Ranking the QBs in the 2014 NFL Draft

Rankings are as of July 30, 2014.

The 2014 crop of QBs in the NFL Draft is much better than last year’s group — with upwards of seven QBs who may end up starting for NFL teams, and several more who will bounce around on practice squads.

At the top, we have what I consider — outside of Andrew Luck and MAYBE Cam Newton — to be the best QB prospect I’ve seen since I started seriously paying attention six years ago: Teddy Bridgewater. He, along with Manziel and Bortles, are all worth picking in the first two rounds of your dynasty rookie drafts.

The second tier of QBs includes Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr. Most are putting Carr ahead of Garoppolo but I’m less excited by Carr than I am by Garoppolo’s potential. Garoppolo is the most highly thought-of QB prospect to come out the FCS Division of college football since Joe Flacco. Not that he’s on Flacco’s level… yet. But he IS on the Patriots at the tail-end of Tom Brady’s career.

The next tier (I think the last of this group you need to consider in dynasty leagues right now) go from Aaron Murray through Tom Savage. These are the guys who could end up starting for their teams at some point. Expect varying levels of NFL success from them, with some getting starting opportunities and most being able to hold onto backup jobs.

In that third tier are two QBs you need to remember, for sure: Logan Thomas and Tom Savage. Even though I absolutely don’t think they’ll ever be worthy starting QBs in this league, it seems like their teams are a lot higher on them than I am — so they’ll get a chance to start in the next year.

The rest of the QBs on the list are guys you probably shouldn’t draft in dynasty leagues unless you’re in super-deep leagues or have taken over a bone-dry team. They’re worth keeping an eye on, but not worth wasting a draft pick on.

Good luck!

Here are my current rankings (and probably the last time I’ll rank the 2014 draft class).

  1. Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings
  2. Johnny Manziel, Browns
  3. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
  4. Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots
  5. Derek Carr, Raiders
  6. Aaron Murray, Chiefs
  7. Logan Thomas, Cardinals
  8. AJ McCarron, Bengals
  9. Zach Mettenberger, Titans
  10. Garrett Gilbert, Rams
  11. Tom Savage, Texans
  12. Bryn Renner, Broncos
  13. Keith Wenning, Ravens
  14. Tajh Boyd, Jets
  15. Connor Shaw, Browns
  16. David Fales, Bears
  17. Stephen Morris, Jaguars
  18. Jeff Mathews, Falcons
  19. James Franklin, Lions
  20. Brock Jensen, Dolphins
  21. Brendon Kay, Steelers
  22. Dustin Vaughan, Cowboys

Here are my rankings from after the draft. Not much has changed:

  1. Teddy Bridgewater
  2. Johnny Manziel
  3. Blake Bortles
  4. Jimmy Garoppolo
  5. Derek Carr
  6. Aaron Murray
  7. Logan Thomas
  8. AJ McCarron
  9. Zach Mettenberger
  10. Garrett Gilbert
  11. Tom Savage
  12. Bryn Renner
  13. Keith Wenning
  14. Tajh Boyd
  15. Connor Shaw
  16. Brett Smith
  17. David Fales
  18. Stephen Morris
  19. Jeff Mathews
  20. James Franklin
  21. Brock Jensen
  22. Brendon Kay
  23. Dustin Vaughan
  24. Taylor Martinez
  25. Kolton Browning

For the record, these were my quarterback rankings just before the draft:

  1. Teddy Bridgewater
  2. Johnny Manziel
  3. Blake Bortles
  4. Jimmy Garoppolo
  5. Derek Carr
  6. AJ McCarron
  7. Tajh Boyd
  8. Aaron Murray
  9. Stephen Morris
  10. Connor Shaw
  11. Zach Mettenberger
  12. Keith Wenning
  13. Bryn Renner
  14. David Fales
  15. Jeff Mathews
  16. James Franklin
  17. Jordan Lynch
  18. Brock Jensen
  19. Garrett Gilbert
  20. Logan Thomas
  21. Nathan Scheelhaase
  22. Brendon Kay
  23. Sean Schroeder
  24. Taylor Martinez
  25. Tyler Tettleton
  26. Kenny Guiton
  27. Tommy Rees
  28. Dustin Vaughan
  29. Kolton Browning
  30. Joe Clancy
  31. Caleb Herring
  32. Keith Price 
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