2014 NFL Draft: Quarterback Prospects You Should Know

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In this series of articles, I will be picking one position group each week from which I will be choosing four players to evaluate.  There will be three that you’ve probably heard of, and one that you probably haven’t. Please enjoy and I look forward to reading your comments.

Sept 22 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes the ball against the Florida International Golden Panthers in the first quarter at FIU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

When I first started brainstorming on this series of articles, I thought I would start with the defense and work from the inside out, but after further contemplation, I decided that I’m going to start with the most exciting position group. This draft class could very well be just as talented as the draft class of 2012, which included Andrew Luck and RGIII. My sleeper for this position group is especially exciting and I think, if my instincts are correct, you will all know his name by the end of the year. Let’s start with the most obvious choices.

 Teddy Bridgewater – 6’3 – 218lbs – Louisville

 When Teddy Bridgewater first arrived on Louisville’s campus is January, 2011, he only weighed 179lbs. Louisville immediately put him on a weight gain plan and he has since reaped the benefits. Bulked up nearly 40lbs, Teddy explained how he felt, per Andrea Adelson of ESPN in 2012:

“I feel great. A lot of weight is in my arms and legs, so it helps me as far as throwing the ball and being more explosive. With the way I’ve been throwing the ball, I know I’ve built up my muscle endurance.”

Last year Bridgewater led Louisville to an 11-2 season, including a win in The Sugar Bowl over Florida. He completed 68.5 percent of his passes and threw 27 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. From all accounts he appears to be a stand up kid with all the physical talents you could want in a franchise QB. This year will be extremely important for Bridgewater and he has somewhat of a target on his back. We’ll see how he handles it. After five games last year, Geno Smith looked pretty incredible and we all see how that’s shaping up now. We’ll give him the season and check back on him later, but as of right now, he’s the frontrunner for first QB taken in 2014.

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Topics: A.j. Mccarron, Johnny Manziel, Stephen Morris, Teddy Bridgewater

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  • Jason Collins

    Please, Geno didn’t look that impressive in college. Mentioning Bridgewater and Smith in the same sentence is a travesty. Watch 15 minutes of Bridgewater film and you see a guy who could be drafted #1. The only ppl who thought Geno was any good, worked for arrowhead addict

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Geno had over 70% completion for 4,205 yards, 8.1 yards per completion, 42 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions. Plus he had more touchdowns than incompletions in a few early games. That’s impressive. It just is. We’ve only seen Bridgewater play once this year and he’s playing against all unranked teams all year. Just give it time is all I’m saying.

      • Jason Collins

        Those numbers are put up by 5 players every year. If i recall Bridgewater played 13 games last year, it’s not just one game. His footwork, release, decisions and accuracy are amazing. Tebow threw for almost 70% and 3000 yrds. The only one who thought he was a good QB was Rex and McDaniel. College numbers mean absolutely nothing anymore

        • Jeff Grasser Jr

          That’s why I said that he’s only played once THIS year. I’m not standing here saying that Geno is good, I’m saying, don’t jump the gun on Bridgewater just because of his college numbers. We’re arguing the same point.

          • Jason Collins

            I thought your response was defending the idea of drafting Geno. I read 20 blogs on AA that believed the chiefs should draft him #1. It made me cry

          • Jeff Grasser Jr

            Hehe nah, just saying don’t judge a guy based on college numbers alone.

    • jimfromkcj

      Jason, There were a lot of Chief’s fans who thought that Geno was great, and they were probably wrong. A lot of them thought Cassel was great too, and boy, were they wrong. So what makes you think that you are a guru? Did it ever enter your mind that you may be just as wrong as they were? There are still a lot of fans who are still clinging to their belief that the Chiefs are loaded with talent, they have some nice players, but they are not loaded with talent and the professionals that were hired have turned this roster upside down looking for that talent. Until it is proven on the field this is still a 2 and 14 team, with a serious lack of talent at a lot of positions.

  • Jason Collins

    Can we get a blog about how the Chiefs need to court A. Wienfield out of retirement?

  • ArrowFan

    Manzeil is going to implode this year. But it will be good for his ego. He is not an NFL QB yet anyway.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Manziel seems to be thriving so far. At least on the field. Take away the taunting penalty and he destroyed Rice. Granted, it was only Rice but he may be the type of guy who plays better under pressure.

      • Justin R Groth

        I just don’t know, if he cant make mature decisions he cant help the team.

        • Jeff Grasser Jr

          It’ll be a long road for him but I think (and I may be wrong, wouldn’t be the first time) that talent will prevail for him.

          • Justin R Groth

            I hope so because the world has a lot more people in it that waist their talents because of immature decisions.

  • Danny W

    Ted Bridge will be a first rounder. The rest won’t get drafted until well after the third.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      You may be right but it wouldn’t surprise me if at least two quarterbacks are taken in the 1st and another in the 2nd. We’ll just have to see how the college season plays out. A lot of people are high on Tajh Boyd and Derek Carr. Just depends on how they all play. If Tajh Boyd keeps up this pace, he may even go before Bridgewater. Plays against tougher competition and I don’t think anyone saw E.J. Manuel being the first pick off the board last year. Surprises happen. That’s why I love the draft.

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