10. Jake Luton, Oregon State
Rounding out the list of the top 10 2020 NFL Draft quarterbacks is a name many may not be familiar with but should get familiar. Jake Luton started his career back in 2015 Idaho and transferred to Oregon State after that season. He played in 12 games combined in 2017 and 2018, before finally playing a full season with the Beavers in 2019. Luton put together a great final season, throwing for 2,714 yards, 28 touchdowns, and just three interceptions.
Luton flashed great ability as a precision passer from the pocket. He shows very good understanding of placement of the football, and the leverage wide receivers generate. Luton had a great connection with 2020 NFL Draft prospect Isaiah Hodgins, and the two were very often on the same page. If Hodgins didn’t get separation deep, Luton recognized this and threw to his back shoulder. Luton shows good touch on the football down the field, and the placement is usually very good and rarely underthrown.
He will definitely be a rhythm passer at the next level and will need to rely on his mechanics and footwork to make plays. His arm is satisfactory, but when everything isn’t clicking, his ball floats or is underthrown.
Pressure and progressions are the areas where he needs to grow. When Luton sees pressure, it leads to early throwaways. Luton will stare down receivers at times, and that had led to a large number of batted passes. He can become a quality backup in the NFL with some work on a team.
- Grade: Seventh Round
- Luton pro comparison: Less-refined Daniel Jones