The NFL draft is right around the corner and while the first few pick seem to be lineman it is the quarterbacks that are still getting a lot of attention. Most of the focus is on West Virginia’s Geno Smith who seems poised to be a top five pick. But drafting is QB with a high pick has always been a bit of a crap shoot.
There have been spectacular flameouts like Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell. While late rounders like Tom Brady and undrafted players like Kurt Warner go on to be Super Bowl champions and legends of the game.
No disrespect to Geno Smith but let’s take a look at three QB’s that may turn out to be real bargains and lead there team to glory.
Ryan Nassib – Syracuse University. While Nassib was not particularly impressive on the field at the combine, reports are that he wowed many teams in the interview room. In his 2012 season with Syracuse he completed 62 percent of his passes for and impressive 3,749 yards. While he had 10 picks he also threw for 26 touchdowns. The reports on him are that he has a high football IQ and is very accurate. He could go in the second or third round.
Mike Glennon – North Carolina State. Glennon is an unpolished gem. He impressed at his pro day but was inconsistent at the Combine. Whatever team drafts him will have to spend some time and nurture him along. He threw for 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2012 for the Gamecocks. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 4,031 yards in the always tough SEC. He is projected to go in the third round.
E.J. Manuel – Florida State. Emanuel’s stock has been rising since his impressive Combine workout. He is an accurate passer with great mobility. Teams love his dedication and work ethic. In the 2012 season he completed 68 percent of his passes for 3, 397 yards. He also threw for 23 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He has been a projected late second round selection but he has impressed so much that some are saying he could move up to the first round.
With what seems like a thin QB class this draft could produce a superstar QB that will have writers and fans of the future scratching their heads and asking, “How could so many teams pass up on THAT guy?”