Odds are, the next Tom Brady is in this bunch—but also a few Jake Lockers WITH 2014 STATS
This is an article from the April 20, 2015 issue
2 MARCUS MARIOTA
Oregon (6'4", 222 lbs.)
4,454 yards / 42 TDs / 4 INTs
Ran a heavy Pistol play-action offense, which translates better to NFL than some think. Tremendous thrower on the run; good mechanics when he's not pressured. Doesn't always bail at the first sign of trouble.
Will find a tougher go in the NFL when first read isn't open. Faces steep learning curve with pro playbook.
6 JAMEIS WINSTON
Florida State (6'4", 231 lbs.)
3,907 yards / 25 TDs / 18 INTs
Dynamite arm; ability to make every NFL throw, including deep-third verticals to opposite boundary. For a college QB, advanced understanding of routes, protections and Ds.
Functionally athletic but not a scrambler/runner per se; more of a pocket QB. Mechanics aren't consistent, and he can be labored with them at times.
54 BRETT HUNDLEY
UCLA (6'3", 226 LBS.)
3,155 yards / 22 TDs / 5 INTs
Well-built dual threat with legitimate breakaway speed. Possesses many traits that could eventually lead to NFL success.
The mistake would be in assuming that he can be a pro starter right away. Tends to lock on to first WR; telegraphs reads. Will struggle with turnovers at next level.
99 BRYCE PETTY
Baylor (6'3", 230 lbs.)
3,855 yards / 29 TDs / 7 INTs
Tough, competitive leader. Throws in rhythm with quick release. Has arm strength to make throws to all parts of the field.
Played in spread O. Struggled if first read wasn't available. Accuracy fell off with defenders at his feet.
129 GARRETT GRAYSON
Colo. State (6'2", 213 lbs.)
4,006 yards / 32 TDs / 7 INTs
Mountain West Offensive POY throws a great deep ball; showed confidence under duress and in the clutch.
Slow release, which could prove problematic against NFL pass rushes. Mechanics falter when flushed from the pocket. He's no rushing threat.
140 SEAN MANNION
Oregon State (6'6", 229 lbs.)
3,164 yards / 15 TDs / 8 INTs
Pure pocket passer with an impressive build and ability to make any throw. Very good at throwing his receivers open on deep balls.
Falls apart under pressure. Looks like a rock star when he's protected but completely lost when things don't go as planned. If he's on the run, his accuracy takes a nosedive.
196 BRANDON BRIDGE
SOUTH ALABAMA (6'4", 229 LBS.)
1,927 yards / 15 TDs / 8 INTs
Great arm strength; solid deep-ball threat. Shows patience in the pocket but can extend plays and throw off the run if necessary.
Needs to be more accurate: completed just over 50% of his passes. Lacks experience against top-tier Ds.
226 CONNOR HALLIDAY
Wash. State (6'3", 196 lbs.)
3,873 yards / 32 TDs / 11 INTs
Excels at deep balls dropped over a secondary. Played through a lacerated liver; endured a coaching change, a lot of losing and some terrible O-line play. So toughness is not a concern.
Mike Leach pupils haven't often succeeded outside the pass-crazed systems they rode to prominence in college.
236 CODY FAJARDO
NEVADA (6'1", 223 LBS.)
2,498 yards / 18 TDs / 11 INTs
Smooth release. Great athlete—one of the best at the combine for the position. Tough kid; will take hits. Good timing on back-shoulder fade.
Played in Pistol O; will have to adjust to NFL offense. Doesn't have a big arm.
239 TAYLOR HEINICKE
Old Dominion (6'1", 213 lbs.)
3,476 yards / 30 TDs / 16 INTs
Precise on short and midrange passes. ODU's offense was built on his making quick reads, which he did well. Can throw on the run; doesn't panic under pressure.
Monarchs mostly ran one-read plays from a spread offense; he faces a huge transition to the NFL. Lacks arm strength to deliver deep balls.
245 SHANE CARDEN
East Carolina (6'2", 218 lbs.)
4,736 yards / 30 TDs / 10 INTs
Able to keep his eyes downfield in the midst of pressure and then sling it deep. Athletic enough to make things happen with his feet and make throws on the run. Not afraid to go to covered WRs; able to make tight-window throws.
Tends to play frenetically and struggles getting enough on his sideline throws. Has to learn to cycle through and read coverages.
269 BRYAN BENNETT
SE Louisiana (6'2", 211 lbs.)
2,357 yards / 18 TDs / 8 INTs
Lightning-quick release when he needs it. Athletic; can move and scramble. Can make drive throws to middle of the field.
Doesn't spin the ball as well as you'd like. Struggles to make throws when moved off his spot. Pressure him and it's over. Deep ball is a problem.
271 JERRY LOVELOCKE
Prairie View A&M (6'4", 248 lbs.)
2,473 yards / 16 TDs / 9 INTs
Has an NFL frame and a big arm that is best used fitting passes into tight windows over the middle. Showed the ability to improvise and get throws off in an imperfect pocket.
His 4.99 40 time at the combine underscores the concern that his impressive rushing stats were helped significantly by inferior competition and the deception of his team's zone-read O. Struggles with touch and consistent placement on deep balls.
297 BLAKE SIMS
Alabama (5'11", 218 lbs.)
3,487 yards / 28 TDs / 10 INTs
Smooth throwing motion; dynamic in the open field. Can make all the throws, despite lacking a huge arm. Good on his feet; at times seems impossible to bring down in the pocket. Great body control; takes care of the ball.
Tends to stare down WRs. Balls get batted at line due to his height, arm angle. Likely not a starter.
2014 FBS passer rating leader
MARCUS MARIOTA 181.7
Top 40 time at combine
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