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: The 2018 NFL draft is all about the quarterback.The quarterback conundrum is more like it.“You can go around a room and probably get four or five different opinions on how they should be stacked.”That’s a quote from John Elway Dawuane Smoot Jersey , Denver Broncos general manager and headliner of the pre-eminent 1983 QB class that featured six first-round selections and produced three Hall of Famers.There’s no consensus top QB this year like there was with Andrew Luck or Cam Newton a few years ago. Every one of this year’s “Big Four” — USC’s Sam Darnold , Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield , Wyoming’s Josh Allen and UCLA’s Josh Rosen — can find their names atop somebody’s mock draft this week and almost certainly first on somebody’s draft board Thursday night.What this year’s quarterback crop lacks in clarity it makes up for in complexity.Louisville’s Lamar Jackson , Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph , and Senior Bowl star Kyle Lauletta of Richmond are also hopeful they’ll hear Roger Goodell call their names early. Throw in Washington State’s Luke Falk, and maybe it’s one of these “Little Four” quarterbacks who might ultimately end up as the gem of this year’s draft.Sort of like sixth-rounder Tom Brady in 2000 or third-rounder Russell Wilson in 2012.Should six quarterbacks go in the first round, as many suspect, it would tie the `83 standard when Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Ken O’Brien and Dan Marino were selected.If quarterbacks go 1-2-3, it would match 1999’s group in which Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith were the first three players off the board a year before Brady went 199th.There’s no clear-cut, surefire top pick quarterback in this year’s draft because all of the prime prospects have at least one key drawback.So, all of those owners, GMs, scouts and coaches scratching their heads for months will soon be crossing their fingers if they bypass Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, Denzel Ward, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Derwin James and Tremaine Edmunds to dive into the deep quarterback class www.thejaguarslockerroom.com/authentic-andrew-norwell-jersey , which could make or break a franchise’s fortunes.Every year, quarterbacks rise to the top of the draft, pushing value down the board to teams who already have theirs. Fifty-six quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round since 1996, the last draft featuring no first-round QBs.“This quarterback draft, like every draft, drives the top end of this thing,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “I’m always amazed — and maybe I shouldn’t be — but last year, three of the top 12 picks were quarterbacks and all three were trade-ups on draft night. The year before, the Rams went all the way up to one to go get (Jared) Goff. The Eagles went from 13 to eight to two to go get Carson Wentz. It’s a quarterback-driven league. I think it’s going to be a crazy eight, 10, 12 picks, so many permutations of the quarterback conversation.”Underscoring the importance of the so-called franchise quarterback, the Texans averaged 35 points a game with DeShaun Watson last season and 13 without him; the San Francisco 49ers went from 17 points a game to 29 under Jimmy Garappolo, who won all five of his starts.And yet …Case Keenum, who wasn’t even drafted, took the Vikings to the NFC championship game. Blake Bortles, a top-10 pick but, in Mayock’s words, nobody’s idea of a “high-level franchise quarterback,” took the Jaguars to the AFC championship contest.And backup Nick Foles, a third-rounder, outdueled Brady to win the Super Bowl for the Eagles.“Is that an aberration or a trend?” Mayock wonders.A look at the top quarterbacks in 2018 and the hazards that accompany the hype:SAM DARNOLD, USC: Ball security.Darnold threw 22 interceptions and had 20 fumbles in his two seasons with the Trojans.“The No. 1 priority of a quarterback is to protect the football. I’m aware of that Womens Abry Jones Jersey , and I’m aware how much I turn the ball over and that it’s not OK,” Darnold said. “I’ve been addressing it this offseason. I’ve been working on keeping two hands (on the ball) in the pocket at all times. The only time I let go of the ball is to throw it. That’s something I’ve really been working on — and also keeping it tight whenever I tuck it and run.”JOSH ALLEN, Wyoming: Accuracy.The rocket-armed Allen hopes his spectacular combine showing and pro day performance showed teams that his 56 percent completion rate at Wyoming shouldn’t scare them away.“I’m extremely confident in myself,” Allen said, “and we’re working on it and there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll figure it out.”BAKER MAYFIELD, Oklahoma: Undersized.Mayfield is a shade over 6 foot, and that’s usually a deal breaker in the first round.“Height doesn’t matter,” Mayfield declared at the NFL combine. “You see guys like Tyrod Taylor, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, they’ve proven that it doesn’t matter. If you want to say anything else, I’ve got three years of tape you can watch. I think I had fewer batted balls at the line of scrimmage than any other guy here — and I’m pretty sure I’m the shortest guy, too.”JOSH ROSEN, UCLA: Durability.A shoulder injury limited Rosen to six games last season, and he’s had concussions. Furthermore, he’s had to answer questions about his dedication to the sport. Many have wondered whether the strong-armed, free-spirited QB is the next Aaron Rodgers, a cerebral pick-you-apart passer, or the next Colin Kaepernick, who will ultimately focus more on social issues than football, especially if he can’t stay healthy.“I love football with all of my heart and soul,” Rosen insisted. “If I didn’t, I just don’t think I wouldn’t been able to make it through the grind of college.”LAMAR JACKSON Lerentee McCray Jersey , Louisville: Mechanics.Bill Polian suggested Jackson’s off-the-charts athleticism might make him more valuable as a wide receiver, but Jackson dismissed that notion: “No sir, I’m a quarterback.”And a darn good one, Mayock insisted.