Big Board Showdown QB Draft Strategy
Welcome to the Big Board Showdown! Seven Rounds. One Champion. We’re going to opening up leagues to everyone soon, but in the meantime we need to get prepped for the 2021 NFL Draft!
This year is going to look a little different than last year. The 2021 version of Big Board Showdown will feature a salary cap. You will have 259 💰 to spend on creating your roster of 12 players - 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 OL and 4 DEF.
This season, unlike last year, you can pick ANY player you would like …… so long as you fit all 12 players into your budget. Yes, Trevor Lawrence is going to be the first pick and will earn you 20 points, but at what cost? The strategy is all up to you!
If you’re not familiar with the 2021 NFL Draft prospects, don’t worry because we’re here to help. In this article we are going to breakdown some of the top QB’s in this draft class and provide you with what we think is the right way to approach drafting the QB position.
It is essential in Big Board Showdown to take one of the top QBs on the board. Why? Well, you’re going to need to earn points and there’s a potentially steep drop off in points after the top five QBs. Once you get past the top five, there could be a steep drop off.
So who should you be looking to draft early on at the QB spot? Here’s the top five QBs in the 2021 Draft, all of whom could be Top 10 picks:
Trevor Lawrence — Clemson — Projected R1, P1
One of the cleanest prospects in recent memory. National Champion. Leader. Has a really good arm, great feet and is accurate. Great decision maker. Top recruit coming out of high school and lived up to the hype.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and new head coach Urban Meyer have made no secret that they’re targeting Lawrence. He will be the No. 1 pick and will be the starting QB Week 1 for Meyer and the Jags.
Zach Wilson — BYU — Projected R1, P2
Wilson has an absolutely electric arm and plays with mobility within the pocket. Has decent running abilities. Can make any throw on the field and can sling it from multiple different arm angles. His timing and anticipation are elite skills right now. He is not afraid to make any throw on the field.
The Jets have made it clear that they’re taking a QB with the second pick. They traded away Sam Darnold to Carolina and have a new head coach and offensive coordinator. Wilson will likely (99%) be the pick for Robert Saleh and company.
Mac Jones — Alabama — Projected R1, P3
Jones is an accurate game manager with good leadership skills. Pro ready with a knack for making the right plays at the right time. He won’t ever put the ball in danger. Very much a point guard style of QB.
The 49ers made a huge trade with the Dolphins to move up to No. 3. Originally most pundits thought they were trading up to that spot to take either Justin Fields or Trey Lance, but shortly thereafter it was made known that SF really loves Mac Jones and he is now the favorite to be their pick at No. 3.
Trey Lance — North Dakota State — Projected R1, P4
Lance is an athletic QB who could be dynamic in the passing and running game. He’s good at going through his progressions and has a good arm. He leans towards safer throws and is not turnover prone. He had no interceptions during his last full season of football. Throws a catchable ball.
The question for Lance, and Fields for that matter, is if the 49ers don’t take them where are they going to fall to and/or what team is going to trade up to try to get them. I think some team is going to trade up to No. 4 for either Lance or Fields. Right now in our latest mock draft I have the Vikings trading up to No. 4 to Lance.
Justin Fields — Ohio State — Projected R1, P7
Fields is an electric QB with big game experience and a big arm. Not only does he have a great arm, but is ridiculously mobile and could be a huge plus in the running game. There’s no doubt that Fields has the skills to be a top NFL QB.
If Fields isn’t the pick at No. 3 and no team trades up for him at No. 4, it’s likely the first spot he’ll get picked is at No. 7. In our latest mock we have the Broncos trading up to 7 to get Fields, which would be an incredible spot for him to land given the weapons in Denver.
Late to the Party
Once you get past those top five QBs, there’s a steep drop off in terms of talent and projected draft position. However, there are some QBs who have some talent later in the draft.
Here are some of the QBs we believe have a chance to score some significant points for your fantasy teams:
- Kyle Trask — Florida — Projected R2, P20
- Davis Mills — Stanford — Projected R2, P32
- Sam Ehlinger — Texas — Projected R3, P5
- Jamie Newman — Georgia — R3, P30
- Kellen Mond — Texas A&M — Projected R3, P35
- Feleipe Franks — Arkansas — Projected R4, P4
Other Available QBs
The next group of QBs could be late round picks or could be undrafted. That being said, you may need to take one of them to fill out your rosters. Lastly, one of these guys could be Mr. Irrelevant, which is worth a 50-point bonus.
- Peyton Ramsey — Northwestern — Projected R5, P7
- K.J. Costello — Stanford — Projected R6, P4
- Ian Book — Notre Dame — Projected R6, P27
- Dustin Crum — Kent State — Projected R7, P5
- Shane Buechele — SMU — Projected R7, P14
- Brady White — Memphis — Projected R7, P21
Check back with us later this week as we delve into the draft strategies for RBs, WRs, TEs, OLs and defensive players.