Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Height: 6-3. Weight: 214. Hand: 9.28. 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2013): 1. 4/23/13: Smith's draft projection is all over the place. He could go as high as the second pick, elsewhere in the top 10 or fall to the end of the first round with a team trading up to get him. Unlike most drafts, there is no predictable landing spot for the consensus top-ranked quarterback.
Smith did extremely well at the Combine and at his pro day. He had the fastest 40 of any quarterback and looked good throwing the ball. The senior was even better at his pro day. There are enough teams that need quarterbacks that it looks unlikely that Smith will escape the top-10 picks.
Many were disappointed, but not surprised, that Smith skipped the Senior Bowl. He didn't want to risk his status as the top quarterback prospect. The Combine interviews may have been as important as his workouts.
Smith started out 2012 on fire. He was a dominant force before getting shut down against Texas Tech and Kansas State. Smith played better in November even though West Virginia was still in a losing streak.
The senior completed 71 percent of his passes this season for 4,205 yards, 42 touchdowns and six interceptions. He had one of the most prolific games in college football history by completing 45-of-51 for 656 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions against Baylor.
Smith has an excellent skill set. He has showed off his intelligence and field vision by working through his progressions and looking off safeties. Smith possesses some natural accuracy with good arm strength to make all the throws. He can fire some fastballs into tight windows with phenomenal ball placement to hit receivers in stride.
Smith's plus mobility allows him to pick up first downs with his feet and bail out his offensive line. He needs to work on sustaining drives as he struggled when Texas Tech and Kansas State took away the deep part of the field. Smith will need to improve his footwork for the NFL. He needs to become more uniform with good feet to get in rhythm.
8/16/12: Smith completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,763 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his first year as a starter in 2010. He made big improvements in year two and produced an excellent junior season for the Mountaineers. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,385 yards with 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Smith also ran for 180 yards and two scores. The junior played his heart out against LSU's talented defense with 463 yards passing.
Smith shows the arm to be quality passer with some natural accuracy. He has earned a reputation as a very hard worker and true student of the game who puts in a ton of time in the film room. Smith is a good athlete who could fit well in a West Coast offense. He could earn first-round consideration.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Height: 6-2. Weight: 223. Arm: 31. Hand: 10. 40 Time: 5.06. Projected Round (2013): 1-3. 4/23/13: There were a ton of teams showing interest in Nassib and many believe that a team could trade back into the first round to select him. After the team visits coaches fell in love with his intelligence, confidence, flexibility and leadership skills. He didn't impress on the field in Indianapolis, but teams were reportedly impressed with him in the interview room.
The senior completed 62 percent of his passes in 2012 for 3,749 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He displayed intelligence and accuracy.
Nassib opened the season with a record-setting game in a narrow loss to Northwestern. He threw four touchdowns in the second half to give the Orange a lead. Nassib set Syracuse records in passing attempts and yards as he completed 45-of-66 passes for 479 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Nassib also picked up some clutch yards on the ground.
The Orange didn't have a strong supporting cast, and Nassib played better than his numbers indicate. He had a disappointing performance at the Senior Bowl. It looks like there is a hitch in his delivery that hurts his motion. There is no doubt that Nassib is smart and confident, but he may not develop into a good starter in the NFL.
8/16/12: Nassib came through and improved his accuracy in 2011. His completion percentage was 62 percent and he totaled 2,685 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Nassib also ran for 155 yards and two scores. Against West Virginia, he came up with a big game. Nassib threw for four touchdown passes in Syracuse's upset win. He has some tools to work with and could be a sleeper prospect.
Nassib completed 56 percent of his passes as a first-year starter in 2010, totaling 2,334 yards with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He ran for 255 yards as well.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 237. Arm: 35. Arm: 10 1/8. Projected 40 Time: 4.61. Projected Round (2013): 1-3. 4/23/13: Manuel's draft stock continues to rise. The chances of him being a first-round pick seem realisitic since he received an invitation to attend the 2013 NFL Draft in New York City from the NFL. The league wants to avoid players falling low and being forced into a painful wait on live TV.
Manuel impressed teams at the Combine and at his pro day. Both events showed off his impressive skill set. He threw the ball well while using his superb mobility and athleticism. Another way that Manuel has helped himself was in the team interviews. His good character and work ethic have really impressed teams.
