• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

2024 NFL Draft: Top 10 Quarterbacks Part 1 (10-6)

Brace yourself. It is fantasy football offseason. The Senior Bowl, Scouting Combine, Pro Days, and visits, all leading up to fantasy football creators' Super Bowl……the NFL Draft. The long-anticipated 2024 draft class is starting to take shape and we have a good crop of prospects this year. Which ones will raise their stock, and which ones will fall? Who are some names you want to know more about? I got you covered. 

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Starting with this year's quarterback class, I will be ranking the top 10 of each position. Breaking it down from 10 to 1 and breaking it into two articles from 10 to 6, and 5 to 1. Film breakdowns and testing will factor in but as of this moment, this specific article is for BEFORE the scouting combine.

New and updated articles will be released after the combine and after the draft because those are the other two major events that will tell us a lot of information. This quarterback class is similar to others in the fact that there are a few studs, a few that need some time, and a few backups. It is important to distinguish between the three.

2024 NFL Draft Top 10: 10-6

Player comparisons, draft projections, and measurables will all be taken into effect and added in once they are more available. With that, the countdown starts with:

#10 Sam Hartman (Notre Dame)

At 6-1 and 210 pounds, you can say that you really like the stats he put up at Wake Forest and Notre Dame. 59.8% completion percentage, 15,656 yards, 134 touchdowns and 49 interceptions. With 978 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns in his career, the stats are there.

The first thing that goes against Sam Hartman is his age. Already 24 years old, what we see is what we are going to get with Hartman. Like every quarterback on this list, there is good and there are improvements that need to be made I, for one, am very excited to watch Hartman in the Senior Bowl. Let’s get into it. 

Hartman is the definition of a game manager. If the play's first read is there he is going to check it down and live to fight another down. With this, it keeps drives alive, which in the game of football is sometimes all you need to do to win some games. While most of his throwing mechanics are good, he tends to have what I call “happy feet”. They can't stand still, and on throws that his feet are not set, Hartman’s accuracy goes down the tank. If he has a clean pocket or has an open throw off of a bootleg, he can make any throw however if he can get set. 

Some of the improvements we need to see in this draft process are his pocket awareness and his pre-snap recognition. There are far too many times on film where if he just moved up in the pocket the wide receiver was becoming open. There are also times when he cannot recognize the blitz is coming and that gets him into trouble and a lot of that inaccuracy bubbles up.

Sam Hartman had 6 years of college ball, I don't have any doubt someone will draft him in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. I personally don't think he is a starter, or even a project to become one, he is the guy you need to come into the game if the starter gets hurt to finish the game and give you spot starts for the starting quarterback to get healthy. The less film on Hartman the better his career will be. 

 

Next on the countdown is...

#9 Spencer Rattler (South Carolina)

Spencer Rattler was a highly touted high school quarterback who started at the University of Oklahoma. At 6’1” and 217 pounds, you're going to see a few of the quarterbacks at the bottom of the list, who are a little shorter than most scouts or teams are looking for out of the position. I put him at 10 because the good comes with a lot of inconsistency.

Starting at Oklahoma, there were high hopes Rattler could put the Sooners over the edge into the playoff picture. It never came to fruition for a number of different reasons, some being that Rattler wasn’t the right scheme fit for Lincoln Riley. At the time, and in his earlier years he would keep his eyes locked on the first option to throw to and became predictable. From his freshman year at Oklahoma to his Senior year at South Carolina though, this did improve. 

While Rattler has good short and intermediate throws, he does get a little long ball happy. He has Brett Favre's confidence when he just isn’t that kind of quarterback. He should utilize the ground game even more than he did. Over his career, he had 410 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Being one of the more accurate passers on this list with a 68.5% completion percentage his deep ball is where most of his 32 career interceptions came from. He kept trying to make plays with his arm when he should take what the defense was giving him and running more often. 

His time at Oklahoma truly stunted Rattler in the common man's eye. (If you can’t win at a bigger program, how do you expect to win in the NFL?) With this, he was never going to win some of those fans and analysts over again. While he should get drafted in the later rounds, if he can slow the game down, he can be a viable backup quarterback for years to come. 

 

Next on the list is going to be the controversial one in many people's eyes. 

#8 Bo Nix (Oregon)

Hear me out. Bo Nix obviously has the easiest chance to move up this list. I put him here for now because of what I saw on film year after year. First, let's get into the career stats. A 66.4% completion percentage, 15,352 yards, 113 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. Through 5 seasons, I would take those numbers all day every day and I am willing to eat my words if I am wrong. 

