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Top 10 Quarterbacks in 2015 NFL Draft


By: Trent A. Brinkley

April 21, 2015

Top 10 Quarterbacks in 2015 NFL Draft

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      With the 2015 NFL Draft just nine days away, a lot of excitement is building up of who the #1 Quarterback is in this year’s NFL Draft Class.  Most sports media and scouts say its between Oregon QB Marcus Mariota or Florida State QB Jameis Winton. With a lot of excitement here at Sports Grumble for the 2015 NFL Draft, I have decided to release my Top 10 Quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft class, along with my breakdown of each QB from their Career Statistics to Career Record, to analytic breakdown of their Strengths & Weaknesses, to finally a 2015 NFL Draft Stock and/or 2015 NFL Predictions.

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The Top 10 Quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft are………………………………………………………………

                                                                                    Top Quarterbacks in 2015 NFL Draft Class- (#1 to #5)

All rights go to Trent A. Brinkley's Top 10 QBs

All rights go to Trent A. Brinkley’s Top 10 QBs


 

1.   RS  Junior  Marcus Mariota (6-3  222)- Oregon

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Brian Bahr/Getty Images North America

Career Numbers:     10,796 Passing Yards  105 Passing TDs  14 INTs   2237 Rushing Yards   29  Rushing TDs

Career Record:    (2012-2014):   36-5

Strengths:

  • Limits the Amount of Interceptions he Throws:

Stat: In his 41 career starts at Oregon, Mariota only had 3 Games where he threw Multiple Interceptions

  • Pocket Awareness & Play-maker on the Run:
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Click on the photo for an animated gif of Mariota

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • A True Dual-Threat QB:

Stat: Mariota had 337 Rushing Attempts in his 3 seasons as the starting QB for the Ducks. Those Rushing Attempts resulted in 2237 Rushing Yards and 29 Rushing Touchdowns, with career long runs of: 86 Yards- 2012,  71 Yards- 2013,  61 Yards-2014.

  • Completes throws at High-Rate%:

Stat: Mariota’s career Completion Percentage in his 3 seasons as the starting QB was: 66.8%

 

Weaknesses:

  • Sometimes walks directly into defense; results in sacks 
  • Ball Security; fumbled 27 times in his college career 
  • Drive on ball 

 

2015 Predictions:         2957 Passing Yards   21 Passing TDs     11 INTs        824 Rushing Yards       13 Rushing TDs 


2.  RS  Sophmore  Jameis Winston (6-3  231)- Florida State

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Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America

Career Numbers:   66.0 Completion%   7964 Passing Yards     65 Passing TDs    28 INTs       284 Rushing Yards    7 Rushing TDs

Career Record:       (29-1) 

Strengths:

  • Team Leader: 

Stat: Winston lead his team to win 29 straight games at Florida State before losing to the Oregon Ducks. In fact, only 15 NCAA teams have won at least 29 games, only 6 teams have come from the past 50 plus years.

  • Throwing Motion & Arm Strength:

Stat: Winston’s throwing motion is the best out of my Top 10 Quarterbacks based off his baseball training that helped him with his throwing motion. In his two seasons as the starting QB for Florida State, he had career long completions of 68 Yards-201394 Yards-2014 .

Click here for a gif of Winston's arm strength

Click here for a gif of Winston’s arm strength

  • Never Gives Up in Games:

– Winston in his career at FSU in games he was trailing his stats were: (80/108   1104 Passing Yards   12 TD   1 INT) .

  • Trusts his Wide Receivers:

– Winston trusted his wide receivers a lot during his career at Florida State. If a wide receiver dropped a pass or didn’t run the route right, Winston would tend to go back to them on the following play.

 

Weaknesses:

  • Intermediate Throws:

Stat: Winston struggled in 2014 with throwing intermediate throws, completing only 56.8% and throwing a FBS leading 11 INTs.

  • Doesn’t have the Dual-Threat QB abilities like Mariota:

– Winston doesn’t have the dual-threat QB abilities that Marcus Mariota possesses during his career at Florida State. Here is an example of Winston’s footwork that needs help when he fumbled on 4th and 5 against the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl in 2014. If Winston is going to have success in the NFL running with the ball he will need to learn better footwork and learn how to escape inside the pocket and turn up field rather than backwards or horizontal running.

