A total of 14 quarterbacks were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Blake Bortles was the first off the board, taken with the third overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars; SMU’s Garrett Gilbert was the last selected, 214th by the St. Louis Rams.
The SiriusXM Sports crew broke down some of the most intriguing quarterback stories from throughout the weekend.
Manziel and Bortles: To start or not to start?
SiriusXM NFL Radio analyst Phil Savage said there’s one quarterback in this year’s class that will start on opening day: Johnny Manziel.
“I feel badly for Brian Hoyer,” Savage said. “He played three games, and played very well last year in the early portion of the season for the Browns. But the fact is, Johnny Cleveland, the clock has begun, and I think he will be your starting quarterback on opening day.
As for Bortles:
“I think the Jacksonville Jaguars are positioned, because of the ownership, Shad Khan, the idea that they are truly taking a long-term view at this rebuilding process that they’ve taken down there with the Jaguars. Dave Caldwell takes Blake Bortles No. 3, I think they’ve already announced that unless there’s some emergency, Chad Henne‘s gonna be the quarterback in 2014.”
Was Bortles worthy of the third pick?
Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of Mad Dog Sports Radio didn’t think Bortles should have gone as early in the draft as he did. Rob from Florida disagreed. They had at it for nearly six minutes on Dog’s show Friday.
Raiders get their guys in Khalil Mack, Derek Carr
Between Khalil Mack with the fifth overall selection, and Derek Carr 36th overall, Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders nailed the opening to the 2014 NFL Draft, said Savage.
Patriots go quarterback with Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo intrigued Savage in his final season with Eastern Illinois. And now, taken in the second round by the New England Patriots, he’s in the perfect position to succeed in the NFL.
A.J. McCarron (finally) selected in the fifth round
The biggest quarterback story of Day 3 of the NFL Draft was how far Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate A.J. McCarron would fall. He was finally taken in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals after spending quite a bit of time at the top of Mel Kiper’s “best available” list. The SiriusXM NFL Radio crew broke down his selection, and then spoke with McCarron about his new NFL home.
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