1. Andrew Luck, Stanford- Andrew Luck has been the consensus number 1 pick ever since his decision to not declare for the 2011 draft. Luck is the full package and is basically Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning rolled up into one. He is simply a can’t miss prospect and is one of the biggest reasons for Peyton Manning’s potential release or trade from the Colts.
2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor- I don’t know if it was the Superman socks or winning the Heisman, but RG3 continues to solidify himself as a fan favorite. RG3 is basically a one-man team. His numbers speak for themselves as he put together one of the best seasons in college history. RG3 has established himself as a QB in the mold of Cam Newton. However, RG3 has superior accuracy. RG3 can take off and run at any moment and is just as deadly with his arm. Oh yeah, he’s also an Olympic caliber hurdler. With guys like Tebow and Newton showing signs of success, as well as more rules protecting QB’s, teams are starting to use the spread offense more, which Griffin III will be able to excel in.
3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M- Big sleeper here considering he is a converted wide receiver and has only played QB in college for two seasons. However, Tannehill has been coached by former Packers coach Mike Sherman and possess exceptional play making abilities. Tannehill has a super strong arm and has been learning the offense from a top offensive mind. He is still extremely raw, but is filled with potential due to his strong arm and running ability. He was a big riser, but a fractured foot will keep him out of the combine and possibly his pro-day. This opens the door for the QB’s ranked behind him to jump him.
4. Nick Foles, Arizona- He has the prototypical measurable of an NFL starting QB at 6’5, 240. His pick numbers went up because of the need to force passes to try and comeback from large deficits. Foles has a cannon of an arm and unfortunately for him, he wasn’t surrounded by much talent. He’ll need to wow during the combine and his Pro Day if he wants to jump Tannehill and become a potential first round pick.
5. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State- Cousins’ bowl game against Georgia completely changed my mind about him. He doesn’t possess that super star potential like the guys above him by any means, but Cousins has been a four-year starter and has the passion and clutch abilities that scouts love to see. He doesn’t jump off the charts at all in terms of his overall physical abilities, but he can definitely be an effective NFL QB. Think Matt Hasselbeck as a ceiling.
Guys on the outside looking in:
- Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State- He’ll be 29, which is why he’s down here, but he has a strong arm and solid accuracy. Great showing in the Fiesta Bowl will help his stock, but his age will still really hurt him. Chris Weinke 2.0, but better. Teams who miss out on an early QB prospect, will look to target Weeden
- BJ Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga- The former Tennessee recruit has made a name for himself at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Coleman has solid size for an NFL prospect at around 6’3, 240, and he possesses one of the strongest arms in the draft. In the Shrine game, Coleman was considered the top QB and has since seen his draft stock skyrocket. The combine will decide where his final spot will be when he’s around the rest of these QB’s, but he has potential to rise into the middle rounds.
- Brock Osweiler, Arizona State- With coach Dennis Erickson gone, Osweiler decided to go in the draft. He could have definitely stayed another year and been a potential top QB next year. Osweiler is 6’8 and has surprisingly great mobility for his size. Osweiler is essentially just a project because he has only 1 full season of starting under his belt. He’s got height, a strong arm, and speed; someone will fall in love with him and take a middle round shot at him.
- Case Keenum, Houston- Keenum set almost every passing record in his 6 years at Houston. Keenum is clearly a system QB, but throwing for 5,631 yards, 48 TDs, and just 5 INTs, is simply amazing. He’ll need a good senior bowl, combine, and pro-day to convince teams he’s legit and not the next Colt Brennan.
- Russell Wilson, Wisconsin- He’s passing up on baseball with the Rockies for the NFL, so clearly he feels that he has a chance to make it in the NFL. He is a playmaker who has a solid arm and great running ability. Unfortunately for Wilson, he is only 5’10, so at this point, he’ll become the next Troy Smith or Joe Webb and run special wildcat type plays.