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Three Quarterback Prospects to Keep an Eye On

Every year, there seems to be a couple quarterbacks selected in the draft that most people haven’t heard of. Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, there are a few talented quarterbacks who are making their case to be one of those guys. Shane Buechele (SMU), Brady White (Memphis) and Dustin Crum (Kent State) all are senior QBs coming off impressive junior campaigns. Both Buchele and White have already begun their 2020 seasons while Crum’s will begin in early November. Obviously, this season is the most important for all three of these guys, but it’s never too early to look at how their games might translate to the next level.

Shane Buechele, SMU (6-1, 207)

Buechele has a refined skill set and has all the traits you would expect to see out of a fifth-year QB. Handles the leadership role on and off the field extremely well. Limited size will push him to the later rounds of the draft but he could sneak into a day two selection if he continues to play at a high level this season. Won’t be expected to compete for a starting job on day one, but has the skill set to be a capable backup and could potentially be a starter in the right system.

Brady White, Memphis (6-3, 210)

White is a 24-year-old fifth-year senior who has played a lot of snaps of college football. He’s gotten better with each season and is playing well so far in 2020. Needs to improve on protecting the football but tape shows a lot of traits that will translate well at the next level. Won’t compete for a starting role immediately but will adjust to a pro-style system quickly and could be a solid No. 2 option for some teams.

Dustin Crum, Kent State (6-3, 201)

It’s unfortunate for Crum that Kent won’t be playing its non-conference schedule in 2020 – he would have had an opportunity to show improvement against Alabama, Penn State and Kentucky. Shows flashes of ability to play at the next level but improvement is necessary. Looked more confident and played better as junior season went on. Another jump in performance is expected. At the next level, will benefit from sitting and learning from a veteran while continuing to develop. Reliable backup and could be a potential future starter at the next level. Based on junior tape, will be a late-round pick but may shoot up draft boards if anticipated improvement is shown.

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