Going into the Senior Bowl, all of the quarterback conversation centered on Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. The hype made sense, seeing as Mayfield just won the Heisman Trophy and Allen's blend of size and strength had NFL scouts drooling for more than a year.
After the Senior Bowl, however, more names are buzzing in NFL circles, starting with Western Kentucky's Mike White and Richmond's Kyle Lauletta.
We’re going to look back and laugh that we didn’t talk about Mike White and Kyle Lauletta a helluva lot more in the 2018 Draft class.— Eric Galko (@EricGalko) January 27, 2018
Both will be better than at least one of the top-3 QBs.@OldTakesExposed
Named Most Outstanding Player of the Senior Bowl, Lauletta completed 8 of 12 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, one shy of the Senior Bowl record. He looked crisp and efficient throughout the game and delivered the ball in spots where receivers could make plays.
As noted in the preview of the game, remember, too, that Redskins team president Bruce Allen is a University of Richmond alum, and the Spiders coaching staff routinely visits Washington's training camp facilities in Richmond.
As small school QBs continue to prove their capabilities in the NFL — think Jimmy Garoppolo and Carson Wentz — the barrier to entry for a guy like Laulette continues to dwindle. Add in good size and a traditional pocket passer's game, and he will get NFL looks.
Another player certain to get looks is White. Speaking with NBC Sports Washington, White explained that he had a great interview with the Redskins.
Another big, strong traditional pocket passer, White excelled at the Senior Bowl in practices and the game, too. He went 8 of 11 for 128 yards and tossed a touchdown during the contest and impressed scouts and coaches all week.
White started his college career playing for Willie Taggert at South Florida. Unlike Lauletta, who played on the FCS level, White already had plenty of scouts interested.
Should the Redskins decide to draft a quarterback, Mayfield and Allen would require first-round picks.
What if the Redskins look to address the position later in the draft? Then White and Lauletta could absolutely be on their radar.
Now, however, White and Lauletta are on everybody's radar, so Washington might not be able to wait too long.