Comparing rising QBs Mariota, Hundley
October, 16, 2013
By Todd McShay | ESPN Insider
USA TODAY SportsBrett Hundley and Marcus Mariota are contenders to be the first QB taken in 2014.Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater entered the college football season as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in my rankings for the 2014 NFL draft, and he remains there through the first half of the season.
But there are a pair of redshirt sophomores who, if they continue to perform at the level they have in their fast starts to the season, could make the race to be the first QB taken in the draft very interesting: UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.
Neither is a lock to enter the draft early, and I think an additional year in college would be beneficial to their development (there is a strong correlation among QBs between NFL success and college experience). But if they do opt to come out early, the upside they have shown will make them very intriguing for NFL teams picking at the top of the draft.