Draft picks are a long way from reality, but there’s a reason we’re seeing a lot of quarterback comparisons between the first round and the second.
Some have the potential to become the next Russell Wilson or Dak Prescott, while others are the best players available.
And while we’re not talking about the top of the first, there’s plenty to be excited about in this year’s draft.
Here’s a look at the top QBs from the draft who are still young enough to make it to the NFL.1.
Jake Matthews, QB, North Carolina (6-foot-4, 225 pounds)Matthews has spent his entire career in the ACC.
In his final season at NC State, Matthews threw for 3,872 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 61.6 percent of his passes for a total of 24,904 yards.
Matthews was also named to the ACC All-Freshman Team, a first-team All-ACC pick and the third-leading scorer in the conference.
Matthews could be the first quarterback to be drafted by the NFL and has a lot to prove.2.
Malik Zaire, WR, UCLA (6,200)Zaire had a breakout year as a freshman and sophomore, catching 44 passes for 567 yards and five touchdowns.
He also had a solid sophomore campaign where he had 15 catches for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
Zaire had some struggles as a junior, but his ability to play multiple positions and catch the ball at a high level helped UCLA to a 10-1 record.3.
Mitch Trubisky, QB/RB, North Dakota State (6 feet, 1,230 pounds)Trubisky had a very impressive freshman campaign, rushing for 1,069 yards and nine touchdowns.
However, he struggled in his sophomore campaign, throwing just five touchdowns in 17 games.
Trubisk will have to prove he can be a pro-ready quarterback and is going to have to overcome some growing pains in the coming years to be an NFL starter.4.
Dwayne Washington, RB, LSU (6 foot, 2,200 pounds)Washington has the size, speed and quickness to make an impact in the NFL, but he struggled early in his career, catching just four passes for 52 yards as a sophomore.
His rookie season saw him have some flashes of brilliance, including an 82-yard touchdown run against Texas A&M.
Washington has the speed to be a top-end running back and could make a push to make the Rams’ practice squad.5.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB and WR, Louisville (6 ft, 3,200, 211 pounds)Bridgewater is a big, athletic player who can be an impact player in the pocket.
He finished his junior season with 1,913 yards and 17 touchdowns on 57 catches for 772 yards with nine touchdowns on the ground.
Bridgewater’s big, strong frame could help him to succeed in the pros, but some have concerns about his mechanics and accuracy.6.
Christian Hackenberg, QB New Jersey (6ft, 1 and 230 pounds)He may have spent the first half of his college career as a third-round pick, but Hackenberg showed glimpses of what he could be in his final college season.
He threw for 2,622 yards with 14 touchdowns on 52 throws for 4,058 yards and 22 touchdowns on 29 rushes for 466 yards and seven scores.
He’s the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and will have the chance to make history in the process.7.
Mitchell Trubick, TE, Oklahoma State (5-10, 170)Tubick was a big name when he was a sophomore at Oklahoma State, but as a senior he struggled to find the end zone, finishing with six catches for 57 yards on seven targets.
Trubs struggles in the red zone are a major concern, as he only caught one touchdown in eight games, but could be an explosive playmaker in the league.8.
DeShone Kizer, QB Notre Dame (6’5, 210 pounds)Kizer showed flashes of being a top QB at Notre Dame, but has yet to prove himself in the pro game.
He completed just 43.4 percent of passes for 1 of 10 touchdowns against Alabama in his senior season, but Kizer has the potential and athleticism to become a star.9.
Derek Carr, QB Fresno State (7-0, 200)Carr could make an NFL team as a backup if he can stay healthy, but this isn’t a year for the former Heisman Trophy winner to make a name for himself.
Carr had an underwhelming senior season with just 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, but with plenty of upside, he could become a future franchise quarterback.10.
Josh Rosen, QB UCLA (5’11, 205)Rosen has the skill set and the physical tools to be one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, but the Bruins need to