NFL Draft 2013: Quarterbacks Who Are Great Targets Outside 1st Round

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29:  Ryan Nassib #12 of the Syracuse Orange drops back against the West Virginia Mountaineers  in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Unlike many years, the 2013 NFL draft lacks that elite franchise quarterback that every scout raves about.

Many draft experts have Geno Smith going first overall to the Kansas City Chiefs, but there are definitely issues that could limit his potential. Smith is far from the best player in the draft.

Behind him is the trio of Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson and Mike Glennon. All three could be first-round draft picks, but any team that drafts them will likely be making a big reach.

It might be more worth it to wait on somebody like Ryan Nassib in the second round. He has solid arm strength and enough mobility to evade pressure to give himself some more time to throw.

One problem, though, is that Nassib can sometimes force throws and try to do too much while in the pocket. That can lead to needless turnovers.

With the right coaching, Nassib can be a very good quarterback.

Here are three other QBs teams would be wise to look at and draft after the first round.


Landry Jones, Oklahoma

Landry Jones' stock has taken quite a hit over the past couple of seasons. He did very well in his freshman and sophomore years but never progressed like he should have.

While he has a very good arm, Jones can be inconsistent when having to stay stationary in the pocket. He's going to be looking at heavy pressure in the NFL, and there are question marks as to whether he can be a good quarterback when faced with a rush.

There are definite issues with where his ceiling is. Throwing out of the Shotgun for the majority of his snaps at Oklahoma doesn't help Jones' potential, either, as he struggled at the Senior Bowl when taking snaps under center.


E.J. Manuel, Florida State

E.J. Manuel has all of the physical tools necessary to succeed in the league. He's a very raw quarterback, though, so a team might be wise to give him some time on the bench before putting him in a starting role.

Manuel's height (6'4") is a major plus, along with his athleticism. There are few QBs in the draft who are better runners than Manuel.

One issue, though, is his decision-making. Ten interceptions to 23 touchdowns in his senior season are a bit of a red flag.

Much like Jones, scouts wonder how much Manuel will be able to handle the rush when he gets to the pros. When he gets hassled, Manuel is often forced into mistakes.


Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

Zac Dysert looks to be the best non-BCS quarterback in the draft. Playing in the MAC, many will wonder if the level of competition will have prepared Dysert for what he'll see in the NFL.

He played in 46 career games with the Miami (OH) RedHawks, so he's shown a leadership ability that few QBs in the draft possess.

With 51 career interceptions to 73 touchdowns, his accuracy is a bit in doubt. Dysert is good at making the easy throws, but he looks like he might struggle when having to make the more difficult passes.

Dysert also threw out of the Shotgun quite a bit as a RedHawk, so learning how to throw under center so much in the NFL will probably take some time.