Included is each player’s height, weight, 40-yard dash time and projected round.
1. JOHNNY MANZIEL (5-11 1/2, 207, 4.65, 1) – Not only was Manziel known to one and all as “Johnny Football,” he trademarked the nickname. “He’s more talented than the guy at New Orleans (Drew Brees),” one scout said. “His arm’s not as strong as (Michael) Vick’s but he’s farther along in the passing game. He’s not very far along, but farther than Vick was. He’s better than (Doug) Flutie, faster and better than (Russell) Wilson. He reminds me a little bit of (Joe) Montana. Fluid, and even though off-balance he can get the ball out. Has big hands (9 7/8 inches) for a little guy. To me, the only thing holding him back is the off-the-field and if he’s committed to coming in on Mondays and Tuesdays.” Third-year sophomore from Kerrville, Texas. Recruited by Mike Sherman and coached by Tom Rossley as a redshirt in 2011. Replaced departed Ryan Tannehill in ’12 and blossomed, capturing the Heisman Trophy. “Nothing fazes him,” said an executive who has interviewed him. “He’s a likable guy. Not great on the (coaching) board. Doesn’t always work at it.” Scored 1,550 on the SAT and 32 on the 50-question Wonderlic intelligence test. Loves the night life and celebrity lifestyle. Asked how Manziel would fail, one scout said, “Off field. Parties. Lack of dedication to his craft. All the stuff that gets in the way. You know what I mean.” Fashioned an NFL passer rating of 111.0, completed 69% of his passes and rushed for 2,160 yards (6.3) and 30 TDs. Threw at pro day in March wearing helmet and shoulder pads, something many veteran scouts had never witnessed. “It was excellent — great PR move,” another scout said. “You know how much harder that is? I keep hearing he’s slipping. What the hell do you want? Does everyone have too much time on their hands or what?”
2. BLAKE BORTLES, Central Florida (6-5, 230, 4.91, 1-2) – Fourth-year junior from Oviedo, Fla. “Has an NFL physique, NFL arm, moves well,” said one scout. “Not ready to play. He has some of the same problems Blaine Gabbert had. He came out early and needed refinement. But he has a lot to work with.” Led UCF to unprecedented success. “He works his (expletive) off, he’s a leader, he’s won and kind of raised the program,” a second scout said. “Even though he really didn’t beat anybody. He’s actually more of a runner. They ran him a lot and rolled him out. If somebody takes him and thinks he’s going to be their franchise guy they’re going to get burned.” Had a 104.4 passer rating, 65.7% completion mark and 22-5 record as a two-year starter. “He’s got the most growth of anyone because he’s just scratching the surface,” a third scout said. “But I do worry about the pinpoint accuracy. I see some passes on the back shoulder, some on the back hip, some thrown back to the inside on an out route. Can those things be coached up? Some people say they can, others say they can’t.” Wonderlic of 28.
3. DEREK CARR, Fresno State (6-2 1/2, 214, 4.69, 1-2) – Followed in the footsteps of older brother David, a bust as the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft who had a 74.9 rating for four teams from 2002-’12. “Smart (Wonderlic of 23), adaptable, talented, talented guy,” one scout said. “Just a little off on the deep-ball accuracy. If I had my coaches and all the people on board, I would not be afraid to pull the trigger on him in the top half of the first round.” Married and has an infant son. Finished with a passer rating of 107.4, a completion mark of 66.6% and a 24-15 record. “He’s tougher than his brother,” another scout said. “Pretty athletic. Great arm talent. Even though he hasn’t thrown many interceptions he’s a little erratic in his decision-making.” Lost his composure against Southern California in final game, sealing the family’s winless streak in bowl games. “You wonder if he can lead just because he’s a little different,” said a third scout. “OK in the interview but not the type of guy you’d have a beer with. Good kid but little bit of a forced leader. Can he fit in? The brother is a big part of this kid. That may hurt him.” From Bakersfield, Calif.
4. TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, Louisville (6-2, 211, 4.79, 1-2) – Third-year junior. “He’s not an elite talent but he’s got a good enough arm, he’s a good enough athlete and he’s a leader,” one scout said. “The big thing is his intangibles. He wins. He’s clutch.” Graduated in three years. Passer rating of 107.2, completion mark of 68.2% and 27-8 record. “He’s legit tough,” another scout said. “Smart enough kid (Wonderlic of 20). I see him kind of like Geno Smith. I don’t know if he’s any better athlete than Geno but he’s a little stronger character kid. To win, he’ll have to have a good supporting cast.” Played at Northwestern High in Miami. “He’s probably got the best mind of all of them in terms of seeing the game and reading,” a third scout said. “He’s got pretty good movement. But he’s the least ready to make all the NFL throws.” Lean frame. More of an introvert. Hurt himself in the eyes of some scouts by throwing a bunch of wobbly, soft, wayward passes on pro day. “It was the workout heard ’round the world,” a fourth scout said. “It looked awful. It’s almost impossible to have a bad workout. It’s scripted, it’s inside, it’s on air with your receivers. It’s like you and me playing pitch and catch when we were kids. You’ve got to be able to do that.”
5. JIMMY GAROPPOLO, Eastern Illinois (6-2, 226, 4.99, 2) – Came out of Rolling Meadows High (Arlington Heights, Ill.) to start four years at Tony Romo’s alma mater. “I love the kid,” said one scout. “He’s an OK player. Romo is more athletic and has a lot better arm. He don’t ever throw it down the field. He’s a dink and dunk guy.” Passer rating of 98.1 (118.7 in 2013), 62.8% completion and a 23-22 record. “Interesting cat,” another scout said. “Gets the ball out very well. He doesn’t have the same arm as Carr but he’s got great feet, a quick release and he’s accurate. He played with some very pedestrian football players. Believe it or not, he has a lot of similarities to Drew Brees. But he ain’t Drew Brees.” MVP of the East-West Shrine Game and respectable all week at the Senior Bowl. “A lot of his stuff looks predetermined,” a third scout said. “He’s throwing to the first guy he sees. Really, really quick release. He’s lethal in the red zone. Maybe the best I’ve ever seen throwing fades. His accuracy is just OK. Outstanding kid.” Wonderlic of 29.
6. ZACH METTENBERGER, Louisiana State (6-5, 224, 5.3, 2-3) – “Just an arm,” said one scout. “He has no other quarterback qualities.” From Watkinsville, Ga. Kicked off squad at Georgia, where his mother was coach Mark Richt’s administrative assistant, after pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. Led his junior-college team (Butler, Kan.) to 2010 national title after Cam Newton was victorious in the same game one season earlier. Two-year starter with 98.3 rating, 61.8% completion mark and 19-6 record. “He’s a statue,” another scout said. “But he’s got a cannon arm.” Suffered a torn ACL Nov. 30 against Arkansas. Wonderlic of 30. “He can’t do it,” a third scout said. “He’s slow-footed and methodical. He’s got all those receivers and running backs, they should have been national champions were it not for him. He was the guy holding them back.”
7. A.J. McCARRON, Alabama (6-3 1/2, 221, 4.93, 2-3) – Second in Heisman voting in 2013, 10th in ’12. “He’s a great game manager,” one scout said. “I think he’s an accurate passer (66.9%). He’s a good decision-maker. He doesn’t have a great arm, and he’s not a great athlete. He’s a very sound guy. He’s not going to beat himself. He’s a leader. He probably will be a starter within a couple seasons.” Scored 17 last spring and then 22 at the combine on the Wonderlic. “The Oklahoma (bowl) game exposed him,” another scout said. “All the stuff they ran at Alabama was play-action. He had a great O-line and great receivers and great running backs. When he had to play catch-up against Oklahoma he got sacked six times because he holds onto the ball. I think the last good quarterback out of Alabama was Richard Todd.” Some teams question if his All-American kid image was more the product of the Tide PR machine than reality. From Mobile, Ala. “He’s better than (Christian) Ponder,” a third scout said. “Bigger, more durable. Probably equal to an Andy Dalton.”
