Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Let's put to bed who the top quarterback prospect is in this year's draft class.
It's Geno Smith, and that's an easy statement to make after what we saw in the Senior Bowl.
By the way, he didn't play.
E.J. Manuel was the Player of The Game, and while I will talk about him in greater depth later, keep in mind that he's not projected to be a first-round quarterback.
But Syracuse's Ryan Nassib is, and he disappointed everyone by completing only four passes for 44 yards and throwing an interception.
NC State's Mike Glennon is also a potential first-round pick, and he was the best of the North quarterbacks. He went 8-of-16 for 82 yards, but none of those throws was particularly impressive as he relied mainly on checkdowns.
Speaking of checkdowns, Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert went 10-of-16 for 93 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Those stats would be promising if it weren't for the fact that nine of those completions came on the final scoring drive for the North after the South had gone up 21-10. The South was primarily playing prevent defense and giving him the short passing game. That's not enough to impress NFL scouts.
On the South side, there was Manuel, whom I'm a fan of, but he isn't a first-round pick. He will be mentioned more later.
The South's other quarterbacks were Tyler Wilson, who should go first among these Senior Bowl quarterbacks, and Landry Jones, who might need another year at Oklahoma (too bad he isn't eligible).
Wilson was 8-of-11 and made smart throws when he was in the game; however, he only gained 40 yards. Despite that, I still see him as the best of the Senior Bowl bunch in terms of talent.
As for Jones, he looked legitimately lost out there and likely saw his draft stock slip further down. It was painful to watch.
Meanwhile, watching the Senior Bowl on TV (assuming that's how he chose to spend his Saturday afternoon, which I highly doubt) was Geno Smith, who ought to get fitted for a suit that will complement the red worn by the Kansas City Chiefs.