QBs will be hotlinked to individual analysis as it is written up. Latest overall class notes are below the rankings.
- Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
- Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
- Blake Bortles, UCF
- Derek Carr, Fresno State
- Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
- Aaron Murray, Georgia
- Zach Mettenberger, LSU
- A.J. McCarron, Alabama
- Brett Smith, Wyoming
- Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
- Tajh Boyd, Clemson
- David Fales, San Jose State
- Keith Wenning, Ball State
- Stephen Morris, Miami
- Jeff Mathews, Cornell
- Connor Shaw, South Carolina
- Tom Savage, Pitt
- Garrett Gilbert, Southern Methodist
- Chase Rettig, Boston College
- Casey Pachall, TCU
2/10: This is a top heavy quarterbacks class—for me it’s Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles, then everyone else. Even Bortles is a guy who could go either way, but you see enough to like for him to be in the neighborhood of the top two. Everyone else strikes me as developmental. That’s not a bad thing, but it does say to me that as of right now, pre-combine, if you haven’t lucked into one of the top three, you can wait.
3/7: After the combine, a lot of people see some movement, but I don’t budge the top end, and it’s hard to move the needle on the bottom end of this class. Bridgewater not doing anything was a mistake, though as much as a “taster’s choice” as this class is, the damage might not be great. Teams who like him will still like him, those who don’t won’t change their opinion. Some on the fence might really be concerned by his “competitiveness” but as with everything, don’t believe all you read. I feel as though Bortles is the pick for Houston (assuming they go QB) as everything Bill O’Brien said in Indy and everything Bortles said seemed to fit well together. I’ve heard Jacksonville is looking at Bridgewater or DE Jadeveon Clowney with their first pick if possible and if both are gone, will look to trade out.
4/2/: The hits just keep on coming for Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. In discussing Mike Mayock’s latest rankings On Twitter, several of us began to realize that (more than likely) Mayock is probably projecting more what he’s hearing than what he thinks. It’s the only reasonable assumption to have, I think, when Bridgewater hasn’t thrown a meaningful pass since bowl games. Even then, we don’t know what he’s hearing because, as is very common, we have no explanation for the rankings. Let’s be honest though, I’m not exactly explaining what I do in detail here either.
For what it’s worth, I rank based on what I see. I don’t put in “rumors” or “inside info” because I am projecting who I think is best in the class, not necessarily the order I think they will go it.
That’s why my rankings rarely change once I finish “tape” and why, barring some disaster, Bridgewater will still be on the top of the list here.
PS – I will be adding more QB breakdowns this week. They will probably vary from the format I used for the top five and follow the format I used for the CheeseheadTV.com draft guide.
5/7 I finally pulled the trigger on something which is long overdue and moved Aaron Murray up – been looking at his games over and over and feeling he was too low. And while I don’t want to move people around based on rumors, in this case this is all about the game analysis.