Starter: Joe Burrow | LSU
At this point in the draft process, and long before the college season even ended, LSU’s Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow seems like a lock for the number one pick. If you paid any amount of attention to what he did in his senior season, it’s not hard to see why.
Burrow ended his college career by putting together the best season for a quarterback since… *checks notes* …anyone, actually. His 60 passing touchdowns (to only six interceptions) was an FBS record, along with his 202.0 passer rating. His 5,671 passing yards were less than 200 away from an FBS record, with his 76.3% completion rate falling short of Colt McCoy’s record of 76.7% by just a hair.
Watching Burrow was like playing Madden on rookie mode, he’s easily the QB1 on the All-Production team, despite some stiff competition from the QB2.
Backup: Jalen Hurts | Oklahoma
Hurts joined an insane group of quarterbacks to transfer to Oklahoma and set the college football world on fire in their final seasons. The two before him, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, were both Heisman winners and number one overall draft picks. While Hurts won’t reach either of those lofty goals (thanks in part to Burrow’s monster season), he had a great career as a Sooner in his own right.
His passing stats of 32 touchdowns to eight interceptions while completing nearly 70 percent of his throws are impressive for anyone, but the strength of Hurts’ college performance came in his ability as a rusher. Hurts finished top 20 in the FBS in total carries, but ran for nearly 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns with his high workload.
Hurts was awesome to watch and put up insane enough numbers to beat players like Tua Tagovailoa for the QB2 spot on this list.