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Debate: Which college football QB has greatest pro potential?

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Oregon's Marcus Mariota returns in 2014 as one of college football's top quarterbacks.

Looking ahead to the 2014 season, which college football quarterback has the greatest pro potential?

  • Daniel Jeremiah
  • Mariota has all the right tools

    Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has the most pro potential of any college signal-caller. He has rare speed for the position, ideal size and enough arm strength to make all of the throws. He has a lot of work to do with his footwork and touch, but those can both be improved.
  • Charles Davis
  • Hundley, Mariota stand out

    To me, there are two that have to be mentioned -- Brett Hundley of UCLA and Marcus Mariota of Oregon. They both have tremendous size and intelligence. They can make every throw, and are definitely dual threats when you add in their running ability, which can be explosive. Their skill sets scream prototypical NFL QB ... for now and the future.
  • Gil Brandt
  • Mariota edges Winston; Driskel a wild card

    I like Marcus Mariota best in my preliminary ratings, followed closely by Jameis Winston. Mariota's biggest challenge is that he's very thin and has to get stronger, but I like that he has a quick delivery, and his athletic ability is outstanding. Winston, of course, led his team to a national championship as a redshirt freshman, which I think says a lot about him and his potential. The wild card among quarterbacks might be Florida's Jeff Driskel, who was injured last year and also was drafted in baseball. I think he has a big upside if he recovers and chooses to stick with football.
  • Chase Goodbread College Football 24/7
  • Hundley a strong second to Mariota

    Oregon's Marcus Mariota blends athleticism, good decision-making and a quality throwing arm well enough to be the brightest pro prospect at quarterback in college football. UCLA's Brett Hundley has a strong argument as well, but Mariota is the pick here. He'll have a lot to learn about taking snaps from under center, which is a foreign concept for Oregon quarterbacks, but NFL scouts won't find much else not to like about him.
  • Mike Huguenin College Football 24/7
  • Hackenberg is one to watch

    Penn State's Christian Hackenberg is a big (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), strong-armed guy with a solid football IQ -- and he has played only one season of college football. He was the best true freshman quarterback in the nation last fall, but that was under the tutelage of then-Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien. There is a lot of pressure on new Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff to continue to develop Hackenberg, who definitely has the potential to be an All-American. He also has the frame, arm strength and moxie to make pro scouts drool.
  • Bryan Fischer College Football 24/7
  • Mariota clearly has most potential

    I think it's Marcus Mariota, and it's not even close. He has the right size, arm strength and is, of course, a mobile guy. Like Johnny Manziel this year, even though he's labeled as a zone-read/scrambler type, he's better in the pocket than folks give him credit for and is one of the most accurate passers in the game right now. He can spin it, and knows how to make quick decisions with the ball in his hand. He has a great personality and it seems like the only thing missing from his game is the footwork from under center. If he's matched up with the right offensive coordinator, the sky is the limit for him in the NFL. People will quickly draw comparisons to Colin Kaepernick, but Mariota is a lot further along as a passer and continues to get better.


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