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.
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— Keddy Hinewater (@Kevin_Hine) September 27, 2013
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.
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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