BBD Editor Matt Elder
With the Senior Bowl kicking off today all the focus in Mobile will be on the QB position and what these six guys can do for their draft stock. When Geno Smith and Matt Barkley declined their Senior Bowl invitations the door was opened for both Ryan Nassib and Zac Dysert. After this week that may be a decision both Smith and Barkley live to regret.
There is so much discussion and argument over who the top QB is right now it’s fair to think the best QB coming out of Mobile may have the best shot at being the first QB taken. Here are the way I see the QB’s in this game.
Most Intriguing: Zac Dysert-Miami (OH)
Dysert is both the biggest unknown and the most dangerous prospect to the assumed top tier prospects. Dysert is not afraid to take off with the ball in his hands and he led all of the prospects in this game in career rushing attempts. That’s not to say he won’t stand in the pocket and deliver the ball down the field though. Dysert has never completed under 60% of his passes since becoming the Redhawks starter and he completed 74% during his senior year.
Dysert is also making the largest jump in competition for this game as he comes up from the MAC conference to play against defenders who are bigger, faster, stronger, and better than many of the defenses he played against. He’ll also be heavily scrutinized here as many his mechanical flaws (footwork, arm slot) will stand out v the QB’s he’ll be going up against.
Fan Favorite: Ryan Nassib-Syracuse
We have spent more time on Ryan Nassib in recent weeks than any other QB in this draft and that’s understood considering the Bills hiring of both Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett that has led many to conclude the Bills will take Nassib. He’ll need to show this week that not only does he belong in this game but that he can succeed when all the eyes are on him.
He’ll be among the QB’s with the strongest arms in this game and I hope to see his coaching staff let him unleash it during the week of practice. Nassib also will do well to show that he understands that he must learn to put better touch and pace on his passes.
Most Hyped: Mike Glennon-NC State
Mel Kiper has continually stated that he has Mike Glennon as the top QB on his board despite many others seeing too many mixed signals from the NC State QB. Since Kiper’s initial comments on Glennon, his stock has skyrocketed among analysts all over the media. Whether that’s legitimate or not doesn’t matter if Glennon comes out in Mobile and owns the week.
Glennon is a classic drop back passer who stands tall in the pocket and has a nice arm. He’s got to show growth in his ability to make reads and good decisions with the football. He’s a limited athlete but he needs to show that he can move in the pocket. His ability to side step pressure and climb the pocket may be some of the most important movements he makes all week.
Most Expected: Tyler Wilson-Arkansas
If there is one QB who most people expect to come into Mobile and be the best it is Tyler Wilson. Wilson comes with the SEC pedigree, he comes with the gunslinger mentality, and he has shown the toughness and leadership that many want to see from the QB position. Wilson needs to translate leadership he showed with the Razorbacks to his South teammates this week.
Wilson had an up and down senior season dealing with some injuries and the loss of his head coach Bobby Petrino. Wilson at times look frustrated and even fed up with the performance of his teammates. He’ll need to answer questions in interviews about when he called out teammates in the press along with proving that the medical issues are behind him.
You’ll notice I don’t mention EJ Manuel or Landry Jones in this piece much. It’s not that I don’t think they are legitimate options it’s that both come in with the least amount of hype around them and will need to do more than most in order to come out as the top QB.
Here are the official weigh-in numbers for all six QB’s courtesy of Mike Loyko and NEPatriotsDraft.com;
|Zac Dysert||Miami (OH)||6027||224||9”||31 ¾”||78 1/8”|
|Mike Glennon||NC State||6066||220||9 3/8”||32 3/8”||78 ¾”|
|Landry Jones||Oklahoma||6035||221||9”||32 1/8”||78”|
|EJ Manuel||Florida St||6043||237||10 1/8”||35”||83 5/8”|
|Tyler Wilson||Arkansas||6021||218||8 5/8”||31”||74 ¼”|
It should be an interesting week in Mobile as these six battle to potentially see who the first QB in the draft will be. Stay tuned to BBD as we’ll have all the coverage!