NFL Combine 2013: Under-the-Radar Quarterbacks Whose Stocks Are on the Rise
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With the NFL scouting combine in full swing, league scouts are on full alert looking for players to fill their needs. And with the exception of a few teams, most will have their eyes on the quarterbacks that were on display.
The 2013 draft class does not boast the premier names and talents like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III that last year's did. But players, including Matt Barkley and Geno Smith, are regarded as almost sure-fire first-round picks (via CBS Sports).
After that, there are plenty of other, less-heralded names who have looked to stand out this week in Indianapolis. Here are just a couple of them.
Arkansas' Tyler Wilson busted into the spotlight for the Razorbacks when he replaced an injured Ryan Mallett in 2010. When Mallett left for the NFL, Wilson took over the reins and was expected to do great things. While he never reached those heights, he still entered the combine as a strong talent.
After his time in Indianapolis, he must surely be on the radar of teams throughout the league. NFL.com rated him the second-best quarterback on display, comparing him to Brett Favre (hopefully in his Packer days).
Strong with a solid arm and good intangibles, his stock will certainly be rising. CBS Sports regarded him as a mid-second-round pick, but he could easily end up as a first-rounder.
Ryan Nassib floats under the radar a bit given that he played at a non-traditional football school, Syracuse. But he's certainly a signal-caller that has put himself in the conversation amongst the top prospects at his position.
Possessing good physical strength and a strong arm, Nassib also boasts a strong will to win. He's also an extremely smart kid, being a Big East All-Academic Team selection in all four years of his career (via SU Athletics).
New Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was the head coach of the Orangemen during this time, so perhaps he has a leg up on scouting Nassib. And maybe other teams realize this, meaning someone, be it Buffalo or not, could jump on this kid earlier on than expected.
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