Here are the top quarterback prospects (with projected round):
1. Jameis Winston, 6-foot-4, 231 pounds, Florida State (first): He earned the ACC player of the year, ACC rookie of the year and consensus All-American honors, as a redshirt freshman in 2013. He also set national freshman records for passing yards (4,057) and passing touchdowns (40).
2. Marcus Mariota, 6-4, 222, Oregon (first): He posted a 36-5 record at Oregon and graduated in less than four years. Some are concerned about him being a “system” quarterback and with his passive demeanor.
3. Bryce Petty, 6-3, 230, Baylor (two): He was the Big 12 offensive player of the year and finished seventh in the Heisman voting in 2013. He started all 12 games last season and completed 270 of 428 pass passes for 3,855 yards, including a record-setting 550 yards against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.
4. Brett Hundley, 6-3, 226, UCLA (third): “He’s going to take a little time,” ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said. “He’s needs some coaching, seasoning and time to adapt to the NFL game. He’s athletic and tough. He has a lot of charisma and he’s a great competitor.”
5. Garrett Grayson, 6-2, 213, Colorado State (third/fourth): “He’s my third quarterback,” Gruden said. In 2013, he started all 14 games and completed 62.1 percent of his passes. Last season he threw 32 touchdowns passes and was named the Mountain West’s player of the year.
Teams in need: Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Chicago, Arizona, Buffalo, New York Jets and Houston.
Need area for Falcons? No. The Falcons have Matt Ryan and re-signed T.J. Yates over the offseason. The team also has Sean Renfree on the roster. They’ll sign a couple of camp arms, but are not expected to draft a quarterback.
Top 5 seniors for 2016 draft: 1. Dak Prescott, 6-1, 230, Mississippi State. 2. Connor Cook, 6-4, 220, Michigan State. 3. Trevone Boykin, 6-1, 208, TCU. 4. Cody Kessler, 6-1, 210, USC. 5. Jake Coker, 6-4, 230, Alabama.
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