2013 NFL Draft - The Quarterbacks No. 6-25

Posted Apr 10, 2013

From a college football perspective, the analysis of the top quarterback prospects.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings

QBs - No. 6 to 25

By Pete Fiutak
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6. Tyler Bray, Tennessee (Jr.) 6-6, 232
If you're looking for the guy in the draft who does one thing at a Super Bowl-winning level, it's Bray and his arm. Very tall with the ability to play big, he has the height, but more than anything else he has a major league arm with the ability to make all the throws. The potential is there to be a nice backup for a while before getting his shot at a starting job, and by then he should be fully polished. However, at the moment, he needs to be able to do all the little things right. He relies on his arm way too much and tends to get a little bit lazy at times, knowing he can usually gun his way out of tough situations. More than anything else, he needs to act the part. Not necessarily fiery and with a bit of a knucklehead streak, he has to show that he wants to be something special and wants to hone his craft. If he wants it, he has the potential to be a strong starter who can carve out a long career if the light goes on.
CFN Projection: Third Round

7. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse 6-2, 227
One of the highest risers over the last six months, he's impressing more and more with each workout and each interview. He's not all that tall and he's a bit squatty and stocky for the position, but he's a tough, sound pro who's ready-made to step off the bus and be in contention for a starting job. Polished, he worked with a pro coach in Doug Marrone who helped tutor and mold him into a polished passer, and now he doesn't need too much technique work. There's a hard ceiling on what he can do with an average arm and not enough of a repertoire of pitches – he tends to have one speed – but he's a baller who'll do whatever is needed. However, he'll be good, but he'll also be overrated and overdrafted as more of a try-hard type than a top talent.
CFN Projection: Second Round

8. Landry Jones, Oklahoma 6-4, 225
With good height, the right size and plenty of experience, he's been considered a good pro prospect for a few years, but interest has fizzled. Three years ago it looked like he'd progress into a No. 1 overall prospect, but he doesn't really inspire the masses – he's just a guy. There's no mobility or athleticism and he doesn't have the attitude and outward fire to take a good team and make it great. He's not the type who'll come though in the clutch and pull a game out of the fire. While the numbers are there, he was a good product of a great system and did a nice job of finding the open target and getting the ball to playmakers on the move. The arm is there and he's going to do everything needed to try making himself better. There's a good chance that with time in the film room and behind an offensive line – he's ideal for the New York Giants - he could be a fantastic value pick. However, his stock has dropped like a rock and he hasn't stood out like he should in this mediocre class.
CFN Projection: Third Round

9. Zac Dysert, Miami University 6-3, 231
All he had to do at MU was throw and throw and throw some more. A dink-and-dunk, short-to-midrange passer, he got in plenty of work and chances to show what he can do. Smart with the ability to make the right reads and get the ball out of his hands in a hurry, he can be excellent to keep the chains moving in the right offense that allows him to spread the ball around. Can he handle being a pocket passer? Everything breaks down under pressure and he tends to get bail out on a play by going to the hot receiver too quickly; he has to learn to hang in until the last nanosecond to deliver the ball. Not all that big, not a deep passer and with limited athleticism, there's a hard ceiling on what he can be, but he could turn into a nearly perfect backup option who could step in and keep a team afloat.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

10. Matt Scott, Arizona 6-2, 213
A big of a project and a dangerous backup option for a zone-read attack, Scott is a terrific runner and a great athlete who could be a poor man's – dirt poor – version of RG3 with phenomenal quickness and a baller's mentality. Not just a runner, he has a good enough arm to make all the throws and could become a fan favorite whenever he gets his chance to show what he can do. He doesn't fit the mold with no NFL size and a slight frame, and he needs a ton of mechanical and technique work for a sophisticated pro passing game. He can't be anyone's starter right away, but he could be just good enough to get a few plays designed for him by a creative offensive coordinator.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

11. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah 6-4, 229
If he went to Utah instead of Southern Utah, he'd be a bigger name. The former BYU Cougar transferred out and put up nice numbers at the lower level, improving and tweaking his skills. He looks the part with great size, and live arm and smarts to get by, he can make all the throws and is fantastic in drills when he gets a chance to unleash his passes. Ready to go, he can be an instant leader who'll do whatever is needed to be a part of an offense and grow into a role, even if it's a backup early on. However, he's more of a prospect than a football player with marginal talent and average production against the better teams. He needs work on his motion and he has yet to show much in the offseason process to show the potential to be an NFL starter. However, players with his arm and size get long looks.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

12. James Vandenberg, Iowa 6-3, 226
With good size and nice stature, he looks the part with great mechanics and a nice enough arm to get by – again, he has the look. Strong in practices and in drills, he comes through with good drive on his passes and can hit all the passes. Throw in the good character and the right personality, and it should be all there to be a solid all-around quarterback, but the production was missing in college. He didn't get anything going deep last season and didn't move the offense. When he needed to take the team on his back, and didn't. Blame the lack of playmaking receivers and partially blame a changed up offense, but mostly he just didn't help get the job done. Even so, with his tools he can carve out a nice career as a solid backup who could get a chance down the road.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

13. Collin Klein, Kansas State 6-5, 226
A decent athlete, he could stick on a roster and be used in a variety of ways. With his size and toughness, he'd make for a terrific second tight end or as a big wide receiver – he got in a little work early on as a pass catcher at Kansas State – but he wants to be a quarterback. There's a chance he could be Tim Tebow-like as a runner with his own packages and own plays, but he's not an NFL passer in any way taking ten years to get the ball out of his hands and without the basic pro skills. Even with all the negatives, he's still work a roster spot with his versatility and work ethic. Basically, he can become Tebow without the baggage and the act.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

14. Sean Renfree, Duke 6-3, 219
He has almost everything you'd want in a starting quarterback but the tools, missing the NFL arm and with no pocket mobility. However, he's a talented pure passer who was tutored well by David Cutcliffe; he knows how to be a quarterback. With decent size and a whip-quick mind, he's a great decision maker who at the very least can be an ever ready clipboard holder who can step in and not be awful. He has the right mentality and the right character to be a perfect No. 2 quarterback with the potential to be a coach down the road.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

15. Jeff Tuel, Washington State 6-3, 221
An intriguing prospect with a nice throwing motion and good accuracy as a rhythm passer, he has just enough in the bag to get a long look as a backup. Good on his timing throws, he's not going to stretch the field with the deep ball, but he could fit in with a New England or New Orleans and be able to step in if a disaster strikes. He's not for everyone with little time in a pure pro-style offense and with little experience as a pocket passer, and he can't stay in one piece, but he's promising enough to stick around a camp.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

16. Ryan Griffin, Tulane 6-4, 215
17. Ryan Katz, San Diego State 6-1, 210
18. Nick Florence, Baylor 6-1, 200
19. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt 6-1, 212
20. Alex Carder, Western Michigan 6-2, 220
21. Kyle Padron, Eastern Washington 6-4, 225
22. Seth Doege, Texas Tech 6-1, 197
23. Clay Belton, Findlay 6-5, 225
24. Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State 6-1, 205
25. Tino Sunseri, Pitt 6-2, 215

- 2013 NFL Quarterback Rankings - Top Five