Quality Of Quarterback’s In The Draft

Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL season almost to an end, and the NFL Draft a few months away, teams are preparing for off-season changes. Between Free Agency and the Draft teams are preparing to find the missing pieces to get their team to the post season. But their is a problem in the upcoming off-season for those teams searching for a franchise Quarterback.

This years QB draft class is mediocre at best. There are no Andrew Luck’s, Robert Griffin III’s, or Cam Newton’s. To put it plainly, there are no first overall quality QB’s in this draft class. That is a big problem for those team’s in desperate need for a play-maker under center.

The best QB prospect coming out has to be West Virginia’s Geno Smith. Smith is a player similar to RG3 and Newton in terms of having the ability to move out of the pocket and make a play with his feet. He also has very good arm strength and down field accuracy, but that’s where it stops.  He has problems making changes on the field, including struggling when it comes down to a no huddle situation.  Another concerning factor is his ability to read defenses and catching a disguised defensive play.

After Smith the remaining prospects are all similar. They look like they have the intangibles to play, but have a long way to go in terms of football I.Q. Mike Glennon from N.C. State, E.J. Manuel from Florida State, and Matt Barkley from USC all could go in the first round. But are they worth a first round pick?

There are several teams who are in desperate need of a franchise signal caller, like the Kansas City Chiefs, that they may be willing to take the chance on a player like Geno Smith. For some teams, any of the QB’s listed above would be a huge upgrade to what they currently have(i.e. Matt Cassel-Chiefs, or Mark Sanchez-Jets).

One thing is for certain, this is not the year of the Quarterback. In my opinion none of these QB’s are worth a first round pick, certainly not a first overall pick. This isn’t as stacked of a draft class like we have seen the previous two years. But the desperation for these teams to find a Quarterback could very easily influence which way these teams go in the first round.

Topics: Geno Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, NFL Draft

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  • http://twitter.com/Esinem79 Scott Mahurin

    Tell me. What’s the diff between an overall first pick and the fourth pick? 600k a year. Take a freaking QB and stop your bitching.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    I’ve seen Geno go “no huddle” and I’ve seen him “read defensive plays”. Not so much with teams from the BIG 12 this year but it was their 1st season with them. If it would have started his college career in that level he would have been better with them. Look at the yrs before against the teams he played. He smashed them! He did good in the BIG 12 level but the defense was ranked so freaking low! You go look at the NUMBERS on his stats and that should tell you he’s a great QB. With Reid being good with QBs, I think Geno would be great for the team. A #1 pick. KC has plenty talented players. They pick Geno, you might see him do better then Andrew Luck did.

  • superman_25_58

    Ya and Chris Wienke “Director of football” from IMG Academy would certainly disagree with you bout that. He says that their is a few players worth the pick just depends on who fits the situation at hand. He also states that while RG3 has more yards with his legs Geno is able to get out of the pocket too. He says he is on the same level as RG3 in terms of being able to process information, and is a big Athletic guy who can “spin” the football just as good or better than than Qb’s he has had in the past. To name a few of those Qb’s, Cam Newton, C Ponder, Cousins, Russel Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, etc…… So I guess what I’m getting at is I’ll take the word of the Professional who is working with Geno and making little tweaks to his footwork and game to get him ready for the NFL!

  • shayaan

    people said “there was no QB worth the #1 pick” in january/february of 2011 too, and blaine gabbert was often mocked higher than cam newton. things came into focus after the combine and pro days, and i expect the same to happen this year. geno has years of game film that demonstrate his potential as a franchise QB, and the chiefs will realize that as the draft approaches.

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    The moment I saw Johnny Manziel play, I went like OK, there are no other QB’s.. It’ll be years, which will seem like decades, before this kid is in the NFL, but I can’t wait, until then… there’s Johnny Football and then there’s everyone else. I’m the same guy who was raving about Wilson last year, 5’10″: and all, except this time I’ve got plenty of company… sorry to go into the future and hence off topic..

  • Matt Bartlett

    Geno’s whole system was no huddle… you lost all credibility with that statement. 42 td’s over 4000 yards and only 6 picks in a no huddle system, yet he has “trouble” with it? Come on man.