Top 5 QB’s in the 2015 #NFL Draft

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1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

He is very accurate in the spread system, can throw while on the run pretty accurately, and has a great knack for feeling holes in zone defenses. But, my major concern is his deep throw and accuracy. Still, he is very clutch and determined, and will not turn over the ball in his offensive system (he has a career TD-to-INT ratio of 103-to-13!). He should be the top pick in the NFL draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under coach Lovie Smith.

2. Jameis Winston, Florida State

Famous Jameis, Crab Legs Jameis, Publix, all that controversy is off the field. But, he has a live NFL arm, can fit passes in seams, throws the receiver open. Yet, he had turnover problems all year with an inexperienced receiving corps (aside from Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary) and a bad offensive line. His crucial-yet-crazy fumble against Oregon in the national playoff semifinal game at the Rose Bowl was just bad luck, but he has thrown 18 picks this year to 25 touchdowns. Last season, when Florida State won the title with NFLers like Kelvin Benjamin, Jameis threw 40 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions! Crazy how NFL talent helps out.

He will be the second quarterback taken off the board in the draft, possibly in the top 10 since NFL teams need quarterbacks. He could go to the Redskins at number 5 overall, or even to the Titans at number 2.

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA

He was the next great quarterback off to the NFL, but he failed to impress. Happy feet (i.e. bad footwork) due to a bad offensive line, not trusting receivers to get open, taking unnecessary sacks…you name it, Hundley probably did it this year. But, he has a decent arm, good size (6-3, 227 pounds) and he really got better late in the season.

But, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks pointed out he finished the season strong.

Since a disappointing performance against Utah, the Bruins’ star quarterback has been arguably the best player in college football. He has completed 71.6 percent of his passes (151 of 211 attempts) for 1,563 yards with a 11:3 touchdown to interception ratio during the team’s last six games. Hundley has rushed for 444 yards and six touchdowns during that span while guiding the Bruins to a 5-1 mark.

Yet, there are scouts who say Hundley will be a “bust“:

“He’s going to be a bust,” the scout said. “He’s one of those guys who seems to lock in right away. His shortcoming is accuracy.”

I think he goes in the first round as a project, like a Johnny Manziel-waiting-in-the-wings type player (but without the drama).

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4. Bryce Petty, Baylor

The pass-happy offense at Baylor definitely inflated his stats, but he could be a good backup in the NFL. I personally don’t see him as a NFL starter, unless he can be taught pocket presence and how to avoid the pass rush better. He is accurate in the Baylor’s coach Art Briles’ offensive system, but he is not very mobile. But, don’t count out Petty’s smarts and IQ since he didn’t have pure athleticism to rely on (unlike Robert Griffin III). Briles even called him this year’s Blake Bortles (the UCF QB who was Jacksonville’s top pick last year).

But, CBS Sports had the following to say about Petty’s downfield throws:

Petty tests a lot of vertical throws with a lot of bucket tosses, but he doesn’t throw for a high percentage downfield and often throws up passes that can be best categorized as 50-50 balls.

5. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

With Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott officially out of the picture, returning to school for another year, Grayson shot up the draft boards. He had a great season under the tutelage of former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain (who left for Florida at season’s end) and put up great stats. He put up 32 touchdowns to 6 interceptions for the Mountain West’s surprising 2014 team in the Rams before their bowl game.

Early in the season, NFL.com reported that scouts were getting higher on Grayson:

Grayson is a good decision-maker and has really emerged now that Derek Carr and David Fales have left the conference…

Still, Grayson didn’t perform well in their bowl game against the Utah Utes, going 20-for-34 for 227 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception. He was pressured all day, forced to rush passes and to scramble even when Utah did not blitz often. Reports indicate that he’ll go between the 3rd and 4th rounds and could be a steal.

If you want to see a good list of potential QB’s in the 2015 draft, check out CBS’s rankings HERE.

Hat tip: Bucky Brooks’ piece on NFL.com and Matt Miller’s on Bleacher Report.

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About Spencer Irvine

Fun loving, D.C. area sports fan, which means I'm frustrated and still can't get a grip on what a win truly means (or a championship for that matter).

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