2013 NFL Draft: Ranking the Top 10 Draft-Eligible Quarterbacks

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2013 NFL Draft: Ranking the Top 10 Draft-Eligible Quarterbacks
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When it comes to the draft, quarterbacks are always the position of intrigue. No players fly up boards or come crashing down them more than college signal-callers. 

In 2012, we saw four QB's taken in the first round, and that could be topped by the class coming in next year. 

So without knowing exactly whose names we'll be hearing next April, let's take a look the top 10 draft-eligible quarterbacks for the 2013 draft. 

 

10. Keith Price, Washington, Junior

It's very possible (actually probable) that Price will wait until his Senior campaign to enter his name in the NFL draft, but with another solid showing this year, he could be flying up boards. 

Price faced the daunting task of replacing Washington state hero, Jake Locker, at quarterback for the Huskies, and he didn't disappoint.

The Compton, CA native threw for over 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions, all while leading a relatively dreadful Washington team to seven wins and an appearance in the Alamo Bowl, where he outplayed RGIII.

Price is a little undersized and is still pretty raw in terms of an NFL quarterback, but Steve Sarkisian has been an excellent coach over his career and will get the most out of his quarterbacks.

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9. Landry Jones, Oklahoma, Senior

Oh what a difference a year makes. 

After the 2010 season, people were talking about Landry Jones being the potential No. 1 overall pick had he come out. But Jones decided to stay at Oklahoma in an attempt to win a national title.

Turns out it was a poor choice.

Jones struggled in 2011 and saw all his numbers drop almost to the point they were during his 2009 campaign.

One of the biggest problems people began to notice with Landry is that he seems to be simply a spread-system quarterback with limited upside in a pro-style offense.

Jones does have the size, arm strength and leadership qualities you look for in an NFL quarterback, but, barring a big year, most will look at him as a project who may be able to start down the line.

 

8. Mike Glennon, North Carolina State, Senior

Mike Glennon certainly passes the eye test. Standing at 6-6, 232-pounds, Glennon has the size NFL scouts will drool over, but it's consistency that could halt his draft stock from rising.

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Glennon did play his best in the Wolfpack's biggest games, scoring huge days and big victories over Clemson, North Carolina and Louisville, but really looked terrible in seemingly easy games against the conference's worst.

The NC State Senior is certainly a player on the rise right now, and has the arm strength and football I.Q. to pass the test, but if his accuracy and consistency don't improve, he'll be looked at as more of a project than a first-rounder.

 

7. E.J. Manuel, Florida State, Senior

E.J. Manuel is one of the more intriguing prospects for the 2013 class. 

His size and athleticism will catch a lot of scouts' eyes, but there seems to be some major misconceptions about this young man.

Manuel has a great deal of speed, but isn't a running quarterback. He's has really nice pocket presence and is very smooth in his dropback and delivery.

He will no doubt have to polish and refine his quarterbacking skills this season at Florida State, but some big-game memories and an ACC title would go a long way toward firing up his draft stock.  

 

6. Tyler Bray, Tennessee, Junior

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When looking at Tennessee's Tyler Bray, all you can think is "wow, this guy looks the part."

But the looks and actual ability don't match up to the production the Junior has been putting out on the field. His big arm and smooth throwing motion will amaze scouts and wow crowds. 

Bray also missed five games last season in which the Volunteers lost four, meaning Bray is a major part of that team. 

However, after a recent vandalism arrest and some head-scratching plays made last season, you have to wonder if Bray really has it all going on upstairs to be an NFL leader. 

Bray has the ability to not just be a first-round pick, but off the board in the top 10. But that would take a serious showing this season. 

 

5. Aaron Murray, Georgia, Senior

Right now, one of the biggest knocks against Aaron Murray is his height (6-1). But make no mistake, this is one of the toughest S.O.B's in the 2013 draft. 

Murray was pegged as one of the top QB's coming out of high school in 2009, and Georgia fans were stoked to get him. But so far, they have to be a little disappointed. The Dogs haven't been on the same level as LSU, Alabama or even Florida in that time span.

But 2012 may be Murray's year.

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He probably has the best footwork of all the quarterbacks in this draft, and if he can bring his completion percentage up, we could see a rise come draft day.

 

4. Geno Smith, West Virginia, Senior

Last year, Geno Smith made a lot of people in West Virginia forget about Pat White.

In 2011, Smith was off the charts, throwing for 4,385 yards, 31 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. It was one of the best passing seasons for a Mountaneer in the school's history.

Smith is a very accurate thrower who has fabulous pocket presence and gets good zip on his passes.

If he can add some bulk to his slender frame and build upon the great season he had last year, we could be looking at a top 10 player.

 

3. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, Junior

Logan Thomas is probably the most interesting quarterback prospect eligible for this class. 

He has immense size, athleticism and raw ability that would make any NFL scout's jaw drop. Thomas' mechanics are off the chart as well. 

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But his biggest hurdle this season is going to be the offense he plays in. 

Virginia Tech happens to be a run-first offense, which has put Thomas at a disadvantage in that he struggles to break down defenses as well as some of the other QB's in this class do. His pocket presence leaves something to be desired as well. 

If Thomas comes out and has a big season in 2012, there's no doubt in my mind he'll be highly considered for the first overall pick. But at this point, that's only an if.

 

2. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, Senior

Here is a guy who a lot of people are already projecting to be picked higher than Matt Barkley. 

After spending two years behind Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson exploded onto the scene for the Razorbacks in 2011, leading the team to an 11-2 record and a No. 3 rank in the nation at one point

Wilson is a very accurate passer on short to medium routes and might fit best in a West Coast offensive system.

We'll learn a lot about Tyler Wilson this season, as he'll be entering 2012 without his three leading receivers or his head coach from a year ago.

We shall see if he can surpass his competitors and be the top pick.

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1. Matt Barkley, USC, Senior

Here he is, the easy and safe pick atop the NFL quarterback draft board. 

Matt Barkley's stock was so high heading into this year's draft, he would have no doubt challenged Robert Griffin III for the second pick. 

Barkley has been highly touted and scrutinized from the time he was playing in high school, so he's used to the lime-light. He'll have to take that into consideration this year, as his Trojans are one of the biggest favorites to win the National Championship. 

There's no question Barkley had a special 2011 campaign, but to keep himself on top, he'll have to improve on those numbers. 

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