Now that the NFL draft is behind us, it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here's the LestersLegends' look at the 2014 NFL rookie quarterback class.
1. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles was not only the first quarterback taken in the 2014 NFL draft, but he's also the one most likely to play meaningful snaps in the 2014 NFL season. The third overall pick is 6'5" and 232 pounds. He threw for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns at Central Florida.
Bortles should be able to get a shot with Chad Henne holding down the starting job in Jacksonville. Not having Justin Blackmon at his disposal hurts, but the Jags did a nice job of adding Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round.
2. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns
Despite the talk surrounding Johnny Football, don't expect him to be Johnny Backup all year long. Brian Hoyer is the top man on the depth chart, but with 192 career pass attempts and a big game against a bad Minnesota Vikings defense, he shouldn't have a very firm grip on the job as he recovers from a knee injury.
Manziel threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy. He responded to offseason criticism with 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns last year. Manziel ran for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns as a freshman and for "just" 759 yards and nine touchdowns last year.
At 6'0" and 210 pounds, that trend should continue against the bigger, faster NFL players. Like Bortles, Manziel will have to get by without a star player. In Manziel's case, it is Josh Gordon.
3. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Carr will get to learn behind the newly acquired Matt Schaub, who has been pretty average the past few seasons despite having Andre Johnson to throw to. Neither Schaub nor Carr have good talent to work with in Oakland, but that could lead to an earlier look at Carr.
He threw for 3,544 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore, 4,104 yards and 37 touchdowns as a junior and 5,082 yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior. He has the pedigree. Hopefully, he has more success than his big brother, David.
4. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
Teddy will get to learn behind Matt Cassel, who will form a bridge to the Bridgewater era. Cassel will likely miss a couple of games during the year, which will give Bridgewater a chance to get his feet wet. If he runs with the job, he will never look back.
Over the past two seasons, the 6'2", 205-pound Bridgewater averaged 3,844 yards, 29 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He'll have to add to his frame, but Bridgewater isn't a running quarterback who you have to worry about getting put in harm's way.
5. Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee Titans
Zach Mettenberger rounds out the top five only because of Jake Locker's injury history and a general lack of immediate impact players at the position in this year's draft crop. Mettenberger is 6'5" and 235 pounds but lacks any sort of mobility.
He also has character concerns. Mettenberger threw for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns. If Locker goes down again, Mettenberger could see some action.
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