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Ranking the Top 5 Quarterbacks in the Draft Based on Key Attributes

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Ranking the Top 5 Quarterbacks in the Draft Based on Key Attributes
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This year's QB class is one of the most intruiging in recent memory.  No one really stands out as the type of quarterback who can come into the NFL at play at a high level right away, like Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Sam Bradford.  Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton, who are ranked by many as the top two quarterbacks in the draft, both came from spread offenses that did not require them to make the pre-snap reads and audibles required at the NFL level. 

In this article I will be ranking the top five quarterbacks in the draft based on the following attributes: Arm Strength, Deep Accuracy, Short Accuracy, Leadership, Pocket Presence/Footwork, Scrambling Ability, Reads/Progressions and intangibles.

Points will be awarded in inverse order of standings, i.e. if you rank first you get five points, second you get four points and so on.  Then the scores will be added up and they will be ranked based on what score they got.

The five quarterbacks that I will be ranking are Mike Mayock of NFL Network's top five: Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Cam Newton and Christian Ponder.

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