Quarterbacks are among the most polarizing fantasy players due to various league formats and scoring settings. While it’s impossible to dispute their role on a championship team, their dynasty values fluctuate wildly. With one of the most highly anticipated quarterback classes in recent memory now on the precipice of entering the NFL, doing your own due diligence is essential.
This year, we could see up to six quarterbacks selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and they’re headlined by legendary prospect Trevor Lawrence.
Below the 2021 Rookie QB Rankings I’ve provided some brief analysis on each quarterback. Earlier in the year, I profiled the Top 4 in more detail which can be read here if interested 2021 Rookie Quarterbacks: The Fantastic Four.
2021 Rookie QB Rankings
|4||Trey Lance||RS Soph.||NDSU|
|5||Kyle Trask||RS Senior||Florida|
|6||Mac Jones||RS Soph.||Alabama|
|7||Jamie Newman||RS Junior||Georgia|
|8||Kellen Mond||Senior||Texas A&M|
1) Trevor Lawrence, 6’6”, 220 lbs
Lawrence is one of the best quarterback prospects of all-time and there’s no need to overthink things beyond that. He has all the physical tools you look for at the quarterback position and complements it with tremendous football IQ, leadership and decision-making. Also a legitimate threat with his legs, Lawrence offers plenty of the rushing upside that’s synonymous with elite fantasy QBs. Lock him in as the QB 1 of this class and a fantasy starter for years to come.
Rookie Draft Forecast: 1.08 – 1.12 in 1 QB, 1.01 in SuperFlex
2) Justin Fields, 6’3”, 228 lbs
A legendary recruit in his own respect, Fields was among the most highly touted dual-threat recruits in history. Like Lawrence, Fields has all the size, athleticism and arm strength necessary to be a franchise quarterback. When you combine that with his dynamism outside the pocket and as a rusher, you have all the ingredients of a future QB 1.
Rookie Draft Forecast: 2.06 – 2.11 in 1 QB, 1.02 – 1.05 in SuperFlex
3) Zach Wilson, 6’3”, 210 lbs
Similar to Lawrence and Fields, Wilson is blessed with very good athleticism for the quarterback position. His progression from 2019 to 2020 was exceptional as he routinely showcased his ridiculous arm talent, timing and anticipation. He can create for his teammates outside the pocket and does a great job of keeping his eyes downfield. He’ll push Fields for QB 2 status in this talented class.
Rookie Draft Forecast: 2.08 – 3.02 in 1 QB, 1.03 – 1.08 in SuperFlex
4) Trey Lance, 6’4”, 226 lbs
Lance carries more risk than the aforementioned quarterbacks however it’s hard to argue that his ceiling is considerably lower. In his lone season starting at NDSU, Lance obliterated his FCS competition and posted monster numbers as both a passer and rusher. He’s shown enough arm strength, accuracy and touch to be a legitimate dual-threat quarterback in the NFL. Patience may need to be exercised with Lance, but he possesses all the tools of a rock solid QB 1.
Rookie Draft Forecast: 3.05 – 3.10 in 1 QB, 1.06 – 1.11 in SuperFlex
5) Kyle Trask, 6’5”, 240 lbs
Trask was sensational in 2020, passing for 4,283 yards and a whopping 43 touchdowns. While he lacks the desired athleticism to consistently make plays outside the pocket, he could thrive in the right scheme. He has good pocket awareness and the capability to make just about every throw from within it. Trask will need a strong team fit at the next level to become a consistent starter in 1 QB leagues.
Rookie Draft Forecast: 4.06 – 4.12 in 1 QB, 2.02 – 2.07 in SuperFlex
6) Mac Jones, 6’3”, 214 lbs
Jones and the Alabama offense ran roughshod over their opponents throughout the 2020 season. At its conclusion, Jones had passed for 4,500 yards while sporting a wicked 41:1 TD to INT ratio. Leadership, execution and poise within the pocket were embodied by Jones on a consistent basis this year. Arm strength is not great by any measure but anticipation and touch are solid. It’s quite likely Jones will need an Alabama-like situation to flourish in the pros.
Rookie Draft Forecast: 4.10 – 5.04 in 1 QB, 2.06 – 2.11 in SuperFlex
7) Jamie Newman, 6’4”, 230 lbs
Newman’s decision to opt out of the 2020 campaign did no favors for his draft stock with the subsequent rise of Kyle Trask and Mac Jones. Irrespective of that, Newman has the dual-threat ability to be a factor in fantasy should he emerge as a starter. He’s a powerful runner who also possesses the necessary arm strength to get the ball downfield. He’ll need to continue to develop as a passer upon entering the NFL and should be viewed as a project by those considering him in fantasy.
Rookie Draft Forecast: 5.08 – Undrafted in 1 QB, 3.11 – 4.04 in SuperFlex
8) Kellen Mond, 6’3”, 217 lbs
Mond put together a solid career at Texas A&M and now begins his preparations for the NFL Draft. A Day 2 selection in the best of cases, Mond has shown moments of fantastic arm talent throughout his career. In addition to arm talent, Mond boasts the athletic profile to create off script and pick up yards with his legs. Consistency, decision making and accuracy will be among his biggest concerns upon turning pro.
Rookie Draft Forecast: Undrafted in 1 QB, 4.06 – 4.11 in SuperFlex
If you enjoyed my 2021 Rookie QB Rankings I’ve also recently put together 2021 Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings and 2021 Rookie Running Back Rankings if you’re interested in taking a look. You can follow me on Twitter @FantasyFuru