Power Ranking Every Quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft Heading into Pro Days

Jon DoveContributor IMarch 6, 2013

Power Ranking Every Quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft Heading into Pro Days

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    The picture at the quarterback position is starting to take shape, with the upcoming pro days only playing a minor role in the process. This draft features more project quarterbacks than players ready to make an immediate impact.

    We're looking at maybe only two quarterbacks seeing significant playing time as a rookie. They also happen to be the two top players on this list.

No. 13: Matt Scott, Arizona

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    Projected Draft Position: Sixth to seventh round

    Arizona's Matt Scott is a good-looking athlete with experience in the highly popular read option. His best attributes are his quickness, balance in the pocket and quick release. These skills make him more of a dual-threat quarterback.

    However, he has plenty of holes in his game. It's tough to compare him to someone like Colin Kaepernick because he doesn't have the same type of arm talent. Scott struggles with his consistency in the intermediate and deep passing attack.

    The Arizona offense didn't provide Scott with many opportunities to improve this part of his game. He has a chance to be a late-round addition to a team that hopes he can develop.

No. 12: Sean Renfree, Duke

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    Projected Draft Position: Sixth to seventh round

    Duke's Sean Renfree has the size, arm strength and experience to make a run at landing on an NFL roster. He learned the position from quarterback guru David Cutcliffe, whose past experience includes working with Peyton and Eli Manning.

    But Renfree needs to work on several aspects of his game. The fact that he received such good coaching from Cutcliffe raises concerns that he might have already reached his ceiling.

    The biggest questions surround Renfree's awkward, shot put-like throwing motion. He also doesn't step into his throws or generate great zip on the ball.

    He has the arm strength, but doesn't maximize it because of his tendency to throw flat-footed.

No. 11: Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt

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    Projected Draft Position: Sixth to seventh round

    Some NFL prospects lack the ceiling to gain early-round consideration. However, these prospects can still find a way onto an NFL roster.

    Vanderbilt's Jordan Rodgers fits this mold, as his physical limitations will likely keep him from becoming an elite player.

    Rodgers lacks the size and arm strength most evaluators look for in a quarterback. He doesn't have the live arm needed to consistently make plays down the field or squeeze the ball into tight spaces.

    However, he has a future as a career backup. Rodgers is a smart player who makes up for his lack of arm strength with excellent anticipation. His ability to quickly process information and get the ball out is what will help him stick on an NFL roster.

No. 10: Landry Jones, Oklahoma

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    Projected Draft Position: Sixth round

    From the neck down, Oklahoma's Landry Jones has all the skills evaluators look for in a quarterback prospect. He has a strong throwing arm, good athleticism and balance in the pocket. These physical attributes are why Jones will hear his name called on draft day.

    However, he lacks the feel for the position needed to excel at the next level. Jones struggles making sound and quick decisions. He has a tendency to throw the ball into coverage and miss open targets. This becomes even more of an issue when he's faced with pressure.

    Despite his strong throwing arm, Jones is highly inconsistent with his ability to make plays down the field. Most of his success and yardage came from Oklahoma's underneath passing game.

    Someone will take a chance on Jones, as most coaches feel they can work with someone with good physical attributes.

No. 9: Zac Dysert, Miami Ohio

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    Projected Draft Position: Fifth round

    For a quarterback to succeed in the NFL, he needs to have more than the necessary physical abilities. This is why Miami Ohio's Zac Dysert has an uphill battle to be a difference-maker at the next level. However, a team will give him a chance because he has a ton of raw talent.

    Dysert's biggest issue is his inability to process information quickly. Too often, he holds the ball well after his target is open. This problem is made worse when the defense is able to generate a pass rush.

    Inconsistency with his throwing mechanics is another concern. Dysert showed a tendency to fall off his throws, not square his body to his target and force the ball into coverage. These all contributed to Dysert's problems with accuracy and ability to sustain drives.

    However, he flashes excellent arm strength. When mechanically sound, he can be an accurate passer. Being exposed to better coaching at the next level only increases his potential.

No. 8: Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah

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    Projected Draft Position: Fifth to sixth round

    Southern Utah's Brad Sorensen doesn't get the same attention as the other quarterbacks in this draft because of his small-school background. However, he has just as much raw talent. An argument could be made that he has the best arm in the draft.

    Sorensen also has a balanced and quick throwing motion. He routinely aligns his body to the target and generates good zip by driving off his back foot.

    His accuracy is a concern. He has a tendency to release some balls that sail high, flutter out of bounds or are are delivered too low. It's this lack of accuracy that will force Sorensen down into the later rounds.

No. 7: Tyler Bray, Tennessee

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    Projected Draft Position: Fourth to fifth round

    Earlier in the season, Tennessee's Tyler Bray was being viewed by some as a potential first-round pick. His strong throwing arm and 6'6" frame led many to that conclusion. However, questions about his maturity and decision-making on the field hurt his stock.

