Entering the draft most people would’ve bet on Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib being ranked among the Top 5 fantasy QB for fantasy purposes in 2013. However, he instead was selected by the New York Giants, meaning it is going to take an awful lot for him to make an impact.
Which QB did land in potentially favorable circumstances? Let’s take a look at an early Top 5:
1) E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills
It was a shock that the Bills made Manuel the only QB selected in the first round and, while he would appear to be a project, you have to think that he is going to get a realistic opportunity to start in Week 1. Is he good enough to thrive? That remains to be seen, but he at least will have viable weapons around him.
He has a potentially dynamic running game, headlined by C.J. Spiller (and hopefully just complemented with Fred Jackson), which really can help to take the pressure off. Stevie Johnsn isn’t an elite wide receiver, but he can make some plays. They also added a pair of wide receivers in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin who can make an impact.
That said, experts have criticized Manuel’s ability to read the entire field which obviously could significantly limit his production potential.
2) Geno Smith – New York Jets
You would think Smith would get an opportunity to start n New York… The again, these are the Jets we are talking about. For all the assumption that Mark Sanchez is going to be released (or relegated to a bench role), until they actually cut hm we can’t assume anything.
Plus, you have to wonder if the Jets will possess the weapons to allow Smith to excel. Chris Ivory was a nice addition, but there is no proof that he can handle lead back duties. You never really know what you will get from Santonio Holmes and at this point his TE safety valve would be Jeff Cumberland.
It doesn’t matter how much potential a QB has, he needs to have skill players around him. It’s hard to argue that Smith would be in position to excel.
3) Tyler Wilson – Oakland Raiders
Last season Matt Flynn was supposed to be the Seahawks starting QB, but he lost out to Russell Wilson (drafted in the third round). Could another Wilson, this one selected in the fourth round, once again banish Flynn to the bench?
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com (click here for the article) referred to Wilson as “one of the toughest quarter backs I have ever evaluated.” That is a very necessary attribute to excel in the NFL, especially playing in Oakland.
4) Matt Barkley – Philadelphia Eagles
With Michael Vck resigned you would think he is the favorite to start, but the selection of Barkley likely will mean the end to Nick Foles tenure in Philadelphia. Of course, given Chip Kelly’s offensive system you would think Vick would be the better fit.
That’s not to say that Barkley can’t excel in it, though he needs to over come the stigma that being a USC carries these days.
5) Matt Scott – Jacksonville Jaguars
Scott wasn’t even drafted and is a virtual unknown to fantasy owners, but with Blaine Gaebbert standing in his way it is not entirely unthinkable that he earns significant playing time (and moves up this list as OTAs start).
Scott came out of the University of Arizona, and Javier Morales of the Tucson Citizen (click here to view) recently said:
“Former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel, now an analyst for the Pac-12 Networks and Sirius-XM’s College Football Playbook show, echoed the thoughts Tuesday of NFL Draft scouting guru Rob Rang: Former Arizona quarterback Matt Scott is this year’s Russell Wilson.”
Morales also published the following quote:
“Rang, who talks to a network of NFL scouts to get his information for CBSSports.com, writes that Scott “is a dual-threat at the quarterback position and one who demonstrated touch, velocity and accuracy while throwing five times as many touchdowns as interceptions last season.”
In Jacksonville, a team that is in dire need for a spark, there is a very real opportunity for Scott. He needs to be on your radar immediately, especially in the deepest of formats. We will do a full scouting report of him shortly.
Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Would it really be a surprise to see Josh Freeman sat down for struggling early in the year?