Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts to a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory

NFL Draft 2014: Four QBs have higher grade than Geno Smith

Earlier this year, the Buffalo Bills made E.J. Manuel the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. It was a bit of a surprise to see Manuel off of the board first, considering Geno Smith, who was selected by the New York Jets in Round 2, was widely believed to be the top quarterback in the draft class.

However, after looking at the group of quarterbacks that will likely be available this year, Smith should be happy that he was in the 2013 class and not this year’s or his draft day fall may have been much worse.

As far as ESPN’s Todd McShay is concerned, there are five quarterbacks that are available this year who have higher draft grades than Smith.

The quarterbacks are Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles of UCF and Derek Carr of Fresno State.

“It’s kind of been an interesting ride with these quarterbacks,” McShay said during a conference call on Thursday. “I thought kind of in the middle or the early middle portion of the season, I thought it was going to be a little bit stronger at the top. I thought Marcus Mariota was headed towards becoming an elite quarterback and thought he was going to wind up coming out.”

Had it not been for a torn ACL at the end of the season, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger may have also graded out higher.

This just goes to speak volumes about the 2014 NFL quarterback class, which could make a big impact from day one in a passing league with so many quarterback needy teams having selections early in the draft.

Who do you think is the best quarterback available in 2014? Sound off in the comments section below.

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  • RONBO19

    Josh,Nice job bro, this is an excellent conversation as the college bowls games are all on tap so it will be interesting to see how opinions change between now and the conclusion of the bowl games plus the college all star games and of course the combine and individual workouts as well. As for McShay’s assertions that there are 5 QB’s better than Geno,that is debatable especially if one of them is Zac Mettenberger. Although he has improved his injury plus his limited athletic ability have to be a concern to any team considering drafting him or Aaron Murray from Georgia.
    Obviously Mariota and Brett Hundley’s decision to remain in school puts a damper on what many were predicting would be the best QB class since 1983. Another red shirt soph who would be eligible is Stanford’s Kevin Hogan who at 6-4 230 has the prototypical size plus a strong accurate arm and more than enough athletic ability to get away from the rush and make plays with his feet.