Chris Brown is an excellent football writer and knows his stuff as a former college player. His book Smart Football is a must read. Here he's got a very fair critique and comparison of the top 3 QBs in this week's draft.Itís Not Them, Itís You
Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel are all first-round talents with fifth-round flaws. So, whoís going to be drafted first? And whoís going to be the best pro? Your answer probably says more about you than it does about the kid you pick.
At any given time, there are typically only eight to 12 people who are qualified to be NFL starting quarterbacks. Worse, itís not always clear who those players will be, as veterans age into decline and big-ticket free agents go bust with new teams. Itís no surprise, then, that raw and untested quarterback prospects ó whose pro careers are projected based on college game film, combine measurements, a few interviews, and some throws made indoors against air instead of a defense ó fail more often than they succeed.
Unless an NFL team has a historically great defense, however, itís nearly impossible to win a Super Bowl without a top-tier signal-caller, which means general managers and head coaches must grit their teeth and draft quarterbacks. And they must draft them high.
Enter this yearís top three quarterback prospects: Central Floridaís Blake Bortles, Louisvilleís Teddy Bridgewater, and Texas A&Mís Johnny Manziel.1 All three of these quarterbacks are underclassmen who declared early, won lots of games while posting big numbers in college, and possess many of the key skills talent evaluators prize. All three also have glaring flaws that must be addressed, which means none of them is a lock for NFL success...
Well worth your time to read.