NFL Draft 2013: Teams That Will Draft a Quarterback in the First Round

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Head coach Rex Ryan, left and owner Woody Johnson of the New York Jets talks before the start of their game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL Draft has plenty of quarterbacks that teams will have their eyes on, but none are the seemingly surefire picks that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were a year ago.

Despite that, there will still be some teams in desperate need of a quarterback who will draft one in the first round, hoping to find another Luck or Griffin, or perhaps a signal-caller like Russell Wilson, who was passed over by several teams before being taken by the Seattle Seahawks.

Let's take a look at the teams most likely to draft a quarterback in the first round.


Notable Quarterbacks in this Year's Draft (in no particular order)

1. Geno Smith, West Virginia

2. Matt Barkley, USC

3. Mike Glennon, NC State

4. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

5. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse


New York Jets

While I'm not convinced the Jets are completely done with quarterback Mark Sanchez, but drafting a signal-caller in the first round could once again serve to push the former USC product.

Thanks to poor play from Sanchez, and an abysmal offensive line that couldn't block a high school team's pass rush, the Jets ranked No. 30 in the NFL in passing. In this day and age when the NFL is a passing league, that simply won't get it done.

The biggest problems the Jets have with their passing attack actually lies in both the offensive line and their receiving corps. Once Santonio Holmes went down to injury, Sanchez had few options to throw the ball to.

So while other areas need major improvement for the Jets to get better passing the ball, this organization loves the sexy pick in most instances, and nothing is sexier than a brand new quarterback in the Big Apple.


Arizona Cardinals

There was nothing messier during last year's NFL season than the Cardinals' quarterback situation. Arizona used Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and even Brian Hoyer behind center. All of those signal-callers were either injured, extremely ineffective or both.

There's no question that after the 2012-13 campaign, the Cards might be better off going in a completely different direction at the position entirely. As a team, the Cardinals ranked No. 28 in the NFL in passing, which again, won't get it done in the league today.

New head coach Bruce Arians filled the last vacant position in the NFL and with a new sheriff in town, Arizona might want to start fresh at the team's most important position.

Remember: Arizona did start off 4-0 last season, with a few of those wins coming against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. They have some weapons on both sides of the ball, so the biggest weakness this team has remains at the quarterback position.


Buffalo Bills

The Bills had hoped that Ryan Fitzpatrick would be their franchise quarterback of the future, and while he wasn't awful last season, Buffalo was only able to muster up the No. 25 passing attack in the NFL.

Like the Cardinals, the Bills have a new head coach in town, Doug Marrone. The former Syracuse lead man could be looking for a new quarterback for his own new beginning as the head coach of this team.

I'm not the first to say it, but Marrone has a Syracuse connection with a certain quarterback listed above. Nassib won't be drafted by the Bills based on his connection with Marrone alone, but it will certainly help.

Buffalo has several pressing needs in this year's draft, but if Marrone thinks he knows Nassib well enough to believe the former Syracuse signal-caller has the goods to be a NFL quarterback, don't be surprised to see Nassib go in the first ten picks.