The 2013 NFL draft class has been criticized as a weak quarterback class. Some analysts have one quarterback going in the first round, some have none and others have multiple quarterbacks going in Round 1. As the draft approaches, teams will get hungry for quarterback prospects and their rankings will increase.
If these teams choose not to address their need on the free-agent market, they'll select the best available quarterback in the first round of the draft.
Many early quarterback selections at this point will be considered reaches, but desperate NFL teams will be looking to find a franchise guy. While this year's quarterback class doesn't touch last year's, there are quarterbacks in the first round who are capable of starting.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Geno Smith, West Virginia
The Kansas City Chiefs will be forced to decide between taking a quarterback and a franchise left tackle in Luke Joeckel. The safer pick, by far, would be to select the offensive lineman and use him as an anchor on the offensive line for years to come. The much more attractive pick would be reaching to select quarterback Geno Smith.
The Chiefs will choose the latter and look to complete their franchise re-branding. Smith gives them the best quarterback in the draft and the chance to move forward with a new coach. The Chiefs will opt to pay tackle Branden Albert and get some talent on offense.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Another team (with a new coach) that struggles at the quarterback position, the Cardinals will look to draft a quarterback in Round 1. The Cardinals are in a position where they can't afford to miss out on a quarterback. They simply can't afford to risk that and enter the season with what they've got now.
Wilson has a strong arm with good mechanics that allow him to make NFL-level throws. He needs to work on settling down in the pocket and also his footwork to improve his accuracy, but the physical tools are mostly there.
8. Buffalo Bills: Mike Glennon, N.C. State
The Bills looked to have found their franchise guy in Ryan Fitzpatrick, but his lack of improvement and consistency seem to indicate he's not the guy. The possibility to reunite head coach Doug Marrone with quarterback Ryan Nassib is in play, but the Bills will go with Mike Glennon.
With his 6'6" frame, Glennon is a towering prospect and possesses a big arm. He knows when and where to use his strength to his ability. He was extremely efficient at N.C. State and took care of the ball in order to move his offense.
Complete Draft Order
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14)
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12)
5. Detroit Lions (4-12)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
9. New York Jets (6-10)
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9)
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)
19. New York Giants (9-7)
20. Chicago Bears (10-6)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) (10-6)
23. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
24. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
26. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
27. Houston Texans (12-4)
28. Denver Broncos (13-3)
29. New England Patriots (12-4)
30. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
31. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)*
32. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)*
*Order subject to change based on results of Super Bowl