It’s that time of year again. As the NFL season comes to a close in less than two weeks, it’s time to start looking ahead to the long offseason that lies ahead. Players get a chance to rest up and prepare for next season while general managers work endlessly to try to bring in new players and improve their respective teams. The best way GMs know how to bring in talent is through the NFL Draft, and 2014’s Draft is sure to bring a ton of new talent into the NFL. While the 2013 NFL Draft was known mainly for its lack of great talent at the quarterback position, the 2014 Draft has plenty of talent at the most important position on the field. Quarterback-needy teams will most likely look to the draft to try to snag their franchise QBs, and with the amount of talent this draft will bring at the position, there’s a decent chance that at least a couple teams will come away with their next signal-caller. With that said, because of the exceptional talent at the position in this year’s draft, it raises a question every team, analyst and fan will be asking: Who is truly the best quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft? The answer is a simple one as it has been increasingly obvious over the past few months that Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is the absolute best quarterback prospect in the 2014 draft.
Bridgewater brings a mix of leadership, accuracy and polish that often isn’t seen in such young prospects. Bridgewater, who has declared for the draft after a solid junior season in which he tossed 31 touchdowns, might not be the biggest or the most athletic guy to enter the draft, however, what sets Bridgewater apart is how he has the ability to raise his teammates’ level of play. Bridgewater didn’t play with world beating talent at Louisville, but he still managed to lead the team through some solid seasons, including a 12-1 record last season.
Sure, Bridgewater isn’t a perfect prospect. Then again, nobody is. What Bridgewater does bring to the table is some great arm talent, leadership and a will to improve. It’s this combination that puts Bridgewater atop the quarterback rankings in the 2014 NFL Draft and sets him up for success once he reaches the pros.