#1.) A.J. McCarron/ Alabama/ 6’4″, 210 : (25-2) as a starter for the Crimson Tide and with athletes all-around once again, look out for McCarron to have another great season as the SEC’s most polished passer. McCarron has the ability to make most throws, but his mechanically polished game and has natural leadership skills are going to drive scouts crazy.
2.) Johnny Manziel/ Texas A&M/ 6’1″, 200: Faster than lightning and with great zip on his ball, Manziel returns in my opinion as the frontrunner for the Heisman trophy once again; if he can keep his focus and off the field antics to a minimum.
3.) Teddy Bridgewater/ Louisville/ 6’3″, 218: Tougher than nails, a cannon for an arm and with great mobility, Bridgewater could be the nations best QB period, after what I witnessed during the Sugar Bowl. Bridgewater has great size and is extremely accurate with his fluid throwing motion.
4.) Aaron Murray/ Georgia/ 6’1″, 210: Probably my personal favorite of the bunch due to his small stature and cannon arm. Murray has the leadership skills and experience to take the Bulldogs back to the SEC Championship game as he anticipates throws and has outstanding pocket presence. So far has 95 career TD passes.
5.) Tajh Boyd/ Clemson/ 6’1″, 225: Could have been a high draft pick, but opted to stay in school. Another dual threat guy accounted for 46 TDs this past season while leading the Tigers to an (11-2) record. Will be fun to watch with WR Sammy Watkins in 2013.
6.) Braxton Miller/ Ohio State/ 6’2″, 210: Is an athletic specimen that still needs time to develop as a passer. Bottom line: A (12-0) record last year proves that he will be a major threat in the Big Ten and beyond under the ruthless command of head coach Urban Meyer. In 2012 he accounted for over 1,200 yards and 13 TDs on the ground.
7.) Marcus Mariota/ Oregon/ 6’4″, 196: Super fluid, it will be interesting to see how the coaching departure of Jim Kelly effects his play. Because of his natural athleticism he should make transition nicely however, and could emerge as a eventual Heisman contender if Oregon picks up where they left off.
8.) Casey Pachall/ TCU/ 6’5″, 225: After he was canned last season due to problems with alcohol, Pachall will ride his 6’5″ frame back into the spotlight as he has the skill set to be a solidified first round pick with his ability to move around in the pocket. Before getting the boot he compiled ridiculous stats. (10 touchdowns to 1 interception for 948 yards) as the Horned Frogs went (4-0) while he was the starter in 2012.
9.) Kevin Hogan/ Stanford/ 6’4″, 225: Fits the mold of a pro quarterback to the tee at 6’4″, 225, Hogan should get even better this season, as he is young and still developing. Could potentially be a top 10 pick someday, if everything goes his way and he works hard. The huge upside he is only a redshirt sophomore this coming in 2013.
10.) Bryn Renner/ North Carolina/ 6’3″, 215: Coming back for his senior season, Renner led North Carolina to an (8-4) record while posting a 150.o passer rating. Could start for any program in the country as he has the size and arm to get it done. He just happens to be on North Carolina.
11.) Jeff Driskel/ Florida/6’4″, 237: Has helped put the Gators back on the map and he should only get better as he gains more comfort in the passing game. Driskel has all the tools to become a pro at 6’4″, 237 and can run people over if needed. Watch for 2012 to possibly become his coming out party.
12.) David Ash/ Texas/ 6’3″, 223: While only a Junior, Ash has the size 6’3″ 225 to become a legitimate pro prospect. Although he has not been perfect and has made some apparent blunders, Ash has time to embark upon Texas greats as he is already ranks 9th on Texas’ All-Time career passing list.
13.) Chuckie Keeton/ Utah State/ 6’1″, 200: A pure playmaker and leader, not a lot of people have seen Keeton play. Despite this, he led Utah State to an (11-2) record while accounting for 3,900 yards and 35 total touchdowns in 2012. Additonally, Keeton has the natural ability to make elusive plays with his feet while boasting a 67.7% completion percentage.
14.) Keith Price/ Washington/ 6’1″, 210: Probably the best QB in the Pac-12, although undersized, Price has been able to do wonders with subpar talent at Washington. With above average mechanics, expect Price to bounce back with a great display in 2013, as his arm will draw attention.
