2013 NFL Draft Predictions: Teams That Will Reach to Pick a QB in Round 1
There are a few certainties in life that will never change—death, taxes and teams reaching to select quarterbacks in the first round of the NFL draft.
If you think the 2013 draft will be any different, think again.
Sure, there isn't an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this year's draft. Sure, the talent pool is thin by comparison at the position this year. However, that doesn't mean teams won't reach, desperate to fill the most important position on the field.
With that in mind, we'll attempt to identify which teams will be most likely to reach for a quarterback in the first round.
If your best option was Matt Cassel or Ryan Fitzpatrick, you might reach, too.
Kansas City Chiefs
Two words: Matt Cassel. Two more words: Matt Cassel.
Do you really think the Chiefs will pass up the chance to select a quarterback in this year's draft? Sure, it might be a reach to use the top overall pick to select a quarterback this year—at this point, Geno Smith would be the most logical decision—but it would also be a reach to expect Cassel to play good football next year.
When Andy Reid started his successful reign in Philadelphia, his first act was to draft Donovan McNabb. There might not be a McNabb in this draft, but I would be very surprised if the Chiefs didn't end up with a quarterback in the first round.
Remember when Ryan Fitzpatrick signed a six-year, $59-million extension with the Buffalo Bills in 2011? Boy, those seem like more quaint times now, don't they?
Fitzpatrick isn't the guy. While Buffalo might give him another year to prove he can be the guy, given $24 million in guaranteed money was included in that contract, most Bills fans would love to see the team go in a different direction.
If Smith drops to No. 8, I have no doubt the Bills will snatch him up. Other possibilities include Tyler Wilson, Mike Glennon, Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib.
New York Jets
While we're on the subject of New York football teams that gave ridiculous contract extensions to mediocre quarterbacks, how about those Jets?
In a season in which Mark Sanchez finally got benched, Tim Tebow was barely used as a cheap parlor trick and Greg McElroy reminded everyone why he started the season as the third-string quarterback, it became plenty obvious that the Jets need to improve the position.
With the ninth pick in the first round, the team will have plenty of options to do just that, though most will argue none worthy of selecting so high. Still, I would be shocked if the Jets didn't select a quarterback in this draft.
Knowing them, they'll probably go for Barkley, just so they can be the only team in the league with two overrated and over-drafted USC quarterbacks.
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