Pre-Draft 2014: Ranking the QBs

Hello and welcome,

This post will be focusing on how I view the QB rankings in the coming draft. I’ll be giving you my Top 5 Quarterbacks, as well as give be giving you two guys I’d love Phil Emery to draft as a Back-Up for Jay Cutler in Chicago – our Quarterback-guru, Trestman, needs to prove his talent at working with young talent.

I’m Jeffrey Rex’ Top 5 Quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft:

  1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: Now, at first I disliked his potentially bust-like hubris, but as I’ve seen him play a bit more, and having now watched the near-perfect Pro Day, I feel like he might be as good as he says he is – the best, at least in this QB draft class.
  2. Blake Bortles, Central Florida: This guy is really interesting to me. After having been far off my radar for months, he finally appeared – and I’m convinced; this guy can be really really good. Brandon Marshall of the Bears call him a 1st Overall Pick, and I’m not so sure that’s the case, but he’s not far off anymore. He seems calm and collected, I love that.
  3. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: If someone rises on my board, then someone drops. Teddy is not a bad QB at all, he’s a strong option. Every team needing a QB would love this guy, but I don’t see him worthy of a Top 10 pick anymore.
  4. Derek Carr, Fresno St.: Don’t let the surname scare you. This guy is solid. His 2013 numbers are insane, and I view him as a Top 40 pick in this draft.
  5. A.J. McCarron, Alabama: A 2nd Round QB if you ask me, but that’s not bad. This is a leader, and he knows how it feels to win. He could be a great option for a lot of offenses. If the Raiders want to have a QB battle in the Pre-Season, then draft a guy like him in the 2nd Round.

This year is loaded with a lot of Quarterback and Wide Receiving talent, and to draft a QB in the 3rd or 4thround would be great for teams looking to work with young gifted players. If I were Phil Emery, I’d be looking at San Jose State’s David Fales and Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo as two players that could work well with Chicago Bears Head Coach and Quarterback Guru, Marc Trestman. The former, Fales, could be really interesting as a West Coast building block, and could potentially be a more gifted Josh McCown for Trestman to toy with. As for Garoppolo, for a Quarterback with ideal size, being from Illinois and having beaten passing records set by Tony Romo – this is someone you cannot overlook. I’d be looking for these two to fall to later rounds, and if that’d be the case – I’d grab one of them, and see what they can do as a back-up for Cutler. First though, they’d have to beat out Jordan Palmer.

I’ll be back with some notes on movies I’d like to watch this year, and later I’ll be revealing my Mock Draft!

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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