2015 NFL Predictions:      2712 Passing Yards    18 TDs  13 INTs    300 Rushing Yards     4 Rushing TDs 


3.  Senior  Bryce Petty (6-3  230)- Baylor

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Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America

Career Stats:       62.7%     8195 Passing Yards     62 Passing TDs      10 INTs      338 Rushing Yards      21 Rushing TDs

Career Record:  (22-4), as team’s full time starting QB from 2013-2014

Strengths:

  • Ideal height for a NFL Quarterback:

Stat: 42 QBs in the NFL have been 6’3″  . Since 1982, those 6-3 QBs have combined to throw for: 56.7%   897,140 Yards   5468 TDs   5073 INTs     76.3 QB Rating

  • Doesn’t give up in Games:

– He helped his team in 2014 overcome a 21-point deficit which tied a Baylor record in a victory over TCU

  • Efficient Passer:

Stat: In his career as Baylor’s QB, Bryce Petty averaged 9.7 Yards/Attempt (3rd in NCAA History since 1956), which is also (1st in Big 12 History since 1996). 

 

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t tend to have success when his first read down field isn’t open and is forced to target others 
  • Struggles at times when defenders are at Petty’s feet 
  • Needs to work on his progression reads if he wants to succeed in the NFL 

 

2015 NFL Predictions: Petty could be a #2 or #3 QB for the right team in the NFL and will need some time in the film room and practice field for 3-4 years before being able to have a chance to prove himself in the NFL. His best fits would be: St. Louis, Arizona, Chicago, Green Bay, or San Francisco.


 

4.   Junior  Brett Hundley (6-3  227)- UCLA

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Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America

Career Stats:       67.6%     9966 Passing Yards   75 Passing TDs    25 INTs      1747 Rushing Yards    30 Rushing TDs

Career Record:  (29-11), as team’s full time starting QB from 2012-2014

Strengths:

  • True Competitor:

Stat: Holds three UCLA records for Completions, Passing Yards in a Career, and Total Offense in a Career.

  • An All-Around Football Player:

Stat: He is the only player in UCLA’s football history to catch, throw, and run for a TD.

  • Makes Plays with his legs:

 

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t take many snaps under center

– Stat: In 2014, Brett Hundley hardly played under center in Bruins’ OC Noel Mazzone, in fact, he only took 7 Snaps under center .

  • Scrambling and completing passes is one of Hundley’s biggest weakness 

Stat: Hundley during Pac-12 competition managed to only complete 32.6% of his throws when scrambling outside the pocket.

  • Takes too many Sacks

Stat: In three seasons as UCLA’s starting QB, Hundley took a career total of 125 sacks, which would be problematic in the NFL.

 

2015 NFL Predictions: Hundley can be a QB who can come in and compete immediately for the starting role on teams like Houston, Miami, or Tennessee. He would also be a good fit as a backup for a team needing a QB for the future on teams like Dallas, San Diego, New York Giants, Arizona, or Pittsburgh.


5.  Senior  Shane Carden (6-2  221)- East Carolina

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Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America

Career Stats:   66.1%    11, 991 Passing Yards    86 Passing TDs    30 INTs    253 Rushing Yards   24 Rushing TDs 

Career Record:  (24-12) as a full-time starter after making his first career start in a 24-14 victory over Southern Mississippi in 2012

Strengths:

  • High Football I.Q. 
  • Keeps plays alive and keeps eyes down-field 
  • Able to hit targets in strides and at the numbers 

Weaknesses:

  • Lower Body Power on Throws 
  • Deep Ball Accuracy 
  • Struggles with Footwork in the Pocket 

2015 NFL Predictions: Like Petty, Carden can be a solid #2 or #3 QB for the right team in the NFL and will need some time in the film room and practice field for 3-4 years before being able to have a chance to prove himself in the NFL. His best fits would be: Arizona, Chicago, Green Bay, Miami, New York Jets, Buffalo, or Washington.


