PHILADELPHIA — With the 2017 NFL Draft set to be held in Philadelphia in just three months, many NFL scouts and personnel directors have been admitting that they have absolutely no idea which quarterback prospects are any good.
“It’s kind of been an industry secret for decades that some are finally letting into the open,” said the GM of one AFC East team. “We’re all just guessing. That’s why you see someone like Jared Goff go №1 overall and Dak Prescott get picked 135th. We have zero idea who is good. None. None at all. Hell, Carson Wentz played a full season and I still don’t think anyone can say if he’s good or sucks.”
One lead scout for a team with a pick in the top five of the draft said he has three firm thoughts on the NFL future of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“I’ve said to everyone that he could be a very good NFL quarterback,” said the scout, who has watched every game of Watson’s career on tape three times. “Or he could be an average player who slots more as a backup. Or he could be completely terrible. It’s one of those three, guaranteed.”
While some teams say they will look to take a quarterback at the top of the draft, others say they will wait until the middle rounds.
“Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott were all found in the middle rounds,” said an NFC North GM. “There’s a lot of value to be had there. On the other hand, there’s a good chance a QB picked in the middle rounds will completely suck ass. I have no idea. I guess we’ll find out!”