We already looked at some non-quarterback prospects who are worth paying attention to during practices this week. But really, everyone is most interested in seeing Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, who are vying to become top five draft picks in April
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph would have been one of those quarterbacks who everyone was watching, but a mid-foot sprain is keeping him out of practices and Saturday’s game. He will, however, stay in Mobile for interviews throughout the week.
However, there are six other quarterbacks on the field in Mobile this week who are trying to catch the eye of the NFL. Let’s shine a light on them before we get to the two stars of the week.
Luke Falk (Washington State) - North - The headliner of the “other” quarterbacks, Falk was in the conversation as one of the top quarterbacks entering the season. His year wasn’t exactly disappointing, but he didn’t quite take the step forward that was hoped. This week he will need to show that he can take snaps from under center while maintaining his characteristic accuracy (completing at least 65 percent of his passes over the last three years).
Tanner Lee (Nebraska) - North - Lee looks like an NFL quarterback at 6’4,” 218 pounds and with 10 1/8” hands. He was inconsistent in college and will need to show that he has can improve with NFL coaching and has the tools the League can work with.
Kyle Lauletta (Richmond) - South - A slightly undersized (6’2,” 217) passer, Lauletta is generating some buzz as a “Jimmy G-lite” (hat tip to Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting there). Lauletta has a quick, compact release, but will need to show that he can play against a higher level of competition.
Kurt Benkert (Virginia) - South - Benkert has had a long road to this point, initially starting at East Carolina back in 2013, before a knee injury in 2015 convinced him to graduate and transfer to Virginia in 2016. He immediately became the starter in Virginia and scouts are interested to see what he brings to the field this week.
Brandon Silvers (Troy) - South - Playing at Troy, Silvers hasn’t had many opportunities to make waves on the national level. He broke Sam Bradford’s record for completion percentage in 2014. Like other small-school prospects, he will need to seize upon his chance to show that he can compete with big school players and play in an NFL offense.
Mike White (Western Kenticky) - South - White has an NFL frame at 6’4,” 221 pounds, and has had success as a vertical passer in the past. He has a reputation as a leader around whom players gravitated at Western Kentucky, the NFL will want to see if he can be a leader among big-school players he has never met before.