This year’s Senior Bowl reaffirmed the notion that the current crop of quarterback prospects will have to do a lot between now and the April draft to prove themselves worthy of an early-round pick.
While Florida State gunslinger E.J. Manuel was named the Most Outstanding Player of the contest, other participating passers had less-than-stellar performances.
Syracuse Quarterback Ryan Nassib
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 4-of-10 passes for 44 yards and threw an ugly interception to Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo. Overall, Nassib’s performance on the day left much to be desired.
The former Orange passer could be a target of the Buffalo Bills, who recently hired former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone to be the team’s head coach.
SB Nation writer Brian Galliford says Nassib “has a lot of what teams look for in a quarterback” and could go as high as No. 8 in the draft—where the Bills first pick.
If that’s the case, the team could not have been too impressed by Nassib’s performance Saturday. It will be up to the Syracuse signal-caller to prove to the Bills and the rest of the league in coming weeks that he is worthy of a premium draft pick.
Arkansas Quarterback Tyler Wilson
While Wilson’s stats were not bad—8-of-11 passing for 40 yards and no picks—his performance left much to be desired.
Yahoo Sports writer Doug Farras said Wilson looked “tentative” in the game, “throwing checkdown after checkdown” and was nearly intercepted several times. In other words, the numbers may not say it, but Wilson has work to do.
Wilson had a strong week of practices leading up to the Senior Bowl and has height (he’s 6'2") and a strong arm on his side.
He will be one of the top passers drafted (Walter Football projects him going by Round 2), but if he can display to NFL teams in the time between now and the April draft that he is the top quarterback prospect, it could pay off mightily.
Oklahoma Quarterback Landry Jones
The former Sooners signal caller had an awful Senior Bowl, going 3-of-9 passing for 16 yards.
NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks calls Jones the “biggest enigma” in the 2013 quarterback class, and “arguably the most talented quarterback prospect” set to be available in the NFL Draft.
But he may not even be selected on the first day. Luckily, there is plenty of time before the draft for Jones to convince NFL teams he is ready for the big-time.