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My Top 5 Quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft

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Teddy Bridgewater Louisville 6-2 214

Bridgewater is by far the most NFL prepared QB in the class. He has a very good arm, anticipates throws, has played in a pro style offense and reads defenses before and after the snap better than anyone else in the draft. He adjusts protections and changes plays at the line. The one concern is his lack of girth.

Blake Bortles Central Florida 6-5 230

Bortles has the prototype size teams look for but needs to drastically improve his footwork which causes inaccuracy. He has the best arm in the draft and will stand in against a hit and deliver the pass. He is able to move in the pocket and make throws on the move. After a year of good coaching he should become a franchise quality starting QB.

Zach Mettenberger LSU 6-5 240

He would be the second QB on this list had he not been injured. He has an excellent arm, good accuracy and touch at all levels and very solid footwork. He shows good awareness and the ability to read defenses. He will likely not be able to play until mid season and that will lower his draft stock.

Johnny Manziel Texas A&M 5-11.75 207

Manziel has wowed the fans with his athleticism and ability to make plays outside the pocket. He runs if his primary receiver is covered. He also does not throw with anticipation. He struggled when kept in the pocket by the pass rush. His slight build is a concern. He has suffered injuries in college. He is compared by others to Russel Wilson but Manziel does not have Wilson’s arm strength and there are questions about his willingness to spend the film time that Wilson does.

A.J. McCarron Alabama 6-3 220

McCarron is a system capable QB that has a great head, reads defenses effectively but lacks the arm strength to fit some systems. In a West coast O he could be effective. I am always a little careful about backing a QB from a power school because 99 times out of 100 he has the best 21 other players on the field on his side. But two NCAA crystal footballs must be appreciated.

Under the radar: Logan Thomas Virginia Tech 6-6 250

Thomas was the top QB coming out of 2011. He developed some bad habits in 2012-13 but has a great arm and the size teams want. He stands in against a hit and throws the ball. He needs to work on reading defenses and footwork which causes his inaccuracy. He needs to open his hips. If he gets good coaching he could be a late round or free agent QB that could become a starter in the NFL.

Wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot poll with a 40 foot extension: Derek Carr Fresno State 6-1.75 215

Carr lost ground with a very poor performance against USC. It was the first time he faced a team of other NFL prospects. He has an above average arm with decent ability to read the defense. He has been accurate in the shotgun but has no experience under center. He panicked against the fierce pass rush of USC. That is the one thing that drives him down this list. In effect he is Brandon Weeden lite. He has the same issue as Weeden (panic against the rush) but not as good an arm.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

 

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the results of the weekend. Thursday shows alternate between NFL Draft and basketball. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Tonight NFL Scout Kelron Sykes and Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports join me to discuss the WR and TE prospects in the 2014 NFL draft.

 

The biggest rumor around Cleveland is that the team wants Johnny Manziel. They may even be so taken by him they would consider trading up to the top spot to take him. My advice is be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

 

Many so called experts have equated Manziel with Super Bowl Champion QB Russell Wilson. While they are both under 6 feet tall, that is where the comparison ends. Wilson has a thick body type. While he is not tall he is very well build. Manziel is not.

 

Wilson uses his running ability with great care making sure he gets out of bounds or gets down before he takes a big hit. Manziel is much more reckless with his body and takes big hits regularly in college. He was hurt several times in college and in the NFL the hits get harder and more frequent. Given the number of QB injuries the Browns have suffered in the last two years, the life expectancy of Manziel would be limited.

 

When his protection breaks down, Wilson moves in the pocket looking down field to make a throw. Manziel’s first instinct is if his primary receiver is covered he runs.

 

Wilson has a 8.5 (out of 10) in arm strength. Manziel is at best a 6. That indicates that he will struggle to throw the ball accurately late in the season in Cleveland.

 

Manziel is far behind where Wilson was when he was drafted in terms of defense recognition and ability to make pre-snap adjustments. Manziel gets his play and pre-snap adjustments from signs on the sideline.

 

The biggest difference I see between Wilson and Manziel is in the time and effort they put in to

preparation. One of the reasons I supported Wilson for the Browns was his preparation and ability to adapt to different offensive systems. When he graduated from North Carolina State he went to graduate school in Wisconsin. Before the first game he had impressed his fellow players and coaches so much that he was elected captain. Manziel enjoys his life as a Big Man on Campus. That will only become a higher priority for him when he becomes a pro and the face of a franchise.

 

The ONLY first round value QB on my board is Teddy Bridewater of Louisville. He is the most pro ready QB in the draft. Manziel and the others are going to get over drafted because so many teams need QBs. I just hope that the Browns are not one of those teams.

 

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

 

Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the results of the weekend. Thursday shows alternate between NFL Draft and basketball. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games. If you miss shows the audio archives are also on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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NFL Draft Special tonight on NNR

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NFL DraftNOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or the archive of the shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the results of the weekend. Thursday shows alternate between NFL Draft and basketball. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

 

 

Tonight Kelron Sykes NFL scout joins me to talk about the three College all star games and the prospects involved in those games. Join us at 6 PM on .

