TOP 5 QB’S in the 2021 NFL DRAFT

Teams all want the best QB they can get, it’s common sense, and the race to get them – everyone wants the guy who they feel is going to be able to lead them, and get the wins with. The guy who leads them and gets the teams wins. QBs make the team, let’s be honest – regardless of dual threat RBs and great WRs – the QB makes the teams be all end all, and gives confidence to a team and their entire offense. Football is the greatest team sport there is, but the team’s QB is still the heart and the leader of a team.

This year has some very interesting QB names in the QB position – we have the versatile mobile guys and we have the big well known names that make GMs smile. But who is going to be the best of the best of this year’s QB class?
VTD will tell you.
Let’s take a look at the top QBs in this year’s draft.

5.  JUSTIN FIELDS / 6-2, 230lbs, Ohio State
Justin Fields has shown awesome on field capabilities with his feet and his arm, in his excellent career at Ohio State.
He has a slick ability to keep a play alive with his legs when he is under attack, and his 15 rushing TDs certainly confirms that. He is brave – and is willing to take a big hit to complete a pass, as he has a lot of courage when standing in the pocket, he isn’t afraid to take the shot from an oncoming DE to fire a pass. He can generate bigtime plays, whether he is taking off or throwing from the pocket, and he has been a very good passer in his time at OSU with a 68% passing percentage. One problem, he has, is he tends to stay with his WR1, if he isn’t open, it’s a quick look to WR2, then he is ready to move. He needs to get more patience, especially when he needs to start looking for his WR3 and WR4, as he needs to get a bit better reading what the field is giving him. With that being said, he has a really good chance to be good – it’s going to be tricky with him. He is a very interesting, hit or miss QB this year.

4.  MAC JONES  / 6-3, 220lbs, Alabama  
Mac Jones has shown some great improvement as a QB over the last 2 years from accuracy to moving the ball downfield. Jones has a nice soft touch when hitting across the middle, as he has the skill to hit his guys over the top for short 5-6 yard passes against LBs all game long. He isn’t a huge risk taker, and doesn’t take unnecessary throws, he is cautious and plays it safe on his choices of passing plays. When being chased in the pocket, he could get a bit rattled at times – and could get in trouble if things fall apart. But generally, if he is forced to leave the pocket under pressure – he does have the ability to pick up yards. He isn’t cemented to his spot, like some may think. Jones is very self aware of downs and distance – and is the kind of QB who will chuck the ball before taking the loss or throwing a bad pick. Not unsimilar to Aaron Rodgers style. Overall, his game style should be able to transfer to the next level very well.

3. TREY LANCE / 6-4, 230lbs, North Dakota State
Trey Lance plays strength, and can take off upfield if he sees an inch to make something happen, as he is very mobile and can take off and get yards on the ground at any time. Even at his massive size, he moves with ease. Lance is excellent in the pocket – who can get the ball to his guys with accuracy, throwing from tough angles is also not overly tough for him. He can find a way to fire off passes over and around defenders, as he is a beautiful passer. If you haven’t watched him, check him out, it’s pretty nice to watch. Lance also seems to be a genuine good guy, who appreciates his opportunities, that goes a long way for his likeability factor. I think he can be a legitimate franchise QB for a team, in my opinion.

2. ZACH WILSON  / 6-3, 210lbs, BYU
Zach Wilson has a great arm, we all know that, and he knows how to command an offense, he has a great leadership ability. His senior year was awesome, with 33 TDs and 3692 passing yards, along with a whopping 73.5% passing.
Wilson is a big play waiting to happen with his big arm and tight throwing – and he does not leave his guys waiting to get the ball. He has great timing, they turn, they have the ball. The 6-3 QB is not afraid to spread the ball around – he uses all his guys, in 2020 he had 4 guys with 35 or more catches. He finds a way to give himself some room when things go sideways, but has had his struggles vs top teams, having a bit more problems with pressure. So we will see what he does when playing the best. One other issue – if he has had some injury problems, how dependable is he going to be? If he can stay healthy, he has the ability to be very good.

1. TREVOR LAWRENCE  / 6-6, 220lbs, Clemson
We are all aware of Trevor Lawrence, and the adoration for him, he is a generational QB, that comes along once in a while. At 6-6 and 220, he is the perfect prototype for today’s franchise QB, size-wise, along with awesome arm strength, and an uncanny ability to deliver absolute lasers on the field. He carries a commanding presence on the field, with an air of confidence that things are always under control when he is out there. Teams play better with that. To have a QB who you feel is always a few plays away from getting the win, changes everything. He has top notch pocket passing qualities as well as running threat abilities as well, as he ran for 766 YDs and 17 TDs over the last 2 years. When things fall apart – he can make explosive plays happen when moving outside the pocket. He can make all the throws, from simple hitches to going deep. On the easy throws, he is extremely accurate – which is key for any QB worth his weight to make. He has the highest ceiling, without question. He can become a top 5 QB in the NFL in the next 3-4 years.

This NFL draft looks to be loaded with QB talent – let’s see where they go and who lives up to the hype, and who collapses. Be sure to visit VegasTopDogs.com for your daily sports info and predictions.

2016 Big 10 College Football Preview

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Big 10 EAST

1 – OHIO STATE – Are we really going anywhere else here? Urban Meyer is an unbelievable 31-1 in regular season Big 10 play. How can we go against him? I mean, I get he has 3 returning starters on both sides of the ball. But until I see otherwise, Buckeyes get the call.

2 – MICHIGAN – Jim Harbaugh returns 14 starters and is looking to knock off Ohio State. The schedule is a tough one. At Michigan State. At Iowa. They are on the road to end things at the Big House. That should decide who wins the Big 10 and goes to the playoffs.

3 – MICHIGAN STATE – Mark D’Antonio only has 10 starters back and lost his big QB who led the troops. I think they can’t repeat a 12 win season. But the drop off will be there. Besides the 2 teams above them, Penn State is really the only team now, or a year from now, away from moving to the upper levels here. We know the defense will be stout and the run game will look to take pressure off a new QB.

4 – PENN STATE – Another nice recruiting class to add more depth here. They lose an underachieving QB, but still return 9 starters on offense (6 def). HC James Franklin is building back this program. But they are not ready to compete with the big boys yet.

5 – MARYLAND – Another new HC as DJ Durkin takes control of the Terps. This is a pretty experienced coaching staff, so I think they can reach the troops and get them out to a fast start. 4-0 looks possible and if the pull off a road win at Penn State, I can see them at 6-0 before facing Michigan State. I think these guys go bowling and rebound nicely from a 3 win season.

6 – RUTGERS – Scarlet Knights bring 16 starters back (9 off 7 def) and our looking at a fresh start with new HC Chris Ash. This team has some talent and I think the new direction will have these players motivated to overachieve as they have done in the past. Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan b2b2b is surely 0-3 and probably gets ugly. It will take a little luck and an upset or 2 for a bowl bid.

7 – INDIANA – I think Kevin Wilson has his work cut out for him here. When you lose your QB and RB to the NFL and you are a team that was 6-7 last year, you are in for growing pains. Look. I thought this team would be bowling last year. They improved in wins along the way. 6 wins can be reached if they get some good QB play.

Big 10 WEST

1 – IOWA – After going 12-0 the Hawkeyes look to rebound after losing the Big 10 Championship to Michigan St and getting slaughtered by Stanford in the Rose Bowl. This isn’t a sexy group, but does return 8 starters on defense, 5 on offense. Having a senior QB should make 5 Big 10 road manageable, especially since none had winning seasons at home LY. I can’t see another undefeated regular season, but I think they win the west.

2 – NEBRASKA – If anyone is going to rise to to top here and overtake Iowa, the Cornhuskers are my favorite. Look. they were disappointing last year in Mike Riley’s first season. They lost 5 games in the final seconds. They could have easily been 11-2! Woulda coulda shoulda, but a coach like Riley will have his guys build on those losses. 2nd year of the new schemes. They were better than their record last year. I won’t be shocked to see them represent the west in the Championship Game.

3 – NORTHWESTERN – I think they overachieved a bit last year and I can’t see them winning 10 games again. I think they are a hair better than Wiscy because of their defense. They need to be at worse 3-1 entering October because there are 3 losses waiting for them in Iowa, OSU and Michigan State.

4 – WISCONSIN – The schedule is brutal here. Opening against LSU. Then a 4 game stretch of at Michigan State and Michigan, home for Ohio State, road game at Iowa. They were 10-3 last year and could easily be 2-5 in October.

5 – ILLINOIS – Giving Lovie Smith the 5 spot here. He has some decent pieces back at QB and RB and 7 starters back on offense. The D has only 4 starters back so that can be a problem. I just think the new direction will infuse some excitement into the program. The kids will be run through walls for an NFL guy who I am sure is promising to get them ready for the next level.

6 – MINNESOTA – These guys were 5-7 last year and went bowling! Thank you NCAA for watering down the post season. 13 returning starters and that bowl win will have the Gophers with some pep in their step. No Ohio State or Michigan on the schedule. Might get the bowling shoes ready.

7 – PURDUE – All you need to know about the Boilermakers is this. Under HC Darrell Hazell they are now 2-22 in Big 10 play. 8 starters back on both sides of the ball. Does that even matter. They were 2-10 last year. The guy never sticks to a QB. Hot seat? How about absolutely on FIRE. Maybe they steal a game somewhere. But I won’t be shocked if their only win is over Eastern Kentucky.

 

Written by Sean Higgs as he is ready to tackle Big 10 Football!  Be sure to check back daily for other College Football Conference Previews

3 Best Sporting Events To Watch This Week

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The coming week in the world of sports has plenty of events to offer for sportsbook bettors but there are a few events that truly demand your undivided attention.

College Basketball: Big Ten-ACC Challenge

This is the premier set of non-conference games in the early portion of every college basketball season. The lower-level parts of this two-conference collection aren’t special, but there are several big games to be found each December when the Big Ten and ACC get together. On Tuesday, Michigan goes to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils. On Wednesday, the featured game is North Carolina’s visit to Michigan State. North Carolina can be great, as shown in its win over Louisville, or really bad, as shown in losses to Belmont and UAB. Also on Wednesday, Maryland plays Ohio State and Wisconsin plays Virginia. That Wisconsin-Virginia game will be fascinating because both teams play the same basic style. They like to slow the game down, play rugged halfcourt defense, and work the shot clock. If Wisconsin and Virginia get into the 60s, it would be a slight surprise.

NCAA Football: Big Ten Championship Game

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans

This is the crown jewel of the coming week of the college football season. Ohio State is playing to get into the BCS National Championship Game, probably against Florida State. The Buckeyes are 24-0 under head coach Urban Meyer, but they need this game to punch their ticket to the national championship game and make the most of their season. Michigan State’s defense gets the publicity, but the Spartans’ offense – led by quarterback Connor Cook – will be the big key here.

NFL Football: Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints

This is yet another showstopper on the sports calendar. Carolina has won eight games in a row, moving from 1-3 to 9-3. The Panthers know that if they win this game, they will take the lead in the NFC South Division with only three games left in the regular season. Moreover, they will host the Saints in week 16. This is a game New Orleans has to win on its home field. Then, the Saints won’t have to win two weeks later in Charlotte.

Written by TonyK of VegasTopDogs.com