Top 10 2025 NFL Draft QB Rankings: Carson Beck, Shedeur Sanders Lead a Group With More To Prove

Can the 2025 NFL Draft QBs match up with prospects like Caleb Williams and Drake Maye? Carson Beck and Shedeur Sanders have a chance.

The 2024 NFL Draft dominated the headlines in April. On the surface, does the 2025 NFL Draft QB class have the potential to be as compelling? There’s still much we don’t know about the 2025 group, and there are questions each prospect will have to answer.

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USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, and LSU’s Jayden Daniels were all generally held in high regard within the scouting community in the 2024 cycle. But the top passers of the 2024 class also attracted their fair share of skepticism from various corners.

For Maye, the concerns revolved around his readiness as a pro. And in a similar fashion, J.J. McCarthy attracted the same questions. Daniels, meanwhile, fielded criticism regarding his play style and propensity for taking sacks. And while veterans Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr. broke into Round 1, their flaws fell under the microscope as well.

QBs always attract some level of polarization in the pre-draft process; ask C.J. Stroud. But the discourse surrounding the 2024 group caused many to look ahead to 2025, hoping that waiting a year would be a viable strategy.

The general consensus in the 2024 cycle was that if teams had a chance to pick Williams, Maye, or Daniels, they shouldn’t hesitate. The grass isn’t always greener, and right now, it isn’t. But that can change, and these names are the top ones to watch.

10) Quinn Ewers, Texas

Quinn Ewers is one of the most recognizable QBs in the 2025 class, and at times early in the 2024 NFL Draft cycle, he was posited as a potential early-round pick. However, heading into his third year as a starter, he still leaves more to be desired as a prospect.

Ewers’ arm talent is clear, and he took a step up in 2023, throwing for 3,479 yards, 22 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. That said, he still free-flows a bit too much with his mechanics, which can cause aberrations with downfield accuracy — and he’s not the kind of athlete to create consistently.

9) Jalon Daniels, Kansas

Medicals will be the biggest question mark for Jalon Daniels. He missed most of the 2023 season with a lingering back injury that, at times, was debilitating for the Jayhawks star. But now, he’s trending back toward being 100%, and expectations in 2024 are high.

At 6’0″, 215 pounds, Daniels has a strong frame and is a plus athlete on the creative plane. Beyond that, he also has enough arm strength and layering ability to hit tight windows with precision, and there are promising flashes of window anticipation over the middle on tape.

8) Conner Weigman, Texas A&M

On the surface, the 2025 NFL Draft QB class looks relatively light on underclassmen talent. Yet, one prospect who could rise with another year as a starter is Texas A&M’s Conner Weigman, playing under the Aggies’ new head coach Mike Elko.

A former five-star recruit with a prototypical 6’3″, 215-pound frame, Weigman completed 82 of his 119 (68.9%) passes for 979 yards, eight TDs, and two picks before an injury cut his 2023 campaign short. When healthy, he has the functional athleticism and drive velocity to buoy a first-round profile.

7) Noah Fifita, Arizona

The 2024 offseason has been chaotic for Arizona’s football program — emphasized by the departure of head coach Jedd Fisch to Washington. However, quarterback Noah Fifita and wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan will be steady constants in 2024, and both have early-round upside.


Fifita, who stands around 5’11”, 195 pounds, quietly had a terrific 2023 campaign, completing 72.4% of his passes for 2,869 yards, 25 TDs, and just six INTs. He’s undersized, but he fits the Bryce Young profile with his creative feel, control in the pocket, and whip-like arm.

6) DJ Uiagalelei, Florida State

Coming out of high school, DJ Uiagalelei was billed as the “next big thing” at the QB position. He signed with the Clemson Tigers and was tabbed as Trevor Lawrence’s successor after Lawrence went No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After a rough 2021 campaign, Uiagalelei put together two solid seasons in 2022 and 2023 — one at Clemson and one at Oregon State. Now, the 6’4″, 252-pound passer will bring his talent to Florida State. He’s a tough runner with a massive arm, but more operational growth is needed.

