There is no Andrew Luck on this list, nor is there Robert Griffin III, at least not on the surface. As we rank the quarterbacks of the 2013 NFL draft, there is no leader in the clubhouse—yet. Opinions are all over the place.
As NFL draft analysts, it is our job to evaluate what makes players transcendent, especially at the most important position in football. We evaluate and identify, then initiate an annual groupthink-punditry on cue around this time every year.
There is no groupthink in 2013, however—at least not at the QB position. It is every analyst for himself/herself.
Every player on this list comes with a little clue—some small glimpse into their future—a benchmark from which we can reasonably derive expectations. It is what we do with that clue that is important.
As Senior Bowl practices loom large in our near future, we have a few things to sort out. This list will very likely change after one week in Mobile, Ala., but this is today, and here we are.
Before I punch my ticket to Ladd-Peebles Stadium and 2013 Senior Bowl Week, I want my initial thoughts on record. Approximately 10 quarterbacks get drafted every year, and if the NFL draft occurred tomorrow, this is how I would be taking them.