Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Next year's top QB prospects
By Tom Carpenter
As we noted earlier today, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns are amongst the short list of teams that likely will be looking for a franchise QB next offseason and likely will be in position to select one early in next year's draft. Teams like the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers may also be in the market for an answer at QB, depending on how things play out with their current options.
This year's class of quarterback prospects was rather underwhelming, but next year's class appears to have some higher-end options. In his first Big Board for 2014's NFL draft, ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. named three quarterbacks amongst his top 25 players. That includes Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel at No. 25, Clemson's Tajh Boyd at No. 21 and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater at No. 2:
Mel Kiper Jr.First 2014 NFL draft Big Board
"He's not a finished product, but that's what should excite evaluators about Bridgewater. Bridgewater never looks overwhelmed, and comfortably works his eyes across the field. When he sees a target -- or more likely, a receiver who will come open -- he has a quick release, plenty of arm strength and good ball placement. He has a chance to have a huge year."