Kedon Slovis comes in at #7 and may be undervalued at that spot, as we round out our top 15 Devy QBs.
For this final Devy QB installment, we are diving a little deeper into the talent pool, looking at guys to consider in deeper Campus-to-Canton leagues as opposed to a 4-5 round Devy drafts. The one prospect who is not a true “sleeper” is Kedon Slovis, whose landing spot at #7 speaks more to the depth of QB talent than Slovis’ ability.
After Slovis, you are looking at a wide range of prospects, from those ticketed for high 2020 NFL draft stock to high-profile high school kids who will probably crack the top 5 Devy QBs list in 2021 or 2022. Let’s take a look at the list before diving into the #7-#15.
The List- Top 15 Devy QBs
- Trevor Lawrence– Junior- Clemson
- Justin Fields– Junior- Ohio State
- Sam Howell– Sophomore- UNC
- Trey Lance- Redshirt Sophomore- North Dakota State
- Jayden Daniels– Sophomore- Arizona State
- Spencer Rattler– Redshirt Freshman- Oklahoma
- Kedon Slovis– Sophomore- USC
- Brock Purdy– Junior- Iowa State
- Jamie Newman– Senior- Georgia
- DJ Uiagalelei- Freshman- Clemson
- Bryce Young- Freshman- Alabama
- Bo Nix– Sophomore- Auburn
- CJ Stoud- Freshman- Ohio State
- KJ Costello– Senior- Mississippi State
- Ryan Hillinski– Sophomore- South Carolina
#7- Kedon Slovis- USC
Kedon Slovis not only did it in fewer games, but while completing 71.9% of pass attempts. https://t.co/Iw8HrFjaFH
— Reign of Troy (@ReignofTroy) June 16, 2020
His high school QB coach, Kurt Warner, said that Kedon Slovis would be a nice surprise when he got to USC. The 3-star prospect shocked the PAC-12 with his breakout performance as a true freshman. He stepped in for 5-star recruit JT Daniels and straight up just took his job while leading the Trojans to a 8-5 season. The 6-foot-2 dart thrower completed nearly 72% of passes for 3,502 yards while connecting on 30 TDs with only 9 interceptions. Slovis offers outstanding value in Devy SF startups in a loaded position and could be a 1st round pick in the 2022 NFL draft if he continues to produce at this high, efficient level. Invest now before he gets expensive.
#8-Brock Purdy– Iowa State
Brock Purdy, magician. pic.twitter.com/vek03vLNcL
— Tyler Hansen (@t3hansen) November 16, 2019
After Trey Lance at No. 3, Iowa State’s Brock Prudy ranks No. 4 on the list for draft-eligible quarterbacks in 2021. Purdy is entering his junior season and has thrown for 6,232 yards with 43 touchdowns and 16 interceptions over the previous two seasons. He also rushed for 557 yards and 13 touchdowns over that span. After WR Hakeem Butler was drafted, the Cyclone star still balled out and will look to prove this season that he truly is a Day 1 draft pick in 2021.
#9- Jamie Newman– Georgia
I could be eating some crow putting the potential 1st round pick this low, but I don’t like the landing spot in Georgia and his numbers aren’t as impressive as I would like in such a highly touted-QB. He also needs to beat out JT Daniels for the job as well.
There is no denying that Newman is a BIG (6’4”, 230 lbs) dual threat player who fits the mold of the new age of mobile-yet-big NFL QBs. He’s has not shown to be an accurate passer, however neither did Josh Allen. I’m not a big fan of Newman, but you can’t ignore the projections as a Day 1 or Day 2 draft pick.
#10- DJ Uiagalelei- Clemson
DJ Uiagalelei putting up video game numbers😳
— Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) December 18, 2019
My first player from the talented 2020 high school class cracks into the top 10. The massive 6-foot-5, 246 lbs field general played at powerhouse St. John Bosco and had some epic battles against fellow 2020 QB stud Bryce Young, who played at in-state rival Mater Dei.
Uiagalelei’s arm strength is elite (can throw over 80 yards) while displaying great accuracy and touch with the ball, which has drawn him comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger. He will sit behind Trevor Lawrence for one year before being handed the keys to the Tiger kingdom.
#11- Bryce Young- Alabama
Roll the tape. ▶️
Bryce Young just dropped his senior highlight reel and it’s 🔥🔥🔥
— Hudl (@Hudl) July 8, 2020
The next Konami code is coming to Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide has landed another rare talent in the slender-yet-deadly QB from Mater Dei in Santa Ana, CA. The 5-foot-11, 197 lbs Cali kid is a flat out playmaker who can make any throw, in or out of the pocket, while being a constant threat to show off his wheels.
Greg Biggins, a national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, sees him as a future 1st round draft pick and compared him to Russell Wilson. That’s high praise and something to be excited about.
#12- Bo Nix– Auburn
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 1, 2019
A guy I really enjoyed watching play who I want to see for another full year. The 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama started as a true freshman at Auburn and showed that he was a gritty competitor who led the Tigers to a 9-4 record.
Nix didn’t have a lot of “big games” and he wasn’t the most efficient passer, but I want to see more from a guy who was only a freshman last year and he is a relatively cheap devy investment at this time. The buy low window is open.
#13- CJ Stroud- Ohio State
The Ohio State commit was a bit of a late bloomer, with only two years as a starting QB at Rancho Cucamonga High School in California. A great athlete with poise, arm strength and above average accuracy finished his senior year with 3,878 yards and 47 TD passes.
The future Buckeyes QB could be special and is considered the third best QB in the 2020 high school school class. He will have a lot of competition at Ohio State to get that starting nod, but he could be a future star as well. This is a big risk, big reward type of pick that separates winners and losers.
#14- KJ Costello- Mississippi State
The former Stanford QB was drawing some NFL Draft attention after a stellar 2018 season, but only played 5 games while battling through a few injuries. A graduate transfer, Costello is projected to start immediately in Mike Leach’s air raid offense at Mississippi State. Costello will have plenty of opportunity to showoff in that high-octane offense.
#15- Ryan Hilinski– South Carolina
The four-star prospect out of Orange Lutheran, CA put together a respectable first season as a freshman signal caller for South Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 200lb quarterback put up 2,357 yard with 11 passing TDs and five interceptions. The Gamecock sophomore looks to take a big step forward in his second season.
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