This year’s crop of quarterback prospects does not feature a John Elway, Peyton Manning, or an Andrew Luck. There is definitely talent and the experts are trying to figure out which guy stands out among the Big Three. Here are my current rankings on 2014′s rookie signal callers.
1. TEDDY BRIDGEWATER (LOUISVILLE) 6-2/214
Teddy is a poised field general with excellent field awareness. Pocket presence and pin-point accuracy help him move the sticks consistently. His release is very quick and his arm is stronger than people think. Three-straight full seasons of football and completing 71% in 2013 gives me a boost of confidence in his future.
2. BLAKE BORTLES (CENTRAL FLORIDA) 6-5/232
Reminds me of a younger Ben Roethlisberger with the size and mobility of Blake Bortles. The physical stature and arm strength is impressive and he played in a pro-style offense unlike Johnny Manziel. So overall, he has more size and is more of a fit to an NFL offense.
3. JOHNNY MANZIEL (TEXAS A&M) 6-0/207
I fell in love with Johnny Football too but I also have to be realistic. How long can he take hits with his style of play in the NFL? NOT FOR LONG. He makes magic on the field and is a gamer with the elusiveness of a young Michael Vick. And character issues? A team has to be completely sold on Manziel to take him in the top-five.
4. DEREK CARR (FRESNO STATE) 6-2/214
May draw comparison to his older brother, David but this kid is probably a better prospect and needs a redshirt year. Can fling the rock with velocity and can run well but I don’t like his sidearm release or lack of pocket presence. Those mechanics make his deep-ball accuracy inconsistent and he also had some explosive weapons at Fresno State while his stats were inflated by the spread attack.
5. AARON MURRAY (GEORGIA) 6-0/207
The QB from Georgia is coming off a torn ACL but I see toughness. Scouts may say he lacks size but he’s the same height and weight as Johnny Manziel. Can make all the tight throws but will also try to fit throws into tight windows. Murray has started for four years and brings definite leadership to the table. Could be a sleeper if the kid gets healthy and goes to the right organization.
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