Top 10 NFL-Ready Quarterbacks in College Football 2014

Top 10 NFL Ready Quarterbacks for 2014

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The quarterback position was a star-studded one in 2013 with lots of big names manning the position across the nation. Many of those names are on NFL rosters now, but 2014 is shaping up to be another strong quarterback class. As we enter the new season, here are the top 10 college quarterbacks who are most ready to go under center at the next level.

10. Hutson Mason, Georgia Bulldogs

Hutson Mason, Georgia Bulldogs QB
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10. Hutson Mason, Georgia Bulldogs

Hutson Mason, Georgia Bulldogs QB
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Mason is a redshirt senior who has played behind record-setting quarterback Aaron Murray his entire career. He gets one full season to show scouts what he can do. If there’s one thing we know, Mark Richt and Mike Bobo know how to coach quarterbacks and Mason will impress in 2014. His numbers in two starts last season, carried out over a full season, would have netted over 3,700 yards and almost 20 touchdowns. Look for Mason to turn heads in 2014.

9. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss Rebels QB

Bo Wallace, Ole Miss Rebels QB
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9. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss Rebels QB

Bo Wallace, Ole Miss Rebels QB
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With all the big names in the SEC at his position last season, Wallace didn’t get the notoriety he deserved. However, he quietly posted one of the best performances in the conference last season. Wallace enters 2014 as the most experienced quarterback in the SEC with a chance to headline college football’s top conference which will get him all the attention he needs. With prototypical size and loads of experience, Wallace should impress in 2014.

8. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Buckeyes

Braxton Miller, Ohio State Buckeyes QB
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8. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Buckeyes

Braxton Miller, Ohio State Buckeyes QB
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While Urban Meyer’s praise of Miller may be a little over the top, he's a solid quarterback and should be among the best in college football by the end of 2014. Miller is a dual-threat, spread quarterback that many teams in the NFL covet now. He has tremendous arm strength and the athletic ability to compete at the NFL level. If Miller shows he can sit in the pocket more and deliver with more accuracy, he'll garner a lot of consideration in 2015.

7. Devin Gardner, Michigan Wolverines

Devin Gardner, Michigan Wolverines QB
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7. Devin Gardner, Michigan Wolverines

Devin Gardner, Michigan Wolverines QB
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Gardner is everything an NFL team could want in terms of size. He’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds, and he has impressive athleticism for someone his size. Gardner also has put up some solid numbers, especially last season, despite sustaining an injury. If he continues to improve as a senior, Gardner could definitely make his way to the top of team’s draft boards.

6. Shane Carden, East Carolina Pirates

Shane Carden, East Carolina Pirates QB
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6. Shane Carden, East Carolina Pirates

Shane Carden, East Carolina Pirates QB
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If Carden played at a bigger school, he would probably be higher on this list, but make no mistake he is a legitimate NFL quarterback. There is no doubt he will be on a roster somewhere next season. He possesses good size and can really throw the ball, going over 4,000 yards last season and completing 70.5 percent of his passes. If he keeps that up, he should be a solid second-day choice with a chance to get into the first round.

5. Sean Mannion, Oregon State Beavers

Sean Mannion, Oregon State Beavers
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5. Sean Mannion, Oregon State Beavers

Sean Mannion, Oregon State Beavers
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Mannion has been a solid player for the Beavers for three straight seasons now. He’s thrown for over 10,000 yards in his career and owns a 138.1 quarterback rating over that time. The redshirt senior will have the experience and measurables that teams in the NFL will love. He may not have the ceiling that the guys ahead of him possess, but he will be a solid pro and make an impact at the next level.

4. Jameis Winston, Florida State Seminoles

Jameis Winston, Florida State Seminoles
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4. Jameis Winston, Florida State Seminoles

Jameis Winston, Florida State Seminoles
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Winston’s record on the field speaks for itself. His talent is deserving of being higher on this list, if not in the No. 1 spot. But this offseason, Winston has created some doubt as to what kind of pro he will be. The talent is there, but if he can’t stay focused and out of trouble he will plummet on team's draft boards. 2014 will be spent trying to prove to teams his tremendous talent is worth the character risks.

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA Bruins QB

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3. Brett Hundley, UCLA Bruins QB

Brett Hundley, UCLA Bruins QB
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Hundley is a tremendous talent and probably would have been taken during the first round of the 2014 draft. He possesses great athleticism and has the statistical resume that proves what he’s capable of. If he can cut the interceptions down into the single digits while repeating the kind of success he’s produced the last two seasons, he will carry a lot of momentum into the offseason and be a surefire top pick in the 2015 draft.

2. Bryce Petty, Baylor Bears QB

Bryce Petty, Baylor Bears QB
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2. Bryce Petty, Baylor Bears QB

Bryce Petty, Baylor Bears QB
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Bryce Petty has everything you want in a quarterback at the next level: Great size, solid decision-maker, accurate and a tremendous leader. Last season he turned in an eye-popping statistical season, throwing for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions. He was one of the best in the game his junior year, and now as senior he has a legitimate shot at the Heisman. Another season like 2013 and he’ll all but guarantee a top-10 pick.

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks

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1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks

Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks QB
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Mariota is the total package at the quarterback position. Had he come out after his junior season, there’s a decent chance he would have gone No. 1 overall. Instead, he is back at Oregon looking to lead his team to a national championship and cement his legacy. Mariota will have scouts drooling over his physical tools as the pre-draft process plays out and, barring injury, will probably still be the No. 1 pick in 2015.

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