2013 NFL Combine - Quarterback Analysis
USC QB Matt Barkley
USC QB Matt Barkley
Posted Feb 17, 2013

Pre-Combine quick looks at the quarterbacks invited to Indy.

2013 NFL Pre-Combine

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- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine QB Rankings, No. 11 to 25 
1. Matt Barkley, USC 6-2, 230 Proj. 1
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: The ultimate leader. Flawless personality and great character. He's Tim Tebow without being all Tim Tebow. … He was a big part of keeping the team on track during the NCAA sanctions without being preachy. No one questioned his leadership. … Has a stronger arm than he gets credit for. He has no problems pushing the ball down the field enough to get by. … Confident without being cocky. Not afraid to make the tough through under pressure. … Smooth throwing motion. Compact without a lot of mechanical work needed.

Negatives: Not quite big enough. He's barely 6-2 and without the mobility to make up for his lack of prototypical size. … Arm is good, not elite. He won't be able to fire the fastball needed to make up for any problems. Everything will have to be right mechanics-wise to make the right throw. … Average at generous best on the move. He's not immobile, but he's not going to work his way out of a jam. He needs pass protection. … The USC curse? Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez, John David Booty – other than Carson Palmer, Trojan quarterbacks haven't produced at the next level. … Threw way too many picks before getting hurt late in the year giving away nine in the final four games, 15 on the year and 48 for his career.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Above-average NFL starter.

2. Geno Smith, West Virginia 6-3, 220 Proj. 1
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: As the leader of the Dana Holgorsen offense, Smith put up huge numbers when he got a little time to work. … He has a quick release and can get rid of the ball on the move. … Accurate, he connected on 71% of his passes and was fearless at pushing the ball down the field when he had to. …. Doesn't make a slew of big mistakes. He cut down on his interceptions after his junior year and became more careful with the ball. … Good frame and nice size with enough of an arm to get the ball on a rope wherever he needs. He delivers a nice ball to his targets on the move.

Negatives: Can he make the transition to a pro-style attack? He was a shotgun quarterback at West Virginia, and while Tom Brady has done just fine lining up deep, Smith will have to prove he can become a drop back passer when needed. … Mechanics need work. He relied on his arm and the Mountaineer offense to get the ball out of his hands, but he has to come up with a tighter delivery on a consistent basis. … When things went wrong, they really went downhill. Too many times against good teams he threw and threw and threw with the offense going nowhere. … Accurate on short-to-midrange passes, but he threw to wide open receivers breaking free. He's not a throw-a-ball-through-a-tire power pitcher.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: A competent NFL starter.

3. Mike Glennon, NC State 6-7, 220 Proj. 2
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Huge. He has the size to see over linemen without a problem and looks the part of an NFL pocket passer who can drop back and fire. There's still room to grow, and there's a feeling the best is yet to come. … Plays to his size. Doesn't need much mechanical work and is good at using his length to throw over linemen, not through them. When he gets time, he's deadly. … Won't need a whole bunch of tweaking. He's used to playing in a pro system and is a strong decision maker. Smart, he should be able to step into a system and be a factor right away.

Negatives: Is he too tall? He's not mobile and he's not going to do much when under a heavy pass rush. He's never going to run for a first down and he needs to get used to throwing when getting hit on a regular basis. … He's a little bit see-receiver, hit-receiver and doesn't always throw his targets open. While he's accurate, he's not going to fit the ball through too many windows. … Needs to find more of a jerkweed streak. While he's a leader, he's not the screamer type who'll will a team to win.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Tremendous upside. The potential is there to be the No. 1 quarterback in the draft if he works behind a great line with a strong ground game – he'd be great for Minnesota.

4. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas 6-2, 220 Proj. 2
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A leader with a commanding presence. It's his huddle and his offense. He's not shy about taking over a team, and he isn't annoying about it. Well-respected, he's the type of player others seem to follow. … A good, tough passer who's willing to hang tough to complete a throw. Accurate, he's able to fit throws where he needs to and has nice touch on his deep passes. Arm strength isn't an issue. … Better than the team. He didn't quit in a bad year, and tried to make the most of a bad situation.

Negatives: He's not quite as big as he appears on the field. For good and bad, he plays like a bigger passer. … Trusts his arm a bit too much and forces things from time to time. The 26 career picks weren't horrible, but he had too many multi-pick games. … He's not necessarily a gunner. He'll do what's needed to move an offense, but he's not a power pitcher. … Mechanics have to be consistent. There isn't much to work on other than repetition – he has to do the same thing every time and not get sloppy. … For people who care about these things, he doesn't have meathooks. The scouts are going to knock him down for not having giant hands.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: A competent NFL starter

5. E.J. Manuel, Florida State 6-4, 237 Proj. 2
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: The dream tools. He has the height, the arm, the mobility and the smarts to be exactly what you'd want in a starting quarterback. He'll drill well and will be better in interviews. … While he's not going to be a runner, he moves extremely well in the pocket and is good at buying himself time. He'll take off for the first down from time to time. … The arm is there to make all the throws. There's a world of upside if he gets with a quarterback coach who can get the mechanics down.

