Pro Football Focus is an invaluable resource to dive deeper into statistics when thinking about college football and the NFL Draft. Here is a breakdown of five quarterbacks heading into next season, what their numbers could mean down the road and the opinion of Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell.
Does K.J. Costello get the respect he deserves on the national level and could he become a first-round NFL Draft pick after next season?
Overview: The idea that Stanford is a smash-mouth running team that hardly ever throws the ball and only pounds it between the tackles certainly did not prove true last season. Costello had 59 more pass attempts than Tua Tagovailoa and 39 more than Kyler Murray. The former four-star had 46 more passing yards than Drew Lock, 254 more than Sam Ehlinger and 266 more than Trevor Lawrence. Costello also had four more touchdown passes than Ehlinger and just as many as Oregon’s Justin Herbert.
Farrell’s take: Costello is a quarterback you don’t hear a lot about heading into next season or when you think about the 2020 NFL Draft, but he’s a talented kid. He exuded confidence as a high school prospect, made some great reads downfield and wanted to play in a pro-style offense. Being under center more often than others will help him and he’s being overlooked because people think Stanford just pounds the ball. I don’t see him as a first-round talent at this point, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets some of that buzz if he has a great season. Keep an eye on him and on Stanford next season.
Can J.T. Daniels salvage his career under new coordinator Graham Harrell and a new spread attack or was he vastly overrated coming out of high school?