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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Quarterbacks

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater should be considered the star prospect in this year’s quarterback class. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With a plethora of differing evaluations on the top quarterback prospects, there could be as many as four or as few as zero quarterbacks selected among the top 10 picks of the 2014 NFL draft.

Teddy Bridgewater ranks as the No. 1 quarterback and prospect in this year’s draft class, and the second-best quarterback draft prospect (behind Andrew Luck) since 2001. He is NFL-ready and has the intelligence and skill set needed to be a franchise signal-caller. A team needing a quarterback should not pass on his talent, which is why I feel the Houston Texans should select him with the first pick in this year’s draft.


2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 2 (Wide Receivers, Quarterbacks and Running Backs)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins solidified his high draft stock with his workout Sunday. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The wide receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks took center stage on Day 2 of the on-field portion of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday, with the receivers’ light shining the brightest of the trio of positions.

In one of the deepest wide receiver classes in recent memory, several top prospects solidified their draft status, second-tier players made a push up the board, and some late-round guys had excellent on-field showings.


2014 Senior Bowl: Saturday Standouts and Disappointments

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

While Logan Thomas and the other quarterbacks struggled in Saturday’s Senior Bowl, Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford teed off on the North squad. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though the 2014 NFL Draft is still more than three months away, Saturday’s Senior Bowl was the last opportunity to watch any top prospects take the field in a fully-padded, 60-minute football game.

The game itself was only one part of the evaluation process that took place this week in Mobile, Ala., and the Senior Bowl itself is just a small part of each participating player’s evaluation. Still, the game gave each prospect playing in it a chance to stand out.

A strong performance Saturday meant little to any prospect who didn’t show the same ability in actual college football games and in Senior Bowl practices earlier this week. A few players, however, further proved their ability from strong collegiate careers and standout practices by making big plays on gameday.


Joe Marino’s Senior Quarterback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Derek Carr ranks as the best quarterback in the 2013 senior class. (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The quarterback crop for the 2014 NFL draft will be greatly influenced by the potential early declarations of Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Brett Hundley (UCLA) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M). Among the senior quarterbacks, however, there are two who stand out from the pack: Fresno State’s Derek Carr and San Jose State’s David Fales.

I grade both Carr and Fales as first-round draft selections. The rest of the group combines a mixture of solid physical ability, good makeup and intangibles, but none of them put it all together. (Then again, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers weren’t the total package when they were drafted either)

Overall, this year’s quarterback class is much deeper than that of the 2013 NFL draft, which had just three quarterbacks selected in the first three rounds and 11 total quarterbacks selected.

From now until the week before the Senior Bowl, I will be releasing a set of rankings for one position group each week, breaking down the top 2014 NFL draft prospects at each position. These rankings will include seniors only.

This week, we start with the draft class’ top-10 senior quarterbacks.


BBD Week in Review: 5/20-5/26

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Scott Chandler is the leader in the clubhouse to start atop the Buffalo Bills’ tight end depth chart. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

This week’s look at the best content from Buffalo Bills Draft, the NFL Draft Sites Network and around the web looks forward to the 2013 Bills season and 2014 NFL Draft, but also looks back at some of the draft picks the Bills have made in recent years.

Looking Ahead: 2013 Bills Season

  • Which tight ends will earn roster spots and playing time for the Buffalo Bills this season? Staff writer Eric Samulski projects the team’s tight end depth chart.
  • First-round pick quarterback E.J. Manuel and veteran pass-rusher Mark Anderson are among the Buffalo Bills players with questions to answer this offseason, staff writer Joseph Curtis writes.

Looking Ahead: 2014 NFL Draft

  • UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr could be one of the 2014 NFL Draft’s top picks, but must improve many aspects of his game, staff writer Joe Marino says.
  • Staff writer Evan Sidery broke down Teddy Bridgewater’s top two challengers to be the top quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and San Jose State’s David Fales.
  • Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel McCullers has huge potential (and size) as a nose tackle. Joe Marino breaks down why the 2014 season will be pivotal in proving whether he is worth a first-round pick.

Looking Back

More on the Bills

  • Cian Fahey of Pre Snap Reads broke down the many various offensive packages that the Buffalo Bills could deploy to form a “chameleon” offense.
  • Mario Williams responded last week to published reports that detailed text messages in which he discussed suicidal thoughts and hydrocodone abuse. Read the transcript from his press conference at WGR.

Around the NFL Draft Sites Network

  • In his AFC East overview of the 2013 NFL Draft, NY Jets Draft staff writer Marc Sluis gave the Bills a B- grade for their draft.
  • Miami Dolphins Draft writer John Blair broke down TCU quarterback Casey Pachall and took an early look at the 2014 tight end draft class among other entries in his “Inside the War Room” piece this week.

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