Who is QB1 after Senior Bowl?

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NFL Draft season kicked off in full force last week, as hundreds of prospects headed to the Senior Bowl to showcase their various talents. There were also plenty of media members, each eager to get an up-close view of some of the top talent in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

NBC Sports EDGE College Football writers Thor Nystrom and Crissy Froyd were among that media contingent, as both spent the week in Mobile carefully dissecting each pass, catch and drill. The focus for much of the week centered on quarterback play, with six QBs on the Senior Bowl roster. Nystrom and Froyd left town with differing opinions about who leads this quarterback class with the Combine still a few weeks away.

Below is their edited exchange, where each makes a case for their top candidate – and forecasts how the race might shift in the coming weeks:

Q. Who is your QB1 for the Draft, and why?

Nystrom: Malik Willis. Because we’re here to win Super Bowls. You get there with trump cards – players with traits that cannot be defended. Willis is yoked up with those. Bazooka for an arm. Ridiculous athleticism (4.38 40-yard dash time as a sophomore). Well-built. There’s a risk profile here, of course – his accuracy and placement need to improve. But in this quarterback class, there is not a sure thing. In lieu of that, if you’re going to invest Round 1 gold in a quarterback from this class in April, why wouldn’t you grab the only guy with the ceiling to be unstoppable if he hits?

Froyd: My QB1 is Carson Strong. Despite the trends that have occurred…


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