5) Graham Mertz, Florida

Graham Mertz needed reputational damage control after his stint at Wisconsin. But much like Nix did at Oregon, Mertz reinvented his game in his first year at Florida, and another season could bring exciting returns — and facilitate an early-round rise.

In 2023, the 6’3″, 215-pound Mertz was one of CFB’s most efficient passers, completing 261 of 358 attempts (72.9%) for 2,903 yards, 20 TDs, and three INTs. He has the arm talent you’d expect from a former fringe five-star talent, and he’s quietly building on that profile with active DB manipulation, improved decision-making, and steady mechanics.

4) Jalen Milroe, Alabama

Down the stretch in 2023, Jalen Milroe made a midseason benching for Tyler Buchner feel like nothing more than a bad dream. He grew throughout the 2023 season, putting up over 3,000 total yards and 35 total TDs, becoming an undeniable star for the Crimson Tide.

There’s still room for Milroe to keep refining his mechanics and process as a passer, but he’s an electric creator and running threat at 6’2″, 220 pounds, with the arm strength to drive the ball downfield. Working with Kalen DeBoer could help Milroe take the next step as a QB, much like it did for Penix.

3) Cameron Ward, Miami (FL)

Cameron Ward started the 2023 season on a four-game heater for Washington State. Over that stretch, he threw for 1,394 yards, 13 TDs, and zero picks. But over the remaining eight games of the 2023 season, Ward’s output dropped, tossing just 12 TDs to seven INTs.

When he’s on, Ward has the elite arm talent to make throws that no other QB in the 2025 NFL Draft can make, and he has the change-of-direction ability at 6’2″, 223 pounds to be a stellar creative presence as well. Maturing and putting it all together is the key for Ward. Time will tell if he can do that in Miami.

2) Shedeur Sanders, Colorado

No QB prospect in the 2025 NFL Draft has more fanfare than Shedeur Sanders. That’s what comes with being not only the son but the premier 2023 transfer signing of former Hall of Fame cornerback and Colorado head coach Deion Sanders.

The Buffaloes didn’t meet expectations after a hot start in 2023, but Sanders did his job and did it well despite having very little help from his offensive line. Over 12 games, Sanders completed 298 of 430 attempts for 3,230 yards, 27 TDs, and just three picks.

Sanders’ lack of clean pockets made him skittish with his mechanics down the stretch at times, but with his smooth athleticism, crisp accuracy and touch, and easy arm talent, Sanders has drawn comparisons to Seahawks Pro Bowl QB Geno Smith.

With any luck, an improved offensive line in 2024 can help Sanders hit the next level as a prospect — because he has the talent to be a top-five pick.

1) Carson Beck, Georgia

Right now, it’s between Sanders and Carson Beck for preliminary QB1 in the 2025 NFL Draft. Sanders has a viable claim to the crown, but looking at how Beck already operates in the pocket after one year as a starter, it’s hard to turn away from his potential.

Although the Bulldogs missed the College Football Playoff after a heartbreaking SEC Championship loss to Alabama, Beck was a driving force for the team’s success in 2023, completing 302 of 417 passes (72.4%) for 3,941 yards, 24 TDs, and six INTs.

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At around 6’4″, 215 pounds, Beck is a lean, nimble pocket operator, but he’s incredibly poised under pressure, adept at scanning the field, and has the laser-like velocity and layering ability to fit the ball into incredibly tight windows.

He’s not the same athlete, but some aspects of Beck’s physical profile as a passer are reminiscent of Trevor Lawrence. And if he can make his high-level flashes of anticipation a regularity, he has the potential to lock down the No. 1 overall pick in the same way.

Honorable Mentions

  • Kaidon Salter, Liberty
  • Riley Leonard, Notre Dame
  • Drew Allar, Penn State
  • Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss
  • Will Howard, Ohio State
  • Donovan Smith, Houston
  • Tyler Van Dyke, Wisconsin
  • Taylen Green, Arkansas
  • Dequan Finn, Baylor
  • Brady Cook, Missouri

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