By Meng Song @ms0ng on April 12, 2014
I don’t need to tell you to draft Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers. They will all be drafted in the first two rounds come August, and for good reason. But if you want to prioritize RB or WR, or if these elite QBs get snatched up before your pick, here are a few QBs who should be available in the middle to late rounds of your draft.
Matt Ryan finished the 2013 season with 4,515 yards and 26 TDs despite not having his two best receivers. The Atlanta Falcons lost Julio Jones to a foot injury in October, sidelining him for the rest of the season. Roddy White battled a lingering hamstring injury throughout the season and wasn’t fully healthy until December. Expect Ryan to bounce back in 2014 with his star receivers healthy and ready to go.
Joe Flacco threw for under 4,000 yards and had a miserable 19-22 TD to interception ratio in 2013, but it wasn’t his fault. The Baltimore Ravens traded away Anquan Boldin last March, lost Dennis Pitta to a hip injury last July, and couldn’t establish the run. Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking should help the Ravens’ run game, and Flacco will now have a healthy Pitta and Torrey Smith, as well as newcomers Steve Smith and Owen Daniels.
Robert Griffin III was a huge disappointment last season, throwing for only 3,203 yards and 16 TDs. Everyone seems to expect professional athletes to simply bounce back from major injuries, but that’s simply not the case. RGIII wasn’t fully healthy all season, and his knee should be much closer to 100 percent in 2014. With Jordan Reed coming into his own and the addition of DeSean Jackson to help stretch the field, RGIII should return to form .
Ryan Tannehill threw for just under 4,000 yards and 24 TDs in 2013, but he should perform better in 2014. While the offensive line that allowed Tannehill to be sacked a league-high 58 times last season still needs work, the addition of Knowshon Moreno should help Tannehill's pass protection. In addition, Miami’s new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will tutor Tannehill as he did Nick Foles, as well as add some bang to the playbook.
Jay Cutler finished the 2013 season with 2,621 yards and 19 TDs, having played only 11 games due to groin and ankle injuries. He hasn’t played a full season since 2009, but if Cutler manages to stay healthy, he could be a steal later in the draft. Cutler has arguably the best wide receiver duo in the NFL in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Under Marc Trestman’s continued guidance, Cutler has the potential to be a top fantasy QB in 2014.
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