For the first time ever in my evaluations there is a QB class with enough depth and top-tier talent to merit its own prospect ranking. While not all the players listed may ultimately suit up as quarterbacks, the dream of a Canadian starter at the position may be achieved due to this draft.
Top 5 Quarterbacks
5. Brett Hunchak, York Lions
Height: 6’2 / Weight: 188lbs
Hunchak is an accurate yet imperfect quarterback who takes too many risks and lacks ideal arm strength. Hunchak’s twin brother Colton is a top tier receiving prospect and Brett is larger, potentially indicating some conversion upside.
4. Chris Merchant, Western Mustangs
Height: 6’2 / Weight: 211lbs
Merchant has played a mostly game manager role at Western, making high percentage throws in a run first offence. He may get a look as a short yardage quarterback but ultimately lacks the big time throw ability necessary to be a successful professional quarterback.
3. Joe Spaziani, Virginia Cavaliers
Height: 6’1 / Weight: 221lbs
Spaziani may be a quarterback in theory but he is a long snapper in practice and a damn fine one at that. With two years of high-level NCAA snapping under his belt, it would be difficult to imagine Spaziani going undrafted but don’t expect him to ever throw a pass.
2. Theo Landers, Guelph Gryphons
Height: 6’1 / Weight: 203lbs
Landers is a capable passer but an incredible athlete. 4.7 speed, a 36-inch vertical and a 10 and a half foot broad, I’m not sure where Landers fits at the next level but it would be a mistake to waste that level of athleticism.
1. Michael O’Connor, UBC Thunderbirds
Height: 6’5 / Weight: 228lbs
O’Connor is a legitimate and polished passer with the textbook frame you look for in a professional quarterback. While he can occasionally drift into inconsistent footwork and take unnecessary shots downfield, its usually comes as a result of trying to carry his team. He will be an instant asset as a short yardage quarterback and could develop in to a full time starter.