Even though they can all throw the long ball, quarterbacks in this
Yes, quarterbacks could be selected 1-2 for just the sixth time in the modern era. Yet the talent pool in this class is far from overflowing. There are some intriguing prospects who are not likely to be first-rounders, among them
"I don't think this quarterback class is anywhere near some of the ones we've had in the past," said
Still, the spotlight is trained squarely on a couple of
Historically, draft position hasn't always been an accurate indicator of what type of pro a quarterback will be. Joe Montana was a third-rounder, Tom Brady went in the sixth, and just three years ago, Seattle used a third-round pick on
Hundley, for one, seems primed for the challenge.
"I think one thing I do every day is work hard," he said at the scouting combine in February. "If you tell me I can't do something, I'm going to prove you wrong and do it."
As he does every year, ESPN's
Hundley, who is leaving UCLA with a year of eligibility remaining, finished his college career as the Bruins' all-time leader in total offense with 11,713 yards. He passed for 9,966 yards, second in school history behind Cade McNown's 10,708, and ran for 1,747 yards, second in school history among quarterbacks to John Sciarra's 1,813.
Gruden was impressed by the "confident, charismatic vibe" of Hundley.
"You can see why he's the captain at UCLA," Gruden said. "You can see why the Bruins turned things around and became a top-10 football team, because they have a top-flight quarterback at the NCAA level."
That said, Gruden said Hundley "needs to refine his pocket mechanics a little bit. There are some things in his delivery I think he can quicken."
Hundley takes issue with the suggestion he lacks elite accuracy and points to his 67.6% completion rate at UCLA, and says he doesn't need to rely on tucking the ball and running as much as he did in college.
"If I need to stay in the pocket and make all the throws, then I will do that," he said. "In our offense, sometimes the situation dictated if I didn't see something I'm taking off running. But . . . you can watch the tape, there's sometimes I sat in the pocket."
Gruden said he considers Grayson the third-best quarterback prospect in this class, although he didn't assign a ranking to the two above him, Winston and Mariota.
"I've got a feeling [Grayson] is going to be a good pro quarterback, provided he gets on a team where there's some continuity," Gruden said. "I mean, some of these young quarterbacks have no chance, the way they change coaches and coordinators every single year. It's astonishing to me."
The 6-foot-5 Mannion owns 18 passing records at Oregon State. Mike Mayock, a draft analyst for NFL Network, compares him to Tampa Bay's
"I've got him going in either the third or the fourth," said Mayock, who also does college football commentary on NBC's