Top Five Senior QB Rankings
1. Jeff Mathews (Cornell)
Jeff Mathews is the best quarterback you’ve probably never heard of. He plays against non-scholarship athletes in the Ivy League, but also plays with them — his receiving corps tends to be especially drop-prone. He’s also the only “top” quarterback in this class with slightly above average height, which should help endear him to teams & scouts that have baseline measurables.
Mathews’ strong arm and top-flight deep ball make him a perfect fit for a team that runs a vertical offense, such as Arizona or Cleveland. He’s a very intelligent quarterback (Ivy League, who would have guessed?) with underrated mobility, but he isn’t the most proficient passer on the move.
While “QB wins” is too often misused as a metric, Cornell is 11-19 in three seasons under Mathews, which inevitably will raise concerns. Not very many quarterbacks whose teams have accumulated fewer wins than losses end up getting picked early (Jay Cutler being a notable exception.)
All in all, Mathews is a great prospect coming from a small school who’ll need to prove himself at the combine and whichever All-Star game he attends. At this point, though, he’s the top senior signal caller on my board.
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