Fair or not, quarterbacks drafted in the first round are usually looked upon to produce right away. Whether No. 1 overall or No. 31, it’s such a high-profile position and the hopes for the franchise usually rest on the shoulders of the man under center. This year there were only three QBs taken in the first round, so let’s take a look at their prospects to start right away and what is being expected of them as we go into team mini-camps.
If you didn’t know who Bortles was until people started talking about the draft on ESPN, you are not alone. He’s a 6’5, 232 lbs. guy from Central Florida who has played quite well but doesn’t have the accolades that most QBs that get drafted that high usually have. He’ll likely go into camp behind Chad Henne but he’ll be given every opportunity to win the job. You don’t draft a QB #3 overall to sit him on the bench these days, and the Jags don’t have much to lose by letting him play. Jaguard GM has gone on record as saying that Henne is the QB this year, but you can imagine the leash will be short.
Manziel is a former Heisman trophy winner and was projected by many to be drafted in the top 5 overall. He fell into the 20s before the Browns finally traded up to get him after passing on him the first time around. Manziel is fast and can make some amazing plays, and there’s almost no question he’ll be the starter at some point this season. Cleveland Head Coach Mike Pettine has confirmed that Manziel has jumped to second on the depth chart behind Brian Hoyer, but he’ll be unlikely to leapfrog the former Michigan State standout QB. Look for Manziel to be in the mix by Week 5-6, right around the team that passed up on him, the Texans, come into town. Tickets for that game can be had for as little as $22.
Bridgewater was draft out of Louisville with the last pick of the first round, but he could also be the starter in Minnesota very soon. Matt Cassell by no means has a stranglehold on the job, and Christian Ponder has been a bust since the Vikings too him 13th overall in the draft. Bridgewater could very well be the best bargain of the draft, and he could start proving it very early in the 2014 season.
They didn’t get a QB until the 135th overall pick in the fourth round, and they really could have used a big talent. Matt Schaub is long gone, and they’ve let the battle for the QB position be between Ryan Fitzpatick and Case Keenum. T.J. Yates and 4th round pick Tom Savage are the two other QBs in the mix going into camp. The Texans better hope Jadaveon Clowney lives up to the hype.