1. Jordan Lynch, N. Illinois– If not for Johnny Football, Lynch would have been the best player in college football last season. Many places have Johnny Football listed as the #1 player, but the combination of Lynch’s talent and weaker schedule give him the edge.
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M– In 2012, he took the nation by storm by becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. What was even more impressive was that he led his team to beat the eventual national champ Alabama. I believe his stats will be great just not as great as last season. He will not be sneaking up on anyone this season, especially in the SEC. With that said, he is a game changer and still #2.
3. Tajh Boyd, Clemson– Last season, Boyd made great strides to becoming an elite college QB, but needs to really take that final step and perform in the big games consistently. With that said, he, like the 2 players on this list ahead of him, has the ability to use his legs. He loses his top receiving target from last season in DeAndre Hopkins but Sammy Watkins should be able to step in and the Clemson offense shouldn’t miss a beat.
4. Braxton Miller, Ohio St.– If not for a previous NCAA infraction, Miller would have been playing Notre Dame in the title game last season. He led the Buckeyes to an undefeated season and posted gaudy numbers in the process through the air and on the ground. Expect the same from him this season as he looks to repeat last year’s performance and lead his team to a National Championship.
5. Brett Hundley, UCLA-Here is another player whose great season was overshadowed by Johnny Manziel. Hundley had one of the better performances by a freshman at the quarterback position than I can remember. He topped 3,000 yards through the air and gained over 350 yards on the ground. Along with the yardage he scored a total 35 touchdowns. I expect him to give more of the same if not more in 2013
6. Terrance Broadway, Louisiana Lafayette– Here is the player in my top 10 that can either be the gem of the draft or the biggest bust. Broadway is a total dual-threat QB. He took over as the team’s starter about a quarter of the way through the season and showed a lot of promise throwing for over 2,300 yards in only 9 starts. He rushed for over 400 yards as well. The reason he isn’t higher on my list is his tendency to throw INTs. With a full off season as the starting QB, he may be able to bring that number down and be a great pick.
7. Marcus Mariota, Oregon-This is a no brainer choice. Mariota is the catalyst to the Oregon offense. If you know anything about the Oregon offense, it’s strictly the read option. He doesn’t throw as often as most QBs but when he does throw it usually goes for a big play. The athleticism alone is enough to take him.
8. Devin Gardner, Michigan– A player who waited his turn is finally getting his time to shine. A true athlete playing QB. You might be thinking it’s just another run-happy, interception throwing QB just like the previous Michigan QB Denard Robinson. That is where you are wrong. Gardner has a much more accurate arm than Robinson. He may not quite be the elusive runner Robinson was but he can do plenty of damage with his feet. Expect him to compete with Braxton Miller for best QB in the B1G conference.
9. Bryce Petty, Baylor– This may just be a pick by association, but it’s no secret that Baylor has churned out some fantasy studs at the quarterback position as of late. First it was RG3, then Nick Florence, and now it’s Bryce Petty’s chance. Expect pretty steady numbers from the 1st year starter, because he has a great supporting cast around him. Like Bridgewater, Petty has three bye weeks as well. The good news is that his last one is in week 10 so he would be set for a playoff run.
10. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville– The best pure passer in the country in my opinion. The reason he isn’t ranked higher is due to his lack of his rushing statistics. He will still average near 300 yards passing and 2 TDs per game. His plethora of receivers to throw to will keep the offense fresh for a title run. If you are in league that holds its championship game in week 14, then you will be disappointed to know that Mr. Bridgewater has a third bye that week.