Who is the best quarterback in the 2014 draft class?
That's a question that's caused heated debate for months, and yet there is no consensus as to who should be on top.
There isn't a Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck type of prospect in this class who blows everyone away and checks off every box. But there is a quarterback who sits safely within that next tier of prospects. Who is it?
That's what the NFL Draft 100 identifies. Each list in this series was compiled after looking at the film for the top 100 players on my big board in order to determine who the best prospects are at each position and what they do best.
The B/R NFL Draft 100 metric is based on scouting each player individually and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance on a 100-point scale. Unlike our NFL 1000 series, this project factors in upside for each player, as the NFL draft is as much about upside as it is about production.
Quarterbacks are judged on accuracy (30 points), arm strength (20 points), mechanics (10), decision-making (20), upside (20) and all of the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to play the position.
In the case of ties, the ranking is based on which player I prefer personally.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
I scouted each player with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study and in-person evaluation.
All combine statistics and height/weight information courtesy of NFL.com.