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Top five Quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft

Quarterbacks (from left) Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr look on as they sit out workouts during the 2014 NF Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium
Quarterbacks (from left) Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr look on as they sit out workouts during the 2014 NF Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NFL draft is coming up in a little under a month and Pro Days are winding down. Coaches, scouts, and general managers will soon come to an agreement soon about which signal caller they will hand the keys to their franchise to. Here is a ranking of the top quarterback prospects based on who is most likely to succeed at the pro level.

Quarterbacks (from left) Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr look on as they sit out workouts during the 2014 NF Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium
Quarterbacks (from left) Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr look on as they sit out workouts during the 2014 NF Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Quarterbacks (from left) Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr look on as they sit out workouts during the 2014 NF Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium

The NFL draft is coming up in a little under a month and Pro Days are winding down. Coaches, scouts, and general managers will soon come to an agreement soon about which signal caller they will hand the keys to their franchise to. Here is a ranking of the top quarterback prospects based on who is most likely to succeed at the pro level.

Blake Bortles
Blake Bortles (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles has a unique skill set that propels him to the top of this list and very high on many draft boards. Bortles excelled in a spread based system at UCF and at 6' 5" and about 230 pounds, he has the size that many NFL scouts covet at the quarterback position. His game tape highlights his strong arm and accuracy on a variety of throws and hints that he may deceptive mobility. Because of his size, mobility, and toughness, it would be hard for him to slip past number four when the Cleveland Browns make their selection.

Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Teddy Bridgewater

Even though many scouts walked away from his Pro Day disappointed, there is a wealth of game film that suggests Teddy Bridgewater can be a solid starter in the NFL. At Louisville, he played well within the confines of a pro style offense and his tape shows great pocket presence and accuracy on short and intermediate throws. Bridgewater's game tape also shows an underrated ability to elude defenders and buy time to make a big throw. The downside to his game is that he struggles completing passes outside of 20 yards and many scouts are worried about his big play potential as well as his overall ceiling as a player. A run-first offense would love to have Bridgewater's services and while there are questions about his upside, his short comings are the least harmful of quarterback prospects in this draft. Gus Bradley and the Jacksonville Jaguars would be an ideal fit for Bridgewater.

Johnny Manziel
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Johnny Manziel

Because his game film can often show just as much bad as good, Manziel is easily one of the most polarizing prospects in this year's draft. His best assets are his elusiveness, ability to create big plays, quick release, and his deep throw accuracy which is considered to be the best in this year's draft class. Manziel's flaws are that he often holds the ball too long, takes unnecessary hits, and often displays poor throwing mechanics. Manziel is projected to be selected somewhere within the top ten picks and the team that selects him must be willing to use a spread style offense to make his transition easier.

Derek Carr
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Derek Carr

Derek Carr is the most intriguing prospect to many people because there is a strong chance that he may be selected in the first round. If his brother, David panned out with the Texans then I believe many people would be far more optimistic about him. Carr displays a smooth follow through on his throws and put up outstanding numbers in a pass heavy offense at Fresno State. His feel for how much touch to put into intermediate throws and overall accuracy is what jumps out at me from his tape. He's about 6'3" and ran an official 40 time that rivaled Johnny Manziel's. Carr is certainly a pocket passer, but his mobility boosts his stock at the pro level. If Bortles and Manziel are off the board when the Minnesota Vikings pick at number eight, they may trade down or take him there. Carr would have as much or more upside as anyone available and that is important when competing in a division where a team plays against Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, and Matthew Stafford twice a year.

A.J. McCarron
A.J. McCarron (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A.J. McCarron

A.J. McCarron has played on the biggest stages among any of the players in this draft class and excelled. McCarron is a step slower than most quarterbacks in this draft class but is very accurate and is a great student of the game. The biggest knock against this guy are his arm strength and the fact that he played at Alabama. With a strong defense, great offensive line, and a potent rushing attack, being a quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide is the best situation for any college player right now. Because of that, it may be hard to decipher how much of what McCarron's production was hammered out by Nick Saban as opposed to McCarron himself. His ball velocity at the NFL Combine came in at 53 miles per hour, significantly lower than his counterparts and below the much desired mark of about 55 miles per hour. Many scouts have him ranked lower in the top ten, but he's a high character guy who coaches seem to like. McCarron is savvy and with enough hard work, he can win a starting position in a couple years. He is likely to go in the second round to the Arizona Cardinals.