Jason Cole has spoken to multiple team sources that have said the second tier of quarterback prospects such as Baylor’s Bryce Petty and Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson have seen their draft stock rise in recent weeks.
Cole mentions that just a few weeks ago these guys were considered to be fourth- to six-round picks, but are now in position to come of the board in the middle rounds of the draft.
The same can’t be said for UCLA QB Brett Hundley, as Cole says that his stock appears to be declining a bit, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him end up being a third- or fourth-round pick in the end.
As for teams that could be a fit for some of these guys, Cole suggests the Broncos as a great landing spot for Grayson while Petty appears to be a good fit in the Saints’ offensive system.
Interestingly enough, the second-tier of quarterbacks could be impacted by what transpires with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. According to to Cole, if Mariota is taken at No. 2 overall, which is when many expect him to come off the board, it’s likely that this second tier of quarterbacks will be selected in the second or third round.
However, should Mariota drop further than anticipated, Cole believes this will have a reciprocal effect on the second tier, as teams may elect to wait before addressing the quarterback position.