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Sunday, October 20, 2013



Quarterback Rankings


1. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater*


2. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota*


Mariota’s Fit With Oregon


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3. Clemson’s Tajh Boyd


WHW: The one word to describe Boyd is intriguing. Here’s why: pocket mobility, an ability to change his throwing platforms, and a willingness to test vertically with success. If he continues to progress at last year’s pace, Boyd can give offensive coordinators a chance to win the numbers advantage. He can play in an up-tempo offense and use his feet and arm slots to take advantage of free pass rushers or pressure in general. Many will point to his height as an issue, but the way in which Boyd changes levels tends to negate that disadvantage.


Extended Evaluation


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4. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel*


5. UCLA’s Brett Hundley*


6. LSU’s Zach Mettenberger


WHW: When considering his entire junior season, Mettenberger is a rhythm passer, and a fairly good one. His timing and placement when driving off his back foot can be impressive. The velocity is absolutely there to fit passes into tight coverages and he puts downfield throws on a rope. Mettenberger even flashes touch.

 

Extended Evaluation


7. Miami’s Stephen Morris


WHW: Pocket movement and taking advantage of defensive mistakes. Morris gives his offense second and third opportunities, thanks to his awareness and mobility in the pocket to avoid the pass rush and buy receivers time to separate. The quarterback loves challenging coverages deep and is very effective, so projections to a vertical offense are understandable.


Extended Evaluation


8. Stanford’s Kevin Hogan*


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9. Cornell’s Jeff Mathews


WHW: Mathews has the arm, namely velocity, to compensate for other deficiencies. His placement isn’t perfect, but the Cornell senior attacks windows and gaps in coverage in the intermediate and downfield sections of the field. He made some real wow throws in every game I watched.


Extended Evaluation


10. Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo


11. UCF’s Blake Bortles*


12. Fresno State's Derek Carr

 

Extended Evaluation


13. Georgia’s Aaron Murray


WHW: Murray gets on a roll when first reads are open. That doesn't necessarily limit him to underneath throws since Murray has enough velocity to take advantage of matchups on breaking routes or downfield throws. An offensive coordinator knows what he is getting from Murray in a clean pocket.


Extended Evaluation


14. Alabama’s A.J. McCarron


WHW: What you see is what you get. McCarron would carry out the orders of his play caller, targeting the necessary first read with touch and precision. He can hit a second read or checkdown thanks to pocket movement, but is limited once moved off his plant foot. Experience from center and in the gun helps.


Extended Evaluation

 

15. Wyoming’s Brett Smith*


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16. San Jose State’s David Fales


WHW: Fales is a cerebral pocket mover, showing very little attention to bodies moving around him. He can be effective in tight spaces before taking a hit and has the footwork to bounce off of his back foot and create operational space if needed. Placement, touch, timing, and anticipation are all above average qualities. Those four skills can compensate for other deficiencies.


Extended Evaluation


17. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller*


18. UNC’s Bryn Renner


WHW: Renner can handle movement, in terms of defensive action, and react accordingly. This is something that many college passers struggle with. Add on his willingness to give his receiver a chance to win at the catch point when draped in single coverage, and Renner will intrigue offensive coaches.


Extended Evaluation


19. Michigan’s Devin Gardner*


20. Ohio State’s Kenny Guiton


21. Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas


Extended Evaluation


22. Nevada’s Cody Fajardo*


23. Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton



Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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