Pro day completion percentage, combine measurements, and pre-draft interviews have some scrambling to readjust their quarterback rankings. Our quarterback board has largely remained the same, however.
Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is still our top-ranked quarterback, despite what some considered to be a less-than-stellar performance at his pro day. The pre-draft process wasn't built for players like Bridgewater, who lacks ideal size and doesn't command attention. But he's the most mature quarterback in this class when it comes to reading defense both pre and post snap, and he delivers the football with anticipation and accuracy on all levels of the field.
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After Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr make up the next tier of quarterbacks, and all should be drafted in the first round come May.
Behind the top four, things get tricky. Both Zach Mettenberger of LSU and Aaron Murray of Georgia recovering from knee injuries, but they could still come off the board on the second day of the draft. San Jose State's David Fales lacks ideal size and arm strength, but he's an accurate passer who fearlessly attacks all areas of the field. Meanwhile, Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo and Wyoming's Brett Smith didn't get much exposure during the season but could be intriguing options in the middle rounds.
Beyond the top nine quarterbacks, there is quite a bit of uncertainty. Tom Savage and Logan Thomas both have enormous potential due to their size and arm strength. AJ McCarron and Tajh Boyd had decorated college careers but don't project as well to the NFL. And players like Stephen Morris and Jeff Mathews just didn't live up to the billing in 2013.
The sleepers of this group could be Connor Shaw of South Carolina and Keith Wenning of Ball State. Here's our full list of 22 quarterbacks ranked for the 2014 NFL Draft.
|1. Teddy Bridgewater | 6'2 1/8, 214 pounds | Quarterback | Louisville *|
|2. Blake Bortles | 6'5, 232 pounds | Quarterback | Central Florida *|
|3. Johnny Manziel | 5'11 3/4, 207 pounds | Quarterback | Texas A&M **|
|4. Derek Carr | 6'2 3/8, 214 pounds | Quarterback | Fresno State|
|5. Zach Mettenberger | 6'5, 224 pounds | Quarterback | LSU|
|6. David Fales | 6'1 5/8, 226 pounds | Quarterback | San Jose State|
|7. Jimmy Garoppolo | 6'2 1/4, 226 pounds | Quarterback | Eastern Illinois|
|8. Brett Smith | 6'3, 206 pounds | Quarterback | Wyoming *|
|9. Aaron Murray | 6'0, 207 pounds | Quarterback | Georgia|
|10. Tom Savage | 6'3 7/8, 228 pounds | Quarterback | Pittsburgh|
|11. Logan Thomas | 6'6 1/8, 248 pounds | Quarterback | Virginia Tech|
|12. A.J. McCarron | 6'3 1/4, 220 pounds | Quarterback | Alabama|
|13. Tajh Boyd | 6'0 5/8, 222 pounds | Quarterback | Clemson|
|14. Stephen Morris | 6'1 7/8, 213 pounds | Quarterback | Miami|
|15. Jeff Mathews | 6'3 1/4, 223 pounds | Quarterback | Cornell|
|16. Bryn Renner | 6'3 1/4, 228 pounds | Quarterback | North Carolina|
|17. Connor Shaw | 6'0 3/8, 206 pounds | Quarterback | South Carolina|
|18. Keith Wenning | 6'2 5/8, 218 pounds | Quarterback | Ball State|
|19. Jordan Lynch | 6'0 1/8, 217 pounds | Quarterback | Northern Illinois|
|20. Casey Pachall | 6'5, 230 pounds | Quarterback | TCU|
|21. Keith Price | 6'1, 202 pounds | Quarterback | Washington|
|22. Kenny Guiton | 6'3, 208 pounds | Quarterback | Ohio State|