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Ranking the top 10 quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft

Baker Mayfield

No position can make or break an NFL team quite like the quarterback. Get yourself a good one, and you almost guarantee yourself a decade of competitiveness. Get yourself a great one, and you probably will end up with a Super Bowl ring.

This year’s NFL Draft class of quarterbacks is loaded with talented prospects. Quarterback-hungry teams are salivating over their chance to land one of them. The question is, which ones from the group are the best? Here’s our rankings for the top 10 quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft class. Keep in mind, it will take several years to determine how this shakes out.

10) Kurt Benkert, Virginia

Originally a quarterback at East Carolina, Benkert transferred to Virginia after tearing his ACL and enjoyed two seasons leading the Cavs. His completion percentage either year wasn’t strong — 56.2 percent as a junior and 58.5 percent as a senior. He opened eyes with his strong play early in the season, and a massive 384-yard, four-touchdown game against Miami. To know what he can do, put on the tape from that game and watch him complete nearly all of his passes and make every throw. Overall, he has a pretty strong arm but lacks the accuracy and athleticism to have a big impact in the NFL.

9) Luke Falk, Washington State

A former walk-on at Washington State, Falk developed into one of the better quarterbacks the program has seen in the past 15 years. He leaves as the Cougars’ all-time passing yardage (14,481) and touchdowns leader (119), as he thrived in Mike Leach’s offense. Falk was only tested in the vertical jump and broad jump at the combine and did not excel at either. He did not participate in the Senior Bowl. Falk completed 68.3 percent of his passes during his career and has shown excellent accuracy. He took advantage of a lot of spacing in his offense thanks to the scheme his team ran.

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Mason Rudolph reportedly will not play in Senior Bowl due to foot sprain

Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph will not be playing in Saturday’s Senior Bowl due to a foot sprain, according to a report.

The former Oklahoma State quarterback plans to be in Mobile, Ala. for measurements and interviews, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says he will not play in the game because of his foot.

Rudolph, who will go down as the best QB in Oklahoma State history, is ranked as the No. 7 QB prospect by Walter Football. They project him to be a third or fourth-round pick. He passed for over 13,000 career yards in college and 92 touchdowns against just 26 interceptions.

Mason Rudolph sends nice farewell note after bowl win

Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph sent a nice farewell note on social media after his college football career came to a close following Oklahoma State’s win over Virginia Tech on Thursday.

The Cowboys’ senior quarterback thanked the fans for “an unforgettable four years” and said he was honored to represent the program.

Rudolph went 21 of 32 for 352 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-21 win over the Hokies. He led the Cowboys to three straight 10-3 seasons and goes down as the best quarterback in school history. He holds school records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, attempts, rating, and many more marks. He’ll be regarded quite well in Oklahoma State history.

Each bowl game’s most important player

Baker Mayfield

Late December and early January are heaven for college football fans. We’re set to watch 38 bowl games, plus the College Football Playoff, all in the span of three weeks. Many of these games are exciting matchups between quality teams, and one key player could make the difference in all of them.

Here’s a look at the most important player to watch in each of this season’s slate of bowl games.

Celebration Bowl — Lamar Raynard, QB, North Carolina A&T

Raynard is without a doubt one of the best players in the country you’ve probably never heard of. The junior quarterback led the Aggies to an undefeated season that they’ll be looking to cap off with a win over Grambling State. Raynard is the catalyst, having thrown for 2,707 yards and 26 touchdowns in 11 games thus far this season. NC A&T just produced a dynamic NFL player in Tarik Cohen. Perhaps Raynard could follow in his footsteps.

New Orleans Bowl — Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy

A four-year starter at quarterback, Silvers will be playing the final game of his career at the Superdome. He’s statistically one of the nation’s most accomplished quarterbacks, having thrown for 67 touchdowns and over 10,000 yards in his career. He’ll surpass 3,000 yards passing in this game for the second consecutive season, and he’ll want his sendoff to be a fitting one as he closes out his career.

Cure Bowl — Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky

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12 breakout players of college football season so far

Kelly Bryant

Every year, college football produces its share of breakout players. These can be guys playing at smaller schools putting up big numbers, players who were in the shadow of elite teammates who have now gone to the NFL or graduated, or even guys who were already pretty well known but have taken an even bigger step forward to put themselves into elite company.

Here’s a look at 12 NCAA players who have really become breakout stars in 2017.

Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson

Bryant served two years as Deshaun Watson’s deputy at Clemson, but nobody could really be sure how he was going to cope with being the starting quarterback for the reigning national champions. So far, he has passed every test with flying colors. Though he has thrown for only two touchdowns in three games, he has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes and has proven to be a threat with his legs, racking up five touchdowns on the ground. He broke out with 342 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns against Louisville, going toe-to-toe with reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson on the road and coming out the victor.

Darren Andrews, WR, UCLA

It’s a pretty good gig to become one of Josh Rosen’s favorite targets, as Andrews is quickly finding out. The senior had some modest success in his first three seasons at UCLA, but he entered the 2017 season with five career touchdowns to his name. He’s surpassed that tally in 2017 alone. Only one player in the nation has more than Andrews’s 409 receiving yards so far in the season, and none have topped his total of six touchdown receptions. Rosen can feel good about throwing to him.

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Mason Rudolph completes awesome jet ski trick pass (Video)

Mason Rudolph

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has quite an arm and can hit his receivers all over the field. He can even complete passes to guys on jet skis.

Check out this cool video Rudolph starred in, in which he and his brother, Logan, completed an awesome jet ski trick pass:

Rudolph will be a Heisman Trophy candidate this year for Oklahoma State. Logan, who plays linebacker, is entering Clemson this year. Hopefully they keep collaborating for more awesome videos.

10 best quarterbacks in college football

Lamar Jackson

College football is loaded with quality quarterbacks. Many will contend for the Heisman Trophy in 2017, including last year’s winner. A good team generally starts with a good quarterback, after all, so the position is of great importance.

Who are the nation’s best quarterbacks? Here is a list of ten who will dominate in the upcoming season.

10) Jalen Hurts, Alabama

Hurts ranks on this list despite not being the most polished passer in the world. He’s very much a work in progress, but to quarterback the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff final in one’s freshman season is no small thing. Alabama reached the title game because of him, too, not in spite of him; Hurts put together some strong performances.

Hurts threw 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 15 games, but he didn’t throw a pick in the SEC Championship or the CFP. He ended up throwing for 2,780 yards and rushing for another 954, making him a valuable dual-threat quarterback. He threw for a score and rushed for another in Alabama’s title game loss to Clemson — the only loss Hurts played in last season.

Hurts is on this list as much for what he will do as what he has done. Only a sophomore, he has a bright future ahead of him, and should be even better in 2017.

9) Josh Rosen, UCLA

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