2013 NFL Draft: Predicting When Top QBs Will Be Drafted

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 27, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Matt Barkley of Southern California watches the workouts during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is complete for the quarterbacks, meaning that we can focus our attention firmly back to the 2013 NFL draft.

And, specifically for the quarterbacks, where they'll likely fall in the draft.

Geno Smith is seemingly a lock to be a top, first-round selection, but other than that, there's much debate and contention about where the other QBs will finish.

So read on to see which rounds and potential teams the top quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft are likely to fall to when their name is called on draft day.


Geno Smith: Round 1, Top Five

Regardless of how the top five works itself out, there can be little disputing the fact that Geno Smith will be going somewhere within the top five.

Be it to Kansas City or to Oakland, the West Virginia quarterback proved at the combine that he has the strength, the quickness and the agility to become a real dual-threat QB in the NFL, having already established how effective his passing game can be.

Neither the Chiefs or the Raiders can afford to go another season without a strong quarterback, so expect one of them to make a move for Smith here.


Matt Barkley: Round 1, Top 10

If you had discussed USC quarterback Matt Barkley as a top-10 quarterback prior to the scouting combine, you might well have been laughed out of town.

Yet with a strong media presence that left many impressed, as well as the news that several top teams were directly interested in him, Barkley looks set to do just that—which is where many had him going this time 12 months ago.

Arizona at No. 7 looks pretty safe for Barkley.


Ryan Nassib: Round 2, Top 50

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone would no doubt love the opportunity to work with his former college quarterback Ryan Nassib, and with a strong 2013 to date at various events, Nassib has done enough to ensure his selection in the first 50 or so picks this year.

The Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and the Bills all look like potential homes for Nassib in 2013, with Buffalo likely to lead the charge in the second round.


Tyler Wilson: Round 2, Top 75

Tyler Wilson isn't a first-round quarterback in the NFL draft this year and probably won't get a starting position next year as a result of that. However, that by no means suggests that he won't see himself go in the first few rounds here as a backup for the future.

Houston needs a new replacement for when Matt Schaub finally gives up; Dallas could probably use one for Tony Romo as well going forward.

And depending on what the New England Patriots do with Ryan Mallett, they too could be in the market for a backup for Tom Brady in 2013.

One of those teams will pull the trigger on Wilson.


Tyler Bray: Round 3, Top 90

Out of Cleveland, Buffalo, Arizona and the New York Jets, one will be without a quarterback at this point in the NFL draft and will need to turn to Bray here.

Alternatively, we could see one of the teams mentioned above try to move their third round pick up or their second-round pick down to nab him here.

Either way, Bray doesn't escape the third round without being picked.


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