With the Bills in finding new ways to disappoint fans on a weekly basis we wanted to dedicate our bye week to ramping up our efforts with regard to covering the NFL Draft. Today you’re going to see a complete re-rank of 2013 and 2014 Draft prospects on a position basis. Tomorrow both classes will have new big boards, and on Wednesday we’ll re-do the small school rankings. This is the first of a three part effort to not only re-rank the positions but also provide some scouting thoughts that we have gathered through the first seven weeks.
The senior QB class is one of talent and depth, there are as many as five potential first round picks when all is said and done and they range from power conferences like the SEC and Big 12 to the Non-AQ darlings like the MAC. This QB class has the potential to go down as one of the deepest and most talented classes of all time in my opinion. We see QB’s ranked 1-7 as potential starters in the NFL and have a number of guys ranked lower who with hard work and fine tuning could also develop into starters. That kind of depth is rare and is great news for the Bills as they have to begin to look beyond Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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Most Intriguing Prospect: QB Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio) – #4 2013 QB
Dysert is a big armed prospect who can beat with you arms and his legs. He is the only QB in NCAA history to ever run for 100 yards and throw for 500 yards in a single game. His numbers are down a little because the talent around him is low, but he’s got a live arm and when you watch him you can see how much potential he has. Many people will knock Dysert for his level of competition but he performed exceptionally well v. Ohio State earlier this season and he has really lifted up a Redhawks team that shouldn’t be playing as well as they are.
Game to Watch: October 27th, Miami (Ohio) v. Ohio
Ohio is thus far the Cinderella story of this season currently sitting at 7-0 and ranked 24th in the BCS standings. Dysert will be tested by a very good Ohio defense and could improve his stock by pulling off the upset bid. This game will be at 3:30pm and viewable on ESPN.
Other 2013 QB Notes:
-Geno Smith retains the top QB ranking despite having two consecutive bad games. Smith has shown more this season than former #1 Matt Barkley and has consistently hit open WR’s in stride with perfect placement. His season may not end up as successful as RGIII’s was last year but for my money he’s the best QB in this class.
-Matt Barkley may have fallen one slot but he’s still the most NFL ready QB in this draft class.
-Im not sold on EJ Manuel (FSU, #5 2013 QB) but he’s shown a lot of maturing and improvement in his composure this year. He’s impressed us with his field vision and decision making this season as well and he is cutting down on forced throws and seems more willing to take the check down.
-Matt Brown (Illinois State, #12 2013 QB) has surpassed Brad Sorensen (Southern Utah, #14 2013 QB) as the top Small School QB on our board. Brown has a good arm to go along with pinpoint accuracy and strong decision making. We have seen Sorensen force too many throws this year to keep him so high.
-Colin Klein (Kansas St, #13 2013 QB) and MarQuies Gray (Minnesota, #15 2013 QB) are both likely to not be QB’s at the next level but will remain ranked as QB’s until we hear from NFL Draft analysts that they are willing to make the position switch.
2014 QB Class-
The junior class of QB’s is very top heavy with again another 5-6 players who could be viewed as legitimate NFL starters by talent evaluators for the next level. There are three SEC QB’s who populate the top five and four in the top six, and just like with the senior class there is another Non-AQ QB this time from the WAC conference.
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Most Intriguing Prospect: QB David Fales, San Jose State – #3 2014 QB
Fales was a junior college transfer who has taken the Spartan program to a level of consistency that it hasn’t seen in quite some time. He has good size, a strong arm, and ideal mechanics. Fales has the Spartans one win away from becoming bowl eligible and with games against BYU and Louisiana Tech looming to close the season there is still plenty of time to evaluate this junior prospect. We don’t expect Fales to leave early at this point but should he choose he will be an under the radar QB to watch who could easily sneak into becoming one of the Top 10 QB’s drafted.
Other 2014 Notes:
-Much like Geno Smith in the senior class we still have Tyler Bray ranked as the top junior despite a poor performance against Alabama this past weekend. Bray has shown plenty of ability and after speaking with a few people his stock remains very high. Bray has one of the strongest arms of any prospect in the 2013 or 2014 class and is not afraid to test small windows or bracket coverage. There are some concerns about his release and its inconsistency but that can be coached.
-Tyler Russell (Mississippi State, #2 2014 QB) has shown the most growth of any QB in either class from last year to this one. His maturity and development has had teams flocking to Starkville. This coming weekend he takes his undefeated Bulldogs into Tuscaloosa for a matchup with Alabama and QB AJ McCarron (#4 2014 QB). We’ll know a lot more about both QB’s after this meeting.
-ESPN’s Todd McShay recently said that Logan Thomas’s stock is now down to Day 2 status (Round 2 or 3). He has had a pretty poor year going from Cam Newton comparisons to now Jamarcus Russell. We expect Thomas to stay and continue to hone his craft for 2014.
-Zach Mettenberger (LSU, #9 2014 QB) has maybe had the most disappointing year of any QB prospect. His hype was unbelievable coming into the season and the people in Death Valley finally thought they had an answer to inconsistent QB play. Mettenberger has all the tools to succeed but needs more time in college to adjust his game.
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