NFL Draft 2013: Underrated QBs to Watch After Day 1
The 2013 NFL draft doesn't feature a single quarterback that scouts can declare a slam dunk. Unlike the 2012 class that featured the likes of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the 2013 class of quarterbacks all have their flaws.
This could be good news for teams looking to find their next franchise signal-caller. Because there's a lack of highly praised players at the position, it should be a buyer's market.
Not to get all cliche, but we've seen franchise quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Tony Romo and, most recently, Russell Wilson passed over in the first round. It's not all that common, but there are quality quarterbacks that can be drafted and developed into top players at the position.
Here are three quarterback prospects that teams should be glad to snag after Day 1 that could blossom into real winners.
E.J. Manuel, Florida State
Manuel has all the physical tools that NFL scouts look for in a quarterback prospect.
He stands strong in the pocket at 6'5", 237 pounds and has the arm strength to make all the big throws you'd like to see. Unfortunately, being an NFL quarterback isn't all about that big arm. Manuel will slide on draft day thanks to his mediocre production in college.
Whatever team snatches him up will be getting good value. Production can be linked to a lot of different things and he could thrive in an NFL system.
Manuel didn't make a lot of plays outside of the pocket in college, but he ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and has the speed to run the zone-read look that has become the craze in the NFL right now.
Matt Scott, Arizona
Speaking of quarterbacks with the athleticism to run the zone read, Matt Scott of Arizona is the kind of versatile quarterback that should benefit from the success of Russell Wilson in his rookie season.
Scott is by no means prepared to start right away like Wilson did. You'd like to see him bulk up a bit before taking the punishment that NFL quarterbacks take, but he has a similar ability to make plays out of the pocket and shows good velocity on short passes.
If the right team (say, Chip Kelly in Philadelphia) were to draft Scott and give him some time to develop as an NFL passer, he could make a serious impact in a few years as a starter.
Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
Departing from the athletic quarterbacks that are suited for today's designed quarterback runs, Dysert is a good ole fashioned gunslinger flying under the radar.
Dysert became Miami of Ohio's all-time leading passer in his four years of starting at the school, passing some guy named Ben Roethlisberger in the process. He didn't draw much national attention because he was playing at a small school, but his production proves he deserves a shot at the next level.
Despite playing for a revolving door of head coaches and assistants, Dysert still managed to throw 73 touchdown passes to 51 interceptions with over 12,000 yards. Dysert is the kind of intelligent passer that could benefit from a team that will allow him to grow within a system for a few years before taking over as the starter.
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