Quarterbacks You Need to Know at 2018 Senior Bowl


The Ravens aren't looking for a new starting quarterback this season. Not with Joe Flacco under center.

But Baltimore is interested in finding a potential backup who could develop into something more down the road, and this year's Senior Bowl class is one of the most buzzed-about quarterback groups in years.

Here are some of the top names:

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
6-foot-0, 216 pounds; Draft projection – Round 1
There's almost no chance the Ravens take Mayfield considering he'll likely be a first-round pick, but the Heisman Trophy winner is the biggest star in Mobile in years. Mayfield put up massive stats this year with 4,627 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns to just six interceptions. He is highly accurate with the best completion percentage in the nation (71 percent). A big part of the scouting process with Mayfield will come in his interviews and demeanor, as his uber-confidence has drawn good and bad attention. He also has to prove his smaller size doesn't matter, and that he can still deliver without a top-flight offensive line. Mayfield has a big enough arm and is clearly highly athletic. He's smooth and light-footed in the pocket. His enthusiasm for the game bubbles over.

Josh Allen, Wyoming
6-5, 237; Draft projection – Round 1
On paper, Allen is the perfect quarterback. He has ideal size and a huge arm. He can make every throw. However, a dip in production this season and inconsistent tape have made the Wyoming product one of the draft's biggest unknowns. ESPN's Mel Kiper's first mock draft has him at the No. 1-overall pick, but others see several quarterbacks ahead of him. True to form, he had an uneven start in Mobile, throwing an interception and missing (sometimes because his receivers weren't expecting so much velocity) on some easier throws. Then he sidestepped pressure to toss a beautiful sideline dart to a streaking wideout. Allen is a wild card with a very high ceiling who the Ravens also won't likely draft.

Luke Falk, Washington State
6-4, 211; Draft projection – Rounds 3-4
A former walk-on, Falk had great success in Washington State's "Air Raid" spread offense. He posted eye-popping stats and leaves school as the Pac-12's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. Over his final three years, he averaged 4,207 yards and tossed 106 touchdowns to 32 interceptions. Falk doesn't have as much arm strength as the other top passers, but his touch and accuracy are excellent. He outdueled perhaps the draft's top pick, USC quarterback Sam Darnold, in an upset win this season.

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
6-4, 229; Draft projection – Rounds 3-4
Like Falk, Rudolph is a gun-slinging quarterback who will have to make the transition from a pass-happy spread college program to an NFL offense. Rudolph had the top wide receiver in the nation in James Washington, and the two connected often on big plays. Rudolph finished the year with a staggering 4,904 passing yards and 37 touchdowns to nine interceptions. A foot injury has held him out of practicing at the Senior Bowl, but he still attended for everything off the field.

Kurt Benkert, Virginia
6-2, 214; Draft projection – Rounds 4-6
Benkert is an interesting prospect. While other quarterbacks in the class impress with their stats, Benkert completed just 59 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,207 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He started out at East Carolina before injuring his knee in 2015 and transferring to Virginia, where he led the program back to the postseason. He flashes major arm and athletic talent, but has been inconsistent. He may be the best deep-ball thrower in the class, and connected on a couple beautifully-placed bombs during Tuesday's practice. Benkert could be the kind of developmental quarterback the Ravens may want.

Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
6-2, 217; Draft projection – Rounds 4-6
Lauletta has good bloodlines. His father played quarterback for Navy in the '80s. His grandfather played football and basketball at Delaware. Lauletta was a lightly-recruited high schooler who became a three-year starter and Richmond's all-time career leader in passing yards (10,465) and passing touchdowns (73). He was the 2017 CAA Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,737 yards. In practice, he showed some of the most consistent accuracy and has good touch, though not the arm strength of some of his peers.

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