Buying or Selling 2013 NFL Draft's Quarterbacks as Instant Pro Starters
When a team drafts a quarterback, it is generally hoping for a starter. In the 2013 NFL draft, several teams will be hoping to add a new starting quarterback.
But how many of these quarterbacks are ready?
There are many factors that go into whether a rookie quarterback is ready to start. These include the offense he played in college, his talent level, mechanics and footwork. But they certainly aren't the only defining traits.
Which quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft have these traits and are ready to make the jump from college star to NFL starter?
10. Collin Klein, Kansas State
The biggest problem with Collin Klein as an instant starter is that he isn't even a future starter. People like Klein because of his college success and athletic ability, but he simply isn't a starter.
Possibly because of his awful throwing motion, Klein's ball placement is horrific. He struggles to complete even routine passes. His arm isn't nearly strong enough to compensate for this either.
Klein's mechanics and footwork desperately need work, and as Tim Tebow shows, it's not so easy to completely revamp a quarterback's throwing motion.
9. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
There is no denying Landry Jones' talent. There's also no denying that he isn't ready to start in the NFL.
Jones possesses a strong arm and great size, but he desperately needs to improve in multiple areas. Jones' mechanics are generally solid, however.
The biggest problem Jones has is his erratic ball placement. He struggles to hit his receivers in stride and frequently misses.
His decision-making is also in need of work, as he throws far too many interceptions. Under pressure, Jones panics and becomes even more erratic.
8. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Many people like Ryan Nassib because of his strong arm and athletic ability. Few, however, will deny that he is still raw.
Nassib's biggest issue is his tendency to falter in the face of pressure. He panics and drops his eye level, often looking to run. Too often, Nassib throws from awkward positions when there is no need to.
Nassib throws with an elongated release that takes a bit too long. His ball placement is below-average, and he lacks touch.
There is definitely potential with Nassib, thanks to his physical ability, but he has much to work on before starting.
7. E.J. Manuel, Florida State
E.J. Manuel is limited primarily by his dreadful ball placement. He fails to consistently hit his receivers, often missing by impressive margins.
Manuel is a terrific athlete with great running ability. He is a dangerous weapon in the open field and is both big and athletic enough to elude defenders of all size. Manuel also possesses excellent arm strength.
However, considering Manuel's mediocre ball placement, lack of pocket presence and poor footwork, he is not a capable starter at this time.
6. Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Tyler Bray stands at 6'6" and possesses a rocket arm to go with great pocket presence. While Bray has some tools to work with, he still has much to improve.
Bray's footwork is a disaster. It needs to be almost completely reworked. This often causes ball placement issues with Bray, though he is still reasonably accurate.
With time, Bray could develop into a starting quarterback. However, it will take time because he is in desperate need of some good coaching.
5. Matt Barkley, USC
If Matt Barkley isn't ready to start now, he may never be.
It's easy to see why many like Barkley. He's a smart player who plays in a pro-style offense. He doesn't force too many throws, he shows solid footwork and mechanics and he's consistent.
That doesn't make him a good quarterback.
Barkley's accuracy is a bit overrated and not the stuff of legend that some have made it out to be. More importantly, Barkley struggles to put velocity on his passes and limits his offense.
Just as important is Barkley's unwillingness to take chances. This hesitance and his lack of arm strength will keep his offenses from making many big plays.
So, are Barkley's play-it-safe attitude and smarts enough to make him a starter?
4. Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
Mike Glennon is a player whose parts far exceed the whole.
Glennon displays solid throwing mechanics and footwork, good pocket presence and a strong arm. He's already played in a pro-style offense.
The problem is that with Glennon, the results are rarely good. He struggles with ball placement, and he throws far too many interceptions.
Glennon also looks awful in the face of pressure. He panics and, given his awful mobility, is completely unable to run.
There are some desirable skills in Glennon's game. However, he rarely plays at a high level, which is a pretty big red flag.
3. Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
Zac Dysert combines impressive physical ability with some good quarterbacking skills. Dysert can throw the ball to all parts of the field, combining impressive arm strength with above-average ball placement. He also throws the best deep ball in the draft.
Dysert's flaws aren't nearly as big as his strengths. He forces too many passes, trying to make too many big plays by himself—his awful supporting cast at Miami didn't help. However, he is at least willing to take chances.
At times, Dysert will stand in the pocket too long and take a sack. He is capable of running, though.
Though Dysert will bring most of his value with his long-term upside, he can start as a rookie.
2. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Tyler Wilson is a gunslinger. He makes mistakes, he throws interceptions, and at times, even his fans hate him.
He'll also make plays, and his fans will often love him.
Wilson's arm strength, aggressive play, ball placement and ability to go through progressions will all help him in adapting to the NFL. His throwing mechanics and footwork are also ahead of the curve.
Sure, Wilson will turn the ball over as a rookie. He did so in college, and that isn't suddenly going to change in the NFL.
Turnovers obviously aren't good, but they aren't the worst thing in the world either.
1. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Geno Smith's biggest flaw is his lack of long-term upside. It is not his ability to come in and start as a rookie. He can definitely do that.
Smith is accurate, shows good footwork and mechanics and can play from under center. His movement in the pocket is superb, and he keeps his eyes downfield at all times.
Smith's ability to play under pressure will prove crucial in the NFL. He doesn't panic, and he can throw from all positions, especially off his back foot.
That's not to say Smith will be amazing. He doesn't take enough chances, and his arm strength isn't great. He sometimes struggles to go through progressions.
However, Smith is good enough in these areas to excel in the NFL, and to do so as a rookie.