The NFL Draft is still more than 100 days away, but as the college football season winds down and the pro season ramps up, it’s becoming increasing clear which NFL teams have QB needs in the 2020 draft.
It’s the year of the “J” quarterback prospect, with Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts and Jordan Love all in the draft already. Underclassmen Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm may still declare, as well as junior Tua Tagovailoa.
QB Needs Must Haves
The Bengals are one track to secure the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 Draft, and their choice will likely be Heisman-favorite Joe Burrow.
Burrow seems to fit first-year head coach Zac Taylor’s system and could immediately step in as starter. The team will probably cut ties with veteran Andy Dalton. And rookie Ryan Finley did little to demonstrate he’s anything more than a backup in his time as a starter this season.
The 2019 season started with notions of tanking for Tua, but first year head coach Brian Flores had other plans for the Dolphins. The team struggled out of the gate, and it’s been clear for years Miami needs a franchise quarterback.
Tua Tagovailoa’s season ending injury might have put him in play for the Dolphins, despite Miami winning three games in the second half of the season. The Dolphins have veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and second-year slinger Josh Rosen, but using one of their three first-rounders on Tua makes a lot of sense for a team searching for Dan Marino‘s heir since 2000.
QB Needs Should Haves
Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers will be 38-years-old entering his 17th season next year. The Chargers are not Super Bowl contenders, and might not be for the foreseeable future. And head coach Anthony Lynn may get replaced.
The Chargers might move on from the fiery Philip Rivers, and could use their first round pick, currently No. 10 overall, on Justin Herbert. The Oregon quarterback has the prototypical stature for the position, as well as the arm talent.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With the volatile Jameis Winston in a contract year, it might be time for the Bucs to move on from the former No. 1 overall pick. Head coach Bruce Arians could be looking to for a prospect to develop in his system, and that could be Jordan Love.
The junior from Utah State recently declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. He has all the physical tools to be a star, but he’s a raw talent. Tampa Bay could cut ties with Winston, choose Love and bring in a veteran quarterback to bridge the gap.
QB Needs Might Haves
Andrew Luck‘s surprise retirement this offseason threw the Colts for a loop, but the team rallied around Jacoby Brissett. With their playoff hopes on life-support, Indy will likely shift their focus to the draft.
Brissett is a free agent and could very well be signed to serve as a mentor for whomever they select with either their first rounder, or Washington’s second rounder, which currently No. 36 overall. Love would work well for the Colts, as might Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts.
With their playoff and division hopes still very much alive, the Titans are probably not thinking about a 2020 quarterback. But they may have to, considering the benching of Marcus Mariota and the pending free agency of Ryan Tannehill.
Mariota has been a disappointment in Tennessee, so he’s likely to walk after the season. While the Titans may resign Tannehill, he has limited upside and is probably on the backend of his prime. Tennessee could chose one of the developmental prospects like Jacob Eason or Jake Fromm with either with first- or second-round selection.
Other Teams with Needs
The New England Patriots should count quarterback among their 2020 draft needs, considering Tom Brady‘s age. If Tagovailoa falls, the Pats may pounce. They might also be interested in some of the underclassmen, like Fromm.
Cam Newton‘s days with the Carolina Panthers may be numbered, especially if whomever the new head coach is wants his own quarterback. Newton should fetch an asset via trade, and Kyle Allen could be the bridge for a 2020 prospect like Hurts, Eason or Fromm.