Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A quick study on possible 2015 QBs
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – Are you upset the Dallas Cowboys did not draft Johnny Manziel?
If you want to start thinking about quarterbacks who could be available in the 2015 NFL draft, ESPN.com's Jeffri Chadiha has an early look at the class.
Chadiha mentioned Florida State's Jameis Winston, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley as the top three right now, but all would have to forego eligibility before entering the NFL. Mariota and Hundley contemplated a move this year.
Another name to keep an eye on was Baylor's Bryce Petty. He should be on Heisman Trophy lists this season as well. Head coach Art Briles continues to put out quarterbacks with big numbers.
A year ago at this time, however, nobody really new Central Florida's Blake Bortles and he was the third pick in the draft. It is all bound to change over the coming months.
The Cowboys have made it pretty clear that they are not into developing quarterbacks for other teams. Tony Romo is in the first year of the extension he signed in 2013 and is not going anywhere, but Kyle Orton, if he plays this season, will be a free agent in 2015, and Brandon Weeden would be entering the final year of his deal.
What if the Cowboys miss the playoffs again? What if Romo gets hurt? Maybe next year is the year they start the process. ESPN Insider Mel Kiper also offers up his first big board, but you have to be an Insider to read it all.