The pecking order among the quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft is taking shape. Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield have all firmly established themselves as first-round picks, and Lamar Jackson and Luke Falk are trying to break into that tier.
At the very top, it looks like Darnold and Allen are in the lead. The Dolphins are highly unlikely to have a chance at either of them unless they trade up from No. 11.
Darnold was the only one of the top four who didn’t throw at the NFL Combine last week, opting instead to do so in a more comfortable environment at Southern California’s pro day. Allen and Mayfield benefited themselves by doing so, according to ESPN analyst Todd McShay.
“Of any of them, Josh Allen seemed to surprise some people with how good he was on the board and how effective he was just interacting and just getting to know him a little more,” McShay said. “There are some people who came around on him, if you will, and were impressed by what he did when the cameras weren’t on.
“Then, obviously, his throwing session, we expected an impressive throwing session, but he couldn’t have performed a whole lot better than he did on the field that day.”
Allen has proven himself to have the biggest arm of the group, but there are issues with his accuracy and concerns about how he’ll do making the jump out of a small program like Wyoming, which doesn’t face nearly the level of competition his peers have.
As far as Mayfield and Rosen, McShay has Mayfield ahead at the moment. In his latest mock draft, he had the Dolphins taking him over Rosen at No. 11 and Rosen sliding to No. 15.
“Josh Rosen didn’t have his best day throwing the ball; from varying people in the league who I talked to, I didn’t get any negative reports about his interviews,” McShay said. “I got a lot of reports that said he was really good, but it’s a 15-minute interview and it’s tough to glean a lot from that, and I got some that said he was OK. Nothing really negative there.
“Baker Mayfield, I thought, was really consistent throwing the football and, from most people I talked to, he was really good in meetings.”
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