If fancy yourself an NFL ‘draftnik’ and have been religiously looking over the 2013 NFL Draft and haven’t been seeing any quarterbacks going in the first round, you’re not alone. This isn’t considered a great draft for quarterbacks and rightly so after seeing the kind of talent that has come out of the past few drafts, this group doesn’t compare in terms of star power.
However, there is plenty of potential in this class and it could be one of the better drafts for the position in a long time. When it comes down to it even though there are no stars, as many as eight quarterbacks in this draft could turn out to be excellent players. The issue is there are no sure things like Andrew Luck, Cam Newton or Robert Griffin’s in the class of 2013.
Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Bray, Ryan Nassib, E.J. Manuel, Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson and Landry Jones all have the potential to be very good NFL quarterbacks and even though they lack the ‘can’t miss’ labels, each player has the tools be a very good NFL quarterback. It wouldn’t be a shock to see any of these eight quarterbacks go on to become the next big thing in the NFL and outperform their draft status, which is why all the talk about no quarterbacks getting selected in the first two rounds of the draft is ridiculous.
As I wrote the other day, the NFL puts a premium on quarterbacks and it is the most important position in all of team sports, so you can bet that at least two will be taken in the first round of the 2013 draft. People may call them reaches or being over drafted but the bottom line is teams will always reach for quarterbacks. The last time the first round didn’t have two quarterbacks selected was 2001, the year that Michael Vick was taken first overall by the Atlanta Falcons.
All we need to do is look at the past few drafts to see how desperate teams are for a franchise quarterback. Players like Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden have all been first round picks when they probably didn’t deserve to be. I’m not saying they’re bad players or that they don’t have time to improve but their talent certainly didn’t warrant their lofty draft spots.
We also look to what the Kansas City Chiefs gave up in order to secure an average quarterback. They gave up some awfully high draft picks for Alex Smith, who hasn’t done much in his career without Jim Harbaugh. That’s how important the position is in the NFL and it’s the reason why it’s a no brainer that every year quarterbacks will be over drafted.
So when you’re looking over any mock draft in the next few weeks just remember no matter what you read, at least two quarterbacks will surely be selected in the first round. I’m sorry for using the word “fancy” earlier.
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