West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) celebrates in the student section of the stands after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks at Milan Puskar Field. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 59-10. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Unlike the 2012 NFL Draft — which offered Andrew Luck and RGIII as grand prizes to the worst teams in the league — the 2013 edition does not seem to offer a marquee signal-caller. That is bad news for the Kansas City Chiefs, who at 2-14 finished with the league’s worst record in 2012 and could really use an elite passer at the No. 1-overall spot.
While there may not be a clear-cut No. 1 guy out there for the Chiefs, there are a handful to select from. The multi-million dollar question then being, of course, who stands out between Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson?
You can be sure that the Chiefs (as well as a number of other teams all in desperate need for a passer) will be crunching the numbers in every conceivable way.
The good folks over at Second Round Stats, however, may have beaten the NFL to the punch. They have broken down most of the key passing stats into simple charts and then compared each of their numbers to the averages of the quarterbacks in the 2012 Draft (Luck, Griffin, Tannehill, Wilson, Osweiler, Cousins, and Weeden).
Do you think the Chiefs will take one of these passers with the No. 1 pick?
[Related: Check out the 2013 Draft needs and potential selections for all 32 NFL teams]
Each quarterback’s passing targets
Quarterback accuracy after removing receivers’ drops. Green is a higher percentage when compared to 2012′s QBs, yellow is roughly the same and red is lower. Barkley’s short-range accuracy comes into question.
Each quarterback’s pass results, with interceptions factored out of the equation. Thus, numbers will not add up to 100-percent.
Each quarterback’s completion percentage by down.
Each of the four quarterback’s passing yardage percentages by quarter.
Each quarterback’s completion percentages by formation. Glennon and Barkley are considered the top two pure pocket passers in the upcoming draft, and thus were not used in the pistol formation made famous by RGIII and Colin Kaepernick.
The Red Zone is where quarterbacks really make their money and Glennon easily threw for the most yards on average when close to the goal line.
Well, you have gone over all several of the pertinent stats for each of the top four quarterbacks hoping to be selected in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.
Would you want any of these guys drafted by your favorite team?
Sound off in the comments below!
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