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5 Best QB Fits For St. Louis Rams In 2015 Draft

5 Best QB Fits For St. Louis Rams In 2015 Draft

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The injury to Sam Bradford has placed the Rams in a precarious situation. With Shaun Hill slated to start Week 1, the Rams can begin preparing for the 2015 NFL Draft. Current offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has not coached a team with a 60 percent completion percentage since Brett Favre led the New York Jets in 2008. That needs to change if the Rams are going to make the playoffs. Here are the five best fits for St. Louis.

5. Marcus Mariota (Oregon)

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5. Marcus Mariota (Oregon)

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If St. Louis ends up with an early pick in the draft, Marcus Mariota will be a tempting selection. While Jeff Fisher has experience coaching dual-threats, the current system in St. Louis relies on quick, accurate throws from the pocket. Mariota saw his accuracy decline in 2013 and he tends to leave the pocket rather than find a secondary receiver. He may not be the best system fit, but I did have St. Louis selecting Mariota in my mock draft.

4. Brett Hundley (UCLA)

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4. Brett Hundley (UCLA)

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Brett Hundley gets the slight edge of Mariota due to his powerful arm and frame. Hundley has the arm strength to make any throw. He's also a well-built QB with a sturdy frame. With Bradford being injury prone, this is a big plus for the Rams. Hundley's downside is the same as Mariota's. He tends to pull the ball down and run rather than finding the open man. Hundley and Mariota may be the best college quarterbacks, but they aren't the best fits.

3. Sean Mannion (Oregon State)

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3. Sean Mannion (Oregon State)

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Another QB with a stron arm is Sean Mannion. Mannion is similar to Erik Ainge, who was drafted by the Jets in 2008 when Schottenheimer was coaching. The biggest difference is Mannion is better mechanically. He has a smooth throwing motion and reads the field as well as any college QB. The concern is his health -- not with any current injury, but potential injuries in the future due to all the hits he takes from holding the ball too long.

2. Bryce Petty (Baylor)

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2. Bryce Petty (Baylor)

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If the Rams decide against a QB in Round 1, Bryce Petty is the best alternative. He's likely a second or third round pick and has plenty of strengths. Petty has a very quick release and puts zip on all of his passes. His timing may be the best in college football. He doesn't run as much as Hundley or Mariota, but he's a great athlete who is difficult to tackle. Adjusting to a pro-style offense is the biggest question mark surrounding Petty.

1. Jameis Winston (Florida State)

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1. Jameis Winston (Florida State)

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Jameis Winston has the skills needed to be a successful NFL QB. He's strong, athletic, accurate and has great vision. The only concern on the field is his long delivery. Players like Tavon Austin need the ball quickly in order to make plays after the catch. The long delivery allows defenders to jump routes and close on receivers. This spring, Winston appeared to have better ball positioning. If the Rams think this can be fixed, he's the best fit.

Shawn Spencer is an NFL Draft writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Spencer_NFL, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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