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2018 Combine Preview: Quarterback

The Detroit Lions have quarterback Matthew Stafford locked up through 2022, which means the position isn't a priority when it comes to the NFL Draft.

But that doesn't mean Lions general manager Bob Quinn won't be looking to add another passer this offseason. The Lions have drafted a quarterback on the third day of the draft in each of the last two seasons – Jake Rudock and Brad Kaaya.

Quinn told reporters right after taking over as GM that he thought it was good business to draft a quarterback at least every other year, if not every year, because of the value and importance of the position.

With only Stafford and Rudock under contract at the position for 2018, don't be surprised if Quinn looks to draft and develop another quarterback this offseason.

For the purposes of this preview, let's bypass the top five or six signal callers and take a look at some players who could be available a little later on in the draft that could possibly interest the Lions:


School: Oklahoma State

View photos of the prospects participating in the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 230

Best trait: Size. He's a big, strong pocket passer with better movement skills (17 rushing touchdowns) than he maybe gets credit for. Threw 65 touchdowns vs. 13 interceptions the last two seasons.

Concern: He's a system quarterback, which always concerns NFL types. Analysts also think he'll have to clean up some issues with his throwing mechanics early on.

Skinny: He was very productive in Oklahoma State's high-flying passing attack, but was that due more to the system or Rudolph's talents? He's not afraid to push the ball down the field, and he has NFL size and arm strength.


School: Western Kentucky

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 221

Best trait: Arm strength. Former top-flight high school pitcher who can sling it all over the field.

Concern: He was sacked 48 times this past season, and has 17 fumbles over the last two years. He also doesn't create much for himself with his legs.

Skinny: Transferred to Western Kentucky from South Florida after losing his starting job. His protection was not good this past season, but he owns some of the blame as well. White has the size and arm strength teams can definitely work with.


School: Washington State

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 211

Best trait: Production. Washington State likes to throw the football around, and Falk was certainly the beneficiary of that. He threw for 14,481 yards (68.3 completion percentage) with 119 touchdowns and 39 interceptions.

Concern: Another one of these quarterbacks who played in a pass-happy system. He also doesn't have great arm strength, and lacks mobility.

Skinny: Falk set several Pac-12 career records, including total offense, passing touchdowns, passing yards, completions, and attempts, but his senior season was by far his most inconsistent in Pullman. Another system-type quarterback that saw 74 percent of his pass attempts under 10 yards, per Can he push the ball down the field and make all the throws at the NFL level?


School: Memphis

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 210

Best trait: Deep passing. Just under 50 percent of all his throws went beyond 10 yards, per statistics. He looked to push the ball down the field whenever he could.

Concern: He doesn't have a big frame, which some analysts worry might lead to durability issues. He also isn't the most accurate of passers in this class (63 percent).

Skinny: The former quarterback at Tennessee left the school and the SEC after the 2014 season, and eventually found his way to Memphis, where he had 70 touchdowns and 19 interceptions the last two seasons. He's a likely Day 3 selection with some room to grow.


School: Virginia

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 214

Best trait: Arm strength. Like White, Benkert has a strong arm and can make all the throws.

Concern: His 58.5 percent completion percentage is certainly lower than teams would like to see. Was that more of a result of the guys he was throwing to, or is there a bigger issue there with his accuracy?

Skinny: It really comes down to accuracy with Benkert. Can he prove to teams he's a more accurate passer than the stats and scouting reports will show? If so, his big arm could get him into the league.

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