This is the 2014 NFL Combine Field Drills Recap for the quarterbacks. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
2014 NFL Combine: Field Drills Recap - Quarterbacks By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
As a measuring stick, the average 40-yard dash for quarterbacks in 2013 was 4.86 seconds. The 40-yard dash isn't a critical test for quarterbacks.
Everybody knows that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is a great athlete, but he put a number to it at the Combine. Manziel's unofficial 40 time led all the quarterbacks with a time of 4.68 seconds. He had a 10-yard split of 1.59 and showed a second gear once he got going. Manziel's 40 time illustrates why he's such a weapon with his feet and how he is able to run away from defenders. Manziel didn't throw in the field drills, so that was disappointing. That puts more pressure on him to put on a show throwing at his pro day.
Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles had a good day and helped himself. His 40 time wasn't anything spectacular at 4.93, but he demonstrated mobility and athleticism in college. More importantly in the field drills, Bortles showed some above-average arm strength. He threw some beautiful passes with some catchable balls. Bortles was the only one of the top quarterbacks who was willing to do everything, and that reflects well of him. Bortles did what he needed to at the Combine.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn't throw at the Combine or run the 40-yard dash. It makes one question Bridgewater's preparation or if he's trying to hide something considering the other first-round quarterbacks participated in some fashion.
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr decided not to throw in order to focus his training on the other tests for the Combine. Carr's focus paid off with a surprising 40 time of 4.69 seconds and a 10-yard split of 1.59. That 10-yard split tied Johnny Manziel and a few others as the fastest time for the first 10 yards. Carr's decision not to throw is curious, but at least he showed evaluators that he has more athleticism than was previously thought.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron threw the ball well in the field drills. He threw a nice catchable ball with timing, anticipation and accuracy. McCarron was slow in the 40 (4.94 seconds) but that was to be expected as he is a pocket quarterback. McCarron's passing performance was important for his draft stock.
Clemson signal-caller Tajh Boyd had a decent time of 4.84 seconds. In the field drills, he showed a strong arm and threw the ball pretty well, but had some throws a little off the mark. It is hard to ding players for accuracy considering these are unfamiliar receivers. Boyd will be a project to develop his accuracy, but he showed a nice arm and athleticism.
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (6-6, 248) is known to be an athlete with great size and quickness. Thomas didn't disappoint with the fastest official 40 time among the quarterbacks at 4.61 seconds. In the field drills, he put his big arm on display as the ball exploded out of his hands and got on the receivers in a hurry. His feet still need a lot of work. Thomas is going to be a project for some team, but if he some how pans out with improved accuracy and decision-making, he could be the steal of the 2014 NFL Draft.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw showed his athletic ability with a 40 time of 4.66. He showed some passing limitations with some balls off the mark in the field drills. Shaw also looked like he had to get his whole body behind a throw deep down the field. The 6-foot, 206-pounder could be worth a third-string spot with an opportunity to develop.