Top Five Senior QB Rankings

Written by Justis Mosqueda on August 26, 2013


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Jeff Mathews1. 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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Justis Mosqueda

Justis started following the NFL Draft in 2006. After knee injuries ended his high school career, he focused on studying and covering the game. His obsession with quarterbacks can be blamed on the Favre and Rodgers era Green Bay Packers. See all posts by Justis Mosqueda.