Greg McElroy ranks SEC's top 7 QBs for 2019
It is an easy exercise to pick the two best quarterbacks in the SEC, and SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy acknowledged that.
As he unveiled his tiered rankings on the SEC Network during SEC Media Days, McElroy put Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Georgia’s Jake Fromm in the first tier.
Tagovailoa has the ability to “throw guys open,” with instincts that are “ridiculous.”
“He goes for broke, and if it’s not there, he still goes for broke,” McElroy said.
McElroy called Fromm really smart with the football, though he did have some times where he got loose with it. Fromm understands what the Bulldogs need to be successful. He’s “sneakily athletic,” and doesn’t get credit for that. But his accuracy often allows receivers to make a play for him.
The second tier was Missouri’s Kelly Bryant and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond.
Mond is in this slot in part because of coach Jimbo Fisher’s history and reputation developing quarterbacks. McElroy said Mond’s play against Clemson was him at his best, as he’s particularly dangerous with his legs.
Bryant has received a “bad rap” being linked with former Clemson teammate Trevor Lawrence, who McElroy said would beat out 99.9 percent of quarterbacks around the country. McElroy expects Bryant to have a big year with offensive coordinator Derek Dooley.
Tier three featured Feleipe Franks from Florida, LSU’s Joe Burrow and South Carolina’s Jake Bentley. They all have shown potential of reaching the second tier, but they could also slip down the list among SEC quarterbacks. Ultimately, it comes down to consistency and limiting mistakes like interceptions.