But what really caught my eye was that among the 13 quarterbacks ranked, Tagovailoa and Stidham came in 12th and 11th, respectively. Washington’s Jake Browning was No. 92 overall, with Tagovailoa No. 84 and Stidham No. 83.
The other quarterbacks on the list were Michigan’s Shea Patterson (80), Ole Miss’ Jordan Ta’amu (76), Georgia’s Jake Fromm (65), Oregon’s Justin Herbert (61), Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (41), Missouri’s Drew Lock (33), West Virginia’s Will Grier (22), Penn State’s Trace McSorley (15), Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton (13) and Arizona’s Khalil Tate (4). Tagovailoa and Stidham don’t even rank in the Top 4 in the SEC according to SI (and if you count former SEC quarterbacks Patterson and Grier, they’re not in the Top 6).
That seems extremely conservative to me. I might take a fully healthy Fitzgerald over Tagovailoa and Stidham, and might go with Lock, who is a gifted passer.
But no way would I choose Fromm or Ta’amu over either the Alabama or Auburn quarterback…
So what do you think? Am I overrating our in-state quarterbacks, or is SI underrating them?
I love how Hurts no longer even rates a mention. How quickly they forget.
By the way, I don’t understand why some people are prone to dismiss Jordan Ta’amu. He played in eight games last season and finished with a passer rating of 164.50, a number that beat every SEC quarterback not named Drew Lock. (For comparison, Shea Patterson compiled a 151.49 passer rating before his injury.) Kid can ball.