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Browns Quarterback Watch: Week 13 Ranking for Top 2014 Draft QB Prospects

Jul 26, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3), quarterback Jason Campbell (17) and quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
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Andy McNamaraCorrespondent IINovember 28, 2013

Tracking college quarterback prospects became a much higher priority for Cleveland Browns fans after the disheartening loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday.

This defeat made hopes of a playoff berth a pipe dream at best as the club dropped to a 4-7 record. To make matters worse, the 2013 QB carousel took another spin. Jason Campbell suffered a concussion and Brandon Weeden was ineffective in relief.

The top nine NFL draft quarterback prospects, according to CBS Sports, will be ranked weekly here on Bleacher Report to determine who would best fit this Browns organization. A 10th "wild card" option is added in as a potential later-round developmental project for Cleveland. 

NCAA Quarterback Week 13 Results
Name & RankingSchoolPassing TouchdownsInterceptionsPassing YardsRushing YardsCompletion Percentage
1. Teddy BridgewaterLouisville102201772.2
2. Marcus MariotaOregon223085265.9
3. Johnny ManzielTexas A&M122245439.0
4. Derek CarrFresno State705222673.0
5. Zach MettenbergerLSU20193055.0
6. Brett HundleyUCLA21253569.2
7. Tajh BoydClemson502882075.0
8. A.J. McCarronAlabama201711581.3
9. Aaron MurrayGeorgia411833178.3
10. Jimmy Garoppolo (Wild Card)Eastern Illinois60477-156.5
Stats by ESPN.com and rankings by CBSSports.com

 

Wild Card: Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo gets the nod as this week's Browns wild-card selection because he's thrown for nine touchdowns and zero interceptions over his last three outings and gained nearly 4,500 passing yards this season.

Statistics don't mean everything, but combining them with Garoppolo's 6'3", 222-pound frame and accurate arm certainly helps.

The senior from Eastern Illinois goes through his progressions quickly, releases the ball on time, and demonstrates good footwork that allows him to escape pressure in the pocket.

Although he doesn't posses elite arm power, Garoppolo can put above-average zip on the pigskin, which will help him be successful at the next level.

A fun side note is that the Panther has doubled as a punter since 2012, delivering nine kicks.

He's currently projected as a third-round pick by CBS Sports.  

 

Power Rankings: Week 13

The below power rankings are based on which quarterback's skill set and most recent statistics would be most suitable for Cleveland's desired aggressive downfield game plan.

Ideal qualifications include an accurate arm with deep ball strength, quick decision-making ability and some mobility in and out of the pocket.

Georgia's Aaron Murray falls out of the Browns' top five because of a season-ending ACL injury he suffered to his left leg against Kentucky this past Saturday. Cleveland already has Brian Hoyer recovering from knee surgery and don't need another signal-caller coming out of rehab.

Brett Hundley out of UCLA leaps onto the Browns' watch list of prospects and displaces Alabama's AJ McCarron. The Bruin has a strong, accurate arm and the ability to make aggressive deep throws. This trumps McCarron's efficient, short horizontal passes.

If Hundley does come out in the draft (he's a redshirt sophomore) he would be best as a backup in Year 1 while he matures under Norv Turner's tutelage. 

Power Rankings: Top Five Week 13 Prospects for Cleveland
Name & RankingSchoolHeight/Weight2013 TD/INT2013 Passing Yards2013 Completion Percentage2013 Passer Rating
1. Derek CarrFresno State6'3"/21839/4394369.7159.7
2. Zach MettenbergerLSU6'5"/23022/7292665.0176.1
3. Brett HundleyUCLA6'3"/22222/9263767.9155.6
4. Jimmy Garoppolo (Wild Card)Eastern Illinois6'3"/22248/8448965.0170.6
5. Marcus MariotaOregon6'4"/21127/2312764.4171.1
ESPN.com

 

Browns Quarterback Prospect of the Week: Derek Carr

Derek Carr repeats as the Browns quarterback prospect of the week, and it's tough to argue that following his seven-touchdown, 522-yard performance in a 69-28 win over New Mexico on Saturday.

This Fresno State gunslinger has been on a tear throughout the season, leading the Bulldogs to a 10-0 start. Carr hasn't thrown an interception since October 5 and on average is completing just shy of 70 percent of his passes.

The senior's displayed steady development over his college career with rare maturity.

Carr's size, strength and pocket awareness line him up as Cleveland's best option as a Day 1 starter out of this quarterback draft class.

 

Andy McNamara is an international sports broadcaster and journalist.

Follow Andy on Twitter @AndyMc81

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