Unlike in recent years, this year's draft class doesn't contain any consensus top pick. The Texans, Rams and Jaguars, the holders of the top three picks in the draft, have all appeared willing to move down in the draft if they're given the right deal. With teams willing to stay mobile in the draft order and no top prospect emerging, what could some of the top selections offer their teams?
If there was a consensus top prospect, Clowney would be it. He offers his future team the ability to apply consistent pressure on opposing passers, and he has the ability to be on the field for the majority of the game. Still, because the Texans, who currently hold the top pick in the draft, need a quarterback, it's very possible Clowney could slide down the draft order, but only just a bit.
There's three quarterbacks that seem to be competing for the title of top quarterback prospect, but Bridgewater has been the favorite all along. Whoever pulls the trigger on Bridgewater will be getting a scholar of the game. He has a solid arm, not the biggest in the draft, but he also has the ability to throw passes on time, leading receivers into open space. Bridgewater's athleticism allows him to buy time in the pocket, making him an attractive all-around package.
Matthews was one of the players largely responsible for quarterback Johnny Manziel's rise to fame at Texas A&M. Matthews has the ability to win battles against some of the best pass rushers in the game, and he's equally as impressive in the running game. Still, his best attribute may be his ability to maintain discipline when his quarterback begins moving outside the pocket, making him ideal for teams with quarterbacks that like to scramble.
Watkins is often compared to Percy Harvin, and in a nutshell, that's the type of player teams will be hoping to find if they pull the trigger on Watkins. He doesn't have the biggest frame, meaning teams will need a quarterback that can do more than simply throw the ball up for him to go get for him to be effective, but with a solid passer, Watkins has all the potential needed to blossom into one of the most productive receivers in the league.
On paper, Bortles doesn't bring anything to the table that screams "elite," but he is more than just the sum of his parts. Bortles moves well in the pocket, can scramble when he needs to, keeps his eyes down the field, has a solid arm and isn't afraid to go through his progressions to find a target. Essentially, he's a quarterback that has no gaping holes in his play. If he takes well to his future coaching staff, he could rise to the top of the league, but he'll require a solid team around him to do so.
Manziel may be the hottest name in the draft, even if he's not taken with the top pick. Manziel is athletic both in and outside the pocket, but there's no denying his decision making isn't always perfect. He'll bring excitement and publicity to whoever selects him, making him ideal for a team that needs to put itself back on the map. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns both appear to be solid landing spots for Johnny Football.
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