Some of them are on elite teams, some are shooting for the Heisman Trophy, and others are looking to make a good impression on the NFL. Who will make your sports picks?
I mentioned defenses yesterday, but a top-level team needs an intelligent field general to lead them down the field and into the end zone on a consistent basis to be a winner. Let’s take a look at the cream of the crop.
Johnny Manziel - Texas A@M
This is a no-brainer as “Johnny Football” is coming off of a Heisman Trophy-winning season as just a mere freshman.
This is unheard of as Manziel and the Aggies managed to knock off the BCS Champion, Alabama Crimson Tide, last season and he has all of the attributes to be a great NFL quarterback.
Manziel is a double threat that can run or throw the football.
Last season, he threw for 3706 yards with 26 TD and 9 INT and ran for 1409 and 21 touchdowns. He destroyed the Oklahoma Sooners defense in the Cotton Bowl has he ran for a career high 229 yards and 2 touchdowns en route to a 41-13 blowout victory. Look for Manziel to win a 2nd consecutive Heisman Trophy if he stays healthy.
Tajh Boyd - Clemson
Much like Manziel, Boyd can run and pass the ball and has better size at 225 pounds. Boyd isn’t the runner that Johnny Football is, but he can rack up the numbers with monster games. He threw for 5 touchdowns against N.C. State and Duke and had huge success in a 25-24 victory over Louisiana State in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl game.
Staying away from turnovers will be key, but Boyd is NFL ready.
A.J. McCarron - Alabama
McCarron is one of my sleepers to win the Heisman Trophy and being on a national championship team helps.
Make no mistake about it; the Tide wouldn’t be the champions if it wasn’t for McCarron. He’s the perfect complimentary player to a bunch of stars and a great defense. McCarron and his team could be in the history books on a long list of accomplishments, but he’s less likely to make a successful move to the NFL.
Marcus Mariota - Oregon
I picked Mariota over Aaron Murray because he’s a big-time winner and his upside is bigger than anyone on the this list. Mariota had to share the ball as the Ducks and Kenjon Barner had the 3rd best rushing attack in the nation.
This is a quarterback that can run and won’t force the issue. Oregon doesn’t have the defense of an Alabama and just missed out on a BCS Championship. If Mariota focuses on his own game this season, he could be up for multiple awards. Last season he threw for 2677 yards with 32 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Potential is the key word here.
Aaron Murray - Georgia
Georgia was once a losing football program and thanks to Aaron Murray, things have changed drastically.
Murray is the best dropback passer on this list. He has a great ability to zip the ball into the receiver and is certainly NFL-bound. Last year, he passed for 3893 yards with 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. I see similarities between Murray and the great Drew Brees.
On the college level, you can’t go wrong with backing your college football picks on any of these talented and intelligent quarterbacks. Alabama will have a tough test in trying to 3-peat as BCS Champions and the quarterbacks on this list, aside from McCarron, will have something to say about it.Disagree? Share your thoughts on our forum!