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Unlike last year's draft class, there's no once-in-a-lifetime quarterback prospect this year.
While there's a handful of guys that have the skills to become NFL starters, certainly none of them wow you like Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III did.
In other words, it's not a good time to be in need of a quarterback and equipped with a top-10 pick. I'm looking at you Jacksonville, Oakland, Buffalo and Kansas City.
West Virgnia's Geno Smith is the probable the front runner for passers at this point. He has strung together a very impressive college career, he has prototypical size, killer accuracy, and he's a leader on the field. He may not be as NFL-ready as some teams with the No. 1 pick would like, but he's certainly worthy.
After Smith, Southern Cal's Matt Barkley and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson are the likely remaining quarterbacks with high chances of going in the first round. Although Barkley has watched his stock drop after deciding to return for his senior season, teams will still be enthralled with his experience (started as a freshman) and his improved decision making in his junior season.
As for Wilson, he's a quarterback that I really liked last season. Obviously this year was a bit tougher for him because...Arkansas. However, scouts can't ignore his arm strength and toughness. In the NFL, Wilson could prosper in a vertical threat offense.
Following those three, you have some project quarterbacks with high potential in Tennessee's Tyler Bray and Oklahoma's Landry Jones.
Bray is a raw prospect and he was inconsistent this season, but his 6'6" frame and rocket arm will impress NFL teams. Jones, on the other hand, went from hot, to not, and then finished his senior season hot again. Scouts will look at his size, experience and fit.
Then you get into the good stuff. Besides a guy like Geno Smith that is almost guaranteed a top-five pick, there's no telling where these other guys go. Although I personally wouldn't spend a top-10 pick on any of them, we all know how NFL teams get with quarterbacks in April.
But let's say a team like Jacksonville or Oakland want to use their top pick for pass rushing talent and look to score a quarterback in the second round. Are there any guys worth looking at?
How 'bout five of them? At least in my opinion.
Zac Dysert out of Miami (Ohio), Ryan Nassib from Syracuse, NC State's Mike Glennon, EJ Manuel from Florida State and Fresno State's Derek Carr, if he decides to skip his senior year.
Dysert is another MAC quarterback that's a big time passer. He has the size and skill set to make it at the next level, but he'll need some time to adjust.
Nassib is a guy that seems to go under the radar, maybe because of the program. However, Nassib has shown plenty to improve his stock and possibly find his way into the latter part of the first round.
Manuel's senior season was highly anticipated, but not nearly as pretty as some would have liked. Yet, Manuel has the mobility, mechanics, and improved accuracy to become a starter.
Fellow ACC signal-caller Mike Glennon has watched his stock rise this year, as scouts will appreciate his size (6'6"), mobility, poise and arm strength.
And then there's Lil' Carr. Although his best decision would be to return for his senior season and try to push himself into the first round next year, I think he's deserving of a third round pick if he decides to forego.