The 2014 NFL Draft has officially wrapped and now is the time where the fans look forward to the preseason to see how the new players perform on the field. For the next few weeks, I’ll be covering each position and the notable players selected.
The first and what some consider to be the most important position in football is at quarterback. It’s common for the first overall pick to be a quarterback, but it hasn’t been that way for the past two drafts. Last year, offensive tackle Eric Fisher went first overall to the Kansas City Chiefs and this year’s draft had defensive end Jadeveon Clowney going first overall to the Houston Texans.
The 2014 NFL Draft saw three quarterbacks selected in the first round. Blake Bortles of Central Florida was taken third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars built around Bortles by taking two wide receivers and a running back for him to get the ball to.
Johnny Manziel was the most talked about player prior to and on draft day. He was projected to go as early as the fourth overall pick, but ended up sliding to pick 22. Cleveland snatched Manziel up and also picked up undrafted South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw.
Minnesota traded up so they could draft Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd pick. The Vikings previously had announced they would not be exercising their fifth year option on 2011 first rounder Christian Ponder and apparently don’t see a future with Matt Cassel.
Out of all 14 quarterbacks who were drafted, Bortles and Bridgewater will more than likely start their rookie seasons. Manziel has already been told that he will be a back up to Brian Hoyer.
The rest of the quarterbacks will probably be works in progress for their new teams. Derek Carr and Tom Savage might have opportunities to start for their teams if they’re able to beat out their competition in the preseason (Matt Schaub for Oakland, Ryan Fitzpatrick for Houston).