College quarterbacking has gotten so much better over the past couple decades. There are so many quarterbacks who are exciting to watch and who could very well lead their team to the pinnacle of the sport, the NCAA championship. Vegas has the teams these quarterbacks play for near the top of the futures for who is going to win it all. Many are also Heisman contenders. Here are my top 5 college QB’s of 2016:
1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Throwing for over 4,000 yards and rushing for over 1,000 more is no easy feat for a quarterback, but he made it look easy in 2015. He is a dynamic player that looks to get Clemson to the championship game and for himself, a chance to win the Heisman trophy. His arm strength and athletic ability is unmatched by any other college QB. Can he be a top NFL QB? I’m not sure.
2. Brad Kaaya, Miami (Fla.)
This young college QB has incredible poise. He has great arm strength and his accuracy continues to get better as he gains more experience. At 6-4 and 210 lbs, he has great size and strength. I think this is a great choice for the second best quarterback in the nation.
3. Josh Rosen, UCLA
Another 6-4, 210 QB in the mix. He was an outstanding QB as a freshman and will get better in his sophmore year. A very accurate signal caller who keeps his eyes downfield during plays. Some receivers made their way to the NFL, but he still should have an outstanding year for the Bruins. It’s possible that if Rosen does well this year he could actually be considered a candidate for the Heisman trophy. It’s been a while for the Bruins. I think out of this class he’ll be the best NFL rookie.
4. J.T Barrett, Ohio State
I chose Barrett since he is starting to draw some comparisons to Russell Wilson. Barrett is a very good dual threat quarterback who will get back to form this season. He will be the uncontested starter for the Buckeyes in 2016. Very strong arm and extremely athletic, he will lead a loaded Buckeyes team to a possible Big Ten title this season. He was sharing QB duties with a former player but now has the reins all to himself.
5. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
It’s been a while since anyone mentioned the Sooners and a top notch quarterback, but Baker Mayfield is the real deal for Oklahoma. Mayfield played outstanding last year by leading the Sooner to a Big 12 championship and a spot in the college football playoffs. He accomplished this feat by throwing for 36 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions.