A "league source" told the Florida-Times Union that UCF's Blake Bortles will be the first quarterback off the board "to somebody in the first five or six picks."
"But based on a lot of things that could play out, you might see [Teddy] Bridgewater fall into the late part of the first round," the source said, which echoes prevailing sentiment around the league. This year's class features a smattering of can't-miss elite prospects, but none of them are QBs. "There’s the theory going around of, ‘Let’s build up our roster with as many talented players as we can and then we can insert the quarterback,’" NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "Teams have brought in or re-signed a veteran that is functional and that will allow them not to force it in the draft." The Texans (Ryan Fitzpatrick), Browns (Brian Hoyer), Raiders (Matt Schaub), Jaguars (Chad Henne) and Vikings (Matt Cassel) could all get through another year with what they have, even if it's not ideal. And the public overlooks something that the NFL obviously does not: Next year's draft will feature Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty.