Everyone has penciled in ultra-talented South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as the number one pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and with good reason. He's a rare talent and athlete but in the words of Lee Corso, not so fast my friend!
The NFL is a quarterback driven league and you need a good one in order to compete and win games. This year's quarterback class has put a lot of teams in flux. There is no Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or even a Ryan Tannehill. Geno Smith is the consensus top quarterback, but he in most years would get a late first, early second round grade. Due to the need at the position, he's getting top 10-15 consideration. Quarterbacks such as USC's Matt Barkley, NC State's Mike Glennon and Syracuse Ryan Nassib are all talented but all have flaws and need time to develop. But due to the nature of the league, all three of these quarterbacks could be selected in the first round.
Teams needing a quarterback should use this draft to build their rosters at different positions and wait to take a quarterback in the 2014 draft. The 2014 quarterback class has the chance to be special and provide teams with the franchise type signal callers that they are looking for. Draftniks everywhere should get use to hearing the names of Bridgewater, Boyd, and Miller. These talented trigger men will continue the rise of the mobile quarterback and offer teams the dual-threat weapon that will keep defensive coordinators up at night. With that said lets take a look at my top ten quarterback prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft and beyond.