The 2018 RotoViz Scouting Index (RSI) tracks NFL draft prospect rankings from a variety of traditional scouting sites, giving you quick insight into how incoming rookies are currently being valued over in “real football” land.
This serves as a counterpoint to our usual stats-and-metrics-based analysis. Discovering where the stats and film crowds agree and disagree is not only fun but often illuminating. We’ve tracked the rise and fall of player values throughout the draft season and assessed the impact on player fantasy valuations. We’ve aggregated rankings from eight well-respected sources. So, for the last time in 2018, let’s get to it.
NFL DRAFT QUARTERBACK PROSPECT RANKINGS
If you have any questions about the 2018 RotoViz Scouting Index scoring, please check back to our introductory article.
THE TOP QUARTERBACK PROSPECTS
Throughout this entire series, our experts have never been shaken from their faith in Sam Darnold as the top QB prospect in this years draft class. The fact that he will break a new record for youthful players when he is drafted has not scared any of our experts away. It would be frankly stunning if he were still on the board beyond pick three, especially as the QB needy Jets are supposedly high on him. They will surely pounce should the Browns go elsewhere with the first pick and the Giants blow a golden opportunity to secure their future QB at No. 2.
A player who is generating late buzz to be the first overall selection is the third QB on the RSI, namely Baker Mayfield. It is noticeable that, although he wasn’t able to nudge past Josh Rosen on our board, his average rank improved from 3.5 to 3.3 this week. His RSI score also improved from 72 to 74.
There has been very little change at the top throughout the whole run of this series. Darnold, Rosen, Mayfield, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson have pretty much been entrenched in the top five. But there has been late movement further down the RSI. There is a new entry in the top 15 in this, the final edition. Houston QB Kyle Allen jumps into 14th place, pushing Brandon Silvers out of the top 15.
Allen played two seasons with Texas A&M, completing a less than stellar 58 percent of his passes over this span. He transferred to Houston for the 2017 season. But he was benched after three games as a starter. His 105 pass attempts included four interceptions. A career as an NFL backup should be the extent of his hopes and dreams at this stage.
I hope you have enjoyed the 2018 RotoViz Scouting Index for QB’s. It is my hope that you and I will both enjoy watching these players for years to come in the NFL. We will meet again next season to look at the 2019 class.