Previewing the 2014 NFL Draft’s Prospective Quarterback Class
What does each of the NFL’s four remaining playoff teams have in common?
The San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots each have established quarterbacks who are cemented in their respected roles.
Heck, the Broncos and Patriots have two of the best quarterbacks EVER in the great Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Teams without one of these great signal-callers shouldn’t get down on themselves too much because there’s a fresh new class of prospects ready to take a roster when the 2014 NFL Draft comes around in May.
Here’s a look at the guys who will be fighting for starting jobs next fall:
1.) Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (6-3, 205)
– Most draft experts have Bridgewater going number one overall to the Houston Texans. It would be a perfect fit for Teddy who would work under quarterback-guru Bill O’Brien and would have the benefit of playing with a team that actually has talent. Bridgewater draws comparison to Aaron Rodgers in that he’s extremely smart and has the ability to make a play out of any situation.
2.) Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (6-0, 210)
– The most controversial prospect of this year’s draft is Manziel as early speculation has him going anywhere from first overall all the way to late first round. The Cleveland Browns reportedly love the kid and would make a big splash by going with the SEC-dandy who thrives in chaos.
3.) Blake Bortles, Central Florida (6-3, 230)
– Bortles created some hype when he decided to declare early, but it’s up to debate whether he’s ready to play right away or not. Some say his ceiling is higher than everyone in this year’s draft and he’s one of the more gifted prospects when it comes to making the throw.
4.) Derek Carr, Fresno State (6-3, 220)
– Carr put up monster numbers in the Mountain West Conference, yet so did his brother David Carr when the Houston Texans selected him first overall in 2002. Carr also had some talented receivers at Fresno State and played some really bad defenses.
5.) Brett Smith, Wyoming (6-2, 210)
– Similar to the aforementioned Carr, Smith shredded some suspect defenses in the Mountain West Conferences. Smith’s biggest problem was staying healthy as he dealt with a plethora of injuries that made it a struggle to stay on the field. It doesn’t get any easier in the NFL.
Others to Keep an Eye On
– LSU’s Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 235)
– San Jose State’s David Fales (6-2, 220)
– Alabama’s AJ McCarron (6-3, 214)
– Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (6-1, 225)
– Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo (6-2, 222)
Which quarterbacks do you think will be successful in the NFL? Please let me know by commenting below.