The upcoming 2018 NFL Draft looks to be quarterback-heavy in the first round. Most mock drafts have four if not five or six quarterbacks going on the first day of the draft. It's somewhat reminiscent of the 1983 draft when six quarterbacks went in round one. That 1983 draft is the greatest draft in NFL history when he comes to quarterbacks. That 1983 class was headlined by John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino. All three of those guys are now in the Hall of Fame. New York Jets fans may also remember Ken O'Brien was also drafted at No. 24 in that draft.

The Patriots took Tony Eason at No. 19, while Penn State quarterback, Todd Blackledge, was chosen by the Chiefs with the seventh pick.

Time traveling back to 1983

The 1983 draft shows how tough it is to project quarterbacks going into the NFL. Perhaps the best pure passer in that group, Dan Marino, lasted until pick No. 27 of the draft. Also, Jim Kelly was drafted after Todd Blackledge. Keep that in mind as various teams jockey for position in the 2018 draft.

Even 2017 can give some perspective

Even last season, there was a disparity of thinking about where guys would be drafted. According to, Mitch Trubisky and DeShaun Watson were both somewhat over-drafted according to scouting reports, while Cleveland Browns second-round pick, DeShone Kizer, went pretty much according to projections.

We'll see how things work out, but initial returns indicate that neither the Bears nor the Texans will regret drafting Trubisky and Watson respectively.

And back to the present

The 2018 quarterback draft class is headed up by Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Rosen. Louisville's Lamar Jackson could also show up in the first round and even Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph is considered a possible first-round choice.

Of those six guys, Darnold is generally considered the safest choice. Josh Allen may have the highest upside. While Cleveland will probably take a quarterback with the first or fourth pick, it's still uncertain as to which one they'll choose. The Jets seem poised to take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield with the third pick.

Another player in the 2018 NFL Draft?

More chaos could come in the 2018 quarterback rush due to other teams moving up to secure a quarterback. Even the New England Patriots may get involved. Tom Brady hasn't agreed to play during the 2018 season yet. I suspect he will, but the time to find his successor may be here. The decision to move Jimmy Garoppolo looks even stranger now than it did when the Patriots made it.

Based on the number of teams needing quarterbacks, and the number of quarterback prospects available, this looks to be a particularly interesting NFL draft.