    Bray has issues protecting the football. He routinely forces the ball into tight coverage, thanks in large part to his gunslinger mentality.

    Because of his powerful arm, Bray believes he can fit the ball into the the tightest of spaces. This led to a lot of turnovers and stalled drives.

    However, he has as much upside as any quarterback in the draft. He just needs to land in the right situation to reach that potential.

No. 6: EJ Manuel, Florida State

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    Projected Draft Position: Late third round

    Florida State's EJ Manuel is a terrific athlete and strong competitor who has NFL potential. Because of his exemplary work ethic, it's likely a team will take a chance on him in the middle part of the draft. He should not be considered an immediate fix for a quarterback-needy team.

    Despite his top-notch athleticism, Manuel needs to work on becoming a more well-rounded quarterback. He must tweak his throwing motion to work out his dart-like release. This motion impacts his accuracy, as he's aiming too much.

    Manuel could also improve his ability to read a defense and make quick decisions. He has a tendency to hold the ball too long.

    However, his experience in a read-option attack should give him added value. The read option is the new fad in the NFL.

No. 5: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

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    Projected Draft Position: Third round

    Arkansas' firing of Bobby Petrino before the start of the year negatively impacted Tyler Wilson's development. Wilson and the entire offense never got on track, which resulted in a disastrous season for the Razorbacks.

    His 2012 campaign was filled with poor decisions and turnovers. Wilson appeared to lose his confidence and never regained it. So landing in a stable situation will be key to his long-term success and immediate development.

    He also doesn't have as much upside as others in this draft. His limited arm strength is something that concerns me.

No. 4: Mike Glennon, N.C. State

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    Projected Draft Position: Third round

    N.C. State's Mike Glennon has excellent size and a powerful throwing arm. He flashes the ability to deliver the ball to his target on a line and also make plays down the field. His performance this past season helped an underwhelming Wolfpack team reach a bowl game.

    Glennon deserves a lot of credit for the way he made those around him better. He showed good leadership ability.

    Despite his natural ability, Glennon needs to work on becoming a more consistent player. This holds true for all aspects of his game. He has a tendency to throw off his back foot, not square his body toward his target and make poor decisions.

    The biggest concern about Glennon is his struggle handling pressure. He must figure out how to keep his eyes down the field when faced with a pass rush.

    Glennon has a long way to go before he's ready to make an impact in the NFL. However, his talent gives him tremendous upside.

No. 3: Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

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    Projected Draft Position: Second round

    Because of his strong throwing arm, solid athleticism and continued development, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib is one of the hotter names in the draft. It's highly unlikely that he makes it out of the second round.

    His strength is his balance in the pocket and willingness to quickly go through his progressions. He keeps his eyes down field and doesn't hesitate to move on to a secondary target. Nassib also does a good job tying his feet to his eyes as he goes through his progressions.

    However, he's still developing as a quarterback and has plenty of holes in his game. The biggest concern is his inconsistency attacking the deep part of the field. His ball tends to flow to his target, as he puts too much loft on his throws.

    NFL quarterbacks need to be able to stretch the field. That is why this part of Nassib's game is such a concern. Developing the touch to deliver a good bucket pass takes time to learn and master.

No. 2: Matt Barkley, USC

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    Projected Draft Position: Late first to early second round

    Matt Barkley's up-and-down draft stock has received a lot of media coverage. He went from a potential No. 1 pick to falling down many evaluators' quarterback rankings. I have little doubt that this can be tied to the thought that the more film available, the more holes are found.

    The truth is that Barkley lacks ideal arm strength and disappointed during his senior season despite playing with top-notch talent at USC. These are legitimate reasons to questions his future in the NFL.

    However, it's also important to consider all the positives about his game. Barkley has a lot of experience  playing against a high level of competition. He has shown great leadership skills both on and off the field. And his commitment to the game and the Trojans can never be questioned.

    Barkley might not have Mike Glennon's physical attributes, but he has a far higher ceiling. He has a chance to have a long and successful career if he lands in the right situation. Look for a team to make a move into the late first round to draft Barkley.

No. 1: Geno Smith, West Virginia

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    Projected Draft Position: Top 10

    Because of his solid production, raw talent and poise, West Virginia's Geno Smith is widely regarded as the top quarterback available in this year's draft. He has shown more than enough to warrant a top-10 selection.

    Smith should have a very good NFL career. He plays the game with a lot of passion and displays a strong work ethic.

    His powerful arm allows him to make all the throws necessary to succeed at the next level. He also possesses accuracy and the ability to stand in the pocket against pressure.

    Smith needs to work on making quicker decisions and learning more pro-style concepts. However, the right offensive-minded coach will ensure he's placed in a situation to succeed.