With NFL OTA’s getting started and College Football Summer Camps right around the corner it’s time to introduce the 2013 NFL Draft Class Rankings. We’ll start with the Quarterback class, not many surprises among the top 4 but there is plenty of potential in guys 5-10 and all could make a move up with big 2012’s. Also make sure you scroll all the way down for the Top 5 Juniors in the 2014 Draft Class.
2013 Top 10 QB’s
1. Matt Barkley-USC
The unquestioned #1 QB heading into the 2012 season, Barkley finally is free of the NCAA ban and will be looking to make it back to back years with a Pac 12 QB going #1. Barkley will have to overcome size questions but his polish and arm talent should allow him to put those questions to bed quickly.
2. Tyler Wilson-Arkansas
Wilson is more of the prototypical QB that you have heard scouts and coaches rave about for years. Wilson combines great size, with a strong arm, and confidence on the field. Wilson will need to prove this year that he can maintain his level of dominance despite losing three of his top four WR’s.
3. Geno Smith-West Virginia
Geno Smith is an interesting prospect because coming into last year many wondered how well he would develop under HC Dana Holgorsen. Smith’s development took a huge leap forward last year and put him on the map for the 2013 Draft. Smith will need to show more this year with regards to his ability to read defenses and complete tougher throws.
4. Landry Jones-Oklahoma
No prospect took a tumble last year like Landry Jones did. Early in the season he was considered to be a first round prospect but now finds himself struggling to hold on to being a Day 2 pick. Jones must show improvements in his decision making and playmaking ability. Put another way, we need to see some “it” factor from Jones.
5. Mike Glennon-NC State
Glennon is a QB we are slow playing somewhat for right now but come seasons end you could see him very high on our board. He’s got ideal measurable, a very good arm, and put in his time learning behind Russell Wilson. Glennon needs to take another step forward in 2012 and put himself on the map.
6. Brad Sorensen-Southern Utah
This may be the highest rated prospect very few people have seen. Playing for Southern Utah in the FCS, Sorensen has spent the past few years playing in the Great West conference but this year he’ll move to the better Big Sky and have to deal with a big jump in talent. How he adjusts could determine his stock.
7. E.J. Manuel-FSU
We actually like Manuel a lot in terms of what he offers as a QB. He has some rough edges for sure and his injuries are a concern. That being said he’s got a solid base on which to build, and you could see his development improving at times last year. The question for Manuel is can he hold on to the starter job?
8. Alex Carder-Western Michigan
If you’re like us then you know all about Thursday night college football called MACtion. These games are usually high paced, high scoring, and have lots of passing yards. Of all the MAC QB’s Carder stands out. He’s a tall QB with some mobility, and a good arm. He’s got the ability to place the ball but still at times forces it into spots.
9. Sean Renfree-Duke
A Duke QB?! Yes the Blue Devils QB is actually a much better developmental prospect then you may have assumed. He’s a classic drop back pocket passer with a big arm. He’s got a lot of learning to do about reading defenses and going through progressions but with Coach Cutcliffe tutoring him, look for a big 2012.
10. MarQueis Gray-Minnesota
Last but certainly not least we come to MarQueis Gray, Gray has seen snaps in his career at QB, RB, and WR. He is incredibly athletic and has a very strong arm. He is more of a running QB at this point whose completion percentage hovers around 50%. People will pinpoint him as the next Cam Newton/RGIII, but the jury is still out on that.
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2014 Top 5 QB’s:
1. Logan Thomas-Virginia Tech
Thomas is already drawing Cam Newton comparisons, can he put on a repeat performance?
2. Tyler Bray-Tennessee
Arguably the best QB in the SEC will have his favorite WR back in Justin Hunter for 2012.
3. Zach Mettenberger-LSU
Can the Ex-UGA QB lead the rival Tigers back to the BCS National Championship?
4. A.J. McCarron-Alabama
McCarron isn’t your typical Alabama QB, he can make the throws and has more confidence.
5. Bryn Renner-UNC
Renner isn’t going to let Glennon take the top North Carolina QB title without a fight.
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