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Draft scouting report: Quarterbacks

Day One

Johnny Manziel*, Texas A&M … 5-11¾ … 207

Blake Bortles*, Central Florida … 6-5 … 232

Day Two

Teddy Bridgewater*, Louisville … 6-2 … 214

Derek Carr, Fresno State … 6-2 … 215

Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois … 6-2 … 222

A.J. McCarron, Alabama … 6-3 … 215

Tom Savage, Pittsburgh … 6-4 … 228

Day Three

Zach Mettenberger, Louisiana St. … 6-5 … 224

Aaron Murray, Georgia … 6-1 … 208

David Fales, San Jose State … 6-2 … 220

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech … 6-6 … 248

Sleeper: Jeff Mathews, Cornell, 6-4, 223


Anybody who watched Manziel can see he has special play-making ability. He had 63 passing TDs and 30 rushing TDs in going 20-6 as a starter. He draws comparisons to Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia. But he takes hits, and his body is not thick. ... Bortles aces the eyeball test and can move. But he wasn’t good vs. tough competition in 2012, and wasn’t wonderful last year vs. South Florida, Memphis, etc. He needs several years to develop. ... Bridgewater went 28-9 in a pro-style offense and is tough. He had a much better career than Bortles. He was great in bowl games the past two years. His body isn’t big, and he was inaccurate on his pro day.

Carr, the brother of former Texans No. 1 overall pick David, went 37-7 with 12,731 passing yards in a spread offense. His composure vs. the rush and a bad finale vs. USC give one pause, but he could creep into Round One. ... Garoppolo broke Tony Romo’s college records. He has a quick release and good ball placement but not a big arm. ... McCarron went 36-4 with two national titles. He’s not an elite athlete by NFL standards, but he may be better than people think. ... Savage could be a steal, given his size and big arm. He only played one year after transferring out of Rutgers and Arizona. Mettenberger has all the tools except mobility. He has slow feet, and he’s going to take a lot of NFL hits. ... Lack of size holds Murray back, but he has the poise to see playing time as a rookie. ... Fales’ arm strength is limited. ... Thomas has elite size but didn’t develop over his college career. He’s an erratic passer.

The News’ 10-page NFL Draft Preview is part of Wednesday’s editions.

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