QB WATCH LIST
11 college QBs Houston Texans fans should keep an eye on
The Houston Texans more than likely will be looking for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft. Here is a watch list to give Texans fans an idea of which signal callers the Texans should be considering. SportsMap will update the list over the course of the season.
Spencer Rattler - Oklahoma
The quarterback who has spent the most amount of time with Lincoln Riley should be set to showcase the best the Sooners have to offer. Rattler is certainly in a position to follow in the steps of Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and be the top pick in the NFL Draft. Rattler has been gritty in some close games and has made light work of most of the competition he faces. It will be tough to knock him from the top of most people's watch lists.
Sam Howell - North Carolina
Mack Brown trusted Howell from the start at North Carolina and it has paid off for both of them. 68 touchdowns and 14 interceptions later, the Tar Heels have a quarterback to fear each week. The tough part for Howell heading into this season is he loses the dynamic rushing attack from last year as well as his top pass catcher. If Howell can replicate the success of last season with this year's group, he could easily see himself in competition for the top draft spot.
Malik Willis - Liberty
You might never have heard of Malik Willis before. That's fine. You will see his highlights weekly this year. Auburn's loss, Willis transferred from the Tigers, has been Hugh Freeze and Liberty's gain. The best dual-threat quarterback in this upcoming draft by a wide margin. He totaled 37 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,100 yards. Willis plays the least impressive schedule this season, as Ole Miss and Syracuse are the lone Power 5 opponents for Liberty. He will be dynamic against everyone each week though, and he has a huge arm. Someone will fall in love with him. Will it be you?
Desmond Ridder - Cincinnati
The numbers certainly won't blow you away, but Ridder continues to get love heading into this season. He will be one of the most experienced players coming out, and his Bearkats are set to be the best non-Power 5 team in the nation. Are all the tools there? Maybe. Does he showcase them regularly? No. Are the intangibles excellent to the point where someone might fall in love with him? You bet. Ridder is tough as nails and should be a tough out for the Hoosiers and Fighting Irish this season.
Kedon Slovis - USC
This isn't the best USC quarterback prospect ever, but he's solid. Slovis has had some big game success and a couple of failures against Oregon. Last season he only played in a handful of games, as did most of the Pac-12. He could really go about establishing himself this season with some solid performances. Oregon won't show up unless the Trojans play them in the conference championship, but showdowns with Notre Dame and Arizona State will have plenty of eyeballs on Slovis.
Matt Corral - Ole Miss
Corral has some juice to his game and with a second year of coaching from Lane Kiffin he should dazzle. There's some mobility to Corral's game, but let's see if he has remedied some of the inconsistencies in his game. Corral had 11 interceptions against Arkansas and LSU alone last year.
Carson Strong - Nevada
Strong almost feels like what the Texans wanted Davis Mills to be. He loves taking shots down the field and drops the ball into the basket. While Strong likes to take risks, he doesn't throw a ton of interceptions. The competition isn't elite, and he's probably got better weapons than most at his level, but the willingness to take smart shots is attractive.
Phil Jurkovec - Boston College
The former 4-star recruit at Notre Dame transferred to Boston College and has a chance in 2021 to make some noise for himself. Jurkovec is big, hard to bring down, and extends plays despite not being much of a rushing threat. He doesn't have amazing stats, but he has tools.
J.T. Daniels - Georgia
The former USC quarterback who took a while to get healthy and play for the Bulldogs. Daniels is the most likely player to replicate the recent Heisman Trophy path which is to say they come almost from out of nowhere to wow.
Dillon Gabriel - Central Florida
Stop me if you have heard about a left-handed quarterback from Hawaii lighting up the scoreboard. Gabriel led the nation in yards per game in 2020 and he can really sling it. The completion level won't suit some, but he can wow with his passing abilities. He's higher on our list than some.
Brock Purdy - Iowa State
Purdy was better statistically in 2019 than in 2020, but he can really establish himself with success this season. If the Cyclones can make noise in the Big 12 and maybe even upset the Sooners for the Big 12 title, Purdy will improve his stock a ton.