Sep 21, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws the ball against the FIU Golden Panthers during the second half of play at Papa John

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Future Rankings


We’re only on the eve of week 4 in the NFL season, but the Jacksonville Jaguars already look like a lock to end up with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

With that in mind, I’m going take time each Saturday to break down the players at a position that general manager David Caldwell is almost assuredly going to address early in the 2014 draft. The potential quarterback class in 2014 might be one of the deepest and most talented in several years depending on which players declare. With a handful of redshirt sophomores and juniors eligible and rated pretty highly, the Jaguars could have their pick of all of them.

Sep 21, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) during the game against the New Mexico State Aggies at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Here are how I see the prospects currently:

1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

2. Brett Hundley, UCLA

3. Tajh Boyd, Clemson

4. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

5. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Next up: Stephen Morris, Miami and David Fales SJSU

Teddy Bridgewater is about as close a player can get to being the prototypical quarterback. With ideal height, weight,  and arm strength, Bridgewater has all the makings of a franchise quarterback. He is probably the most advanced quarterback in the country above the shoulders – he has impressive command of the offense and rarely makes mistakes.

I was high on Tajh Boyd and I think Jacksonville would have considered him at number two overall if he had declared last year. He’s been great so far this year but the buzz around Brett Hundley has propelled him in front of Boyd right behind Bridgewater. Like Teddy, Hundley has ideal size and  a great arm. Hundley currently can’t match Bridgewater’s production and doesn’t have as much experience .

Johnny Football is going to be quite the polarizing prospect come draft time, but his overall production against really good defenses isn’t a fluke. Watch his tape against Alabama and you see a handful of NFL throws made from the pocket. He has undeniable improvisational skills but questions about his attitude and maturity are going to make or break his draft stock.

Marcus Mariota has the potential to drive himself into the top three if he tests well in the pre-draft workouts. There’s also a good likelihood of him staying at Oregon since he’s a redshirt sophomore.

Current Jaguars Selection: Teddy Bridgewater

 

- Daniel Lago

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  • ABchGus

    How about Teddy (1), OL (2), Johnny-Football (3rd Rd)!
    QB competition. Winner starts. If losing by halftime – backup takes the field…changes tempo and works magic.
    We’ve never had – now we desperately need – a Manning style franchise QB.
    (Side Note: really? The ship hits the bridge going into the city and stadium? now fans have to struggle to get to the game? How much longer can this bad karma go on?)

    • Daniel Lago

      I think someone’s going to fall in love with Manziel and take him in the first, but taking two QBs wouldn’t be crazy, especially in the later rounds.
      We’re just saving all our good karma for next year, right?

  • flgatorsandjags

    Aaron Murray is one of the guys that should be on your list

    • Daniel Lago

      I’m wait-and-see on Murray, he’s got some nice tools but I think he’s too much of a gunslinger for my taste.