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Draft Preview Scouting Report: Quarterbacks

Day One


Jameis Winston*Florida St.6-4231

Marcus Mariota*Oregon6-4222

Day Two

Brett Hundley*UCLA6-3226

Bryce PettyBaylor6-3230

Garrett GraysonColorado St.6-2213

Day Three

Sean MannionOregon St.6-6229

Brandon BridgeSouth Alabama6-4229

Connor HallidayWashington St.6-3204

Cody FajardoNevada6-1223

Shane CardenEast Carolina6-2218

Hutson MasonGeorgia6-2212

Sleeper: Chris Bonner, Colorado St.-Pueblo, 6-6, 231

Using the term “character concerns” about Winston is an understatement, since he’s been accused of rape. Any franchise drafting him will need to be prepared to answer why they are comfortable drafting a player like that. … Mariota will have to shake the notion he’s a “system” quarterback successful only because of the scheme run in Oregon.

The two biggest concerns about Hundley are his pocket presence and ability to read defenses. He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes in 2014, but threw 54 percent of them within 6 yards of the line of scrimmage. That number will change in the NFL. … Grayson improved each year at Colorado State, and ran a pro-style offense. The biggest knock on him seems to be he doesn’t have any “elite” traits. … Petty, who is 24, played with two cracked bones in his back in 2014. Like Hundley, he’ll have to prove he can make the right decision with the ball if his primary option is covered.

Mannion took a beating in 2014, taking 36 sacks. He needs to speed up his delivery in the NFL. At 6-foot-6, he compares to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon. … Bridge, who is from Mississauga, Ont., might have the best arm in the class, but his accuracy is a mess, hovering around 50 percent. … Halliday played exclusively out of the spread. In his last full season, 2013, he threw 22 interceptions, so he must cut down on those. … Fajardo is a dual-threat quarterback with below-average arm strength.

– Jay Skurski

Class grade


Winston and Mariota bring up the grade, but there are big questions about whether any of the quarterbacks in the class can ever develop into starters. That’s a bad sign for a QB-starved league.

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