Manuel improved his accuracy and field vision from 2011, but played an easy schedule this season. He completed 68 percent of his passes in 2012 for 3,397 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Manuel ran the ball well for the Seminoles also with four rushing touchdowns.
The redshirt senior had an ugly game against Florida and its tough defense. He had three interceptions, fumbled the ball away and took a horrible sack. It was a meltdown performance that puts doubts into his play from earlier in the season.
Manuel improved over the course of the week at the Senior Bowl and helped his draft stock.
8/16/12: Manuel didn't take the big leap forward as junior in 2011 that many thought he would. Manuel went down with an injury against Oklahoma and missed the next game against Clemson. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,817 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Manuel also ran for 411 yards and four touchdowns. He has tons of physical tools with huge upside, but is not a natural pocket passer.
Manuel still has a lot to improve on before he justifies a high draft pick. He needs to become a more accurate passer. Manuel's field vision is seriously lacking. He does not read defenses well and regularly doesn't see open receivers. Too often, Manuel tucks the ball to run when his primary option is covered, even when he has time to work through his progressions.
In speaking with NFL sources who watch Florida State closely, they say that Manuel is not a natural pocket-passer. They don't feel he is as accurate as his completion percentage indicates. They say that Manuel is frustrating to watch because he has all the makings to be a special quarterback, but is not utilizing his full potential.
The scheme that the Seminoles run also came under criticism. Sources deem it extremely basic and insist that Manuel is not well prepared to run an NFL offense.
Manuel first saw some game action when Christian Ponder suffered a season-ending injury in the 2009 season. Manuel looked better in limited duty in 2010 as Ponder's backup. Over those two seasons with limited playing time, Manuel completed 67 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 366 yards and three scores.
Manuel has a good skill set for Jimbo Fisher to work with, and a breakout 2012 is possible.
Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Height: 6-3. Weight: 227. Hand: 10.08. Projected 40 Time: 4.83. Projected Round (2013): 1-3. 4/23/13: The draft projection for Barkley is all over the place. Some believe he could go high in the first round, while others see him falling well into the second day. Barkley is one of the wild cards of the 2013 NFL Draft.
At his pro day, Barkley didn't impress with his lack of arm strength but he didn't damage his draft stock either. He did interview well at the Combine and many believed he helped himself in Indianapolis.
Barkley had a rough senior season that has caused his stock to fall from a high first-round pick. He never had an elite physical skill set, but the decision-making problems are the most worrisome. In Barkley's defense, his offensive line was horrible. He was under heat all season as USC really missed Matt Kalil.
Barkley completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2012. The senior didn't play well against Stanford or Washington, and was just average against California. He had underwhelming games versus UCLA and Arizona, too. Barkley injured his shoulder against the Bruins and was unable to play against Notre Dame, Georgia Tech or in the Senior Bowl.
8/16/12: Barkley proved himself to be a safe prospect during the 2011 season. He laid claim to the Trojans' starting quarterback position as a freshman and completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,735 yards and 15 touchdowns, but also threw 14 interceptions. In 12 games in 2010, the 6-foot-2, 220 pounder improved his production by completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,791 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Barkley had many prolific passing games as a junior in 2011, including throwing for six touchdown passes against UCLA and Colorado. He also led USC to a signature road win over Oregon. Barkley completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,528 yards with 39 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
The senior's improved decision making is exactly the kind of progress NFL scouts will be pleased to see, plus he comes from a pro-style offense and has good intangibles. Barkley has mastered the West Coast offense and is well-prepared for the NFL.
Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 220. Arm: 32 3/8. Hand: 9 3/8. 40 Time: 4.94. Projected Round (2013): 2-4. 4/23/13: Glennon didn't really stand out during the Combine, but he was said to have thrown the ball well at his pro day.
Glennon completed 58.5 percent of his passes in 2012 for 4,031 yards, 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He played better than his numbers indicate. Glennon has a big arm and pocket presence, but needs to make major improvements in his accuracy and decision-making. His accuracy would get better if he improved his feet.
Glennon was okay at the Senior Bowl. He showed off his size and powerful arm, but once again was hit or miss. However, he is clearly a work in progress and needs a lot of development. Glennon is very inconsistent.
