2013 NFL Draft Predictions: Quarterbacks Who Will Be Drafted Too Early

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJanuary 7, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 27: Tyler Bray #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers passes the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With names like Luck, Griffin and Wilson, last season's NFL draft was teeming with solid options at quarterback. 2013 is a completely different monster.

The top names in this season's quarterback draft class are Geno Smith and Matt Barkley, and even now those are suspect.

That means teams looking for a steal at the NFL's most important position will most likely be kicking themselves later.

Here's a look at three intriguing quarterback options that all have their fair share of upside, but are a gambit if taken too soon.

Projected rounds and pick numbers from CBS Sports


Collin Klein, Kansas State

It happened with Tim Tebow, and while one would hope the NFL has learned it's lesson, history does have a way of repeating itself.

Now Tebow was a huge reach in the first round of the 2010 draft, and no team will take that kind of gambit on Klein. But anything before the fifth round will seem like a reach—and with a thin class at QB it could happen.

Klein has been solid in his collegiate career and that was no different this season, passing for 2,641 yards while rushing for 920.

But everything you can say about Tebow, you can say about Klein.

He has a big body that projects much more as a fullback or tight end. He can be accurate in the flats, but inconsistent down field. The fundamentals just aren't there.

Any team looking to shift Klein into a position of value could find a steal late in the draft. But if reached for as a QB, Klein is bound to disappoint.


Landry Jones, Oklahoma

Landry Jones is an interesting name, and you could make a case that he deserves an early pick.

Jones burst onto the scene his sophomore season, passing for 4,718 yards and 38 touchdowns. And while he surpassed 4,000 yards passing over his next two seasons, he never recaptured that effectiveness.

The one thing holding Jones back is his decision making skills. He's got the arm to make the big plays, but is too inconsistent at putting the ball in the right place.

Jones has completed 63.5 percent of his passes in his career, he's also thrown 52 interceptions.

When it comes to a guy like Jones, teams can be easily fooled. While he could come through with some big upside, reaching too soon could bring just as much downside.

Anything before the third round warrants a second guess.


Tyler Bray, Tennessee

As reported by CBS' Bruce Feldman, it seems Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray will indeed declare for the 2013 NFL draft. 

Bray is much like Jones. He has a big arm and make big plays. But at the end of the day he's a gunslinger who can be forced into making too many mistakes.

The Vols' QB had a solid junior season, passing for a career high 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns.

But for the third season in a row, Bray failed to complete more than 60 percent of his passes. He also tossed a career high 12 interceptions.

Bray has made his living in the shotgun, and it has usually given him time to make his passes. But that doesn't slide in the NFL, and who knows how well he'll adapt to passing in the pocket.

If he forces his throws now, things could only get worse. While Bray deserves a solid look, anything before the second round seems like a push.