One quarterback who has been lost in the talk of the top QBs in the 2014 NFL draft is Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kenny Guiton. He’s not gotten any mention despite the fact that he should be considered to be one of the top players in this year’s draft. Guiton had the bad luck of playing on the same team as running quarterback Braxton Miller, who the Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer preferred to be the starting quarterback despite the fact that he couldn’t throw the ball well.
Miller was basically a running back at quarterback who would throw the ball poorly. Having a running back as the quarterback helped the Buckeyes win a lot of games, but it also led to them getting beaten a number of times by teams that simply stacked the line and dared Braxton Miller to throw the ball, which he obviously couldn’t.
Guiton, 6’2″ 200lbs, had talent comparable to Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville. I rate Guiton as being better Bridgewater because he’s got more arm strength and he’s got more pocket presence. Guiton doesn’t stress out and start running when he’s getting heat. He’s able to stay in the pocket and continue to make his reads. That’s one thing that jumps out at you when you watch Guinton. He makes reads, and doesn’t simply throw the ball to the first guy he sees whether he’s open or not. Guinton will scan the entire field until he sees an open receiver, and at that point he throws the ball.
What’s going to hurt Guiton’s chances in being drafted is the fact that he saw very little action at Ohio State. However, he played well in his senior season in the little playing time that he got. He completed 68.8 percent of his passes on 75 of 109 attempts for 749 yards.
A team like the San Francisco 49ers could do well with a guy like Guiton as their starting quarterback, because unlike Colin Kaepernick, Guiton actually does make reads, and he’s a lot more calm and collective in the pocket than him.