Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Studs, starters and sleepers at Quarterback

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Washington Huskies at the 2019 Rose BowlPhoto: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ric Serritella

The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is now less than two weeks away and is taking a daily look at the top prospects at each position to help get you up to speed quickly.

Each day, a different position will be profiled and given a grade with three individual players featured:

· A First Round Prototype

· Second Day (Future) Starter

· Third Day Sleeper

Senior Analysts Rob Rang and Ric Serritella have nearly 40 years of combined experience professionally evaluating prospects for the NFL and after a year spent visiting campuses, watching tape, attending games, all-star practices and Combine training facilities, they have not surprisingly developed some favorites in this talented 2019 draft class.

Hundreds of their scouting reports are being printed for Lindy’s NFL Draft magazine right now (RESERVE YOUR COPY HERE) with a snapshot of each position and some of their favorite players to watch available complimentary of below.


A First Round Prototype: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

A strong-armed pocket passer who makes quick, accurate decisions with the football and shows great anticipation, Haskins performance this past season earned him 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, Third Team All-American honors, the Rose Bowl MVP and a trip to NYC as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He does an excellent job progressing through his reads and sprays the ball all over the field. In addition, he can make every throw in the book and shows a natural feel for the game. Haskins has the potential to be a Pro Bowl caliber signal-caller at the next level.

Second Day (Future) Starter: Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

It was a strenuous season for Stidham, who saw his draft stock plummet this past season due to some shaky performances in big time spots. However, his potential and skill-set are still comparable to some of the higher-rated quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he outplays some of them in the long run. He had a sharp week of practice at the Senior Bowl, showcasing his ability to line up under center and demonstrating fundamentally sound footwork during his three, five and seven-step drops. Any team in need of a quarterback but fails to select one early on could find Stidham to be a handsome consolation prize.

Third Day Sleeper: Tyrone Jackson, Buffalo

A raw talent with all the tools necessary to be a starter at the next level, he has big upside because of his size and arm strength and is the ultimate wild card in this year’s draft. Jackson possesses a howitzer and is able to launch 70-yard rockets with a simple flick of the wrist. Plus, showed that he responded well to coaching during his time at the Senior Bowl, he was one of the most improved players as the week wore on. Some scouts view Jackson to have the greatest ceiling of any quarterback in this year’s class, if allowed to sit for a few years, he could possibly develop into a starting quarterback. Jackson will be intriguing for NFL teams who have an aging quarterback and are looking to groom a successor.

*Be sure to check out our the latest Ric & Joe NFL Draft Show, recapping the 2019 Senior Bowl.