Here are the ESPN NFL Draft analyst's favorite college quarterbacks this season.
There are two college quarterbacks atop Mel Kiper's 2018 NFL Draft big board.
The ESPN NFL Draft analyst updated his top prospect list today in anticipation of the college football season getting started.
Atop Kiper's big board are two quarterbacks - one is a Heisman Trophy frontrunner and the other is a player most casual fans probably haven't heard of.
Here's his top two:
1. Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California
Darnold has everything that NFL teams want in a starter. He has a big frame (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), makes quick decisions and is an accurate and natural passer. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes last season and ranked second in the nation in Total QBR (86.8). Darnold has an unorthodox, long delivery, however, that will have to be retooled. And the third-year sophomore has started only 10 games. I'm excited to see him in his second season as a starter, and he has two tough games in the first month of the season -- at home against Stanford and Texas.
2. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
The buzz around the 6-5, 233-pound Allen just keeps growing. Now everyone wants to see him play. He can really sling it. Allen's numbers weren't great last season -- 28 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions while completing 56 percent of his passes -- but NFL teams will take into account the talent around him. And Wyoming also lost a few offensive players to the NFL after last season. Allen is raw but talented, and he'll get a big test from Iowa in Week 1.
Darnold is perhaps the Heisman Trophy favorite following his dominant Rose Bowl performance a season ago. USC's starting the season ranked inside the top five and has legitimate College Football Playoff potential.
Allen, meanwhile, starts the 2017 season on somewhat of a big stage, opening the year against Iowa.
Who do you like?