA
LAST WEEK: 3
Week 6 Stats:
 BYE WEEK

Rosen is looking like the more consistent of the original "big-three" to start the season between Rosen, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. Rosen has shown he has plenty of the tools that NFL general managers look for: size, mechanics, arm strength, pocket presence and enough mobility to help extend plays. Rosen has often been in shootouts, throwing for less than 30 passes just once this season. Rosen's biggest issue stems from the mental aspect, trying to do too much himself and forcing bad throws. On an NFL roster, this issue will be able to be corrected. Rosen doesn't play too tough of a matchup against Arizona, we'll see if he can clean up some of his gunslinger mentality. 

NEXT GAME: Saturday at Arizona - 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Network) 

 

4.) Sam Darnold - USC
LAST WEEK: 4
Week 6 Stats:
25 of 35, 316 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT vs. Oregon State

Darnold did play relatively well against the terrible Oregon State defense. However, Darnold's new penchant for turnovers showed up once again, throwing an awful interception right to a linebacker. The redshirt sophomore has threw only nine interceptions in an entire season last year, he's already at nine in just six games. Darnold also seems to be escaping what are relatively clean pockets. Darnold needs to clean up these errors, as he is slipping. It may no longer be far fetched to think Darnold could head back to USC for another year, some quarterbacks tend to do that in search for a national championship. Darnold will see another stiff test this week, as Utah boasts a talented defensive line. 

NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Utah - 8 p.m. (ABC)

 

5.) Luke Falk - Washington State
LAST WEEK: T-5
Week 6 Stats:
24 of 42, 282 yards, 3 TD vs. Oregon

Luke Falk is becoming quite the presence in his senior season, with a 19-2 touchdown to interception ratio. Falk has the arm strength to challenge all levels of the field, as well as well placed throws that would still be NFL completions. In the pocket, it's fun to watch Falk use his feet, constantly moving them as he surveys the field. Falk is in an air raid system that has provided zero NFL passers, even in a backup capacity. But Falk shows some things that make it seem that will change. Falk's sense of rhythm, arm strength and accuracy may allow Falk to enter the Day 2 conversation, especially if Washington State ends up in the playoff. 

NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Cal - 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

 

6.) Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma
LAST WEEK: T-5
Week 6 Stats:
24 of 33, 306 yards, 2 TDs, 11 carries, 57 yards, 1 TD vs. Iowa State

There are moments where Mayfield's sandlot style come back to bite him, and it finally showed up in this game. While Mayfield has yet to throw an interception on the season, his desire for the big play bit him towards the end of an upset loss. Mayfield has time to start the play, and sometimes, as much as it pains me to say it, the checkdown play will get your first down on 4th and 3. Mayfield ignores it, ducks and dodges in the pocket and scrambles himself into trouble, heaving a prayer to the middle of the field that was almost picked off. This style is why I've refused to move Mayfield higher, as it does not work in the NFL. But Mayfield's production cannot be ignored, and he should be a solid 2nd/3rd round candidate. Texas should provide a solid test for Mayfield. 

NEXT GAME: Saturday vs. Texas - 3:30 pm (ESPN)

 

7.) Jake Browning - Washington
LAST WEEK: 6
Week 6 Stats:
 27 of 40, 215 yards, 2 TD, 4 carries, 20 yards, 1 TD vs. Cal

Browning continues to beat up on some soft defenses, which comes to no surprise. There really hasn't been a team on Washington's schedule that has tested this team yet. This keeps Browning lower on the list for the time being. But his tests come soon, facing offenses to keep up with in UCLA and Washington State, and tough defenses like Stanford and Utah late in the season. Browning has been looking good in the pocket, testing all three levels rather well. 

NEXT WEEK: Saturday at Arizona State - 10:45 p.m. (ESPN)

 

8.) Ryan Finley - N.C. State
LAST WEEK: Unranked
Week 6 Stats:
20 of 31, 367 yards, 1 TD vs. Louisville

I was told by a caller about this kid from N.C. State in Ryan Finley. And in a primetime matchup against Lamar Jackson and Louisville, Finley did not disappoint. Finley made a lot of accurate throws from the pocket, but I also saw several throws where more arm strength could be desired. However, Finley makes great decisions with the football, as he has yet to turn over the ball this season. As the year goes on, there will be more opportunities to watch Finley and get more evaluation. But the emergence of Finley and West Virginia's Will Grier allows for more to look into with the rest of the quarterback class.  

NEXT WEEK: Saturday at Pittsburgh - 12 p.m. 

 

9. Will Grier - West Virginia
LAST WEEK: Unranked
Week 6 Stats:
25 of 45, 366 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT vs. #8 TCU

Grier was another name I was told about, and Grier did not disappoint against a very tough TCU defense that gave Mason Rudolph fits a couple of weeks back. Grier does have a bit of an awkward delivery, but it's only some minor tweaks with his throwing motion that needs adjustment. While there is a good chance that Grier goes back to school for his senior season, he does have patience in the pocket to deliver tough throws. After his game against TCU, I am excited to jump into some more tape from him. 

NEXT WEEK: Saturday vs. Texas Tech - 12 p.m. (ESPNU)

 

10. Josh Allen - Wyoming
LAST WEEK: 8
Week 6 Stats:
BYE WEEK

I feel that I need to keep Allen on this list since so many scouts seem to refuse to write him off as a top quarterback prospect. Allen needs to clean up his mechanics, set his feet more often and try not to do everything himself. If Allen can work on that with his softer schedule, perhaps he can be seen as a top prospect once more. 

NEXT WEEK: Saturday at Utah State - 4:30 p.m. 

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