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Jeremiah: Winston, Mariota only starting QBs in 2015 NFL Draft

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The top two quarterbacks on nearly every team's draft board are Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota.

After that, opinions start to splinter.

Some believe Baylor's Bryce Petty has shown enough to be the third signal-caller taken while others think UCLA's Brett Hundley is the guy. Talk to enough scouts, and you might even hear Oregon State's Sean Mannion come up because he came from a pro-style offense in college.

No matter who occupies that No. 3 spot and below though, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has some news for you: They won't be NFL starters no matter how long they spend on the bench.

"When you look at guys who could be potential starters or can develop into starters, I don't know if we even have one of those," Jeremiah said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft." "I think these are backup quarterbacks. We have two starting quarterbacks in Winston and Mariota, and the rest of these guys are long-term backups."

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Ouch. There's a noticeable drop-off after the two Heisman winners in the draft, but Jeremiah indicates it's a steep cliff.

Jeremiah, a former scout, has studied all of the quarterbacks in the draft and even ranked them, but if he were a general manager this year, it's unlikely he would draft any quarterback but Mariota or Winston. 

"Garrett Grayson from Colorado State is my third quarterback, but in saying that, I wouldn't be all that fired up about taking him in the third round," he said. "I wouldn't even be fired up taking him in the fourth. If you need a quarterback, I wouldn't take one before round five."

Quarterback-needy teams beware -- this might not be the year to solve your issues, based on what analysts believe is a very shallow class at the position.

You can follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.

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