 

 

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

 

You can listen to the podcasts at https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and hear NNR Live Mondays and Fridays at 6PM Eastern time on . The Monday show is a review of the previous week and the Browns game. The Friday show previews the upcoming games.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or the archive of the shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the Browns game and the results of the weekend. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

Check out the Draft podcast from Thursday Dec. 12th former NFL scout Kelron Sykes joined me to preview the 2014 NFL Draft available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

News:

The officiating in the NFL has hit an all time low. While some pass interference flags are phantom calls other receivers can get mugged without a penalty. The NFL has no credibility with me what so ever. These clowns are worse than the replacement refs ever were. At least the scabs tried to get the calls right. Having officiated several levels of football, the one thing I always told my crew before a game was if you didn’t see the foul don’t call it. The worst part is that because the NFL is so afraid of the officials union there is no punishment for the vast majority of these pinheads. As long as they can get away with bad calls without recrimination there is no incentive to be more accurate. These old over-weight dolts will continue to ruin the game without remorse.

 

Coaching is also suffering a decline. Tackling is a lost art. Defensive players seem to prefer the big hit rather than the boring wrap up and drive through that I taught my players. Pass defenders seem to ignore the ball which draws pass interference calls. In zone coverage the players fail to defend players coming through their areas of responsibility. Some teams are better in these areas than others but few could match those that played the game in the 70s and 80s.

 

The NFL announced that the first of three games in London next season will start at 1:30 PM local time. That is 9:30 AM on the east coast and 6:30 AM on the west time zone. Players are not going to be happy with that because it is not safe. This is just a money grab by the league. Before the league tries to build interest in the game in Europe, try to get some in Los Angles.

 

 

Notes:

Bengals 42 Colts 28 – Early in the 3rd quarter the Colts closed the lead to 21-14. Then the wheels came off the pony cart. The Colts O is not the same in the outdoor weather. It was not so much QB Andrew Luck. The problems were an O line that could not protect Luck and the fact that there was no running game for the Colts. Luck was the leading rusher with just 32 yards. Undrafted rookie WR Da’ Rick Rogers caught 6 for 107 yards and 2 TDs. He replaced former starter Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Colts D could not stop Andy Dalton (3 TD passes and a TD run) and the Bengal O. The Bengals scored the next 2 TDs and the Colts never got close again.

 

Chargers 37 Giants 14 – The Giants have never had much success playing on the west coast. Giants QB Eli Manning returned to his giving ways again throwing 2 interceptions and only 1 TD. The G Men were never in the game. The Chargers were up 24-0 at half time including a killer TD pass with just 19 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. The Giant D which had been playing better over the last few weeks was unable to stop the Charger O.

 

Chiefs 45 Redskins 10 – Redskins special teams were not that special. They gave up a 95 yard kickoff return for a TD and yard punt returns of 74 (TD) and 48 yards. QB Robert Griffin was very inconsistent throwing the balls early in the game. The Chiefs built a 37-0 lead before the Skins scored. The Skins’ D continued to be horrendous and the O looks inept. It is hard to run when a team is behind by 5 TDs. The Chiefs needed the win badly having lost 3 consecutive games. They won’t win the division but will be in the playoffs as the 1st wild card.

 

Eagles 34 Lions 20 – The Lions came to Philly and so did the snow. The Lions lost 3 fumbles and the Eagles threw an interception in the weather. The snow did not slow down Eagles RB LeSean McCoy who ran for 217 yards on 29 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per attempt. He also scored twice. The Lions O did very little. A 1st quarter drive scored a TD and that was about all the O could do. The Lions’ special teams scored on a kick return and a punt return and yet the team lost. That is very unusual. Teams with two non-offensive TDs win more than 85% of the time. The Lions (7-6) are clinging to the division lead by just a half game over the Packers (6-6-1). The Eagles did nothing in the first half then exploded for 40 points in the second. Just think how much fun the Super Bowl will be in New York in February!

 

Saints 31 Panthers 13 – The Panthers used an opening drive and a great punt return to kick 2 field goals. But then the Saints D shut down the Panthers and QB Cam Newton without another score until the 5 minute mark of the 4th quarter. Meanwhile the Saints built the lead to 31-6. The key to the game was the pass protection the Saints O line gave QB Drew Brees. He had time to allow pass patterns to develop. He threw 4 TD passes. The Saints D got pressure on Newton and got 5 sacks. Newton is not accurate enough to be able to overcome a 31-6 lead. He also does not have enough quality receivers to allow that kind of comeback against a quality defense.

 

 

Rumors:

The news about Redskins coach Shanahan benching QB Robert Griffin indicates to me that the team is trying to recover a draft choice by showcasing QB Kirk Cousins. If Cousins does well he could bring a 2nd round pick but never a 1st.

 

Rumors about Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater returning to school are not likely to be true. He has taken a beating behind a bad O line. If he wants to get more than being big man on campus, he needs to declare for the draft. He will be the top QB prospect on my board.

 

 

 

 

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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