2013 NFL Draft: Five QBs Who Will Go in First Round
Five QBs Who Will Be Day 1 Picks
The single most important position in today’s NFL is quarterback. Emphasized by the recent success of players such as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and even Colin Kaepernick, finding the right quarterback for the right scheme at the right time in the draft can be the difference between a dynasty and a dud.
Unfortunately for some of the league’s quarterback-hungry teams, the 2013 NFL Draft offers little at the position in the way of franchise-caliber talent. This year’s class has no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin, with the majority of the top options no better than late-first to early-second-round talents. And of course, most of the teams that need a new passer are entrenched at the top of the first round.
Don’t expect this lack of talent, however, to dissuade any of those teams from getting their guy when they get on the clock for the first time during April’s upcoming draft. It’s called reaching, and every year there are plenty of teams that partake in the ritual. As we’ve seen from several players in recent years, this often leads to underwhelming production and disappointing NFL careers. Oh, and not to mention a huge pile of sunken capital.
As is to be expected, there will be several reaches during the 2013 NFL Draft as these aforementioned teams look to fill the most crucial hole on their roster. The settling will happen sooner rather than later as franchises’ futures begin to crumble.
Take note now; here are the five quarterbacks in the 2013 class that will walk the stage on Day 1.
Mike Glennon, NC State
After an impressive senior season, the speculation ran rampant as to how high NFL teams would be willing to go to acquire a player like Mike Glennon. Some have even gone as far as saying that he’s the best quarterback in the 2013 class, while others see him as nothing more than a mid-round talent. You have to think that, in this quarterback-starved class, someone might scoop him up earlier than his skill set is worth. The 6’7’’ passer has the arm to be a factor at the next level, but will need to show some consistency during pre-draft festivities to warrant a first-round pick.
Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
When former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone was hired to take the reins as the Buffalo Bills’ shot-caller, rumors immediately began swirling that he would continue where he left off with quarterback Ryan Nassib. Although there is plenty of concern about whether the former Orange starter has what it takes to succeed at the next level, Marrone appears to have plenty of faith in Nassib and could stick with his protégé as they both venture into the NFL. It might not be with the No. 8 pick, but the Bills will find a way to land Nassib in the first round.
Matt Barkley, USC
It’s been a rough year for Matt Barkley, who thought he was doing the right thing in spurning the 2012 NFL Draft and returning to school. Instead, his senior year was a major disappointment as injuries and inconsistency tanked his draft stock and left scouts wondering if what they saw during his junior season was just a mirage. Despite his setbacks, some teams will see Barkley for what he was rather than what he appears to be now. He’s definitely worth taking a risk on at the right spot; don’t be surprised to see some team reach if they like what they see when he finally gets some pre-draft workouts under his belt.
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Like most of the quarterbacks in the 2013 class, Tyler Wilson has suffered from a number of setbacks over the last year that have made NFL teams wary of drafting him too high. Also like the rest of the 2013 crop, a lack of talent surrounding him has Wilson looking like one of the best options available. Sporting impressive arm strength and significant mobility, he has the physical tools to be successful in a spread offense. The biggest issues in making the transition to the NFL for Wilson will be staying healthy and proving that he can carry a full season’s load.
Geno Smith, West Virginia
The consensus top quarterback in the 2013 class, Geno Smith had his fair share of ups and downs this past season. From being the Heisman favorite to falling far off the radar, Smith has shown enough inconsistency to make teams hesitant to spend a Top Five pick on his talents. Still, with such a wimpy quarterback class, there’s no denying that some passer-hungry team will reach on the West Virginia product. Smith definitely has the talent to be a starter in the NFL, but will need to prove during pre-draft workouts that he can be that go-to guy from Day 1.
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