Negatives: Everything is there except for the production. He was okay, but he never turned into the superstar he was expected to become. … Never seems to throw the same ball twice. Consistency is a huge issue, especially on the midrange throws. … Needs lots and LOTS of drill work. The potential is there, but he needs coaching. … Always seemed to be a bit dinged up. He takes big shots and he's not afraid of contact - in a bad way. He's extremely tough but he has to remember that he's the quarterback and has to be on the field.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Massive upside with the right coaching. Check back in three years.

6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma 6-4, 220 Proj. 3
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Superior production. He never quite got the same respect other OU quarterbacks like Sam Bradford, Jason White and Josh Heupel received, but in many ways he was better. … No injury concerns whatsoever. Got through the Big 12 battles for four years and managed to get out clean. … Looks the part. He has smallish hands, but he has the size, the arm and the poise to handle himself well. He could be the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft. … Nice touch and accuracy. Great at hitting his targets on the move.

Negatives: Limited upside. He has the tools and he has the ability, but is he a killer? The stats were great at OU, and he won plenty of big games, but he never seemed to take the world by the horns. He's not going to command a presence in a veteran NFL locker room. … Not mobile and he has to be in the right system. Can he become a pure drop-back passer from under center? His mechanics aren't bad, but he isn't going to work for every team. … Delivery has to be tighter and more compact. He got 19 days to wait for his receivers to get open and now he has to show he can operate under fire.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: A competent NFL starter.

7. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse 6-2, 220 Proj. 2
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Came on last season and showed he's ready to bomb away. Productive, he helped make the Orange offense dangerous by showing off a nice midrange arm with the ability to push the ball all over the field. … Smart. He's a good decision maker who, at the very least, should have a long career as a backup if he doesn't grab a starting job. … A fighter. He's tough with a good attitude. Just enough rah-rah to be inspirational but without being annoying.

Negatives: Good arm strength, but not elite. It's fine, and he can crank out the deep ball, but it's not effortless. … Forces way too many throws. He thinks he can carry the offense because he has to, and his mechanics get sloppy when he's trying to make something happen. … He'll need to make the transition to more of a pro-style offense. He's used to lining up in the shotgun, and he doesn't have the speed to take off if the play breaks down.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Long-time No. 2 and good spot starter.

8. Tyler Bray, Tennessee (Jr.) 6-5, 215 Proj. 3
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Upside, upside, upside. While he has NFL height and the right tools, he needs to fill out his frame to be ready to take more of a pounding. He'll be better once he gets a few years in an NFL training program. … Surprisingly athletic and pocket-quick for his size. While he's certainly not a runner, he's not going to be a sitting duck. … A pure passer with a fantastic arm. There's not a throw he won't be able to make with the gun to make plays most quarterbacks in this draft can't.

Negatives: Needs to have everything broken down and built back up again. He never seems to throw the ball the same way twice and needs to become more of a robot with his mechanics. … Never seemed to come up clutch. The overall talent level wasn't up to Tennessee snuff, but he wasn't able to carry the team to enough big wins. … He needs to find the killer gene. Does he want to rip your heart out? That goes hand in hand with the concern about not coming through enough in the clutch.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Backup who'll grow into a potential starter in a few years.

9. Zac Dysert, Miami University 6-3, 225 Proj. 4
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Extremely experienced in a passing offense. MU never ran the ball – at least it never ran the ball effectively – and it was all on Dysert to throw and throw and throw some more. … Terrific on short-to-midrange throws. He played in a dink-and-dunk attack and was good at getting the ball to his receivers on the move. … Ready-made to be a backup for New England or Green Bay. Smart, he can make a lot of money as a capable emergency starter.

Negatives: Not an athlete. He's never going to run for a first down and got popped way too often. He played behind an awful line, but in that attack he should've been able to check out of problems faster. … Can he work in a drop back system? Can he play under center at the next level? … Can he take the top off a defense? He's not going to scare too many secondaries with the deep ball. … Has a hamstring injury that will keep him from working out.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: A career backup who's smart enough to hold a clipboard for ten years with the right team.

10. Matt Scott, Arizona 6-2, 200 Proj. 6
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A good enough arm to make all the throws, he's not afraid to come up with the decisive throw in a tough situation. … Great mobility. A baller who can make plays on the move with his legs or his arm. A dangerous X factor when he needs to make something happen on third down. … A great decision-maker who doesn't make a slew of big mistakes. Outside of the five picks he threw in the final two games, and the three he gave up against Oregon, he's careful with the ball.

Negatives: Not big. He doesn't have the NFL size or the prototypical look barely hitting 6-2 and with a slight frame that needs time and bulking up. … Can he make strong decisions in a pro-style attack? The Arizona offense revolved around running the ball. The passing attack wasn't all that efficient. … Someone might want him thinking he can be a spread quarterback in a very, very poor man's RG3 sort of way.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: He'll bounce around the league. Coaches will love him as a scout teamer.

- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine QB Rankings, No. 11 to 25