Top 5 quarterback prospects

Teddy Bridgewater leads a deeper group for 2014

Originally Published: May 15, 2013
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Teddy BridgewaterKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesTeddy Bridgewater is already an accomplished passer for Louisville.

The 2013 NFL draft class wasn't just a bad one for quarterbacks because of a lack of talent. There also was just a lack of need. That's not to say if Andrew Luck was in the class he wouldn't have gone No. 1 overall, but quarterbacks routinely move up when teams get desperate, and there simply wasn't a lot of desperation. The success of rookie quarterbacks coming out of the 2012 draft diminished need for a number of teams, others still have young quarterbacks on the roster and want to see things work out and a number of others were smart about finding quarterbacks via free agency and through trades.

The 2014 NFL draft could be different. I don't expect to see only a single quarterback taken in the first round again next season. The draft won't just feature a lot of talent at the position, but the experience level will be significant as well. Even among the 2013 juniors and draft-eligible sophomores, there's a ton of experience.

Here's an early look at the top five on my board as of now, as well as some others I expect to be in the conversation all season.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst