In the history of the NFL, it's tough to find a franchise that has won a Super Bowl without a star quarterback. For those teams that miss the playoffs this season, it could be time to go in another direction and take a new signal caller in April.
The good news for teams and their fans, several quality quarterbacks are available in the upcoming draft and that could help turnaround a team like the New York Jets.
Two names top the list of the best QB's in the latest player rankings and while both have led their respective schools to the BCS Playoffs, they have very different styles of play.
Jameis Winston has yet to lose a game in his college career at Florida State and while his numbers have dropped a bit over last season, his size, arm strength, and ability to read defenses make this youngster a certain first round pick.
Off field issues could keep the Seminoles star player from being the top overall pick, but just like Randy Moss a few years back, his skill level will make it tough for teams to pass on, especially for those looking to rebuild and create a winning tradition.
At 6'4" and over 230 pounds, Winston has the size coaches and GM's love in a player, but it's his ability to win that will have the biggest impact on where the young man is drafted. The latest mock drafts have the 20-year-old headed to Tennessee and with all the troubles the Titans have had this season scoring points, it could become a perfect match for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
The other name on the list is Oregon's Marcus Mariota and with good reason. At 6'4" 215 pounds, the Ducks leader has the size, but it's his ability to make plays with his legs that make him a duel-threat and the type of player that is taking over the NFL.
Mariota will need to learn to read pro-style defense to become élite, but there's little question about his skill and that could lead to the youngster becoming the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Several other young men have a shot at making a name for themselves over the next few months and possibly move themselves up in the draft. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley tops that list and with expected announcement to enter the league, the Bruins star is looking at a second round grade from football experts.
Hundley could have entered the league last year, but returned to school with the hopes of leading his school to a BCS title, but a poor start to the year had many wondering if the 21-year-old made a mistake, but he showed over the last couple of months that he has what it takes to take his game to the next level.
Dak Prescott has yet to declare for the draft, but what he did this season with the Mississippi State Bulldogs was very impressive. At 6'1" he doesn't have the same size as Winston, Mariota, and Hundley, but his running ability and leadership skills have the young man as a solid prospect and a player that could become a star if drafted by the right organization.
Every season there's a player that comes from a small school and makes himself known with his showing at the combine. This years 'sleeper' could be Brandon Bridge from South Alabama. At 6'5" and nearly 240 pounds, his size has scouts buzzing, but a closer look at his throwing mechanics and arm strength are the real reason for his possible rise in the rankings before April.
Bridge started just one year for the Jags, but he showed good poise and moved the football all season with his arm and legs. The senior won't be a player on the top of every teams list, but he should hear his name called in the later rounds and could be a player, with some time and good coaching, that could become a solid player in the NFL and possibly lead a team to the playoffs before his professional career is finished.