The 2015 NFL draft is set for April 30 but the mock drafts and rumors have already started. Here's a round up of the top prospects for the quarterback position.
1. Jameis Winston, QB Florida State
Winston is projected to be drafted as No. 1 to Tampa Bay in most people’s mock drafts. He certainly has the arm and talent. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2013 with 4,057 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and led Florida state to a BCS National Title past Auburn. In 2014 he threw for 3,907 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The talent is there, but Winston comes with off-field drama. He has been involved in some legal issues, and some teams may be wary about him playing in the NFL.
2. Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon
Mariota won the Heisman Trophy in 2014 with a phenomenal year. He threw for 4,454 yards, 42 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also rushed for 770 yards and scored 15 rushing touchdowns. In his three years at Oregon, Mariota completed 67 percent of his passes, threw for over 10,700 yards, 105 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Scouts say his downside is being a system quarterback who might struggle to make the transition to the NFL. But he had a great combine, where he showcased his athleticism which could also attract top teams.
3. Brett Hundley, QB UCLA
Hundley has been compared to dual-threat quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Collin Kaepernick. With two quarterbacks like that leading their team to deep playoff runs and even a Super Bowl win, many teams like the idea of having a guy like Hundley. During his senior year, Hundley threw for 3,155 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 644 yards, and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. His downside may be his biggest strength: some scouts believe he puts his eyes down too quickly to start running, instead of staying in the pocket. NFL teams will want him to improve and become a better pocket passer.
4. Bryce Petty, QB Baylor
Some Scouts believed Petty’s senior season was a disappointment despite throwing for 3,855 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions, which were all worse than his junior year. But Petty played his whole season with a back injury and scouts love his size and good touch on the football. Some of his weaknesses include locking eyes on his first-read receiver and not being good with defenders near him.
5. Sean Mannion, QB Oregon State
Mannion started all four years at Oregon State University and holds 18 passing records there. One of his biggest advantages is his height— 6-foot-6 — and he is patient in the pocket and gives the receivers time to run their routes. His best year was his junior year when he threw for 4,662 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His senior year was a down year, as he only threw 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. One of his biggest weaknesses is turning the ball over. He finished his career at OSU with 54 interceptions and 30 fumbles.