NFL Draft 2013: Quarterbacks Who Will Be Steals Outside First Round

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

Arizona Wildcats QB Matt Scott
Arizona Wildcats QB Matt ScottChristian Petersen/Getty Images

If you're looking to get a quarterback in the NFL draft, sometimes it's better to wait.

Sure, the top of the draft can be loaded with the likes of Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, but there's always a Russell Wilson waiting in the deeper rounds of the draft.

Andy Dalton was selected in the second round in 2011, and nobody forgets that Tom Brady went in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft.

There are a few positives to drafting a QB late. It's a cheaper alternative, and it can allow the player to grow without having to carry the weight of expectations.

With that in mind, here are three quarterbacks that NFL teams would be wise to target outside the first round.


EJ Manuel, Florida State

Here's a quarterback that may be shooting up draft boards. As of right now, EJ Manuel looks to be a second- or third-round prospect. That could change as a result of the combine and interviews.

Manuel's senior season is when it all came together. The potential was always there. In 2012, he fulfilled that.

En route to a 12-2 record and No. 10 ranking for Florida State, Manuel threw for 3,392 yards and 23 touchdowns.

His 18 interceptions over the last two seasons are a bit of a concern.

Regardless, Manuel has the height and arm strength of a potential franchise quarterback.


Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

Zac Dysert had an absolutely stellar career at Miami (OH). Few in this draft are as decorated as him when it comes to the numbers.

While being stuck on some absolutely horrid RedHawks teams over his four years in Oxford, Dysert threw for 12,016 yards and 73 touchdowns.

He's much like Manuel in that he's got the right kind of body that scouts will love, but the accuracy is a main problem. Dysert threw 51 interceptions in those four years.

The MAC isn't exactly the highest level of football in the country, so it's a bit concerning that he would turn the ball over so much.


Matt Scott, Arizona

With Nick Foles in front of him for three years, Matt Scott wasn't given a chance to start for the Arizona Wildcats until his senior season. He certainly made the most of it.

Benefiting from Rich Rodriguez's offense, Scott threw for 3,620 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also ran for another 506 yards.

The thing most in his favor is his athleticism. He's not the kind of runner that RG3 is, but Scott has the ability to elude pressure in the pocket like Russell Wilson.

As evidenced by Wilson, Griffin and Colin Kaepernick, a QB with running ability can be a huge advantage if he doesn't tuck and run too much.