2013 NFL Draft: QB Stock Up, How It Affects The Ravens

Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2013 NFL draft just days away, we are starting to get a better feel for how the draft will fall. There is growing buzz that the Bills will be choosing between Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib and USC QB Matt Barkley. While I think neither of those two would be good options at 8 overall(seriously, 8th?)

 

If that is true, then there is a good chance that 3 QBs(Barkley, Nassib and Geno Smith) will be taken in the first round ahead of the Ravens. Anytime a QB is taken, it is a good thing for the Ravens. When a team reaches for a QB, it pushes a better player down the board. Every time a team takes one of this group of second round QBs, a first round value falls one spot further. it benefits every team below the team that reaches for the pick.

 

The current favorites for the drafts top QBs are the Jags(at 2) for Geno Smith, The Jets(9 and 13) for Geno smith and Matt Barkley, the Bills(8) for Nassib and Barkley. Ideally all three of those guys would go early and a surprise team like the chiefs or cardinals would trade up into the mid 20s for EJ Manuel. If that were the case, the Ravens would get, at worst, the 28th best player in the draft(under the premise that there isn’t a QB graded in the top 32, there isn’t one on my board). That is a heck of a lot better than getting the 32nd best player.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Baltimore Ravens, Draft, EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, NFL Draft, Ryan Nassib

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  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dadd.7 Robert Dadd

    I don’t project a QB taken til Jags at #33 Geno Smith.
    Could Seahawks take Barkley at #56? Carroll is ex-USC or Glennon was Wilson’s one-time back-up I believe at Wisconsin

    • Tynan Patrick

      Glennon backed up Wilson at NC State before Wilson transfered.

      There is going to be at least 1 QB taken in the first. the buzz is the Bills are dead set on either Barkley or Nassib at 8. The Jags supposedly want Nassib at 33, but I would think at lowest we will see a trade frenzy in the 20s for teams 33-43 trying to trade up to get Manuel, Nassib, Barkley, and smith, whoever is still on the board.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.dadd.7 Robert Dadd

    It should be an interesting draft! Personally I don’t think any of the QBs are first round worthy on the top end and could pass to second round. If Jags took Smith #2 it would alter everything.(can’t see it and I think Bills would rather take Austin then get QB round 2}
    It’s also interesting to see where RB Lacy goes ( possibly first round to GB or to Dallas if trade down)
    TE Eifert could go as high as #13 or slip to #29-30.
    Is Ogletree a first rounder? And where will Okafor go?