8/16/12: Glennon took over the reins from Russell Wilson and had a productive 2011 season. Glennon completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,054 yards with 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his first season as a starter. He destroyed the weak teams, but had some struggles against the better teams he faced.
If Glennon improves as a senior and plays well against good defenses, his stock could really rise. He already has his bachelor's and is taking graduate courses.
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Arm: 31. Hand: 8 5/8. 40 Time: 4.95. Projected Round (2013): 2-4. 4/23/13: Wilson didn't impress on the field at the Combine and didn't do anything to refute the arm-strength concerns. Wilson completed a lot of short to intermediate passes at the Senior Bowl, but struggled going downfield. His arm looks less than ideal for the NFL. He also has very small hands, so fumbling could be an issue.
2012 was a nightmare season for Arkansas. Part of that disaster was Wilson missing the Alabama game and most of the second half in the Razorbacks' shocking loss to Louisiana-Monroe. He had some good games after returning to the lineup, but also turned in some rather average performances.
Wilson completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on the year. A lot went wrong for Arkansas, which definitely played a role in holding the redshirt senior back. Wilson flashed some great passing ability at times and there were other times where his decision-making was off. He seemed to be pressing often and that is understandable given the state of the team.
8/16/12: Wilson completed 63 percent of his passes in 2011 for 3,638 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has good field vision, a decent arm and accuracy. He played better as the year progressed.
Wilson has the look of an NFL quarterback. He stands tall in the pocket and reads defenses well. The decision making the junior displayed last season was very impressive.
Wilson has a decent arm and is an accurate passer. He demonstrated the ability to push the ball outside the numbers in 2011, moving the ball down the field with precision passes. Wilson also has nice mobility to buy time or pick up yards on the ground. With his size, arm and intellect, he will most likely be viewed as a possible safe pick to scouts.
Wilson played a little bit in 2010 as a backup to Ryan Mallett. Wilson completed 34-of-51 passes for 453 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
The 2012 season figures to be a challenging year for Wilson even though he received good preparation for the pro game from Bobby Petrino. Petrino has been fired and the Arkansas program is in turmoil. To make things harder, Wilson lost a bunch of good receivers.
Tyler Bray*, QB, Tennessee
Height: 6-6. Weight: 232. Projected 40 Time: 4.82. Projected Round (2013): 2-4. 4/23/13: There are a lot of concerns about Bray off the field with his ability to be a mature leader. He threw some bullets at both the Combine and his pro day. Bray illustrated his cannon for an arm and the ability to make all the throws in the NFL. However, there were some passes off the mark and there are serious maturity concerns with him.
The junior had a bunch of uneven games in 2012. He was repeatedly hurt by dropped passes, but also demonstrated some shaky decision-making. Bray completed 59 percent of his passes this season, collecting 3,612 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Bray had a great start to the year with a huge game against N.C. State. He targeted and abused the nation's then top cornerback, David Amerson, with two long touchdown passes. Bray was 27-of-41 for 333 yards and two touchdowns versus the Wolfpack. He struggled against Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi State, and was even benched versus Vanderbilt. Bray had huge performances against South Carolina, Troy and Missouri.
Bray needed more development before going to the NFL, but decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
8/16/12: Bray (6-6, 210) completed 59 percent of his passes as as sophomore in 2011, totaling for 1,983 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He had a hand/thumb injury that caused him to miss five games and hurt him down the stretch. Bray completed 55.8 percent of his passes as a freshman for 1,849 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Bray has all the physical tools to be a first-round quarterback, and before the hand injury, made progress to improve his accuracy compared to his freshman season. He needs to become more accurate and a better decision-maker in 2012. Durability is another concern that has to be addressed this season.
This summer, Bray gave his stock a hit with a couple stupid, off-the-field run-ins. Neither incident was anything major, but they illustrate a general lack of maturity. His own head coach said Bray needed to grow up and become a leader. Various quarterbacks have been downgraded by maturity concerns, so he needs to clean up his act.
