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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:54 PM



Just in case you didn't get the news flash ...
There's no John Elway or Peyton Manning walking through the door of this year's NFL Draft when it comes to the top available quarterbacks on the big board.

Okay, one might make the case that North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky or maybe even Clemson's Deshaun Watson could change around the fortunes of a sagging team but truth be told this is not exactly a year where "franchise QBs" are in abundance.

Heck, when we really sorted through the overall talent in this year's potential opening round, both Trubisky and Watson were somewhere in the high teens to low-20s when it came to how we rated the draft stock.

Now, we're just a couple of days away from this 2017 NFL Draft and - sure as the sun rises in the East - there will be some teams "reaching" for their quarterbacks of the future and in today's edition of Jim Sez we'll analyze how we think quarterbacks will fare come Thursday night:

Our extensive Jim Sez NFL Draft coverage rolls on with a look at the top incoming Quarterbacks:

MITCHELL TRUBISKY, QB, North Carolina - A one-year starter with the UNC Tar Heels, this 6-foot-2, 225-pounder threw for school records 3,748 yards with 30 TDs while operating almost solely from the shotgun or pistol formation. Scouts claim he is still very much a work-in-progress when it comes to delivering deep balls and sometimes doesn't feel the pressure of oncoming pass rushers till it's too late. Gut feel is someone - in a surprise move - will trade up to get 'em and our early guess is the New York Jets will trade from #6 to the second or third overall pick in order to snag Trubisky.

DESHAUN WATSON, QB, Clemson - The national championship star from last year is a sensational athlete with better-than-you-think touch on his throws and a great ability to evade enemy blitzers. If you like numbers, than note Watson threw for 4,593 yards with 41 TD passes last year while finishing second to Heisman Trophy winner QB Lamar Jackson. Some folks don't believe he's 6-feet-2, so that could drop 'em a few slots in this draft. Right now we see Watson going #13 to the Arizona Cardinals.

PATRICK MAHOMES, QB, Texas Tech - Okay, so there's plenty of buzz that claims the above-mentioned NFL Cardinals love this 6-foot-2, 225-pounder who threw for 5,052 yards and 41 TDs last year as a college junior. Can he play effectively under center after being a strict shotgun QB in Lubbock? Say Mahomes goes #22 to Miami.

DESHONE KIZER, QB, Notre Dame - Don't like the fact some anonymous scout bad-mouthed this 6-foot-4, 235-pounder basically on the eve of this draft, but think he'll overcome the "millennial" comments and wind up a late first-rounder with either Pittsburgh (at #30) or New Orleans (at its recently-acquired pick at #32) snagging this former Fighting Irish star.

DAVIS WEBB, QB, Cal - Don't believe he'll go in Round One unless these four above-mentioned slingers get plucked in the top 25 picks. The pros salivate over his size (he's 6-feet-5, 230-plus pounds) he has a feathery touch but naysayers claim he's too inconsistent and throws too many dump-down passes. Let's say he's a second-round pick with either Buffalo or the New York Giants (if they're willing to trade up) said to be interested parties.

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Here's what is on the Wednesday night post-season menu ...

ATLANTA at WASHINGTON - Series tied 2-2; Game 5 at 6 p.m. on TNT
Home teams have won/covered all four of the games thus far in this Eastern Conference best-of-seven set ... so will that change here or can the 5.5-point road underdog Hawks spring a surprise? No doubt Atlanta's looking for another bang-up game from veteran C Dwight Howard (16 points and 15 rebounds in the Game 4 win) and they need PG Denis Schroder to steer clear of early foul woes (he still wound up with 18 points in 28 minutes on Monday night).
On the flip side, can we see a little bit more sense of urgency from a Wizards team that still lost Game 4 by double digits despite 54 combined points from guards Bradley Beal (a Game 4-high 32 points) and John Wall?

Note that all home teams are in CAPS below in our accompanying playoff series charts:

4-16WASHINGTON- 5.5Atlanta114-107
4-19WASHINGTON- 6Atlanta109-101
4-22ATLANTA- 2.5Washington116-98
4-24ATLANTA- 2.5Washington111-101


CHICAGO at BOSTON - Series tied 2-2; Game 5 at 8:30 p.m. on TNT
Okay, so while Wizards-Hawks has been all about the home court, this ongoing Bulls vs. Celtics showdown has its own identity: Road teams rule!
Boston managed to creep back into this best-of-seven series with those Game 3 and 4 wins in Chitown and - while Boston guard Isaiah Thomas (33 points in Game 4) has been the focal point of this series for a variety of reasons, don't sleep on the fact the C's Gerald Green (four triples and 18 points in Game 4) has been an energizer player while Chicago's Jimmy Butler (33 points, 9 assists in Game 4) may need to get other folks involved here if the Bulls are gonna win another road game in this set.
Note that all home teams are in CAPS below in our accompanying playoff series charts:

4-16Chicago+ 6.5BOSTON106-102
4-18Chicago+ 7.5BOSTON111-97
4-21Boston- 2.5CHICAGO104-87
4-23Boston- 1.5CHICAGO104-95

NOTE: We'll have the NFL Mock Draft in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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