Using only active NFL players, I take a look at ranking the best offensive trios using college alumni. This list takes the top QB, RB, WR from 32 different colleges.
The top two schools have veteran Pro Bowl talent at all three positions.
QB Andrew Luck, RB Christian McCaffery, TE Zach Ertz
Luck returned healthy in 2018, throwing 39 touchdown passes (second most in the league). Christian McCaffery almost joined the 1000/1000 club (1,098 yards rushing, 867 yards receiving). Zach Ertz led all tight ends in catches (116), finished third in yards (1,163 yards), and third in touchdowns (8).
QB Matthew Stafford, RB Todd Gurley, WR AJ Green
Matthew Stafford has been as reliable as any QB over the past decade, despite the lack of postseason success. Todd Gurley had All-Pro seasons in 2017 and 2018 but does have questions and concerns about his knee moving forward. AJ Green had an injury-shortened 2018 season, but certainly looked like himself when he was in the lineup.
3. Ohio State
QB Dwayne Haskins, RB Ezekiel Elliot, WR Mike Thomas
Hard to rank Ohio State higher than this at this time, but if Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins lives up to his potential, this team could easily vault to #1 within a year or so as Ezekiel Elliot and Michael Thomas both rank at or near the top of their respective positions.
QB Baker Mayfield, RB Joe Mixon, WR Sterling Shepard
You could go with Sterling Shepard, Kenny Stills, or Dede Westbrook at wide receiver. But whoever your preference is, it’s that position that holds the Sooners back from being even higher.
QB Cam Newton, RB Kerryon Johnson, TE CJ Uzomah
Kerryon Johnson showed great potential as a rookie, but seemed to be held back by the coaching staff as part of a running back committee. CJ Uzomah stepped up for the Bengals with injuries derailing the guys ahead of him on the depth chart. Cam Newton had a mixed 2018 season, due largely to a shoulder issue.
QB Sam Darnold, RB Ronald Jones, WR Juju Smith-Schuster
Sam Darnold exceeded expectations as a rookie and showed he has the potential to be the Jets franchise QB. Juju Smith-Schuster put up monster numbers (111 catches, 1,426 yards, 7 TDs) and has the potential to be even better in 2019 with Antonio Brown gone from the Steelers. Ronald Jones holds USC back from being higher after receiving limited carries behind Peyton Barber on the Bucs last year.
7. North Carolina
QB Mitchell Trubisky, RB Gio Bernard, TE Eric Ebron
Eric Ebron broke out in a huge way with a league leading (for tight ends) 13 touchdown receptions. Mitchell Trubisky helped guide the Bears to the playoffs, though credit is given more to the defense and run game than to Trubisky, who needs to improve in a few areas. Gio Bernard has become a part-time RB behind Joe Mixon, but if given the chance has shown he has potential.
QB Aaron Rodgers, RB CJ Anderson, Keenan Allen
Cal is a veteran, reliable trio. Jared Goff gets left off this list due to Rodgers’ presence. Marvin Jones and Desean Jackson are other options at WR, but obviously Keenan Allen is among the best at his position. Which CJ Anderson will show up in 2019 – the version from 2017 and the first part of 2018? Or the December/playoffs version that overtook Todd Gurley?
Missing a QB
Six unranked schools who have loaded of RB/WR talent, but nothing above “bad” at QB
Alabama – QB AJ McCarron, RB Mark Ingram, WR Julio Jones
Pittsburgh – QB Nathan Peterman (or Tom Savage), RB Lesean McCoy, WR Larry Fitzgerald
LSU – QB Danny Etling, RB Leonard Fournette, WR Odell Beckham Jr
LSU also has Jarvis Landry. Which school has produced the top active WR duo?
Miami – QB Brad Kaaya, RB Lamar Miller, TE David Njoku
Penn State – QB Trace McSorley, RB Saquon Barkley, WR Allen Robinson
Tennessee – QB Joshua Dobbs, RB Alvin Kamara, TE Jason Witten
Held back by lack of RB
Four schools that have great QB/WR combos, but lack RBs and are therefore unranked
Clemson – QB Deshaun Watson, RB Wayne Gallman, WR DeAndre Hopkins
Ole Miss – QB Eli Manning, RB Jordan Wilkins, WR Mike Wallace
Texas Tech – QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Deandre Washington, WR Michael Crabtree
Texas A&M – QB Ryan Tannehill, Treyveon Williams, Mike Evans
Not enough to make the cut
13 schools with notable trios, but not enough talent to make the rankings
Wisconsin – QB Russell Wilson, RB Melvin Gordon, TE Fumangelli
Michigan State – QB Kirk Cousins, RB Leveon Bell, WR Bennie Fowler
Louisville – QB Lamar Jackson, RB Bilal Powell, WR Devante Parker
Texas – QB Colt McCoy, RB D’onta Foreman, WR Marquise Goodwin
UCF – QB Blake Bortles, RB Latavius Murray, WR Tre’Quan Smith
Oregon – QB Marcus Mariota, RB Royce Freeman, TE Ed Dickson
West Virginia – QB Geno Smith, RB Wendell Smallwood, WR Tavon Austin
Oklahoma State – QB Brandon Weeden, RB Chris Carson, WR James Washington
Notre Dame – QB DeShone Kizer, RB Theo Riddick, WR Will Fuller/Golden Tate
Indiana – QB Nate Sudfeld, RB Jordan Howard/Tevin Coleman, WR Cody Latimer
Arizona State – QB Brock Osweiler, RB Kalen Ballage, WR N’Keal Harry
Louisiana Tech – QB Jeff Driskel, RB Kenneth Dixon, WR Trent Taylor
Central Michigan – QB Cooper Rush, RB Thomas Rawls, WR Antonio Brown
Florida State – QB Jameis Winston, RB Devonta Freeman, WR Kelvin Benjamin (currently out of work)
Noticeably missing – Michigan, Florida