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      2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Quarterbacks Outside of the First Round By Travis Jaudon January 28, 2014 3:46 pmout_zps637ae107.jpgThe 2014 NFL Draft is loaded with talented quarterbacks. Plenty of flash highlights the 2014 QB class boasting playmakers like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater. Many experts predict these three guys to go in the first round and probably within the first ten selections. Unlike previous draft classes however, this QB crop will feature plenty of talent in the later rounds. If teams with established quarterbacks can pick the right guy to develop, there can be plenty of gems to be found on days two and three. The following is a list of the top five quarterbacks outside of the "Big 3."out1_zps8c404752.jpg5. Tajh Boyd, RS Senior, Clemson Tajh Boyd is as electric as a quarterback can be. The Clemson product has shown the ability to throw while on the run and in the pocket. The most improved aspect of Boyd’s game has been his footwork in the pocket. Boyd struggled as an underclassmen with consistency, but he saved his best campaign for his last. He has mastered the read-option while improving in pro-style drop-backs. Boyd single-handedly bailed Clemson out of many deficits, and his leadership abilities have grown from that. Boyd still needs to prove he can make NFL caliber throws. Many times at Clemson he was asked to simply get the ball in their various playmakers hands via screens, slants, etc. He has not shown the ability to consistently throw the ball down field while on the run which is a vital trait for an NFL quarterback. Bottom Line: 5th Round - Kansas City Chiefsout2_zps0e81b92a.jpg4. Jeff Matthews, Senior, Cornell Matthews is certainly a risky pick in the middle rounds, but he jumps off the screen when watching him. A massive frame (6-4, 225) and cannon of an arm will be enough to earn Matthews at least a shot on Sundays. In his four years starting at Cornell Matthews amassed countless school and Ivy League records. He has an NFL ready arm and does a great job keeping his eyes down field while moving up in the pocket. He has shown serviceable mobility for a bug guy but he won’t run away from anyone. Having physical ability combined with his Ivy League smarts, Matthews can make the jump if given the right chance. Obviously he does show some flaws. Much like Matthew Stafford, Matthews tends to change arm angles needlessly while in the pocket. He also tends to hold on to the ball too long causing rushed or influenced throws. Matthews needs to work on staying still in the pocket and using his legs rather than just his arm to make down the field throws.Bottom Line: 5th Round - NY Giantsout3_zps902641b6.jpg3. AJ McCarron, RS Senior, AlabamaThe Crimson Tide product was the model of winning, consistency, and leadership while in Tuscaloosa. McCarron made considerable progress in shaking his reputation as a “game manager” in 2013. He was a top-tier deep ball passer and often made excellent decisions pre and post snap his senior year. His ability to see the entire field is something scouts certainly like and his experience in a pro-style system is rare these days. Playing in the pro-style will help McCarron if he is drafted by a team running the west coast offense, as this emphasizes quick passes and three step drops more often than not. McCarron moves fairly well (4.84) and has decent pocket presence while keeping his eyes downfield.AJ will no doubt be drafted with some unanswered questions. He has always played with explosive playmakers, behind an excellent offensive line, and under a great coach. People around the league may wonder if he can shoulder the burden of being a franchise quarterback in the NFL, and rightfully so. McCarron does struggle with holding on to the ball too long while in the pocket. He often neglects throwing the ball away in favor of a few more seconds to scan through his options. This tendency will not be allowed to continue in the NFL, but it won’t take long for McCarron to fix that.Bottom Line: 4th Round - Dallas Cowboys out4_zps9e3c3eff.jpg2. Derek Carr, RS Senior, Fresno StateDerek Carr is a player that I am personally not sold on just yet. Many experts believe Carr to be worthy of a late first round pick, but I don’t see it that way. That being said, I do see Carr as an NFL caliber quarterback. He has an arm that can make all of the throws and a build (6-2, 215) that withstand hits over the long haul. Carr has an impressive ability to fit passes into small windows seemingly with ease. He makes pre-snap adjustments very well due to good preparation. Carr also has surprising athleticism without having blazing speed (4.78).Derek Carr played in a pass heavy offense at Fresno State leading to inflated numbers that do not tell the whole story. Playing mostly out of the shotgun, Carr will need to prove to scouts that he can work from under center in the NFL. Another concern surrounding Carr is the competition he played against. His final outing at Fresno, which ended with a bad performance in a losing effort against USC, will do little to shake that concern for scouts. My main concern with Carr however is that he will consistently hurry passes when shown a blitz. Often times Carr will show awful mechanics when given a sloppy pocket to throw in. Finally, Carr stares down receivers at an alarming rate. That has never worked in the NFL. In the long run I do think Carr will get drafted high, but I don’t think he is ready to run an NFL offense just yet.Bottom Line: 2nd Round - Tampa Bay Buccaneersout5_zps8b27dc24.jpg1. Zach Mettenberger, RS Senior, LSU I never liked Zach Mettenberger as a quarterback. That being said, no one player has ever changed my opinion like Mettenberger has done the past two years. He did wonders to change his football career while playing in 2013. Blessed with what may be the strongest arm in the 2013 class, Mettenberger can make every throw necessary to not only play, but thrive at the next level. I always saw him as a gunslinger who lost more than he won when betting on his right arm, but that simply was not the case in 2013. Playing in the toughest conference in the country, Mettenberger picked apart defenses with ease. He has tremendous ability to throw the ball with touch over the linebacker level and in front of the safeties. I believe he throws the best post route of anyone in the draft. He also does an excellent job of staying focused down field while still avoiding contact in the pocket. He succeeds with regularity in hitting backs in the flats and throws an above average deep ball. Playing under Cam Cameron in 2013, Mettenberger picked up the offense very quick, something that will no doubt impress scouts.There are a few concerns with Zach Mettenberger in the NFL. He is not a threat to do damage passing or running when out of the pocket. Most of his drop backs will end in a pass or a sack. He relies on a clean pocket to succeed, but does have the build (6-5, 235) to withstand bumping while making a throw. Mettenberger also needs to improve on throwing with velocity down field rather than always trying to “touch” the ball to his targets. I believe he is the fourth best quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he will be drafted much later than that.Bottom Line: 3rd Round - San Diego Chargershttp://www.footballnation.com/nfl/

