Top 5 Quarterbacks In 2014 NFL Draft
Ranking the 2014 NFL Draft's Top 5 Quarterbacks
In the NFL, the quarterback is by far the most important position on the field. These players must be able to throw the ball 50 yards in the air while staring down a 300-pound lineman coming straight for them. Needless to say, quarterbacks are under a tremendous amount of pressure at all times.
A good quarterback needs to be able to lead his team when it counts the most. These players need to be able to keep cool even in the toughest of situations as they are undoubtedly the leaders of their teams. Playing quarterback isn't for the faint of heart, and that's why only very few players are successful playing the position.
The 2014 NFL Draft has plenty of players capable of playing quarterback in the NFL. As a matter of fact, this year's draft class could have as many as five quarterbacks emerge as NFL starters. And in a year in which there are sure to be quite a few teams in search of an answer at quarterback, these players are looking at bright NFL futures.
The quarterback is the most important position on the field, and this year's draft class reflects just that. The players in this year's draft have promising futures, and you can bet that the five players on this list are going to become hot commodities as the NFL draft draws closer. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, here is a ranking of the top five quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft class.
5. David Fales
Going into last season, many were hyping David Fales as a player that could surprise a lot of people and even make a jump into the the early rounds of the NFL draft. And while Fales had a solid season, he was very clearly feeling the pressure in some games as he regressed in most major statistical categories last season. Once he reaches the NFL, Fales is most likely going to be best suited for a west coast offense that doesn't make him make many tough throws and minimizes his mistakes.
4. Blake Bortles
Personally, I'm not big on Blake Bortles. While some think he's a franchise quarterback at the next level, I believe Bortles is more of a Jay Cutler-type: solid, but just not quite good enough to put the team on his back. I think Bortles will be good, but those who expect him to be great are going to be disappointed.
3. Derek Carr
Make no mistake, Derek Carr is better than his brother, former no. 1 overall pick David Carr. The younger of the Carr brothers, Derek has an absolute cannon of an arm, and he is going to enter the NFL possessing one of the league's true rocket arms. His decision-making no doubt needs work, so too does his footwork and technique, but once he gets everything straightened out, Carr is going to be a great young quarterback.
2. Teddy Bridgewater
Although the Teddy Bridgewater hype train has fallen off a bit since the season ended, make no mistake: Bridgewater is still a fantastic prospect. Despite his small frame, Bridgewater's blend of accuracy, leadership and intangibles make him a very desirable prospect.
1. Johnny Manziel
A former Heisman trophy winner, Johnny Manziel is easily the best quarterback in this years NFL Draft. A natural born playmaker, Manziel has the ability to turn broken plays into golden ones. There are size concerns regarding Manziel, but from a talent standpoint and an overall standpoint, I believe Manziel is the best quarterback available in this year's draft class.