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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.

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Small-School Sleeper Prospects to Watch in 2014 NFL Draft

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders may not be the next Barry Sanders, but he has drawn a comparison to the NFL legend. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

While Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools account for most selections and nearly all the top picks in each year’s NFL draft, small schools should not be overlooked.

Non-FBS schools have averaged 24.6 selections during the past five drafts, with nearly 70 percent of those selections coming from from the Football Championship Subdivision (previously known as Division I-AA).

While non-FBS schools have not had a first-round pick since the Arizona Cardinals selected Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with the No. 16 overall pick in 2008, there has been at least one small-school prospect has been selected in the second round of the draft each year since 2005.

Almost all small-school prospects face the scrutiny of the level of competition that they played against, but every year small school athletes emerge and contribute in the NFL.

In this article, we’ll explore some small school prospects to watch leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

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