The class lacks an Andrew Luck-type player, but it is deep. It offers something for everyone. At least two quarterbacks will go in the first round, and probably more considering the emphasis teams put on the position. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is the most interesting prospect in the draft and still has a (slim?) shot to be the No. 1 overall pick. Teams had selected quarterbacks No. 1 overall for four years in a row until 2013 when OT Eric Fisher was the top choice of the Chiefs.
Tony Romo underwent his second back surgery in eight months, missing the win-or-go-home season finale against the Eagles. The Cowboys expect their franchise quarterback, whom they guaranteed $55 million before the start of last season, to fully recover from the herniated disk he played through against Washington in Week 16. Dallas still is building its title hopes around Romo, whom they consider younger than his 34 years since he didn’t play his first two seasons. The Cowboys, though, have to consider the future some time soon. Kyle Orton’s status is in doubt as he has not shown up yet for the off-season program. The Cowboys signed Brandon Weeden, the No. 22 overall pick of the Browns two years ago, but he turns 31 this season. Weeden is 5-15 as a starter, completing 55.9 percent of his passes for 5,116 yards with 23 touchdowns, 26 interceptions and a 71.8 passer rating. The Cowboys could draft a quarterback at some point, but considering their history, don’t bet on it. Quincy Carter, a second-round pick in 2001, and Stephen McGee, a fourth-rounder in 2009, are the only quarterbacks the Cowboys have drafted since the turn of the century. However, if Johnny Manziel somehow falls to 16, no one expects the Cowboys to pass on him.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-0, 207, 4.68, He posted a 20-6 record in his two seasons as the Aggies’ starter.
Blake Bortles, Central Florida, 6-5, 232, 4.93, He passed for 7,598 yards with 56 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in three seasons.
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, 6-2, 214, 4.67, He passed for 9,817 yards with 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in three seasons.
Derek Carr, Fresno State, 6-2, 214, 4.69, David Carr’s brother passed for 12,843 yards with 113 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in four seasons.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, 6-2, 226, 4.97, Garoppolo, who broke many of Tony Romo’s school records, won the Walter Payton Award last season passing for 5,050 yards with 53 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Tom Savage, Pittsburgh, 6-4, 228, 4.97, If not for playing at three schools – Rutgers and Arizona – he might have been the No. 1 overall pick.
Top Texas ties
Garrett Gilbert, SMU, 6-3, 223, 4.83, Gilbert, who played three seasons at UT, could go in the seventh round after passing for 6,460 yards and 36 touchdowns in two seasons with the Mustangs.
Casey Pachall, TCU, 6-4, 216, 4.96, He likely will have to go the free-agent route after playing only 11 games combined his final two seasons.
-- Charean Williams