NFL Draft 2013: Mid-Round QBs Who Will Exceed Expectations at the Next Level
This year's crop of collegiate quarterback talent hasn't given way to two elite prospects like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
However, that doesn't mean that the overall picture of the QBs that will be selected doesn't give way to some talented players.
So far, Geno Smith has been the cream of the 2013 NFL draft class—at least when it comes to QBs.
The West Virginia product has impressed scouts with his live arm, his ability to move around in the pocket and the potential to run a read-option offense at the next level.
Behind him, Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon have grabbed the most headlines, but those prospects aren't the only ones vying to impress teams and make a splash at the next level.
In other words, these guys likely won't be first or even second-round picks, but they have the potential to far exceed their place as mid-round draft picks come April.
Matt Scott, Arizona
Matt Scott is making himself some money with his recent performances at NFL events.
After passing for for over 3,600 yards and rushing for another 500 during his senior season for the Wildcats, Scott established himself as a big-armed QB that has the potential to develop into a true threat to both run and pass at the next level.
Adam Caplan believes Scott is the biggest QB sleeper of the draft:
As noted by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah and Marc Sessler, the buzz around Scott is building, and his body of work has impressed NFL teams—to the point of more scheduled meetings with NFL personnel.
Scott is a sleeper right now, but don't be surprised if his draft stock continues to soar into the 2-3 round range instead of the 4-6 round range he was originally slated to go.
Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
After a career year at Louisiana Tech during his senior season, Cameron has placed his name in the hat for a category of NFL draft picks that has been very bountiful over the years—small-school QB.
Cameron threw for 4,147 yards and 31 touchdowns last year for the Bulldogs, upping his teammate Quinton Patton's draft stock in the process and commanding one of the nation's most dangerous offenses.
If the Bulldogs would have been able to hang on and beat the Texas A&M Aggies, we might have an even bigger legend on our hands.
As noted by Smart Football on Twitter, there's a good chance Cameron's accuracy and size (6'2") make him a prime candidate to catch on with an NFL team:
His 4.66 time in the 40 at the NFL combine will also make teams notice, and many NFL media outlets have projected that Cameron could be a target in later rounds after other needs are addressed. No matter where he lands, there are many (this writer included) that are excited to see what he can accomplish in the league.
EJ Manuel, Florida State
According to NFL.com's Mike Mayock, Manuel is now the No. 2 QB on his draft board after a strong showing at bowl the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine. Rich Eisen posted this tweet to spark interest amongst Florida State fans:
Here's what Mayock had to say about Manuel's latest rise:
Check it out Florida St fans: Mike Mayock just popped EJ Manuel up over Matt Barkley as the No. 2 QB available in the draft.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 7, 2013
"I thought he had a solid Senior Bowl week, and coming out of the combine, I felt like there was a quiet buzz among some of the teams. Not just his workout. More importantly to me, they like the kid, they think he's smart and in the meeting rooms at night, he passed that test."
Which QB would you rather have in the mid rounds?
After a somewhat disappointing career at Florida State, based on his initial Heisman-like expectations, Manuel still has all the necessary measurements and skills to be an intriguing QB at the next level.
The 6'5", 230-pound QB has extensive experience in the shotgun at Florida State, is seen as a superior athlete to some of the other QBs in the draft but is also seen as a project.
With that tag in mind, there's a good chance Manuel will be gone by the third round to a team that needs a backup QB help with very little expectations of success in 2013.
Of the three, Manuel appears to have the most physical upside. However, don't discount Scott or Cameron—both who had big senior years—from making a similar-type impact on this year's draft, and in turn, eclipsing the current ratings placed on them prior to draft night.
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