QB shoppers in 2014 draft
Ranking NFL teams that will need a quarterback in next year's draft
Quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft didn't just plummet down the board because of a total lack of talent. Talk to evaluators and they'll tell you Matt Barkley didn't get any worse from last year -- when he carried a first-round grade and could have gone No. 4 overall -- to this April, when Eagles coach Chip Kelly threw him a lifeline in Round 4. No, The Great 2013 Draft Quarterback Drought also was caused by a lack of need.
1. Five rookie quarterbacks were their teams' primary starters in 2012, and all five are at the top of the depth charts to start Week 1 this fall. Even Brandon Weeden.2. Teams targeted any veteran QB with a pulse this offseason to either start, push a starter or push a rookie. Kansas City dealt for Alex Smith; Arizona dealt for Carson Palmer; Oakland dealt for Matt Flynn; Buffalo signed Kevin Kolb; Minnesota signed Matt Cassel; Tennessee signed Ryan Fitzpatrick; Cleveland signed Jason Campbell.
Yes, a lack of need arises when teams buffer themselves against even the idea of starting a rookie, but the bet here is low need won't hurt next year's class as much. Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel, Bo Wallace, Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron, Logan Thomas, Derek Carr, David Fales and others should make the 2014 class deeper.
So, which NFL teams are likely to be in the market? Here are 10 candidates:
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