For now at least, the West is the Land of Quarterbacks. Depending who you ask, there are FIVE potential 1st rounders playing in the West this year. Only one of them is a senior, so who knows how many will actually come out in 2014. But regardless, we should enjoy this while we can.
1. Brett Hundley - SO - UCLA: A complete QB. Arm, accuracy, mobility, size, intelligence. Transitions very well from Passer to Runner, and from Touch Pass to Deep Ball. Might be the best QB in the nation.
First Year Starter:
2. Derek Carr - SR - Fresno State: Think of Carr as a bigger Drew Brees. Throws the best deep ball. Great at looking off defenders. Knows where receivers are going to be.
3. Marcus Mariota - SO - Oregon: A raw talent. Perfect fit for Oregon’s system. Passing accuracy needs work. Dangerous runner. Kaepernick comparisons are going to be unavoidable.
Love the Potential:
4. Brett Smith - JR - Wyoming: The most exciting QB in the West. Can make the throws, but has a bit of a funky delivery. Concussions are a concern.
5. Kevin Hogan - SO - Stanford: The Joe Flacco of the Pac-12. Doesn’t really stand out because he’s not asked to throw it 50 times. But throws a really great ball.
6. Chuckie Keeton - JR - Utah State: No one creates their own play quite as well. Has a great sense of when to run and when to throw. Often times avoids pressure to allow receivers to get open.
Backup with Chance to Improve:
7. David Fales - SR - San Jose State: Accurate, but doesn’t have NFL caliber arm. Really hurt by injuries around him this year.
8. Keith Price - SR - Washington: Thriving in new spread offense. Throws extremely well on the run. Smart runner. Decent arm.
You Never Know:
9. Taylor Kelly - JR - Arizona State: Really good at short passes. Not so good at long passes.
10. Sean Mannion - JR - Oregon State: No hesitation in delivery. Not the best decision maker.