Originally written on Universal Takeover Sports Network  |  Last updated 10/16/13
The elite eleven qualities I look for in a quarterback grading scale wise are; decision-making, intangibles, mechanics, arm strength, touch, release, mobility, vision, throwing under pressure, pocket presence and accuracy. These elite eleven qualities are what everyone should look for in a franchise quarterback at the next level. You could see a record numbers of quarterbacks drafted this year in all seven rounds, especially the first round. Believe the hype because it’s right around the corner, cherish these top-level qb’s that we get to see week in and week out because before you know it they’ll be gone. The development of quarterbacks happens to so fast and the underclassmen are the best I have even in my lifetime. Manziel and Hundley are only 20 years old and some scouts have Marcus Mariota as their No.1 guy even though he is currently 19 years of age. We are in the age of quarterbacks getting private coaching at the age of 10 and playing as true or redshirt freshman. Manziel broke the mold last season by being the first player to ever win a Heisman Trophy and Florida St “freaky freshman” Jameis Winston is looking to make it back to back in 2013. I have talked to a few scouts and coaches and they are telling me this could possibly be the best draft for quarterbacks of all time and i’d have to agree. The California high school coach I spoke to told me this “The 2013 class could be right up there with the 1983′, 2011′, and 2004′ class, you’ve got guys like Murray who would’ve been the first qb chosen last year in the draft ranked at 5 or 6 it’s insane. He told me that he sees Bridgewater, Murray, Hundley, Mettenberger and Manziel all as pro bowl guys in the near future, listing Murray as his best overall but Bridgewater with the most upside. My top guys are different from the norm but personally I look at a lot of different things, like what the guy can do for a franchise off the field, how he fits in a city and can he adapt to change in a system. I think those three things are underrated and sometimes even don’t even get talked about. You’ll see here in my top I have Teddy Bridgewater (Lousiville) he is the prototypical qb for this day and age. He is a franchise quarterback that can play right way, his balance and ability to make all the throws are what makes him No.1 but not by much. Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota aren’t too far behind. These Pac 12 super sophomores have tons of upside and are getting better every time the touch the football field. Typically sophomores do not come out into the draft and it’s frowned upon but times are changing, if you’re looking at quarterbacks take in to consideration that he is young but don’t but too much value in someones age negatively. I think guys like Mariota and Hundley have the upside and raw talent that can be molded into Hall Of Fame talent. Senior Tajh Boyd of Clemson and sophomore Johnny Football of (Texas A&M) round out my top five. What you see here is all five quarterbacks have superior athleticism, it’s the new age of spread offenses and read options. Boyd is the only Senior and it benefited him to stay. He needed more throws at the college level and to work on mechanics and timing. Boyd can throve at the next level even quicker now and college wise he can win the Heisman and the BCS National Title all in one year. Johnny is half way there he is a big game quarterback and has the 2nd highest QBR in the fourth quarter (McCarron is 1st). Scouts and “Manziel Haters” forget that this kid is only in his second year and has the highest upside of any quarterback that is draft eligible. Well here it is, the release of my top quarterbacks in the country, as I always say I’m here to spark the great debate and discussions so please be kind and share. - Donovan James (NFL Draft Analyst) Teddy Bridgewater QB 6’3 218 Louisville 95 JR (Top 5) 1 Brett Hundley QB 6’3½ 222 UCLA 94 SO* (Top 5) 2 Marcus Mariota QB 6’4 210 Oregon 93 SO* (Top 10) 3 Tajh Boyd QB 6’1¼ 223 Clemson 89 SR (Mid 1st) 4 Johnny Manziel QB 6’0 200 Texas A&M 89 SO* (Mid 1st) 5 AJ McCarron QB 6’4 212 Alabama 88 SR (Late 1st) 6 Derek Carr QB 6’3 220 Fresno St 85 SR (Early 2nd) 7 Stephen Morris QB 6’2½ 215 Miami (FL) 84 SR (Mid 2nd) 8 Jeff Mathews QB 6’4 224 Cornell 83 SR (Late 2nd) 9 David Fales QB 6’2 218 San Jose St 82 SR (3rd) 10 Aaron Murray QB 6’1 211 UGA 80 SR (Early 3rd) 11 Blake Bortles QB 6’4 225 UCF 80 JR (Early 3rd) 12 Kevin Hogan QB 6’4 230 Stanford 80 SO* (Mid 3rd) 13 Zach Mettenberger QB 6’5 238 LSU 79 SR (Mid 3rd) 14 Braxton Miller QB 6’1 220 Ohio St 76 JR (Late 3rd) 15 Sean Mannion QB 6’4 210 Oregon St 75 JR (Late 3rd) 16 Brett Smith QB 6’2 195 Wyoming 73 JR (4th) 17 Logan Thomas QB 6’6 258 Va Tech 70 SR (Mid 4th) 18 Cody Fajardo QB 6’2 208 Nevada 70 JR (Mid 4th) 19 Bryce Petty QB 6’3 231 Baylor 70 JR (Mid 4th) 20 Jimmy Garoppolo QB 6’2 222 Eastern Ill 69 SR (5th) 21 Devin Gardner QB 6’4 209 Michigan 65 JR (Mid 5th) 22 Chuckie Keeton QB 6’1 199 Utah St 64 JR (Late 5th) 23 Chase Rettig QB 6’3 210 Boston College 62 SR (6th) 24 Keith Price QB 6’1¼ 215 Washington 62 SR (Mid 6th) 25 Bryan Bennett QB 6’3 210 Southeastern La 61 JR (Late 6th) 26 Tom Savage QB 6’4 244 Pittsburgh 60 SR (7th) 27 Blake Bell QB 6’5 262 Oklahoma 59 JR (7th) 28 Bryn Renner QB 6’2½ 220 UNC 58 SR (7th) 29 Keith Wenning QB 6’2⅞ 221 Ball St 56 SR UDFA 30 Jordan Lynch QB 6’0 221 Northern Ill 52 SR UDFA 31 Cody Green QB 6’4 229 Tulsa 50 SR UDFA 32   For more follow me on twitter @donjamessports   The post Rank Em’: The Top QB’s for the 2014 NFL Draft appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.
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