2013 NFL Draft Rankings: Quarterbacks
NFL Soup is starting to get the draft prep finalized as we roll our positional rankings out for the 2013 NFL Draft.
First up, the signal callers. As of now, this draft class looks weak, especially when you think that the 2012 NFL Draft produced five starting quarterbacks in Week 1 of the NFL season.
Matt Barkley heads the list as he should because he has the highest ceiling out of them all, with the added experience. However, number two is up for grabs with Geno Smith the popular opinion.
1. Matt Barkley, USC
Very productive in college. Has ideal size, accuracy, touch and mechanics for the next level. Athleticism and arm strength are in question.
2. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Has ideal size and arm strength. Has good experience and performed well as a three-year starter. Pocket presence needs some work. Not an elite athlete.
3. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Insanely productive. Doesn’t force the issue or make many mistakes. Solid athlete with some upside. Transition to pro game could be an issue.
4. E.J. Manuel, Florida State
Nice athlete who has shown good poise and accuracy at Florida State. Outstanding size with quality intangibles. Has some real upside.
5. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Has size and arm strength for days, while possessing solid touch and accuracy. Consistency and decision-making are main concerns.
6. Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
Elite size and arm strength. Looked very good the last two years. Pocket presence, footwork and mobility are all problem areas.
7. Sean Renfree, Duke
Has good size and deceptive athleticism. Cannon arm with good mechanics and footwork. Decision-making and ability to read defenses leave a lot to be desired. Pectoral injury has crushed his stock.
8. Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Amazing size and arm strength, but leadership, accuracy and decision-making are all red flags.
9. Zac Dysert, Miami (Oh.)
Very accurate passer with great experience and solid arm strength. Not the most mobile guy and has a slow release.
10. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Extremely productive college career. Has ideal size and arm strength, but something is missing. Could easily go anywhere from round two, to all the way to round seven.
11. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah
Excellent size and a really good arm, but no mobility and a little rough around the edges in too many areas. Solid college career and “measureables” could get him drafted late, though.
12. Matt Scott, Arizona
Great size. Had a very nice senior season but lacks experience and polish to his game.
13. Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Decent size, a lively arm and a good head on his shoulders. Carder could be a diamond in the rough.
14. Jeff Tuel, Washington State
Has decent size and could have some potential. Lacks experience and polish and just wasn’t very productive in college.
15. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
Lacks experience, size and isn’t the most accurate passer. Has some talent and could be worth a look late in the draft, however.
16. James Vandenberg, Iowa
Has nice size with a decent arm, but his senior season was WOEFUL. Hard to see him getting drafted.
17. Ryan Katz, San Diego State
Katz is an average talent with issues across the board from consistency to accuracy to health. He could be worth a late-round flier, but is a long-shot to work out at the next level.
18. Seth Doege, Texas Tech
Doege has some talent, but he lacks size and plays in a system that makes quarterbacks look better than they really are. He’s unlikely to get drafted.
19. Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
Aplin was a productive college quarterback and brings accuracy and some athleticism to the table. However, he’s under-sized and hasn’t faced elite competition.
20. Kyle Padron, Eastern Washington
Padron has good size but isn’t the most consistent or accurate passer. He shouldn’t have declared early.
21. Collin Klein, Kansas State
Klein has good size and toughness, but his mechanics and readiness leave a lot to be desired. Think: Tim Tebow 2.0.
22. Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
Cameron has a good senior year and is a mobile quarterback with some upside. Unfortunately, he comes out of the WAC, where he faced weak competition.
23. Dayne Crist, Kansas
Crist has good size and isn’t without talent, but his senior seasons was weak and his college career as a whole was a grand disappointment.