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

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Browns Quarterback Watch: Week 13 Ranking for Top 2014 Draft QB Prospects
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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 & Ranking School Passing Touchdowns Interceptions Passing Yards Rushing Yards Completion Percentage
1. Teddy Bridgewater Louisville 1 0 220 17 72.2
2. Marcus Mariota Oregon 2 2 308 52 65.9
3. Johnny Manziel Texas A&M 1 2 224 54 39.0
4. Derek Carr Fresno State 7 0 522 26 73.0
5. Zach Mettenberger LSU 2 0 193 0 55.0
6. Brett Hundley UCLA 2 1 253 5 69.2
7. Tajh Boyd Clemson 5 0 288 20 75.0
8. A.J. McCarron Alabama 2 0 171 15 81.3
9. Aaron Murray Georgia 4 1 183 31 78.3
10. Jimmy Garoppolo (Wild Card) Eastern Illinois 6 0 477 -1 56.5

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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.

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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 & Ranking School Height/Weight 2013 TD/INT 2013 Passing Yards 2013 Completion Percentage 2013 Passer Rating
1. Derek Carr Fresno State 6'3"/218 39/4 3943 69.7 159.7
2. Zach Mettenberger LSU 6'5"/230 22/7 2926 65.0 176.1
3. Brett Hundley UCLA 6'3"/222 22/9 2637 67.9 155.6
4. Jimmy Garoppolo (Wild Card) Eastern Illinois 6'3"/222 48/8 4489 65.0 170.6
5. Marcus Mariota Oregon 6'4"/211 27/2 3127 64.4 171.1

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.

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