The biggest reason I am putting him here right now is his mechanics, mostly his lower body. His hips are always late and he throws it off his back foot far too often, compromising his accuracy. While he has good pocket presence and a quick reactor, his feet NEED to stay planted.

He got in trouble a lot while on bootlegs or on plays that go “off-script”, meaning the line gets penetrated and the play breaks down. This is when he started playing hero ball and getting himself into trouble. He needs to be better with his field awareness and the pre-snap reads to realize that this play needs to be quicker, and needs to communicate that to his wide receivers. 

While being one of the better rushers in this quarterback class, in his career he ended with 1649 yards and 39 touchdowns on the ground. This is where he is dangerous. While I question the off-script throws and field awareness, he was great in the RPO (run-pass option) game and can read the field on rushing plays. When the running game was on, so was Bo Nix.

While I have him low, expect Bo Nix to be a riser in the next iteration of the rankings with the Senior Bowl coming up and the looming Scouting Combine. We are early in the process of this offseason, there is much more testing to be had. 

 

Coming in next is another one that will get me flak here early on...

#7 Jordan Travis (Florida State)

Unlike Bo Nix, Jordan Travis will not be able to do much testing here early on while still recovering from a leg injury that occurred in late November. In his 6 year career, he finished with a 62% completion percentage, 8715 yards, 66 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. There are things I really like with Jordan Travis. He is the first guy on this list where his footwork and lower body mechanics are impeccable.

Travis is the first one on this list where we will use the term, a natural thrower. In fact, he was one of the best at dissecting teams because of his patience in the pocket. He can help create a catch for his wideouts with tight window throws and you can see on tape why Florida State loved this guy. Unfortunately, there are also some problems. 

One of the glaring problems is his hesitation in the pocket. I know what you guys are thinking, “didn’t he just say he liked Jordan's patience in the pocket, now he hesitates? Make up your mind.” Look, I know. His patience in the pocket helps his playmakers to create space and gives them a chance at gaining yardage. His hesitation in the pocket comes down to him getting in his own head, and overthinking. There are many times on film where he has a hesitation pump fake, that if he would have just gone out there and played ball, the play would have worked.

Sometimes he overthinks and it lets him second guess himself, and that makes some of his throws sail over his receivers causing loss of down or turnovers. We all know the game has changed because of the RPO. Travis is not one that you want running it. While he has good rushing upside, he is doing his running back no favors. His fakes to the running back in play action don't fool anyone, and his fakes and his takes in the RPO game don’t fool anyone either.


As stated above, Jordan Travis got injured late in the season, with a lengthy recovery during the NFL Draft process that never helps your stock. We can go into how it feels similar to Henden Hooker. He has a chance, but the team who drafts him needs to be patient and let him get fully healthy. Then Travis will need a good QB coach to mold him into the quarterback you want him to be. Expect a team with a bridge or aging quarterback to take a chance with Travis and stash him on the practice squad. 

 

Here it is, we made it. If you made it this far, I am humbled and I thank you all very much. 

#6 Michael Pratt (Tulane)

At 6’3 and 220 pounds, you guessed it, like a lot of the quarterbacks this year he is just a little short of what scouts want to see. This by no means means that Michael Pratt can't ball. With a 60.6% completion percentage, 9611 yards, 90 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He also put up rushing stats of 1147 yards and 28 touchdowns. Michael Pratt is one of the most different quarterback prospects in this class. 

While Pratt has steady feet and possibly the best throwing form in this draft, especially between the hashes. His rushing upside and his ability to throw off bootlegs are one of his best qualities. He has confidence in his ability to be a playmaker, while that is a positive, he sometimes drops his eyes too quickly and relies on his rushing ability a little too much. While he plays good football with bootlegs, he still needs to set his feet to make good throws. While his arm strength is good, if he doesn't set his feet he loses that touch or zip. 

That is what makes Pratt such an interesting prospect. While most mobile quarterbacks can get away with some less-than-ideal mechanics to get the ball downfield. Pratt shouldn’t throw if he cannot get set. It results in flat touch throws where when the wide receiver window is small and tightly contested, he becomes inaccurate. Michael Pratt does have a shot to show off his skills at the senior bowl where I believe he will turn some heads on how dynamic he can be. I am excited to see how he tests, and who ultimately gives him a shot. 

With that, there is the quarterback position ranked 10-6. Like I said at the top, this list is ever-changing. Nothing in football is set in stone in January, so enjoy the read and if you disagree, I am more than happy to have a discussion with you. Come back later, for the top 5 ranked quarterback prospects of the 2024 NFL Draft class.