With the college football season nearly upon us, I wanted to put out my annual top 10 senior quarterback list for your consideration. This list is only seniors, not juniors or draft-eligible sophomores, so no, you won't be seeing Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel here.
In previous years I've put this list out in other publications, but this will be my first time posting it here, exclusively for Bleacher Report.
When evaluating a quarterback for transition to the NFL, I use a blend of personal metrics and my own evaluations of the quarterback's velocity, accuracy, ability to manipulate the pocket and most importantly if and how he elevates the talent around him.
Great quarterback prospects elevate the talent around them every time. Many of the "busts" in recent years were players who were, instead, elevated by the talent and systems around them. One needs to look no further than the parade of USC quarterbacks following Carson Palmer for evidence of that.
So without further ado, here is my preseason list of the top 10 senior quarterbacks for the 2014 NFL draft.