2014 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Top 10 Draft-Eligible Quarterbacks
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For the first time since 2001, there was only one quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
After a down year for quarterbacks in 2013, the class of draft-eligible quarterbacks in 2014 brings much more excitement to the position with some franchise-changing signal-callers at the top.
Here are my top-10 draft-eligible quarterbacks for the 2014 NFL Draft:
1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville Cardinals
With the prototypical size (6'3" and 220 pounds) for the position, Bridgewater has all of the tools to be successful at the next level: a strong arm, intelligence, toughness and mobility.
Bridgewater, the Big East Offensive Player of the Year, led the Cardinals to an 11-2 record and a win over the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl.
The sophomore completed 68.5 percent of his pass attempts last year and finished with a 27-to-8 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions.
2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson Tigers
Boyd, the ACC Player of the Year, made nice strides as a junior. His completion percentage increased to 67.2 percent (from 59.7 percent), his yards-per-attempt average increased to 9.12 (from 7.67) and his rating increased to 165.6 (from 141.2).
3. David Fales, San Jose State Spartans
Fales began his collegiate career at Nevada behind now-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but he transferred to a JUCO before ending up at San Jose State. In his first season with the Spartans, Fales threw for 4,193 yards and 33 touchdowns and led college football with a 72.5 completion percentage.
4. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies
With the success last season of Russell Wilson, who slipped to the third-round due to his height (5-10), Manziel has a shot of a being a first-rounder in 2014. Manziel, the first freshman Heisman Trophy winner, is listed at 6-1 and 200 pounds, but he set the SEC record for most yards with 3,706 passing yards and 1,410 rushing yards. In fact, he led all players in rushing — both yards and touchdowns (21) — in the SEC.
5. Brett Hundley, UCLA Bruins
Setting the school's single-season freshman records for passing yards (3,740) and passing touchdowns (29), Hundley became the first quarterback in school history to pass for 300-plus yards in three consecutive games. He has good size (6-foot-3, 227 pounds), a strong arm and good athleticism. He rushed for 355 yards and nine touchdowns as well.
6. A.J. McCarron, Alabama Crimson Tide
A natural starting point when discussing McCarron as a prospect is his leadership skills. As a two-year starter, McCarron has helped lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championships and a cumulative record of 25-2 during that span.
As one of only 15 quarterbacks to throw 30 touchdown passes in 2012, McCarron threw only three interceptions. In his collegiate career, he has posted a 49-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
7. Derek Carr, Fresno State Bulldogs
Brother of former No. 1 overall pick David, Carr threw for 4,104 yards, 37 touchdowns and only seven interceptions last year. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah recently compared Carr to Jay Cutler saying that Carr "has live arm, can make wow throws. Too much confidence at times."
8. Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs
The top-ranked senior quarterback by NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Murray has thrown a school-record 95 touchdowns to 32 interceptions in his three seasons at Georgia. Murray completed a career-high 64.5 percent of his passes for 3,893 yards last season.
9. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Buckeyes
With exceptional athleticism for a quarterback, Miller, who finished fifth in Heisman voting for the 12-0 Buckeyes, rushed for a team-high 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. In addition, he completed 58.3 percent of his pass attempts for 2,039 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. If he continues to make strides as a passer, he could move up this list.
10. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech Hokies
With Cam Newton-like size (6-foot-5 and nearly 260 pounds), Thomas has a strong arm and excellent athleticism for his size. Unfortunately for Thomas, he was terribly inconsistent last season as he saw his production drop across the board. His completion percentage dropped to 51.3 percent (from 59.8 percent) and he posted an 18-to-16 touchdown-to-interception ratio last year. In an attempt to turn things around for himself and the Hokies, who failed to win 10 games for the first time since 2003, he begins the year with a tough challenge against Alabama on August 31st.
Throughout the summer, we will release our initial 2014 NFL Draft prospect rankings per position.