The quarterback class in the 2023 NFL Draft is a deep group of talented prospects who are preparing for their final season of college football. Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud are considered the top quarterbacks in the class and could be selected early in next spring’s draft. However, Anthony Richardson (Florida), Devin Leary (NC State), and Will Levis (Kentucky) could join Young and Stroud in the first round of the draft.
Along with those five quarterbacks, there are a ton of underrated quarterbacks, who could fly up draft boards this season. We take a look at five signal callers who could become household names when NFL draft season rolls around.
1. Malik Cunningham, Louisville
Cunningham is by far the best athlete in this year’s quarterback class. He’s a game-changer with his legs and has outstanding quick twitch ability in the open field. Cunnigham’s dynamic athleticism opens up schemes for Louisville’s offense in the running and passing games. Last season, the 6-foot-1 quarterback completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,941 yards, 19 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He also added a career-high 1,031 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.
The fourth-year starter has been a mainstay in Louisville’s program and was described as “a leader who’s respected by everybody on the team,” according to head coach Scott Saterfield after the Cardinals’ win over UCF last season.
Louisville QB Malik Cunningham went 72 yards to take it to the endzone 🔥
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 19, 2021
2. Jayden Daniels, LSU
Daniels transferred to LSU, joining Brian Kelly and the new coaching staff. Daniels spent the past three seasons as the starting quarterback at Arizona State, becoming the first true freshman starter in program history. Daniels had a breakout freshman year with a 17-2 touchdown to interception ratio in 2019.
Daniels has a smooth, rhythmic throwing motion and properly pairs his footwork and upper body mechanics. He has nice touch and accuracy on his deep throws and the arm strength to hit his shots.
Jayden Daniels with a great throw to Brian Thomas who brings down the catch over Mekhi Garner
Daniels runs it in the next play for the TD pic.twitter.com/AApxDq5hKA
— Matthew Brune (@MatthewBrune_) April 23, 2022
3. Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
McCall has been the main factor in Coastal Carolina’s rise over the past two seasons. He’s a scrappy quarterback with a compact throwing motion who makes quick decisions and does not waste movements in the pocket.
McCall does a great job protecting the football and has only thrown six interceptions during his two seasons as a starter. The 6’3 quarterback broke the record for highest passing efficiency in an FBS season with a 207.7 QBR in 2021.
Grayson McCall 🎯
— Nick Penticoff (@NickPenticoff) April 1, 2022
4. Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State
Sanders is a veteran quarterback returning for his fourth season as Oklahoma State’s starter. He was named first-team All-Big 12 after leading the conference in total yards (463) last season.
Sanders will be one of the more pro-ready passers in next year’s draft class. He throws the ball with great timing into open windows. The senior quarterback is a good decision-maker and processes the game at a high level. Sanders could increase his draft stock by lowering his interception total this season. Last season, Sanders threw 12 interceptions, which led the Big 12 conference, and it was the second time in his career that he had double-digit interceptions.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 28, 2021
5. Cam Ward, Washington State
Ward joins Washington State’s high-volume passing attack after starting his career at Incarnate Word. After starting as a true freshman and leading the FCS in passing touchdowns during the 2020 spring season, he returned last fall and threw 47 touchdowns before entering the transfer portal.
Ward will still have two years of eligibility following this season and could opt to return to Washington State. However, there’s growing buzz that he could be an early selection in next year’s draft if he succeeds against Pac-12 competition this season.
Oppo-hash hole shot, my god Cameron Ward. Putting on an absolute show in this game… pic.twitter.com/QWbJWe0fnt
— Ben Glassmire (@BenGlassmireNFL) December 15, 2021
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