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Poll! Which 2018 QB would you least want your rival NFL team to draft?

Let’s have a thought experiment together.

We’ve been talking for a full year about the 2018 NFL draft’s quarterbacks, about seven months longer than most NFL and college fans usually spend paying attention to each other. At this point, we know who tops each criteria list, whether it’s apparent NFL consensus (Josh Allen or Sam Darnold), advanced stats (Baker Mayfield), total number of arguments generated (Lamar Jackson or Josh Rosen), or whatever else.

So here’s a new way of thinking about it, and you can either answer based on your team’s particular rival while factoring in that team’s current OC and all that, or on a neutralized version of that team, since any franchise could have a coaching change within the next year or so:


Which QB would you least want your rival team to draft?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Josh Allen
    (142 votes)
  • 11%
    Sam Darnold
    (202 votes)
  • 19%
    Lamar Jackson
    (349 votes)
  • 44%
    Baker Mayfield
    (800 votes)
  • 12%
    Josh Rosen
    (218 votes)
  • 3%
    Mason Rudolph
    (67 votes)
  • 1%
    Other (to the comments!)
    (18 votes)
1796 votes total Vote Now

Feel like this way of thinking about it introduces some clarity. Instead of trying to parse the differences between a bunch of players with clear strengths and flaws, now we’re just talking about fear.

For me, the answer is Mayfield.

Even trying to set aside the current particulars of my team’s rival (Sean Payton has pretty much never had a bad offense, and the Saints are loaded with young weapons, and all that shit), he’s the scariest QB on the board. If the team I hate picked Allen or Rudolph to eventually replace Drew Brees, I don’t think I’d worry. Darnold or Rosen could be capable replacements. Jackson would be concerning, especially since there’s a chance he’s a non-knucklehead version of Michael Vick, which would be the deepest of all wounds.

But Mayfield, the orb of spite that we all just watched put together the two most efficient passing seasons in college history (with total command at the line, might I add), looks like the surest bet to me.

How about you?