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2014 NFL draft quarterback class labeled 'average'; Blake Bortles best of the bunch

Blake Bortles best of 'average' 2014 NFL draft quarterback class Blake Bortles tossed 25 touchdowns with just nine interceptions last season. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The 2014 NFL draft class features three quarterbacks that are projected as top-10 picks. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, and UCF's Blake Bortles are the top signal-callers available, but one of the most well-respected men in the business doesn't seem thrilled with the options.

Executive producer of NFL Matchup and senior producer of NFL Films Greg Cosell appeared on 740 The Game in Orlando to discuss the upcoming draft class, which he labeled as "average."

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Cosell said that the quarterback class was hurt by the decision from some of the players returning to school and hinted that he believes there are no players at the position who should be drafted in the top five selections, but one who may have been a top selection returned to school.

"My guess is that Marcus Mariota probably would have been someone who would have been considered a true top-five pick -- not a manufactured top-five pick," Cosell said.

Bortles was pegged as the top quarterback in the draft, but Cosell acknowledged Bortles still has plenty of work to do in multiple areas.

The UCF product is currently working with NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer to fine tune his skillset leading up to the draft. He could end up being the No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans if they follow Cosell's lead and believe he is the best available player at the position.
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