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2014 NFL Draft: Preseason Quarterback Rankings

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2014 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings

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The 2013 college football season is only a few weeks away, but the NFL draft season never ends. I have used the past few weeks to go back and study as much as I can on draft eligible prospects from 2012 and creating my initial positional rankings for each position. As the 2013 season progresses, these rankings will be updated and change because they are obviously fluid. As players show more or less about their games, they will move up and down. It’s important to keep in mind that simply because one player is ranked third and another eighth, the distance between those players might not be so great as the gap between the eighth and 10th-ranked player. Once the season winds down, I will provide more in-depth looks at my player rankings.

Also, keep in mind this list includes underclassmen, and those included are just based on my opinion on who is most likely to declare. Again, this will be fluid as juniors and redshirt sophomores make their intentions known. For now, I have included the top underclassmen at each position where I think they fall compared to the top seniors.

Quarterback is the most high profile position in all of football at any level so deservedly, they get top billing here. This is an interesting group because there are some fascinating and talented prospects among this group and the list goes very deep, but, I don’t see a No. 1-overall type of player among this group. How high many of these players will be drafted will depend on how much upside a franchise projects them to have. Enjoy these initial rankings and be sure to keep checking back for all your NFL draft coverage.

Curt covers the NFL draft for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard and on Google+.

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5. Brett Hundley, UCLA

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Hundley is another of these really young quarterbacks just oozing with potential. He really showed flashes in 2012, and I expect even bigger things this season. The odds are a little longer that he'll declare, but for now I leave him in the mix.

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4. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

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I include Mariota this high because I think his upside is huge. I understand that it's not the most likely scenario that he declares at the end of the season, but until I hear otherwise, I will continue to include him. His legs get all the press, but his arm is underrated and I expect to see a lot more of it this season.

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3. David Fales, San Jose State

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Fales is the name everyone is talking about this season. I like his game, but think he needs to improve his footwork a great deal to be a strong candidate for anything earlier than the second round.

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2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson

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I love Boyd's style of play and potential. He has areas he needs to improve upon, but if he can do that, he'll find himself firmly in the first-round mix.

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1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

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At this point I am going to give Bridgewater the top spot, mainly on his upside. His skill set is exceptional and if he can stay healthy, he could be in the mix to be selected in the top-five in 2014.

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Quarterbacks no. 6-25

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6. Aaron Murray, Georgia

7. Stephen Morris, Miami

8. Bryn Renner, North Carolina

9. AJ McCarron, Alabama

10. Jeff Matthews, Cornell

11. James Franklin, Missouri

12. Zach Mettenberger, LSU

13.Derek Carr, Fresno State

14. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

15. Casey Pachall, TCU

16. Tyler Russell, Mississippi State

17. Drew Allen, Syracuse

18. Brendon Kay, Cincinnati

19. Keith Price, Washington

20. Tom Savage, Pitt

21. Cody Green, Tulsa

22. Keith Wenning, Ball State

23. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

24. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska

25. Dustin Vaughn, West Texas A&M