2014 NFL Draft quarterback rankings

Stephen Dunn

Is the quarterback class for the 2014 NFL Draft actually better than this year, or is that just something we like to tell ourselves in August?

At this time last year, Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson were expected to develop into first-round locks. Both slipped to the fourth round of the draft. Logan Thomas were supposed to improve on promising sophomore season and head to the NFL as some type of Cam Newton/Ben Roethlisberger hybrid super QB. Packed with a big arm and size, Zach Mettenberger was to be a one-year-only starter at LSU. Both Thomas and Mettenberger are back for another season.

Now, we are to believe that Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville is going to continue his climb and become 1b to Jadeveon Clowney's 1a on NFL draft boards. Bridgewater is poised for a big season with a loaded receiver group and an easy schedule. Clemson's Tajh Boyd rates so highly because of his gradual improvement. Stephen Morris of Miami throws a beautiful ball. Devin Gardner of Michigan could be the next Ryan Tannehill. Redshirt sophomores Kevin Hogan, Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota enter the season with high hopes.

Then there's Johnny Manziel. The lightning rod of all lightning rods. From now until he gets drafted, Manziel will unquestionably be the most debated prospect in college football. In that regard, he's a smaller Tim Tebow with fewer religious overtones and a better throwing motion.

The quarterback class for the 2014 NFL Draft is equal parts optimism and skepticism. Which ones are you the highest on?

1. Teddy Bridgewater | 6'3, 218 pounds | Quarterback | Louisville * - Preseason notes
2. Tajh Boyd | 6'1, 225 pounds | Quarterback | Clemson - Preseason notes
3. Brett Hundley | 6'3, 222 pounds | Quarterback | UCLA **
4. Kevin Hogan | 6'4, 228 pounds | Quarterback | Stanford **
5. Stephen Morris | 6'2, 218 pounds | Quarterback | Miami
6. David Fales | 6'3, 220 pounds | Quarterback | San Jose State - Preseason notes
7. Devin Gardner | 6'4, 210 pounds | Quarterback | Michigan *
8. Marcus Mariota | 6'4, 211 pounds | Quarterback | Oregon **
9. A.J. McCarron | 6'2, 212 pounds | Quarterback | Alabama
10. Derek Carr | 6'3, 212 pounds | Quarterback | Fresno State
11. Aaron Murray | 6'1, 212 pounds | Quarterback | Georgia
12. Bryn Renner | 6'3, 226 pounds | Quarterback | North Carolina
13. Johnny Manziel | 6'1, 200 pounds | Quarterback | Texas A&M**
14. Zach Mettenberger | 6'5, 230 pounds | Quarterback | LSU
15. Jeff Mathews | 6'4, 224 pounds | Quarterback | Cornell
16. Casey Pachall | 6'5, 230 pounds | Quarterback | TCU
17. Braxton Miller | 6'2, 215 pounds | Quarterback | Ohio State
18. Blake Bortles | 6'4, 230 pounds | Quarterback | Central Florida *
19. Logan Thomas | 6'6, 258 pounds | Quarterback | Virginia Tech
20. Keith Price | 6'1, 202 pounds | Quarterback | Washington
21. Chuckie Keeton | 6'2, 200 pounds | Quarterback | Utah State *
22. Rakeem Cato | 6'0, 188 pounds | Quarterback | Marshall *
23. Pete Thomas | 6'6, 236 pounds | Quarterback | North Carolina State
24. Cody Fajardo | 6'2, 215 pounds | Quarterback | Nevada *
25. Jordan Lynch | 6'0, 216 pounds | Quarterback | Northern Illinois
26. Tom Savage | 6'5, 230 pounds | Quarterback | Pittsburgh
27. Tyler Tettleton | 6'0, 198 pounds | Quarterback | Ohio
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