8. TOM SAVAGE, Pittsburgh (6-4, 226, 4.99, 2-3) – Triple transfer (Rutgers to Arizona to Pitt). Older brother, Bryan, was a Wisconsin QB in 2004-’05 before bolting for Hofstra. “Big-time arm,” one scout said. “More of a pocket guy but his feet are better than he gets credit for. The kid’s tough. I’ve seen him take a boatload of hits and he keeps coming. Kind of a Joe Flacco personality. Outward, extrovert, vocal kind of guy. There’s a steadiness and a coolness to him. The guy just hasn’t played enough.” Made 28 starts (17-11), sitting out 2011 and ’12. Finished with an 86.6 rating and 56.8% completion mark. “I don’t think he’s any (good),” said another scout. “He’s one of these (expletive) late risers. Big-arm kid. Doesn’t move his feet very well. Throws it to the other color a lot.” Wonderlic scores were 20 and 29. From Springfield, Pa.
9. AARON MURRAY, Georgia (6-0 1/2, 205, 4.95, 3-4) – Started all 52 games that he suited up for (35-17) before blowing out his ACL Nov. 23 against Kentucky. “I kind of like him,” one scout said. “He’s really smart (Wonderlic of 29). He’s accurate. Quick release. Quick decisions. Doesn’t have a great arm but good touch-timing. Won some big games. He just doesn’t have the physical tools that you want, but he’s a pretty good little player.” Had a 106.9 rating and 62.3% completion mark. “Just a great college quarterback,” a second scout said. “Small. Doesn’t have a really good arm. Been prolific there, but just kind of manufactured.” From Tampa, Fla.
10. LOGAN THOMAS, Virginia Tech (6-6, 251, 4.59, 4) – “He’s a shot in the dark,” one scout said. “See if you can retrain him.” Fifth-year senior had his best season in 2011 (89.6 rating) before plummeting to 72.2 in 2012 and 79.1 last year. “He has a lot of intriguing ability but he’s been a turnover machine,” another scout said. “He’s not an accurate passer (55.5%). He’s a scary kid.” High school tight end with meat hooks for hands (10 7/8). Hardworking and bright (Wonderlic of 29). From Lynchburg, Va. “Reminded me of Josh Freeman,” said a third scout. “You go to the school…first one in, last one out. Great family. It’s just weird because the drop-off has been huge. There’s a disconnect there.”
11. KEITH WENNING, Ball State (6-2 1/2, 220, 5.01, 5-6) – Four-year starter from Coldwater, Ohio. “He’s more ready to be a pro quarterback than Jimmy Garoppolo,” one scout said. “He can see the whole field. He’s actually reacting on what defenders are doing. Good athlete, good arm.” Passer rating of 91.6 (107.8 in 2013), completion mark of 63%, record of 27-20 and Wonderlic of 29. “He has to see it to pull the trigger,” a second scout said. “Can’t escape. Really smart. Good interview. Worker, intangibles, all that stuff. Kind of a low release. More generic than exceptional.”
12. CONNOR SHAW, South Carolina (6-0 1/2, 207, 4.65, 5-6) – Son of a high school football coach in Flowery Branch, Ga. “He’s fun,” one scout said. “I’d take him and say he needs a year or two. He’s got some gunslinger in him. He can run. He’ll do some (expletive) where you say, ‘My God, why did you do that for?’ Then he does some stuff that’s good.” Completed 22 of 25 for 312 yards and three TDs in virtuoso Capital One Bowl performance as Gamecocks beat Wisconsin, 34-24, in his final game. Finished with rating of 107.6, completion mark of 65.5% and 27-5 record. Wonderlic of 23. “Why would you draft him,” a third scout said. “What qualities does he have to say he’s an NFL quarterback?”
OTHERS: David Fales, San Jose State; Tajh Boyd, Clemson; Stephen Morris, Miami; Brendon Kay, Cincinnati; Garrett Gilbert, Southern Methodist; Jeff Mathews, Cornell; Bryn Renner, North Carolina; Brett Smith, Wyoming; Brock Jensen, North Dakota State; Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois.