2014 NFL Draft: 10 Little-Known QBs to Keep an Eye On
Under-the-Radar QBs Worth Watching
All of the sudden, the 2014 NFL Draft class of quarterbacks isn’t as great as it was expected to be.
Marcus Mariota opted to return to school for his junior season. Both Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger tore their ACLs, and will miss all of the pre-draft activities leading up to May. Other underclassmen such as Teddy Bridgewater, Brett Hundley and Johnny Manziel are all still undecided on their futures and might opt to stay in school as well.
That doesn’t leave too much top-tier talent available for quarterback-needy teams looking to address the position during the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.
That’s why under-the-radar prospects could be as important as ever when May rolls around and the 2014 NFL Draft gets under way. These prospects either went to smaller FBS schools or didn’t get the attention they deserved throughout their college careers. Either way, they’ve proven that they deserve at least a shot as an undrafted rookie when the 2014 NFL season rolls around.
In order to guarantee that these players will be available on draft day, I have only included under-the-radar senior quarterbacks. There’s no opportunity for them to stay in school, so these passers will be forced to test their luck in the NFL or find a day job. Even if they end up as undrafted rookies, there’s some hope that their football futures aren’t done yet.
Here’s a look at 10 little-known quarterbacks who could be serious considerations on draft day for teams looking to bolster their depth at the position.
Corey Robinson, Troy
Despite his poor mechanics and average pocket presence, there is some potential in Robinson. He has a strong arm and the size of an NFL quarterback, but doesn’t take risk down the field and depends on dump-off routes to pick up yards. With some serious coaching, Robinson could have an NFL future.
Kolton Browning, UL-Monroe
While his future in the NFL might not be at quarterback, Browning definitely deserves an opportunity. The Warhawks’ gunslinger is extremely athletic, with the improvisational skills that you rarely see outside of Kyle Field. Even if he plays a different position, Browning has a future in football.
Chase Rettig, Boston College
At first look, there’s plenty for NFL teams to be interested in when it comes to Rettig. He has a strong arm, solid size and enough athleticism to make plays outside of the pocket. Then the film goes on, and questions start to arise. He’s a major work in progress, but the foundation is there.
Keith Wenning, Ball State
While there isn’t much with Wenning that jumps off the screen, the Ball State product is a consistent, capable quarterback who does everything well. He throws with accuracy, has solid arm strength and makes good decisions with the ball. Becoming a quality backup isn’t out of the question for Wenning.
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
A sneaky athlete with plenty of natural talent. Tettleton has flown under the radar throughout his college career. Still, he has the arm strength, accuracy and improvisational skills to be an effective NFL quarterback. His decision making needs some work, but the potential is there with Tettleton.
Tom Savage, Pitt
When it comes to Savage, all of the tools are there for him to be an NFL quarterback. Unfortunately, he still hasn’t figured out how to make them all work together to finish the project. Even with a big arm and a great head on his shoulders, inconsistency and decision making could forever limit his NFL prospects.
Logan Kilgore, Middle Tennessee State
One of the true talents that has flown under the radar, Kilgore has the arm strength, accuracy and poise to get it done at the next level. He’s also a sneaky athlete, which will definitely help him excel in the NFL. Assuming he can continue to develop the skills he already has, a future in the pros is likely.
Brendon Kay, Cincinnati
One of the most accurate quarterbacks in college football, Kay has shined in his first season as the Bearcats’ full-time starter. He’s smart with the football, doesn’t make too many crucial mistakes and has led Cincinnati to an outstanding 2013 season. The production and wins make him a solid NFL prospect.
Adam Kennedy, Arkansas State
If you haven’t heard of Kennedy yet, listen up. One of the biggest sleepers of the 2014 quarterback class, the Red Wolves’ gunslinger has the size, arm strength and pocket movement that NFL teams love. While he does take too many risks, his skill set and knack for making big throws makes him a sensational prospect.
Keith Price, Washington
Entering the season, Price was considering one of the top senior quarterbacks in the nation. A rough year, however, changed all of that. Still, he offers plenty of athleticism, a solid arm and the impressive pocket presence to warrant a late-round pick this upcoming May.
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