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3 Quarterbacks That Could Jump into the First Round of the 2019 NFL Draft

Mike Esposito
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As seems to always be the case in the NFL, quarterback is a tremendous need for several teams heading into the 2019 NFL Draft. With Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins both likely to be selected in the Top 10, it isn't out of the realm of possibility that at least three quarterbacks are selected on Day 1.

With that in mind, here are three quarterback prospects that could sneak into the first round on Thursday.

1. Daniel Jones, Duke Blue Devils

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There's been a lot of hype surrounding Daniel Jones during the pre-draft process, but whether or not he's a first-round talent is very much a subjective matter. Nonetheless, the Duke product is an NFL-ready pocket passer and has enough athleticism to extend plays and scramble for yards, if the pocket does break down. Jones going in the mid-to-late first round could happen, especially since Washington Redskins (No. 15) and New York Giants (No. 17) have a need at the quarterback position.

2. Will Grier, West Virginia Mountaineers

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Will Grier has seen his draft stock steadily rise over the last several weeks and, depending on how the draft pans out, there's a pretty good shot that he hears his name called on Day 1. The West Virginia signal-caller has drawn praise throughout the pre-draft process for his intelligence, field vision and accurate arm. He could be a good fit for a team looking for a high-upside developmental QB at the back-end of the first round. A team with a veteran starter already in place, like the Green Bay Packers (No. 30) or the New England Patriots (No. 32), could end up snagging Grier on Thursday night.

3. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn Tigers

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Is it a bit of a stretch to think that Jarrett Stidham comes off the board in the first round? Absolutely. But anything is possible in today's NFL. The Auburn quarterback has a pro-ready arm and received plenty of first-round buzz before a sub-par 2018 season caused his draft stock to plummet. He's not ready to be a starter this coming season, but if a team looking for an heir apparent – like the Packers or Patriots could be – reaches for the 22-year-old as the first round comes to a close, it would give him time to develop in-house behind a future Hall of Famer.


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