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      Carr in Rd. 2, I know many here won’t believe it, but I might be ok with that.  I am surprised not to see Garrapolo on this list, but I would be happy with a non-first round selection of a QB.  We need too many other pieces.

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      LOL @ the idiots on this board who want Carr #7 overall ( comrade ) WOW.

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      Tough getting past the Vikes in rd1 and then Hou/Cle/Oak/Jax in rd 2.

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      Stares down his receivers??? Here we go again!

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      I would be more shocked to see Mettenberger go in R3 with his injury. A team like SD is an interesting call as Rivers is no spring chicken but he’s also not at the point where you need to groom the heir apparent. You’d almost think NE would be on this list as Brady is hit that age where the sunset is in view.

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      Unless Bridgewater inexplicably drops I think the Bucs may just sign a vet and roll with Glennon in 2014. Maybe draft a Josh Johnson type in the later rounds. Maybe in his second year and with an offense more suited for his game Glennon can become more productive. Plus, we’ll have a staff that actually believes in second half adjustments.

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      Unless Bridgewater inexplicably drops I think the Bucs may just sign a vet and roll with Glennon in 2014. Maybe draft a Josh Johnson type in the later rounds. Maybe in his second year and with an offense more suited for his game Glennon can become more productive. Plus, we'll have a staff that actually believes in second half adjustments.

      Just where the hell do you get off making a rational and intelligent statement about our QB situation on this board. You've got some nerve fella.

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      I can’t give anything like this credibility calling itself “top xxx” when it has Boyd in it. The guy is garbage and his stock has PLUMMETED all year.

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      Unless Bridgewater inexplicably drops I think the Bucs may just sign a vet and roll with Glennon in 2014. Maybe draft a Josh Johnson type in the later rounds. Maybe in his second year and with an offense more suited for his game Glennon can become more productive. Plus, we'll have a staff that actually believes in second half adjustments.

      Just where the hell do you get off making a rational and intelligent statement about our QB situation on this board. You've got some nerve fella.

      So I take it you guys haven't jumped on the Reach Wagon with the rest of the Red Board ? LOL

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      Unless Bridgewater inexplicably drops I think the Bucs may just sign a vet and roll with Glennon in 2014. Maybe draft a Josh Johnson type in the later rounds. Maybe in his second year and with an offense more suited for his game Glennon can become more productive. Plus, we'll have a staff that actually believes in second half adjustments.

      Just where the hell do you get off making a rational and intelligent statement about our QB situation on this board. You've got some nerve fella.

      So I take it you guys haven't jumped on the Reach Wagon with the rest of the Red Board ? LOL

      Yes because there are so many great vets QB's out there that are available to lead us to the playoffs and provide excellent competition. Who wouldn't want the likes of Josh McCown, Vick or Chad Henne leading their team, #Excited.

