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The quarterback draft class this year is being talked about an incredible amount, but it isn't for anything good. 

Firstly you have Johnny Manziel. The under-sized precocious former Texas A&M Aggie polarises opinion like no other we have seen for quite some time.

Manziel carries worries both on and off the football field.

On the gridiron Manziel moves in the pocket like Bambi just learning how to walk; not at all sure of himself and much more comfortable doing something else.

Off the pitch he has a whole different personality, that's where 'Johnny Football' comes to say hello. 

Being photographed with Drake and LeBron James, spotted leaving nightclubs steaming drunk with different girls hanging off his arm, being sent home from the Manning Academy because he was hungover and always on the television for something or other, Manziel attracts the spotlight and a lot of teams don't need that kind of attention - the good teams anyway.

Then there is Blake Bortles. Bortles came out of absolute nowhere at UCF going from the invisible man to a potential number one pick in 3 months. He's put up big numbers against poor defenses and has only become a big prospect because of the sheer dearth of talent available.

Finally you've got Teddy Bridgewater, or has he should be known 'Mr. Average'. Bridgewater was solid without taking over games, possesses decent arm strength and accuracy and seems like he could become an NFL starter. But for three years at maximum with his limited talents seeing him play call for a losing side until the next bright thing comes along.

If you are any team looking for a quarterback for the 2014 season then please to God don't get them in the draft!

There are quarterbacks with starting calibre talent going spare in the league already.

Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez and Josh McCown are all available and all could do as good or better a job then any of the young upstarts mentioned above.

Throw in New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett to the mix as well and you have four guys right there all with the ability to lead a team to a winning season and the playoffs with the right tools at their disposal. 

Vick has accumulated four Pro-Bowl appearances in his career and despite being 33-years old he still possesses all the physical and technical ability to recapture some of that form that saw him named to all star games.

Sanchez led the New York Jets to consecutive AFC Championship games and has already had more playoff wins than most other QB's in the league despite only being a four year starter. Sanchez holds a winning record in the league - going 34-30 in his career and whilst turning over the ball can also lead teams to epic comebacks and famously outplayed Tom Brady and the Patriots in Foxboro.

McCown showed last season during Jay Cutler's injury that he can lead an NFL team to victory. The Chicago Bears even looked worse when Cutler came back compared to when McCown was in charge but Cutler's huge money deal means he cannot be left on the bench.

So there you have it. Don't chase after three shaky prospects when you have three experienced and winning players available already.

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