- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The 2013 Senior Bowl had to be a major disappointment for quarterback-needy teams like the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Top prospects like Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon and Landry Jones all underperformed against quality competition in the college all-star game.
But that won’t stop teams like the Bills, Jets and others from taking a quarterback. Someone will go in the first round.
Will it be West Virginia’s Geno Smith? He did not participate in the Senior Bowl in order to protect his draft stock. But Smith didn’t finish last season as strong as he started, and Smith flopped in West Virginia’s bowl game against Syracuse. Is Smith still the best of the quarterback class?
What about USC’s Matt Barkley? He had some big games in college. But Barkley, who suffered a shoulder injury late last season, has to prove to NFL scouts that he’s healthy enough to be the top quarterback taken off the board.
Glennon of North Carolina State also is a consideration. He has the height and big-time arm to enamor NFL scouts. However, Glennon’s lack of mobility is a big concern.
Finally, we have Tyler Wilson of Arkansas and Nassib of Syracuse. Both players struggled in the Senior Bowl but had solid seasons.
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on the top rookie quarterback entering this year’s draft. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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