Each week I will be previewing players at a certain position and how their college careers have lead them to be prospects for the NFL draft in April. This week we are going to start with everyones favorite position, the Quarterbacks. Note these players are not in any specific order by skills, mock draft statuses, or favorite players.
1. Mike Glennon, 6-6 232 lb., QB NC State
Glennon is not one of the big name prospects in this years draft, but the senior and his 6-6 frame makes his size something that NFL teams dream about. Mike completed 58.5 percent of his passes in his senior season and totaled 4,031 yards with 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Glennon has the big arm that teams like to see and he played well on a team that didn’t have the talent that some bigger names schools have. The game that sticks out to me was the performance against Clemson in a 62-48 loss. He put up 493 yards, with 5 TD’s and only 1 interception with his highest QB rating (160.2) of the season. Glennon didn’t preform very well in the Senior Bowl, and his athleticism and foot speed were things scouts complained about. Even with that I like Glennon will drop to a lucky team and have an opportunity to be a NFL quarterback in the near future.
2. E.J. Manuel, 6-5, 234 lb., QB Florida State
A friend of mine is very high on E.J. Manuel, who is a very athletic, mobile Quarterback. He threw for over 3,300 yards with 23 touchdowns this season, and he ran for four more. With option Quarterbacks becoming popular in the NFL, I think teams with take a chance on this redshirt senior. His good size and athleticism is a plus, and he lead his team to 12-2 record, with an Orange Bowl win over a Northern Illinios team that couldn’t keep up with the Nole’s offense. Manuel won MVP honors at the Senior Bowl but his inaccurate throwing abilities really hurt his stock with NFL teams. I think the Orange Bowl, and wins over ranked teams will show his college play will pay off for an NFL team that uses a pick on him.
3.Ryan Nassib, 6-2, 229 lb., QB Syracuse
Ryan Nassib’s game against Northwestern in Syracuse’s opener is what caught my eye. He completed 45 of 66 for 479 yards and 4 touchdowns. Like Glennon, the supporting cast around Ryan all year wasn’t what some of the other Quarterback’s in the NCAA had. The thing that separates Nassib in this years crop of QB’s is his intelligence and accuracy. He completed 62% of his passes on the season, and he threw 16 more touchdowns then interceptions. His numbers might not indicate it, but Nassib did work with this season and lead Syracuse to a 5-2 record in the Big East, with a bowl win over former Big East team (and their QB Geno Smith, who is considered by many to be the top QB in this years class)West Virginia. NFL teams like smart Quarterback’s and I think teams won’t regret drafting this kid.
Well thats part one of my QB preview, and come back next week to see Part 2 were I will highlight Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, and Tyler Wilson. Take it easy folks.
(About the Author: I am Philip Botti, senior Journalism student at Duquesne University. Judging prospects is one of the things I hope to do in the future of my career, and all these ideas are coming from an overall perspective, and not just the players I would like my favorite team to draft. Thanks for reading and I hope you keep tuning in.)