The 2024 NFL Draft picture becomes clearer and clearer with each week that passes during the 2023 NFL season. With the draft order starting to take shape, it’s also becoming evident which teams will be on the board early with the chance to upgrade their franchise quarterback.
Nine different teams have three or fewer wins through seven weeks of NFL action, and 10 more are sitting at or below a .500 win percentage. More than a few of those teams have aging quarterbacks or signal-callers playing on contracts set to expire after the 2023 season.
The good news for teams that need a new franchise quarterback is that there will be several quality options to choose from come the NFL Draft next April.
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ESPN’s QBR explained
Every week, ESPN gives each quarterback a QBR (quarterback rating) for their latest performance. According to ESPN, the rating is intended to “incorporate all of a quarterback’s contributions to winning, including how he impacts the game on passes, rushes, turnovers and penalties.”
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QBR measures each play’s degree of success and how much credit the quarterback deserves for the play. The statistic also takes into account the strength of opposing defenses faced. The final result is an efficiency rating as a number on a 0-to-100 point scale.
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Ranking top quarterback prospects by QBR: Week 8
These are the top quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft class according to ESPN’s QBR metric for the 2023 college football season.
J.J. McCarthy, Michigan (QBR: 93.7)
Jayden Daniels, LSU (91.7)
Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma (87.6)
Kyle McCord, Ohio State (87.0)
Michael Penix Jr., Washington (85.7)
DJ Uiagalelei, Oregon State (84.8)
Caleb Williams, USC (84.7)
Bo Nix, Oregon (83.3)
Jordan Travis, Florida State (82.7)
Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (FL) (81.6)
Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss (81.2)
Quinn Ewers, Texas (77.9)
Michael Pratt, Tulane (77.8)
Drake Maye, North Carolina (77.3)
Sam Hartman, Notre Dame (76.0)