Senior Bowl 2013: Quarterbacks with Chance to Solidify First-Round Status
This year's NFL draft doesn't have any quarterbacks who are clear-cut lock to be picked in the first round, but the 2013 Senior Bowl could ensure a Round 1 for several prospects at the top of the crop.
There are no Andrew Lucks or Robert Griffin IIIs (drafted first and several overall, respectively) in this year's class, so there's no telling where any of these quarterbacks will land.
A strong showing in the Senior Bowl will greatly improve the draft stock of some of the top signal-callers in the field and should lead to a first-round selection.
Let's take a look at the quarterbacks with a chance to get it done.
Mike Glennon, NC State
The NC State product has the ideal height (6'6'') to be a NFL quarterback and Glennon's frame ensures that he can get a clean look down the field to make good throws.
Arm strength is the biggest strength of Glennon's game. He can make all the deep throws in a pro-style offense, but isn't reckless with his big arm and won't try to squeeze the ball into overly tight spaces. His accuracy is sufficient, but his footwork needs some improvement if he wants to have elite precision.
In a new age of quarterbacks who can both throw and run, Glennon is not a dual threat. However, Glennon moves well enough in the pocket to avoid the pass rush and has the ability to make accurate throws on the run.
Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Nassib isn't the tallest guy on the field (6'2''), but his height shouldn't hamper his success in the NFL, as he is tall enough to see over the line.
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The former Syracuse signal-caller has excellent arm strength that allows him to fit the ball in tight spaces and pinpoint accuracy is among his strong suits. Nassib must improve on his decision-making, particularly when deciding how hard he needs to throw the ball.
While Nassib is a strong, athletic player, he won't be a scrambler in the NFL. Nassib will no doubt be a pocket passer, but he has the awareness and body strength to avoid the pass rush and make plays with his arm.
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Wilson (6'3'') likely has the weakest arm of the three quarterbacks mentioned here, although he puts enough zip on his balls to succeed in the NFL. The Arkansas quarterback does need some work in determining what kind of throws his arm strength will allow him to make.
The jury is still out on Wilson's accuracy and it's clear that he is not consistent enough at this point. An improvement on his mechanics (namely his footwork) will go a long way in making him NFL-ready.
The forte of the former-Arkansas signal-caller is his arm mechanics, which allow for a quick release and tight spirals. When the pocket breaks down, Wilson is a good enough athlete to make things happen, but he must be careful not to leave too early.
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