Editor's note: This is the 15th installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through December, with National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for more rankings.
Which quarterback was the best operating out of the pocket in 2013?
The classic dropback passer has given way to quarterbacks who operate largely out of the shotgun. Despite the process being different, the goal is still the same, getting the ball out to the receivers in order to make plays down the field. Each of the signal-callers ranked in this category—spread or pro style, under center or shotgun—fit that description.
To qualify as a pocket passer, the quarterback’s rushing production must account for less than 15 percent of his offensive production. Those with a number above the 15 percent line fall into the dual-threat category.
In order to sift through the myriad quarterbacks across the country for B/R’s CFB 250, we looked carefully at each player. Using the baseline criteria of accuracy, arm strength, decision-making and pocket presence, we carefully slotted each of the quarterbacks. If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these pocket quarterbacks are being rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where these players may go in the NFL draft (whether they are eligible in 2014 or later), check out Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller's projections at the end of each player slide.