15.) Blake Bortles/ UCF/ 6’4″: At 6’4″, 221 Bortles has the size and arm to be a legitimate prospect despite his smaller school. Last year he accumulated 25 TDs versus 7 INTs and led the team to a 10 wins after a 3 TD performance in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl.
16.) Stephen Morris/Miami: The best Hurricane on the squad, Morris has the ability to get a shot in the NFL. With Duke Johnson at RB, watch for Miami to have a great season in 2013 as Morris enters his final season trying to revive the Miami program.
17.) Bo Wallace/ Ole Miss/ 6’5″, 210: With great size at 6’5″ if Wallace can cut down his interceptions and come out in 2013 playing well this former Junior College standout could get some legitimate attention.
18.) J.W. Walsh/Oklahoma State/ 6’2″, 205: Returning for his second year, Walsh had a great start to his career as he tallied 13 TDs to 3 INT and boasted a 66.9% completion percentage. Still young this guy could emerge into a star.
19.) Derek Carr/ Fresno State/ 6’3″, 210: David’s younger brother, Carr put Fresno State back on the map basically himself last season as he led the nations 12th ranked passing attack and led the Bulldogs to a (9-3) record.
20.) Connor Shaw/ South Carolina/ 6’1″, 207 : If Shaw can remain healthy after a shoulder injury, he could do some real damage with coach Steve Spurrier in 2013. With the ability to make elusive plays and good accuracy the Gamecocks could be a real contender in the SEC under Shaw’s leadership.
2012 Cardinals Combined QB Statistics:
Passing Yards: 3,383 Touchdowns: 11 Interceptions:11 Completion Percentage: 55.4
The Arizona Cardinals to this day have been in utter disarray since the departure of former Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner and in my opinion things could continue to get worse, even after the recent off season acquisition of Carson Palmer. Last year Cardinals QBs, were arguably worst in the league, as four different starters graced the field during the season and Arizona only tallied 5 victories. In the end it was a statistical debacle and although the numbers do not tell the full story they do tell quite a bit about how bad last year really was. As Cardinals management passed up in my opinion a no brainer in Matt Barkley (I always thought Arizona could be a great place to develop the former cerebrale all American) the team obviously has other ideas about how things are going to unfold as the roster remains loaded with QBs that fail to strike fear into the eyes of the opposition. With Palmer entering the end of his career, the Cardinals only hope at this point is that he can rely on his protection up front and the long ball to Pro Bowl WR Larry Fitzgerald. If Palmer fails or for some reason gets hurt here is my take on Palmer and remaining stable of QBs in the Valley of the Sun.
Carson Palmer: Once an elite player on the Bengals Carson Palmer time and time again has been a disappointment since his departure, as his career in Oakland was extremely mediocre. During his tenure in the Bay Area through 23 games as the starter he went 8-15 and during his complete time on the field amassed 35 TDs to a alarming 20 interceptions. Although, he has the physical characteristics of a massive gunslinger and does possess a great deep ball his quickness and elusiveness are not his strong points; marks a huge downfall in his game. Unless Arizona can improve drastically on the offensive line, I don’t see a great 2013 here.
Drew Stanton: With 7 seasons in the league Drew Stanton’s progression has been slow as playtime has not been in his favor. During his career he has posted 5 TD passes to 9 INTs and has a menial completion percentage of only 55.6%. Although, his career up until this point has not been progressive Stanton may have a valid chance to play in Arizona as his size and natural arm strength could get him a long look as a starter. With a chance you never know what could happen.
Ryan Lindley: With 0 TDs this past season in six different appearances, the former SDSU great had a miserable time at the helm while completing 52.1 % of his passes and boasting a QBR rating of only 9.8. As the Cardinals will most likely keep him around due to his size and upside once he gets things going, with his debacle last season his opportunities could be few and far between.
Brian Hoyer: In one 2012 start he had 1 TD versus 1 INT for 330 yards. In seven years in the league he has only been active for 13 games. After spending the majority of his career backing up Tom Brady he will join fellow Michigan State standout Drew Stanton to compete for a chance at a backup roll.
QB’s To Start Since the Departure of Kurt Warner: