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2013 Senior Bowl: Ranking the Quarterbacks

2013 Senior Bowl: Ranking the Quarterbacks
By Vincent Frank on January 23, 2013

 

Player Team Ht Wt
Tyler Wilson Arkansas 6'3" 215
Mike Glennon North Carolina State 6'6" 232
Ryan Nassib Syracuse 6'2" 228 
Landry Jones Oklahoma 6'4" 230
E.J. Manuel Florida State 6'4" 225
Zac Dysert Miami (O)  6'3" 228 

 

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas 

At some point we are going to have to talk about the possibility that Wilson will be the first quarterback off the board. He has both the skillset and fundamentals to be a solid starting quarterback in the NFL. While we already know Geno Smith, who I have mocked No. 1 to the Kansas City Chiefs, is currently the top-ranked quarterback, a bunch can change between late-January and April. Look for Wilson's stock to skyrocket if continues with solid practices and has a good Senior Bowl performance. 

 

Mike Glennon, North Carolina State 

In terms of what teams are looking for in a modern quarterback, Glennon doesn't seem to fit the bill. While he can make every throw on the football field, the North Carolina State product struggles making the right decisions, cannot step up against pressure and lacks the necessary mobility that we have seen from other top young quarterbacks enter the league over the last three seasons. 

He is, however, a physical specimen at 6'6" and can turn into an above-average starting quarterback in the right offensive scheme. As of now, Glennon is a second-round prospect. A solid postseason performance could actually push him up to the initial half of the first round. 

 

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

Talk about Nassib being the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft is a true representation of just how mediocre this draft class is. Talk of him being the No. 1 overall pick is just plain idiotic. There have been some mention the possibility of Nassib going to the Buffalo Bills at No. 8, though a lot of that has to do with former Syracuse' head coach Doug Marrone being hired in the same capacity in Buffalo.

While it was hard to gauge his ability because a lack of talent at Syracuse, Nassib does combine a strong arm with accuracy on intermediate routes. He can fit the ball into a tight window and is already an above-average pocket passer. Those are things scouts are going to be looking at for the remainder of the postseason. 

 

Landry Jones, Oklahoma 

It's easy to say that Jones would have been a first round pick if he had entered the draft following the 2011 season. In fact, there were a lot of scouts out there that really liked what the Oklahoma product had to offer. 

Instead of entering the draft, Jones decided to return to OU and it wasn't the best decision for his professional career. He struggled with accuracy and field awareness throughout his senior season, two things that can be cause for alarm for scouts in the NFL. He needs a strong postseason performance to even be considered a solid second-round prospect. 

 

E.J. Manuel, Florida State

Manuel, on the other hand, probably helped his draft stock in 2012. He has the size and buld to be one of your prototypical pocket passers, but can utilize his quick feet to scramble on the outside and make plays out of the pocket. He needs to, however, understand when and where to throw the ball. Those small windows are not going to be open as long in the NFL as they were in college. In addition, he needs to progress through his reads more naturally. Right now, Manuel is a third-roun prospect, at best. 

 

Zac Dysert, Miami (O) 

I fully expect Dysert to impress during the Senior Bowl. He is only one of a handful of quarterback prospects that have stood out on tape. His decision-making ability stands tall above anyone else at this position. He goes through his progressions and usually finds a way to get the ball into tight windows on intermediate routes. 

In the end, Dysert could be the real steal of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has everything you look for in an elite quarterback, but has questions as it relates to level of competition and mobility. Definitely someone to watch, 

Vincent Frank

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