This is the 2013 NFL Combine Weigh-In Recap for the quarterbacks. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
2013 NFL Combine: Weigh-In Recap - Quarterbacks
There has been a lot of attention given to USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the early days of the Combine. Barkley said that his injured shoulder hasn't healed enough to throw in Indianapolis. At the weigh-in, he measured 6-foot-3, 227-pounds and had the third-largest hands of the quarterbacks at 10 inches. Barkley has enough size to be a starter in the NFL, but there are a lot of questions about his arm strength. He'll have a lot to answer when he throws at his pro day.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was either very underbilled by Tennessee or he has been hitting the weight room hard. Bray measured 6-foot-6, 232 pounds at the Combine after being listed at 210 pounds by the Volunteers. During the 2012 season and throughout his career at Tennessee, Bray looked very thin. The truth could be a combination of both. Bray has gone somewhat under the radar with more attention being devoted to other quarterback prospects. If he throws and interviews well at the Combine, Bray could leap ahead of some of the more high-profile quarterbacks.
The consensus top quarterback is West Virginia's Geno Smith. His weigh-in was solid but not impressive. Smith stood at 6-foot-2, 218-pounds with 9 1/4-inch hands. His numbers were nearly identical to Robert Griffin III's last year. West Virginia listed Smith an inch taller, but the dropoff isn't significant enough to hurt his draft stock.
A quarterback who is starting to get some acclaim from pundits like NFL Network's Mike Mayock is Duke signal-caller Sean Renfree. He had a solid weigh-in at 6-foot-3, 219-pounds. Renfree's stock could rise in a weak class of quarterbacks with the high demand for throwers across the league. A drawback for Renfree is having the second-smallest hands of any quarterback.
The smallest hands among the quarterbacks belong to Arkansas' Tyler Wilson (8 3/4). With hands that are that small ,fumbling could be an issue. A number of evaluators already question Wilson's arm strength. It would help Wilson (6-2, 215) if he throws better at the Combine compared to the velocity he displayed at the Senior Bowl.
A sign of hope was given by North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon. The lanky quarterback looks likely to take a lot of hits as a pocket passer in the NFL. Glennon (6-7, 225) has added five pounds since his Senior Bowl weigh-in. It was clear that Glennon could use more beef on his frame to help absorb the punishment in the NFL. Glennon looks limited in how big he can get, but adding another 10 pounds should help him in the NFL. His Combine weigh-in makes that look feasible.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.