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It’s never too early, to look ahead to next year’s Senior Bowl. Before you know, it will be here. Time just flies by. I didn’t include true Juniors on this list such as, Sam Howell, and Kedon Slovis, because chances are, they won’t graduate by December. Make sense right? I did include RS Juniors however, because their is a greater chance of them being graduated. I previewed the 7 Quarterbacks, who I believe will be in Mobile next year. I hope you enjoy!
J.T. Daniels – Georgia
I’m a big J.T. Daniels fan. Daniels was a former 5 star recruit, and was the 3rd best Quarterback in his class, only behind Trevor Lawrence, and Justin Fields. That’s saying something. What’s really interesting to know is that he graduated High School early, and he reclassified into the 2018 Class. He was ranked as the #1 player in the 2019 class, before reclassifying. Daniels never had to wait to hear his name called, as he started right away as a true Freshman. He started 11 of 12 games (missing 1 due to injury), finishing the season with 2,672 Passing Yards, 14 Touchdowns, and 10 Interceptions. In the first game of the 2019 season, Daniels tore his ACL, and missed the rest of the season. With Kedon Slovis playing well in his absence, Daniels decided to transfer to Georgia. He had to wait until his name was called. This past season he started 4 games, and the Bulldogs won them all. I really believe, Daniels is going to take off this year, and will lead the Dogs deep into the playoffs. I don’t think he will have the year Burrow did 2 years ago, but he will have a good one, and I see him being one of the first Quarterbacks off the board next April.
Desmond Ridder – Cincinnati
I think Ridder made the right decision to return to School, instead of entering this year’s Draft. He most likely would have been a middle-round pick this year, and with a strong 2021 Season, he very well might be in consideration to be a 1st Round pick. Ridder wasn’t sought after much on the recruiting trail, but he has made himself known, to the College Football world. This past season, he threw for 2,296 Passing Yards, 19 Touchdowns, while throwing 6 Interceptions. I see his numbers increasing next season, but not immensely. Mobile, can really improve Ridder’s Draft stock.
Brock Purdy – Iowa State
In my way-to-early Mock Draft last July, I had Purdy going in the 2nd Round to the Steelers. I think he made the right decision to return to Iowa State for another season. He needs it. Purdy no doubt has tools, he just needs to put it all together. He might end up being the biggest wild card in next year’s Draft. He had an up and down 2020 season, throwing for 2,750 Passing Yards, 19 Touchdowns, while throwing 9 Interceptions. I believe his stats will trend upwards, which will improve his Draft stock. Keep an eye on Purdy, as we progress.
Tanner Morgan – Minnesota
Morgan is an interesting one. Before last season, I thought he would have entered this year’s Draft, after throwing for 30 Touchdowns in 2019. He had a down 2020 season, which most likely led, to him returning to Minnesota. He threw for 1,374 Passing Yards, 7 Touchdowns, while throwing 5 Interceptions. I see his stats increasing from last season, but I don’t think he will have as good of a year, as he did in 2019. He’s a fringe starter as of now, and I see him being a middle round pick next year. He might be the Quarterback with the most to prove, next year in Mobile
Chase Brice – Appalachian State
Not many people talk about the role Chase Brice played in Clemson’s undefeated season in 2018. After Lawrence exited the Syracuse game, Brice came in. He threw for 83 yards while helping engineer a game-winning drive to overcome a double-digit fourth quarter deficit in the win. Maybe with that loss, Clemson doesn’t get into the College Football Playoff. You just never know. After 3 seasons at Clemson, Brice left for greener pastures in Durham. Brice had a challenging year, throwing for 2,170 Yards, 10 Touchdowns, and 15 Interceptions. He has now landed at Appalachian State, and has 2 years of eligibility remaining. I don’t think he will use his extra year, because he would 25, in his rookie season. It’s time for Brice to show everyone, he wasn’t just Trevor Lawrence’s backup.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson – UCLA
Thompson-Robinson is under most people’s radars. It won’t be long enough, until he’s on more radars. He was ranked as the 4th best Quarterback in the 2018 class, behind Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and J.T. Daniels. As a Sophomore in 2019, he started 11 games, finishing the season with, 2,701 Passing Yards, 21 Touchdowns, while throwing 12 Interceptions This past season as a Junior, Thompson-Robinson started 5 games, and finished his Junior campaign with 1,120 Passing Yards, 12 Touchdowns, and threw 4 Interceptions. I see him having a productive year, and being one of the biggest names to watch next year in Mobile.
Sean Clifford – Penn State
After redshirtting as a true Freshman, and sitting behind Trace McSorley, Clifford was named the starting Quarterback as a Redshirt Sophomore in 2019. He started 12 of 13 games, and led the Nittany Lions to a Cotton Bowl victory. He finished the season with, 2,654 Yards Passing, 23 Touchdowns, while throwing 7 picks. Many thought Clifford would take the next step, but he didn’t. This past season he played in all 9 games starting 8 of them, finishing the season with, 1,883 Passing Yards, 16 Touchdowns, and 9 Interceptions. He has a chance to turn his nonbelievers into believers again, with a strong 2021 season. He could break the notion that Penn State doesn’t produce successful NFL Quarterbacks.