What a turn of events it’s been in the quarterback room for the Wisconsin Badgers. After Graham Mertz left for the transfer portal, we knew the Badgers had to get one in the portal. They did so with Oklahoma transfer Nick Evers and Mississippi State transfer Breayden Locke. Then a few days ago, the Badgers added SMU transfer Tanner Mordecai. With now a loaded room, here’s how I would rank the quarterback room.
4. Myles Burkett
I think the crowded quarterback room helps Myles Burkett the least. I think he has the chance to be a really good starting quarterback at the college level. I was also in the camp that he should have received reps in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. It seems like a uphill climb for Burkett.
3. Braeyden Locke
The backup quarterback seems like a 2a and 2b situation. The fact of the matter is we don’t have much on Braeyden Locke and Nick Evers. Locke did not have any statistics in 2022 so he did not appear in a game.
As a part of 2022 class, Locke was a four star quarterback according to 247 Sports. He was ranked as the 25th best quarterback int he country and the 77th best player in the state of Texas. He also held offers from Georgia Tech, Kansas, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, North Carolina, Miami (FL), Louisville, and others.
2. Nick Evers
There is a ton of hype for Nick Evers despite only throwing one pass in 2022. He’ll be a redshirt freshman in 2023. There’s no doubt he has the highest upside of all the Wisconsin quarterbacks. He has a great arm and can use his legs to escape the pocket.
Whoever can win the back up battle between Locke and Evers could be the future of the Wisconsin Badgers. It should be a heck of a battle in the spring sessions and fall camp later this summer.
1. Tanner Mordecai
Unless something crazy happens, Tanner Mordecai will be QB1 for the Badgers in 2023. This was a fantastic pickup for Wisconsin. Mordecai is dual threat, has a ton of experience, and has shown to be great in a pass-friendly offense. In his two seasons at SMU, Mordecai threw for 72 touchdowns.
While he has thrown 22 interceptions in that time, his completion percentage is 65%. For how much he has been asked to throw the ball, 65% is a really good number. I think Phil Longo has his guy who can run the Air Raid offense in 2023. Mordecai has one year of eligibility left which is important with a relatively young quarterback room.
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