Projecting the NFL Scouting Combine: Quarterbacks

Dwayne Haskins could be a top 10 pick.Photo: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Ric Serritella

Welcome to's "Projecting The Combine" series, which features predictions at each position for who will be invited to Indianapolis for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

Let's start with the quarterbacks. Over the past five years, the Combine has averaged 17 quarterback invites (12 quarterbacks drafted per year).

In 2018, the Combine featured 19 quarterbacks invited to Indianapolis (some as throwers), while five were chosen in the first round, the most since 1999. While this year's draft isn't expected to produce as many first-round picks, there are several intriguing signal-callers that organizations will consider on Day 1.

Below is a breakdown of Combine invites and the number of quarterbacks drafted over the past five years. By taking the median number, we try to predict the quarterback invitations for the 2019 Combine:

NOTE: Underclassmen have until January 15th to officially declare for the NFL Draft.

Quarterbacks invited To NFL Combine

2018: 19

2017: 15

2016: 18

2015: 15

2014: 19

Selected In NFL Draft

2018: 13

2017: 10

2016: 15

2015: 7

2014: 14

2019 NFL Scouting Combine Prediction: Quarterbacks

The Top 5

  1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State -- A strong-armed pocket passer who makes quick, accurate decisions with the football. All indications point toward the redshirt sophomore declaring for the draft where he is expected to be a top 10 selection. (Day 1)

  2. Daniel Jones, Duke -- Possesses experience playing in a pro-style offense and mobility to extend plays. The redshirt junior, who said he will declare for the draft, projects as a first round pick. (Day 1)

  3. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma -- Based on the success of Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson, the undersized quarterback stigma could be softening among NFL decision-makers. Murray is too intriguing of a talent to pass up. (Day 1)

  4. Drew Lock, Missouri -- We've seen players such as Blaine Gabbert and Blake Bortles get pushed up into the first round based on necessity, and Lock could be the beneficiary of a weak quarterback crop. (Day 1)

  5. Will Grier, West Virginia -- Grades on Grier range all over the map, depending on individual schemes, as his skill-set is very specific, based on quick reads and lots of designed movement plays. (Day 2)

The Rest

  1. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn (Day 2)

  2. Brett Rypien, Boise State (Day 2)

  3. Ryan Finley, North Carolina State (Day 2)

  4. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern (Day 3)

  5. Gardner Minshew, Washington State (Day 3)

  6. Jordan Ta'amu, Mississippi (Day 3)

  7. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (Day 3)

  8. Easton Stick, North Dakota State (UDFA)

  9. Jake Browning, Washington (UDFA)

  10. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (UDFA)

  11. Trace McSorley, Penn State (UDFA)

  12. Eric Dungey, Syracuse (UDFA)

  13. Taryn Christion, South Dakota State (UDFA)

2019 NFL Combine Projections:

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