NFL Network analyst and draft guru Mike Mayock says he doesn't see a quarterback worthy of being ranked among the top five players in this year's NFL Draft.
"If I had to do a top players – position players and quarterbacks – I'm not sure any of those quarterbacks would be my top five players,'' he told Cleveland radio station 92.3 The Fan's Bull and Fox via Cleveland.com. "I like them and I think there's depth and I think there's some quarterbacks you can build around, but they all have holes.''
Mayock recently released his top five players at each position and has the quarterbacks ranked like this:
1. USC's Sam Darnold
2. Wyoming's Josh Allen
3. UCLA's Josh Rosen
4. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield
5. Tie between Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph
Here are snippets of what Mayock had to say about a few of the quarterbacks:
On Darnold: "The big 'if' for me with Darnold are the turnovers. ... The fumbles in the pocket, the strip-sacks, those kinds of things, he's got a tendency to keep his off-hand, his left hand off the ball. It needs to be on the ball. That's the whole key and you can learn how to do that in an NFL pocket. However, he's a little bit of a gunslinger. He makes some bad decisions, he makes some bad throws, but he's 6-3, 6-4, he's 220, he's got plus-arm strength which means in Cleveland you're going to need that in December. And he's playmaker."
On Mayfield: "I watched about four hours, five hours of tape of him about six weeks ago and I went into it a little bit skeptically and I came out of it going 'Wow, he's a better player than I thought.' He's got a bigger arm than I thought. When he scrambles, he's typically scrambling to extend the play and throw with his eyes up. He's got that competitive spirit that you love and he completed almost 70 percent of his passes.
"The tough thing for me right now – and I'm not comparing him to Johnny Manziel – but if he's the face of your franchise, there are going to be a bunch of teams in this league that are going to look at him and say, 'Do we want this guy to be the face of our franchise with all the off-the-field stuff or no?' "
On Josh Rosen: "Nobody throws a prettier football. Nobody's a more natural thrower in this class or maybe the last five classes than Josh Rosen. He's accurate at all three levels. ... He's less athletic than I thought he was. He struggles getting out of trouble in the pocket. When you combine the two, his lack of escapability and his propensity for injuries and his slight frame, I'm not sure he can survive an NFL pocket over a 16-game season for any extended length."