With the 2013 college football season in the books, it's time to unveil my final rankings of the nation's top 10 quarterbacks. We've certainly had a lot of movement in the ranks from the preseason to the most recent edition, and that trend continues with the end-of-season top 10.
As a reminder, I evaluate QBs in two categories: production on the collegiate level and NFL-caliber skills. For each category, I rate the passers on a 1 to 10 scale. It is not intended to be a straight NFL projection, but it does place added value on the ability of a QB to threaten and stretch college defenses with the skills required of pro passers, while also factoring in what a QB has accomplished this season.
There will be a lot of quarterback talent leaving the college ranks this season, but with the return of Heisman winner and national champion Jameis Winston, rising stars Marcus Mariota, Braxton Miller and Brett Hundley, potential stat monsters Bryce Petty, Chuckie Keeton, Rakeem Cato and Sean Mannion, and Michigan State's up-and-comer Connor Cook (plus the new stars that will emerge, as they do every year), the position figures to again be in good standing in 2014.
But for now, here are my final rankings of the top 10 quarterbacks in the country for the 2013 season:
College production: 9.5
NFL skills: 10
Previous rank: 1
Bridgewater capped his career at Louisville with a level of flair, style and emotion that he rarely exhibited in his three years under center with the Cardinals. Maybe it was playing against his hometown Miami team in the Russell Athletic Bowl, or maybe it was knowing the game would be his final collegiate act, but 447 yards and four touchdowns later, Bridgewater put an emphatic stamp on a brilliant college year.