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The top quarterback heading into the 2013 NFL Draft is West Virginia’s Geno Smith, and he backed that up with a good showing at the Combine. Smith led all quarterbacks with a 4.59-second run in the 40-yard dash. The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder threw the ball extremely well as the players went through the field work. He had some great throws on deep balls downfield. Smith showed excellent accuracy and a strong arm to drive the ball into the deep part of the field. Overall, it was a good Combine performance to keep Smith as the top-ranked quarterback.
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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has been a forgotten prospect by pundits when discussing the much-maligned 2013 quarterback class. The 6-foot-6, 232-pounder had an up-and-down career for the Volunteers, to say the least. However, at the Combine, Bray had some beautiful throws down the deep part of the field; the ball came out well with a quick, natural release. He also threw some bullets on the always difficult deep out route. Some of Bray’s throws were off the mark, which confirmed both his inconsistency and his great physical skill set.
N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon had a day similar to Bray. Glennon (6-7, 225) showed off his big arm with some fabulous throws down the field. However, he would follow a great throw with one well off target. Glennon struggled with his accuracy in college, but that is going to be a critical part of his game for him and he must improve significantly in order to be a quality starting quarterback in the NFL. He didn’t help or hurt himself at the Combine.
Another quarterback with big size and a strong arm is Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. Unlike Glennon, Manuel has some mobility and can make plays with his feet. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds — the second-fastest time for the quarterbacks. Manuel (6-5, 237) made some good throws in the field work with plenty of arm strength to push the ball down the field. His stock is rising, and this quality Combine performance will help that climb.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones didn’t impress at the Combine, but didn’t look especially bad either. Jones (6-4, 225) is a pocket passer who isn’t suited to the Combine. Simply put, the record setter did not do enough in Indianapolis to help his draft stock. Jones looks like a mid- to late-rounder.
Two other quarterbacks are worth mentioning. Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib (6-2, 227) ran the 40 in 5.06 seconds, while Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson (6-2, 215) was clocked at 4.95 seconds. Nassib had some good throws during the field work, but Wilson didn’t look special. Neither quarterback had an impressive Combine performance to help himself on the field, but each one has the ability to do well in the interview room.
And The “Not So Smart Player Award” Goes To …
Despite the requests of NFL scouts, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein declined to work out as a tight end. That was a mistake. Klein’s passing is not NFL-caliber, and he may not get drafted as a quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 226-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds. That is roughly around average for a tight end, but Klein made a mistake in not fulfilling the requests of the coaches and scouts.