“He’s the most exciting athlete in the draft,” Mayock said. “I think somebody in the first round is going to make a philosophical and schematic commitment to this kid and change what they do offensively.”MASON RUDOLPH, Oklahoma State: Mobility.Mayock said for a 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback, Rudolph has “fairly average arm talent” and too often can’t escape the big hit, which could make him the next great college quarterback to get steamrolled in the pros.“In today’s NFL, you’ve got to have some escapability, some ability to buy some extra time,” Mayock said. “I think he struggles with that a little bit. When he’s got time with clear feet and clear vision, he can drive the ball, and I think he’s the best deep ball touch and accuracy thrower in this draft. So I’m very bullish on this kid. I like the kid.”KYLE LAULETTA, Richmond: Health.Winning offensive MVP honors at the Senior Bowl should squelch concerns about his college competition and working through four offensive coordinators with the Spiders. He also sees a silver lining in his torn ACL before his senior season, when he had to sit out spring ball.“Mental reps are huge. It sounds clich?, but when you’re in the NFL, if you’re a backup or not the No. 1 guy, you’ve got to get better and you’ve got to improve somehow. So learning from those who are taking the reps and putting yourself (mentally) in that position, that’s what I did,” Lauletta said.12<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Cowboys’ biggest draft steals of the Jerry Jones eraAP The Rams‘ high-powered offense took a couple of big hits.Los Angeles‘ leading receivers, Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, were both lost to concussions late in the first half as the Rams turned to Robert Woods and a cast of lesser-known characters to beat the Seattle Seahawks 33-31 on Sunday.Cooks was hit hard by Tedric Thompson as he came across the field. Most of the hit was with Thompson’s shoulder Corey Grant Jersey , but there was some helmet-to-helmet impact and Cooks appeared to be immediately knocked out. He eventually jogged off the field on his own but was ruled out early in the second half.Kupp was also lost with a concussion, although it wasn’t immediately clear when he got hurt. Kupp was in on a desperation throw into the end zone on the final play of the first half, but didn’t rejoin his teammates to start the third quarter.The Jacksonville Jaguars, meanwhile, suffered injuries that will test their depth on the offensive line and at running back.The Jaguars lost left tackle Cam Robinson for the season last month with a knee injury , and left tackle Josh Wells left Sunday’s loss in Kansas City with an injured groin in the first half. Running back Leonard Fournette missed the game with a hamstring injury that has limited him this season, and Corey Grant hurt a foot and also left in the first half.Luckily, cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned after taking a knee to the helmet on the opening series.Kansas City lost four defensive players to injuries in the first half against Jacksonville with linebackers Justin Houston (hamstring) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle) and free safeties Armani Watts (groin) and Eric Murray (lower leg) not returning.The Chiefs‘ most significant injury might have come in the final minutes, when right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif left with a broken left leg.Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan left his second game this season with an injury in the Titans’ 13-12 loss in Buffalo. Lewan hurt a foot in the second quarter and was replaced by Tyler Marz. In Cincinnati, Miami left tackle Laremy Tunsil left with a concussion during the Bengals‘ fourth-quarter comeback.Jets cornerback Buster Skrine started for Trumaine Johnson, sidelined with a strained quadriceps. But Skrine left in the first quarter with a head injury and did not return. Denver finished the 34-16 loss to the Jets without cornerback Adam Jones, who was ruled out in the second half after hurting a leg.Cleveland wide receiver Rashard Higgins will have an MRI on Monday for a knee injury in the Browns’ overtime victory over Baltimore. Higgins had three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt.Detroit running back Kerryon Johnson ran for 70 yards on 12 carries before appearing to hurt his right ankle, and he left in the fourth quarter. Lions cornerback Teez Tabor (groin) and cornerback Jamal Agnew (knee) also left their 31-23 over Green Bay. Packers linebacker Nick Perry hurt an ankle, and cornerback Kevin King hurt his chin.Giants right tackle Chad Wheeler did not return after hurting his hand in the fourth quarter of New York’s 33-31 loss to Carolina. Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess returned to the game after being evaluated for a concussion in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Giants defensive back Michael Thomas. Panthers center Ryan Kalil did not return after being shaken up late in the fourth quarter, with Tyler Larsen finishing the game.The San Francisco 49ers, already reeling from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury, lost running back Matt Breida to an injured ankle in their 28-16 loss to Arizona. Breida entered fourth in the league in rushing with 313 yards and had eight carries for 56 yards, along with a TD catch, before he was hurt. Center Weston Richburg injured a knee and left in the second half.The Cardinals‘ first victory of the season came with a price as two offensive linemen were hurt. Mike Iupati left with a shoulder injury and Andre Smith injured a hamstring.In the Vikings‘ 23-21 road victory over the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, left tackle Riley Reiff exited with a foot injury for Minnesota. Eagles safety Corey Graham left with a hamstring injury.In the Texans‘ 19-16 overtime victory over the Cowboys, Houston cornerback Kayvon Webster left the game in the first quarter with a quadriceps injury and didn’t return.