3.What is the State of Quarterback in the NFL?
This season in the NFL the quarterback position got an overhaul with scheme and technique. Teams are starting to accept more mobile quarterbacks as the spread offense and the option game is making its way into the NFL playbook. The play of the rookie quarterbacks this season only amplified the assessment of quarterbacks for this Draft and for the foreseeable future. This year’s Draft class is one of the weakest classes of quarterbacks in recent history. Some analysts have gone as far as to have no quarterbacks taken at all in round one of the NFL Draft. The truth is teams usually reach for a quarterback, so it is unlikely that quarterbacks will be shut out of round one.
The main prospects, Geno Smith – West Virginia, Matt Barkley – USC, Mike Glennon – NC State, Tyler Wilson – Arkansas, Landry Jones – Oklahoma and EJ Manuel – Florida State, will be showcased and discussed from now until April. Usually the top level quarterbacks do not showcase their skills at the Combine, but with this class being rated so weak, this year we will see almost all of them throw with the exception of Matt Barkley, due to his shoulder injury at the end of the college football season.
The throwing of a quarterback is usually the biggest thing scouts look for in a quarterback, but with the addition of the mobile quarterback and the use of the different schemes, the speed and agility drills will be closely monitored this year. It will be interesting to see if any of the quarterbacks this year can impress enough athletically to improve their Draft stock.