NFL Draft 2013: Best Landing Spots for Top Rookie Quarterbacks

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans drops back to pass against the UCLA Bruins in the second half at the Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California. UCLA defeated USC 38-28.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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In many cases, a rookie quarterback's environment that he's drafted into can determine his future.

Expectations are high for the NFL draft's first-day selections to come in and translate to the pro game. With that said, even the best players need protection, weapons and a stimulating coaching environment to be successful.

With the 2013 quarterback class void of a finished product, where the quarterbacks land will be at utmost importance for their development.

Where would be the best fits for the top quarterbacks of the 2013 rookie class? Let’s play matchmaker.



Geno Smith: Arizona Cardinals

Even with Carson Palmer potentially headed to the desert, the Cardinals can’t rely on him to be their long-term option.

If Arizona can find a signal-caller to connect with Larry Fitzgerald and Co. on a regular basis, this team will be much better off.

That’s why in this case, two would be better than one. And Geno Smith could be that second option.

Smith possesses the highest ceiling of any quarterback in the field, sporting high-octane throwing ability and impressive accuracy.

If the Palmer experiment doesn’t work out—a likely scenario—Arizona would have its Plan B, and a pretty hopeful one at that.


Matt Barkley: Oakland Raiders

Not necessarily at their No. 3 selection, but the Raiders would be wise to move into the late first round for Barkley.

The USC product would get to stay in California and develop with the Raiders’ host of athletes on offense.

With Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore at his disposal, Barkley could thrive in a quick-strike, screen-heavy offense buoyed by the Raiders running game.  



Ryan Nassib: Buffalo Bills

Sounds like a match made in heaven for the Syracuse coach-quarterback combination that made magic in the Big East last season.

Nassib displays a strong arm and pocket mobility that makes him one of the draft’s most dynamic quarterbacks available.

Marrone would be grooming Nassib to start in a year or so, but his familiarity with the Bills' new system could have him taking over earlier than expected.



 Tyler Wilson: New York Jets

The Jets' binding commitment to incumbent Mark Sanchez renders a first-round QB selection as a silly measure.

Nevertheless, taking a flier on a potential star in the second round like Wilson wouldn’t hurt.

The Bobby Petrino scandal and awful protection issues that led to injury marred the former Arkansas star’s final college season.

With a year to heal up and learn the Jets offense, Wilson could blossom in the wake of the Sanchez era.



Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his NFL Draft coverage on Twitter.