Top Quarterbacks in 2015 NFL Draft Class- (#6 to #10)

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6. Senior   Garrett Grayson (6-2  220)- Colorado State 

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America

Career Stats:   61.8%  9190 Passing Yards    64  TDs   27 INTs    283 Rushing Yards   4  Rushing TDs 

Career Record:  (18-9) as a full-time starter at Colorado State

Strengths:

  • Consistency throwing the ball:

Stat: He set a school record in 2014 for having 11 games with 300 yards + passing in a game ; finished the season with 4,006 Passing Yards (4th in the NCAA FBS)

  • Drives for Success:

Stat: Holds the school record in: Completions, Completion %, Yards, Touchdowns, and Attempts 

  • Limits his number of Interceptions Thrown:

Stat: Since being Colorado State’s full time starting QB in 2013, Grayson only had 5 Games where he threw more than 1 INT in a game

 

Weaknesses:

  • Speed on Throwing Motion 
  • Lacks Ability to Extend Plays
  • Needs to be quicker on Decisions 

Tape of Grayson:

 

2015 NFL Draft Stock:  Late 3rd- Mid 4th Round


 7.  Senior   Bryan Bennett (6-3  215)- Southeastern Louisiana 

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

Career Stats at SE Louisiana:   55.1%    5,522 Passing Yards    39 TDs  19 INTs       1,715 Rushing Yards  31 Rushing TDs

Career Record at SE Louisiana:  (20-7) from 2013-2014 as SE Louisiana’s starting QB

Strengths:

  • Smooth release on throws 
  • Keeps his eyes down-field at all times
  • Dual Threat who can really hurt defenses 

Weaknesses:

  • Struggles against certain blitz packages, i.e. A-Gap Blitz
  • Footwork needs help, can be sloppy at times
  • Relies too much on short passes

Tape of Bennett:

2015 NFL Draft Stock: Mid 4th-on


8.  RS Senior  Sean Mannion (6-6  229)- Oregon State

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Steve Dykes/Getty Images North America

Career Stats:   64.6%    13,600 Passing Yards   83 Passing TDs    54 INTs     2 Rushing TDs

Career Record: (20-25) 

Strengths:

  • Excels in the 3,5, and 7 Step Drop Passes
  • Played in a Pro Style Offense at Oregon State

Stat: Only 5 quarterbacks that have been listed at (6-6) have played in the NFL (3 still active- Flacco, Freeman, Anderson). 6-6 QBs Combined Stats: 56.3%  69,885 Yards  414 TDs  357 INTs

  • Warrior on the field even though the career record doesn’t show it

Stat: He currently holds 18 School Records at Oregon State

Weaknesses:

  • Ball Security

– In Mannion’s career he had 30 fumbles and 54 INTs

  • Doesn’t plant his feet with force when throwing 
  • Struggles on hitting his receivers on out routes 

Tape of Mannion

2015 NFL Draft Stock:   Late 4th Round


9. Senior Chris Bonner (6-7  235): CSU-Pueblo

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Career Stats:  57.8%   6704 Passing Yards   63 TDs   17 INTs   

Career Record: (25-2) as the starting QB from 2013-2015 for the Thunder Wolves

Strengths:

  • Pocket Presence 
  • Ability to throw the ball on the run
  • High Football I.Q. 

Weaknesses:

  • At times lacks driving his hips through the ball
  • Struggles at times with his footwork and balance
  • Needs to learn how to avoid the rush and make plays with legs

Tape of Bonner:

2015 NFL Draft Stock:    Mid 5th Round


10.  Senior    Jerry Lovelocke (6-5  200)- Prairie View A&M 

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Career Stats:  61.1%   7359 Passing Yards   54 TDs  26 INTs    885 Rushing Yards   24 Rushing TDs 

Career Record: (19-25)

Strengths:

  • Quick release and easy throwing motion 
  • Makes the NFL type throws
  • Has good feet in the pocket, also can take off and run

Weaknesses:

  • Didn’t have high statistics for the level of competition he played in 
  • Needs to work on hitting targets in stride
  • Throws are sometimes to high or to the side 

2015 NFL Draft Stock:  Late 5th-UDFA


Upcoming Pieces:

– 4/23/15= Top 10 Running Backs in the 2015 NFL Draft Class

– 4/25/15= Top 10 Wide Receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft Class

– 4/30/2015:  2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0


 

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