The quarterbacks in this year's draft class certainly don't appear, at least on the surface, to possess the talents of last year's passers. As a result, we've seen each and every quarterback in the 2013 class dissected to bits while evaluators try to figure out who—if any—could end up being a franchise player for the team that takes him.
Though West Virginia's Geno Smith has yet to be unseated as the draft's top quarterback prospect, Florida State's E.J. Manuel has been creeping up behind him. Once considered a mid-round pick, it will now be shocking if Manuel makes it out of the second round without a team to call his home.
While Manuel's Florida State offense was a bit more rudimentary than those run by other prospects in this year's draft, his arm strength, mobility and excellent work ethic make up for any development he may need to become an instant or eventual starter (depending on who drafts him).
Manuel had 3,397 passing yards in 2012, and 23 passing touchdowns to 10 interceptions. He also had four rushing scores, which is again another testament to his overall athleticism. The fact that he has his mind ready for the NFL and no character issues to speak of also has helped his stock to dramatically rise.