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Draft preview: Quarterbacks

Posted Apr 28, 2014

MIKE MAYOCK’S TOP QUARTERBACKS

Johnny Manziel
5-11, 207, Texas A&M

Produced a stellar sophomore season after winning the Heisman Trophy as the Aggies’ record-setting, dual-threat freshman ... Many believe he’ll be the first quarterback drafted. ... Career totals include 7,820 passing yards, 63 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. ... Ran for 2,169 yards and 30 touchdowns. ... Dynamic passer with rare improvisational skills and ability to extend plays.

Blake Bortles
6-5, 232, Central Florida

Likely battling with Manziel to be the first quarterback taken after two outstanding seasons leading the Golden Knights as full-time starter. ... Recorded 6,640 passing yards, 50 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in those two seasons. ... Rushed for 561 career yards and 15 touchdowns. ... Boasts ideal combination of size and athleticism.

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Teddy Bridgewater
6-2, 214, Louisville

Three-year starter emerged as dominant pocket passer. ... Expected to be a first-round pick and despite pre-draft criticism, some consider him the best quarterback available. ... Recorded 9,817 passing yards, 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions (tossed just four interceptions as a junior in 2013). … Rushed for 170 yards and six touchdowns. ... Impressed scouts by taking total command of offense.

Derek Carr
6-2, 214, Fresno State

Three-year starter capped college career with remarkable senior season, leading the nation with 5,043 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes while throwing just eight interceptions. ... Finished career with 12,842 passing yards and 113 touchdowns. ... Projected to be a first-round pick. ... Brother of former No.1 overall pick David Carr.

AJ McCarron
6-3, 220, Alabama

Three-year starter who led Crimson Tide to consecutive BCS national championships. ... Finished career with a 36-4 record as a starter. … Recorded 9,019 career passing yards, 77 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. ... Finished second in Heisman Trophy voting in 2013.

Jimmy Garoppolo
6-2, 226, Eastern Illinois

Was named top player in the FCS as a senior. ... Four-year starter finished career with 13,156 passing yards, 118 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. ... Overlooked coming out of high school by major college programs but has NFL scouts excited about his passing mechanics and production.

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Connor Shaw
6-0, 206, South Carolina

Three-year starter became winningest quarterback in school history. ... Finished career with 6,074 passing yards, 56 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. ... Possesses playmaking ability with his legs and recorded 1,683 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. ... Projected to be a late-round pick or undrafted free agent.

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Logan Thomas
6-6, 248, Virginia Tech

Finished first among quarterbacks at the combine in 40-yard dash (4.61), vertical leap (35.5) and broad jump (9’10”). ... Expected to be a late-round selection.