Take a look at any 2019 NFL Mock Draft and you’re likely to see Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham’s name somewhere near the top.
With another big season in 2018, Stidham could very well be the first quarterback taken in next year’s draft, so it’s no surprise he’s already been studying certain NFL quarterbacks very closely.
When asked what quarterback he most resembles, Stidham said he admires Tom Brady, but thinks of himself as more of a Derek Carr/Jimmy Garoppolo type (via AL.com):
“I’m a big Tom Brady fan,” he said. “I don’t necessarily think I play a lot like him. I think I’m more of a … shoot, I don’t know, maybe like a Derek Carr kind of guy. Not as mobile as some guys but not immobile as much as a Tom Brady or somebody like that. But, honestly, I love watching Jimmy Garoppolo. I really love how he plays the game. He obviously learned a lot from Tom Brady. I really love watching him and how he plays.”
It’s probably for the best that Stidham didn’t compare himself to Brady, one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, but Carr and Garoppolo are solid players, too.
Stidham still has a lot of work to do before he reaches the NFL, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear him mentioned among those names in the coming years.