College Football QBs Set to Replace Future NFL Players in 2014

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College Football QBs Set to Replace Future NFL Players in 2014
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Conventional thinking dictates that, whenever a team loses its quarterback to the NFL draft, it stands to get worse the following season. Logical thinking tends to agree. Quarterbacks get drafted for a reason—they're very good—and losing a very good player at the most important position in sports is a difficult thing to recover from.

But it's not impossible. EJ Manuel, after all, was the first quarterback off the board in the 2013 NFL draft, and Florida State seemed to have done just fine without him.

Still, replacing a program-changing quarterback is one of the most hit-or-miss propositions in college athletics. For every Jameis Winston at Florida State or Nick Florence at Baylor, there are five or six Paul Millards at West Virginia.

As far as I can tell, there are eight power-conference quarterbacks with a great chance to get drafted in 2014, plus one "small" school prospect who could go in the top 10.

Here's who stands to replace them.

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