Rookie QBs get the memo

February, 12, 2013
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It appears the 2013 rookie quarterback class has become a buyer’s market.

Thus, none of the incoming rookies believe they are in a position of strength as the draft evaluation process begins in earnest.

There have been reports in the past two days that both West Virginia’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley are planning to workout fully at the NFL combine that begins next week. Smith is considered the top quarterback prospect and Barkley is considered one of the top prospects.

Often, the top quarterbacks prospects do not throw the ball at the combine. However, no quarterback this year is currently considered a sure thing.

Thus, the quarterbacks will have to convince teams they are worthy of a top pick and that starts with throwing the ball at the combine in addition to throwing at their individual pro day workouts, which usually occur in March.

The first team that needs to be convinced to take a quarterback is Kansas City. The Chiefs have the No. 1 pick in the April draft and quarterback is their greatest need. However, unless a quarterback shows it is worthy of the top pick, the Chiefs may try to trade for a veteran once the league season starts March 12.

Both Barkley and Smith are going to try to use the combine as a time to convince the Chiefs to wait for the draft.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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