Matt Flynn was traded from Seattle to the Oakland Raiders, who in turn traded Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals. Then, failed Arizona project Kevin Kolb signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills.
While those teams were going through a quarterbacking musical chairs, the Kansas City Chiefs continued to get Alex Smith acclimated to their system while the Philadelphia Eagles pretty much decided to make do with Mike Vick and Nick Foles on the roster.
Basically, all the moves and decisions made spell a slow first round of the 2013 NFL Draft for the handful of potentially worthy signal-callers available.
There is no RGIII, nor is there an Andrew Luck-type of talent in this year’s draft, and NFL teams have shown that they are not impressed with the arms available.
So, how many quarterbacks do Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks see going in the first round?
Hint: Not nearly as many offensive and defensive linemen.
32. Baltimore Ravens — Kevin Minter*, LB, LSU Tigers
31. San Francisco 49ers — Datone Jones, DE, UCLA Bruins
30. Atlanta Falcons — Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State Seminoles
29. New England Patriots — Margus Hunt, DE, SMU Mustangs
28. Denver Broncos — Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina Tar Heels
27. Houston Texans — Keenan Allen*, WR, Cal Golden Bears
26. Green Bay Packers — Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
25. Minnesota Vikings — Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
24. Indianapolis Colts — Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State Wildcats
23. Minnesota Vikings — Sheldon Richardson*, DT, Mizzou Tigers
22. St. Louis Rams — Matt Elam*, S, Florida Gators
21. Cincinnati Bengals — Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington Huskies
20. Chicago Bears — Alec Ogletree*, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
19. New York Giants — Bjoern Werner*, DE, Florida State Seminoles
18. Dallas Cowboys — DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas Longhorns
16. St. Louis Rams — Cordarrelle Patterson*, WR, Tennessee Volunteers
15. New Orleans Saints — Barkevious Mingo*, OLB/DE, LSU Tigers
14. Carolina Panthers — Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Utes
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Tavon Austin, WR/RB, West Virginia Mountaineers
12. Miami Dolphins — Xavier Rhodes*, CB, Florida State Seminoles
11. San Diego Chargers — Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina Tar Heels
10. Tennessee Titans — Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Crimson Tide
9. New York Jets — Jarvis Jones*, OLB, Georgia Bulldogs
8. Buffalo Bills — Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia Mountaineers
7. Arizona Cardinals — Lane Johnson*, OT, Oklahoma Sooners
6. Cleveland Browns — Ezekiel Ansah, OLB/DE, BYU Cougars
5. Detroit Lions — Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan Chippewas
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Dee Milliner*, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Oakland Raiders — Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon Ducks
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Sharrif Floyd*, DT, Florida Gators
1. Kansas City Chiefs — Luke Joeckel*, OT, Texas A&M Aggies
West Virginia’s Geno Smith is the only quarterback projected to even be taken in the first round, and there are no running backs to be found.
Nearly all teams are going to either be strengthening their protection up front or, conversely, their pass rush.
There are 12 former members of the SEC projected to be selected in Sports Illustrated’s first round, and five of the first 10 picks are out of the conference that has won seven consecutive national championships.
Luke Joeckel has been seen as the No. 1 pick for quite some time, but Florida’s Sharrif Floyd is probably one of the biggest risers in this year’s draft. Floyd was not seen as a first-rounder at all until he amazed at the NFL Combine and others, such as Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore, disappointed. Now, he is projected to be selected second-overall, a difference of millions upon millions of dollars.