It is the single most important position in football. It's the spot we all dream of playing when we're throwing the ball to ourselves in the back yard. It's where all the glory and all the blame run straight into each other.
Win and you're a god. Lose and you're out of town. Quarterbacks are the face of the franchise, on good days and bad days alike. And if you don't have a good one, your entire focus should be on finding one.
The 2014 class of quarterbacks is a good one—not quite 2012 good, but close. This class features runners and passers, as well as some who can do both. There are sure-things and major projects, but in each prospect there is the hope of a city and a franchise. The next Tom Brady could be in this class. The next Ryan Leaf could be in this class. But be sure, there's a lot of talent here.
What are teams looking for in a quarterback? Accuracy, most importantly, and from there it goes into personal preference. Some like them tall, and some like them fast. Some want them locked in the pocket, others want a guy moving around to make plays.
Scouting a quarterback is the hardest and most important job of any scout, and there are no guarantees. Here's a look at our "How to Scout" series, highlighting the methods used to evaluate the position. Let that be your guide as you are introduced to the 10 best quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class.