I recently ranked my top five quarterbacks in college football for ESPN The Magazine's QB issue, and will provide my top 10 here as we enter the homestretch of the 2013 season. (For comparison, you can see my midseason QB rankings here.)
For those of you who are new to these rankings, 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 so far this season.
Here you have it: my latest ranking of the top 10 quarterbacks in the country.
College production: 9.5
NFL skills: 10
Previous rank: 1
The power and velocity generated by Bridgewater's flawless mechanics should be teaching tape for any aspiring passer. Any throw from any position on the field, inside or outside of the pocket, is available to him with a whip of his arm and flick of his wrist.