2013 NFL Draft Won't See Dan Marino-Like Story in First Round

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IApril 24, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks at the scoreboard after a safety against the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Dan Marino was one of six quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft—the 2013 class will be lucky to see more than one quarterback drafted in Round 1 on Thursday from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

ESPN 30 for 30's latest documentary film, "Elway to Marino," highlighted Marino's draft day experience 30 years ago, as the Hall of Famer saw John Elway, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason and Ken O'Brien all taken ahead of him in the 1983 draft.

Long gone are the days when we saw six quarterbacks taken in the first round of the draft.

Last year, a deep draft in terms of quarterback talent, only saw four quarterbacks selected on Day 1, with that of course being Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden.

Entering the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, fans shouldn't be expecting to see any type of Dan Marino-like story on Thursday.

For one, this is a shallow quarterback class. After Geno Smith—who some feel doesn't even necessarily have first-round talent—the QB pool is wide open this year.

Matt Barkley, E.J. Manuel, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson, Mike Glennon and Landry Jones all figure to be drafted in 2013, but these guys shouldn't be sweating out a first-round selection like Marino did back in '83.

Secondly, there's not a single quarterback in this year's class that possesses anywhere near the talent that Marino did when he left the University of Pittsburgh and entered the NFL draft. A subpar senior season is what saw Marino's draft stock plummet, but his three prior seasons can't be ignored.

Of course, there are the Tom Bradys and Roger Staubachs of the football world who end up becoming Hall of Fame quarterbacks despite the lack of draft hype, but there's not a single QB in this year's class who looks to have Hall of Fame potential when it's all said and done.

Don't get me wrong—there's certainly a decent amount of serviceable quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft—but to think one of these guys could end up putting together a career similar to Dan Marino's would be crazy at this point.

 

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