Any of these six college football quarterbacks can become Pro Bowlers.
Winning regularly in the NFL is incredibly difficult, but it is even more so when you don’t have a top-tier or even second-tier quarterback. Teams that are blessed with future Pro Football Hall of Fame signal-callers have a leg up on the competition and have for years. However, getting a Pro Bowl-level year out of a guy is a great way to have any team contend for a Super Bowl berth.
What’s really cool about the sport of football these days is how great the level of quarterback play is at all levels. In the age of seven-on-seven and quarterbacking academies, these pro-style passers and dual-threat playmakers are having greater success at the high school, college and NFL levels unlike ever before. Very rarely are first-round picks busting in the NFL these days.
Of the 32 teams in the NFL, more than half have to feel great about the guy who plays under center for them. There is another handful of franchises who think they have their guy, but aren’t quite sure of it yet because either he’s young or coming offer from a different organization. So that leaves us with about 10 teams who are on the outside looking in at having a great quarterback.
So what we’re going to do today is take a look at the college game and see who the next crop of talent who will be coming down the pipeline in the next year or so. This could all change in the coming months, but here are six quarterbacks who feel like future first-round picks and guys who will end up playing in a Pro Bowl before it’s all said and done in their football-playing careers.
Here are six college football quarterbacks who can become future Pro Bowlers.
Of all the Power 5 conferences, the Pac-12 has historically given us the best pro prospects at the quarterback position. Seemingly every school of note in that conference has given us at least a handful of great quarterback prospects. One guy who could be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft is Kedon Slovis of the USC Trojans.
The Scottsdale, Arizona native is 6-foot-3 and 201 pounds. Lightly recruited out of high school, Slovis came to USC and served as J.T. Daniel’s backup as a true freshman last year. But after a torn ACL, Slovis was forced into action and played surprisingly well for the Trojans. In 12 games, Slovis completed 71.9 percent of his passes for 3,502 yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Slovis was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was an honorable mention for all-conference. USC went 7-4 in the 11 games Slovis started. With Daniels transferring to Georgia and Jack Sears transferring to Boise State, Slovis has two more years worth of snaps and opportunities to get better. He has already asserted himself as having one of the better arms in the entire Pac-12.
Besides playing at a high-profile program like USC, a big reason Slovis may end up being such a high draft pick like many Trojan quarterbacks before him is he’s playing under a great offensive coordinator in Graham Harrell. Offensive continuity the next two years may end up leading to Slovis being one of the first quarterbacks taken in the 2022 or 2023 NFL Draft.