Maybe the New York Jets won’t get the No. 1 overall pick. After all, they are 2-2.
Still, the 2018 NFL Draft class is deep at quarterback and there’s still a pretty decent chance the Jets end up with a pick near the top of the first round. Therefore, let’s take a look around college football at how some potential future Gang Green gunslingers performed in Week 5.
Sam Darnold (USC vs. Washington State): 15-for-29, 164 yards, 1 INT
It was a disappointing week for Darnold, who got the chance to play a Friday night game with all eyes of the college football universe on him. He misfired on a few passes and had one of his worst showings of the season in the loss — his accuracy was off and he fumbled on a potential game-winning drive. It is worth noting that he was without a trio of his starting offensive linemen for the majority of the game and had minimal help around him. While he certainly didn’t look like a No. 1 pick, scouts will take that into consideration when reviewing the game film.
Luke Falk (Washington State vs. USC): 34-for-51, 340 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Falk certainly looked like the better quarterback on Friday night, as the gunslinger threw over 50 passes and was the biggest reason the Cougars were able to pull off the upset victory. Despite a few dropped passes, Falk led the Washington State offense to 30 points while dropping a few dimes in the process. The redshirt senior threw a perfect pass to the corner of the end zone — which was dropped — on the first drive; he also completed a 61-yard heave later in the first quarter.
Josh Rosen (UCLA vs. Colorado): 28-for-45, 372 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rosen’s performance against the Buffaloes exemplified his season with UCLA — he doesn’t have a ton of talent around him, yet he made a few really impressive throws, but also a few bad decisions. His best throw may have been a deep ball on a flea flicker that brought the Bruins down to the one-yard line. He also had a few passes that were inaccurate and made a bad decision on the interception. All in all, Rosen did enough to lead the Bruins to a 27-23 victory.
Lamar Jackson (Louisville vs. Murray State): 18-for-26, 249 yards, 3 TD; 7 carries, 100 yards, 1 TD
Jackson is simply a playmaker. Yes, it was against Murray State, but watching Lamar Jackson play is really, really fun. So far this season, the former Heisman winner has been explosive both with his arm and legs. He only played in the first half but seemed to move the Cardinals down the field with ease every single drive. Jackson’s performance snapped a pair of underwhelming outings, and this week he will be tested once again against No. 24 North Carolina State.
Josh Allen (Wyoming vs. Texas State): 14-for-24, 219 yards, 3 TD
Like Jackson, Allen played an inferior opponent and dominated. Three touchdowns against a Texas State team that has just six wins since 2015 isn’t too impressive, but it was important for Allen to get back on track after a few really bad games. Allen will be tough to evaluate because Wyoming is not a Power 5 team, or a particularly good team at all, but he showed off some arm talent in Saturday’s win.
Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech): 27-for-38, 376 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; 11 carries, 50 yards, 2 TD
Rudolph’s big day made for one of the most entertaining games on Saturday, an enthralling 41-34 win over the Red Raiders. A 97-yard pick-six evened the score at seven, but after that, Rudolph was nearly perfect. He accounted for over 400 total yards and five touchdowns and made some remarkable throws. Granted, the Big 12 isn’t known for defense, and Texas Tech has given up over 450 offensive yards per game, but it was still impressive. He also scored the game-winning touchdown with just over one minute left on a perfect read option.
Jarrett Stidham (Auburn vs. Mississippi State): 13-for-16, 264 yards, 2 TD
It didn’t take much from Stidham for the Tigers to throttle Mississippi State 49-10 in one of the week’s most impressive team wins. The sophomore quarterback made three perfect deep throws and averaged a ridiculous 20.3 yards per completion (he also completed a long pass on a wildcat end-around pass, but it was a poor ball that was underthrown). The Tigers controlled the game throughout and a few Stidham bombs helped them dominant their SEC counterpart.
Jake Browning (Washington vs. Oregon State): 26-for-34, 293 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; rush TD
Oregon State was no match for Browning and the Huskies in a 42-7 Washington victory on the road. The first half was a contest, however, as Browing and the Washington offense was disrupted by the Beavers’ pass rush. The Huskies pulled away in the second half thanks to a trio of Browning passing touchdowns.