Payne's Perspective: QB Draft Strategy

Payne's Perspective: QB Draft Strategy

Hopefully, we are less than two months away from football returning. As we enter draft season, I thought it would be a good time to break down how I've approached the drafts I've done and how I'll approach my upcoming drafts. I'll break down each position, beginning this week with quarterbacks, and offer both some general and specific ideas about my strategy and targets.  The ADPs referenced below are from NFFC (thanks in advance!) and can be found here.

It's not surprising that the first two quarterbacks going off the board are Lamar Jackson (14.56 ADP) and Patrick Mahomes (16.04 ADP). The gap isn't as big as one might think when looking at last year's numbers only because touchdown passes are counted as six points in the NFC format. I think grabbing either in the first round is reaching given the options at running back and wide receiver. 

The hype over Kyler Murray (52.36 ADP) has landed him as the third quarterback coming off the board. That stat is a little misleading as there's a significant difference between Murray and Mahomes' ADP (about 38 spots). This isn't a bad spot to take Murray who should be more comfortable in his offense this season. The Cardinals also added arguably the best wide receiver in the league in DeAndre Hopkins, and stacking Hopkins with Murray might end up being a best-ball or big contest (like the NFC) overall winner. Coming in a couple of spots after Murray is Dak Prescott

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Kevin Payne
Kevin has worked for RotoWire over a decade and has covered basketball, baseball and football. A glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees. You can follow him on Twitter @KCPayne26.
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