With only a few short weeks remaining until kickoff, ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay was asked to provide the 10 best college quarterback prospects in the nation.
Each QB McShay ranks had to be draft-eligible in 2014. For that reason, each of the 10 you see in the photo above will be at least three years removed from high school when Roger Goodell stands up to announce the first pick in next year’s draft. Surprisingly, and for how little credit he gets within his own conference, Alabama’s AJ McCarron is the highest-rated SEC passer.
However, even he and his consecutive national titles failed to crack the top three. Louisville superstar Teddy Bridgewater at the top spot is no surprise, but Nos. 2 and 3 might just raise a few fans’ eyebrows. UCLA’s Brett Hundley is going to be a redshirt sophomore in 2014, making him the same age as Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel. While Mariota and Manziel received more pub in the papers, the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Hundley was potentially impressing those that matter – NFL decision-makers.
At No. 3 we see Stephen Morris. His Hurricanes have spent the last two years voluntarily holding themselves out of the postseason, meaning the senior has not earned the type of national publicity several others on this list have enjoyed. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, however, Morris has a fantastic arm and is one of the biggest reasons why The U is predicted to make some waves in 2013.
Clemson’s Tajh Boyd rounds out the top five. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller is currently the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, but he is only ninth on McShay’s list.