8. J.T. Barrett, quarterback, Ohio State
Since exploding onto the scene as a freshman in 2014, Barrett has been pretty underwhelming as a quarterback, if we’re being honest.
He couldn’t beat out Cardale Jones in 2015, and the two of them did an awkward dance throughout that season. Then as the undeniable starter last season, Barrett never really was able to generate anything consistently special as a passer.
What we have is a quarterback who, in the past two seasons, has averaged just 6.7 yards per attempt, throwing 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
He’s not losing many games for the Buckeyes, but he certainly isn’t showing up big in big games, either. Case in point, last year in the final two games, Barrett threw no touchdowns and three interceptions against Michigan and Clemson.
If the Buckeyes are going to emerge as playoff contenders this upcoming season, then Barrett will need to pick his game up in a big way. He’s got to get back to the electric form we witnessed in 2014, which at this point feels like a decade ago.