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      All aboard the Reach Wagon !! Alll Aboaaaarddd !! It’s Derek Carr or bust !!!5025c8f3b2f13.preview-620.jpg

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      Wanting Carr to come to Tampa is similar to chasing a turd down a toilet.  There is simply no value in it – it improves nothing.  He’s closer to the next David Carr than he is the next Tom Brady.  Please make it stop.

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      We need to reach for a qb in the first, not a qb in the second who has similarities to freeman.

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      All aboard the Reach Wagon !! Alll Aboaaaarddd !! It's Derek Carr or bust !!!5025c8f3b2f13.preview-620.jpg

      I dont really want Carr but whatever you say. Werent you the one who was all about manziel earlier this year? And Im actually a huge manziel fan. Why you turn on your boy tho? Only thing I said about Carr is that all his stock has done is rise since the college season ended. If this staff think Carr is a good pick im down with them because I know their actually a competent staff unlike schiano and his band of idiots. Why didn't glennon's stock rise last year like Carr's is now with that shitty QB class he was in? Not a glennon hater just sayin.

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      I wanted Manziel because I thought he was going to be a mid to late 1st rounder (maybe even slip into the 2nd ) , due to his size , maturity , and reckless play. I thought it was worth the risk in that range . We could trade back , pick up a couple more picks , and still nab an exciting guy like Manziel.All this talk about him going in the top 4 ?? Once again ....a reach.

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      I can't give anything like this credibility calling itself "top xxx" when it has Boyd in it. The guy is garbage and his stock has PLUMMETED all year.

      Well,  they do have him going in the 5th.  I think that is a good possibility.  I think all those projections are pretty accurate. I am not a big Carr fan, so the 2nd seems right.  McCarron could go in the 3rd instead of the 4th, but now I am nitpicking.

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      Im good with Carr. Just not at 7. Id snap him up in R2 in a heartbeat.Only QBs on my reachwagon are BW and JFF.

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      LOL @ the idiots on this board who want Carr #7 overall ( comrade ) WOW.

      LOL @ the idiot talking about who can and can't go where in January (Delirious) WOWGot any more "garantees" for us?

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      U mad Beavis ?

    • Anonymous

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      U mad Beavis ?

      U mad Butthead ?

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      Yeah u mad. Tell us why u mad Beavis. Is it because Carr sucks ?

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      Yeah u mad. Tell us why u mad Beavis. Is it because Carr sucks ?

      I'm a Bortles backer (precombine), Butthead. I'm rather neutral on Carr.It's like you don't read very well.

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      Yeah u mad. Tell us why u mad Beavis. Is it because Carr sucks ?

      I'm a Bortles backer (precombine), Butthead. I'm rather neutral on Carr.It's like you don't read very well.

      More like ignore irrelevant idiots like yourself . Carry on with your little hissy fit , Lord Beavis.

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      LOL @ the idiots on this board who want Carr #7 overall ( comrade ) WOW.

      Not that I'm a particularly big fan of Carr's (particularly at #7), but I'm not sure the author of this piece is much of a step up from the average message board schlub in terms of credibility.  Personally, I'd be surprised if Carr makes it to our second round pick.  Time will tell, of course.

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      I can't give anything like this credibility calling itself "top xxx" when it has Boyd in it. The guy is garbage and his stock has PLUMMETED all year.

      Agreed. I don't see how Murray, at the very least, doesn't go ahead of Boyd.

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      Yeah u mad. Tell us why u mad Beavis. Is it because Carr sucks ?

      I'm a Bortles backer (precombine), Butthead. I'm rather neutral on Carr.It's like you don't read very well.

      More like ignore irrelevant idiots like yourself . Carry on with your little hissy fit , Lord Beavis.

      Small minded people like yourself resort to name calling when called out and proven wrong. It's sad.

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      Proven wrong about what , Dear Lord Beavis ? Certainly not about u being mad.

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      I can't give anything like this credibility calling itself "top xxx" when it has Boyd in it. The guy is garbage and his stock has PLUMMETED all year.

      well it has him going in the 5th round, so..

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      Surprised there is no Garoppolo. He is almost guaranteed to be better than Boyd. Could argue he should be #1 on this list.I'd also argue Keith Wenning and/or David Fales should be on this list.

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      Proven wrong about what , Dear Lord Beavis ? Certainly not about u being mad.

      Saying someone is an idiot for considering Carr a potential top 10 pick. The combine hasn't happened. You have no way of knowing that. Why are you so childish?

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