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Height: 6-3. Weight: 196. Hand: 9.08 40 Time: 4.69. Projected Round (2013): 2-4. 4/23/13: There are a lot of teams that are intrigued by him. Scott has some nice developmental talent. He had a quality performance at the East-West Shrine and looks like a nice player to groom as a backup. At the Combine, Scott ran well and looked good throwing the ball.
Scott was previously a backup to Nick Foles, but used the 2012 season to make a statement that he is pro prospect in his own right. Scott showed nice dual-threat ability as a runner and passer this year. The senior completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,620 yards with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also ran for 632 yards (506 net) with six touchdowns.
Zac Dysert, QB, Miami of Ohio
Height: 6-2. Weight: 224. Arm: 31 3/4. Hand: 9. 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Dysert completed 63 percent of his passes in 2012 for a total of 3,483 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The redshirt senior could have helped his draft stock by playing well against Cincinnati, but he had a mixed day. Dysert also didn't perform well against Ohio State in an opportunity to excel against good competition. He didn't impress at the Senior Bowl either. Dysert didn't run at the Combine.
8/16/12: Dysert is an experienced signal caller that has improved each season. He saw his first action in 2009 when he completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,614 yards with 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. As a sophomore in 2010 he completed 64.7 percent for 2,406 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 picks. Last year he had a 65.8 completion percentage with 3,513 yards and 23 touchdowns. His interceptions dropped by one to 11. He also ran for four touchdowns.
Landry "Lance" Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Height: 6-3. Weight: 221. Arm: 32 1/8. Hand: 9. 40 Time: 5.11. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Jones threw the ball pretty well in the field drills at the Combine, but also illustrated that he doesn't have much athleticism.
Jones completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,267 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2012. The senior showed some real growth by leading comeback wins at West Virginia and at home against Oklahoma State. In the past, he struggled when his team fell behind to a quality opponent. The last month of the regular season saw him play perhaps the best football of his collegiate career, but that career ended poorly in a blowout by Texas A&M.
The only real blemish on Jones' regular season was an ugly performance when Oklahoma lost to Kansas State 24-19 at home. He fumbled the ball into the end zone for a Wildcats touchdown and threw an interception to set up six more points for Kansas State.
Jones was his typical self at the Senior Bowl in that he flashed some great throws in between a lot of bad plays. Jones hurt his draft stock in Mobile.
8/16/12: Jones has led Oklahoma to some big wins and huge offensive days over his career, but the Sooners have also had somewhat disappointing finishes with him at the helm. He completed 63 percent of his passes in 2011 for 4,463 yards with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Jones has shown the big-armed pocket presence to be a potential starting quarterback at the next level. He is adept at dropping back and working through his progressions to find an open receiver.
Jones was outplayed by Robert Griffin in their head-to-head matchup, and Baylor came out on top of the Sooners. Jones also played terribly against Oklahoma State, throwing two interceptions and serving up two touchdowns on fumbles. The games against the Bears and the Cowboys bring into question whether Jones lacks the 'it' factor to push his team to a win. He lost some touchdown throws due to Oklahoma putting in backup quarterback Blake Bell to run the ball into the end zone.
Jones has taken advantage of the high caliber of wideouts on the field with him and a strong running game. By the time he enters the draft, Jones should be experienced as long as he stays healthy.
When Sam Bradford was injured in 2009, the true freshman Jones was pressed into starting duty and performed well. He completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 3,198 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Jones made big strides as a sophomore in 2010 when he completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,718 yards with 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Height: 6-3. Weight: 219. Projected 40 Time: 4.88. Projected Round (2013): 5-7. 4/23/13: Renfree has some fans in the scouting community. He is a smart quarterback who received excellent preparation from his college staff. The senior completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,113 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Renfree helped lead Duke to a Bowl game in 2012. He completed 65 percent of his passes in his collegiate career.
Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-1. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.69. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 4/23/13: Rodgers had some good moments as Vanderbilt won nine games this year. The senior completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,539 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/16/12: The younger brother of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Rodgers is a sleeper prospect despite the superstar status of his big brother. Jordan Rodgers started out the 2011 season as the backup before an injury moved him into the lineup. He completed 50 percent of his passes for 1,524 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his one season of playing time for Vanderbilt.
Rodgers has a quality arm, but is undersized. He was a backup in 2010 after having played in junior college for two seasons (2009-2008). Rodgers needs a big season to make sure he gets drafted.
