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’ll track the rise and fall of player values throughout the draft season and assess the impact on player fantasy valuations. We’ll be aggregating rankings from eight well-respected sources.
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
The top five remains the same as last week, with Sam Darnold still atop the index. It is noticeable that Darnold’s average rank actually improved this past week, while his RSI score jumped from 84 to 86. The QB in second place, Josh Rosen, saw his average rank drop from 2.1 to 2.3, while he saw his score fall by a single point. The experts are loving Darnold more and more, it seems.
Despite speculation linking him to the Browns with the first overall pick, Josh Allen’s needle did not move for any of our sources. If anything, he became slightly less appealing. His average rank fell from 4.3 to 4.4.
There was a change in the top 10, however. Chase Litton fell from nine to 10, elevating Kurt Benkert into ninth place. Litton’s average rank dropped from 10.3 to 11.0. His RSI score fell from 34 to 32. Benkert, for his part, posted the exact same scores as last week.
The value of the players on the fringes of the top 10 could be increased as we get even closer to the draft, especially for teams looking for depth at the QB spot and not necessarily an instant starter. Jared Dublin’s latest mock draft for CBS has six QBs going in the first round. Indeed, the first three players of the board are all QBs, and signal callers make up four of the first eight spots.
Dublin has Mason Rudolph as the sixth first-round QB in his mock. It would not surprise me in the slightest if we start hearing buzz surrounding Mike White as a potential early pick, despite his deficiencies.1 Optimum Scouting actually have White as their fifth-ranked QB, comparing him to Jared Goff in their 2018 NFL Draft Guide. But despite being fans of his, OS still projected him to be a third/fourth-round prospect.
Still, things are beginning to happen, it would seem.
- We’ve seen it in the past when it comes to QBs and the draft. They are like ice cream after a big meal, in the sense that you don’t think you’ll have some but when everyone starts having it some people just can’t help themselves and end up taking some too. (back)