NFL Draft Kit: Rookie Rankings

NFL Draft Kit: Rookie Rankings

This article is part of our Football Draft Kit series.

QUARTERBACKS

1. Johnny Manziel Browns
6-0 - 210 - Texas A&M

Manziel was an absolute steal for the Browns, who nabbed the dynamic signal-caller with the No. 22 pick in May's draft. Although he will have to beat out returnee Brian Hoyer for the team's starting job, it's an assignment Manziel should earn. Once he does, his rushing ability should allow him to make an immediate fantasy splash, though the cloudy status of Josh Gordon does represent a hit to the team's otherwise shallow receiving corps.

2. Teddy Bridgewater Vikings
6-2 - 210 - Louisville

Once viewed as potential top overall pick, Bridgewater was another high-profile draft faller, lasting until pick No. 32. His selection by the Vikings cements the team's commitment to move on from Christian Ponder. Although Bridgewater won't be rushed into a starting role, he will eventually overtake Matt Cassel, and the Vikings do have some capable receiving weapons on hand when that happens.

3. Blake Bortles Jaguars
6-5 - 232 - Central Florida

After the demise of 2011 first-rounder Blaine Gabbert, the Jags are of no mind to hurry Bortles, the third overall selection. With the team intent on opening the season with Chad Henne as the starter, the rookie will be eased in, but once he takes over the job, Bortles has the right blend of size, athletic ability, mobility and arm strength to justify his lofty draft status.

4. Derek Carr Raiders
6-3 - 214 - Fresno State

The 36th pick

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