Nathan Stanley, QB, Southeastern Louisiana
Height: 6-5. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.95. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 4/23/13: Stanley started out his career at Ole Miss before transferring to Southeastern Louisiana. The senior completed 53 percent of his passes for 1,705 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions this year. Stanley also performed well at the East-West Shrine. He was not at the Combine.
Stanley displays all the physical tools NFL teams look for with a strong arm and good pocket presence. He will need some development, but could be a good sleeper for the third day of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Alex Carder, QB, Western Michigan
Height: 6-2. Weight: 224. Projected 40 Time: 4.61. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 4/23/13: Carder completed 68 percent of his passes this year for 1,652 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He didn't have a good game against Illinois in the season opener, but the redshirt senior got no help from his offensive line and wide receivers. Carder really missed former No. 1 receiver Jordan White. Carder missed five games with a finger injury on his throwing hand.
Carder didn't impress at the East-West Shrine and did not participate in the Combine.
8/16/12: Carder has been a prolific passer for Western Michigan and was a 2011 Second-Team All-MAC performer as a junior. He lit up Purdue in his bowl game, completing 31-of-57 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns.
Carder played well against Illinois and Michigan as well. Against Connecticut, he completed 37-of-51 passes for 479 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions, carrying the Broncos to a road win over the Huskies.
Carder completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,873 yards with 31 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2011. He has a nice arm and is a good decision-maker. His senior season will be more difficult without star wide receiver Jordan White.
Carder completed 63 percent of his throws in 2010 for 3,334 yards with 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He has been extremely efficient for Western Michigan.
Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 226. Hand: 9.28. 40 Time: 4.78. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 4/23/13: Klein was one of the best players in college football in 2012. He was a superb play-maker and carried the Wildcats to an 11-win season.
Klein completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,641 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions this year. The senior also ran for 23 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,141 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2011 while throwing for 1,918 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Klein was a great college player, but his arm isn't strong enough to be a starter in the NFL. His throwing mechanics are a real problem as well. Klein could be a developmental prospect, but he is likely no more than a career third-stringer.
Klein looked terrible at the East-West Shrine. His accuracy was awful and his arm strength was weak. WalterFootball.com heard scouts laughing at some of his throws. At the Combine, Klein showed nice athletic ability. He declined to participate in tight end work even though some scouts requested it.
Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Projected Round (2013): FA. 4/23/13: Sunseri didn't look good against Cincinnati in Week 2, but played well to help Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech in a surprising upset the next week. He was a solid player for the Panthers. Sunseri completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,288 yards, 21 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2012. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/16/12: Sunseri completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,610 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2011. He showed good mobility throughout the season with 510 yards rushing and four touchdowns. There are times when Sunseri holds the ball too long. He threw for 2,680 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a sophmore.
Sunseri looks like a potential backup in the NFL.
Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.61. Projected Round (2013): FA. 4/23/13: Tuel had a disappointing start to the 2012 season against BYU and Eastern Washington. Connor Halliday split time at quarterback with him. Tuel completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,087 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/16/12: Tuel had numerous injuries as a junior that kept him out of all but three games. He was 29-of-45 (.644 percent) for 276 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. Tuel completed 60 percent of his passes in 2010, accruing 2,780 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Tuel has some potential, but has to stay healthy with a big season in order to be more than a third-day pick. Tuel has the makings for a big season with a new passing head coach Mike Leach and a great college receiver in Marquess Wilson. Tuel is a sleeper to watch.
Dayne Crist, QB, Kansas
Height: 6-4. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.88. Projected Round (2013): FA. 4/23/13: Crist completed 48 percent of his passes for 1,272 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2012. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/16/12: After flaming out at Notre Dame, Crist is reunited with Charlie Weis at Kansas. Perhaps the QB guru can get a good season out of Crist. Staying in the lineup will be the key. Crist blew out his knee in both 2009 and 2010. He was benched in 2011 behind Tommy Rees after initially beating out Rees to be the starter.
Crist has to stay healthy and productive in 2012 to get drafted. He completed 59 percent of his passes in 2010, for 2,033 yards and 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions. If Crist can produce, he has the size and arm to play in the NFL.
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