Thursday, January 3, 2013
McShay, Kiper disagree on top college QB
By James Walker
There are no sure-fire quarterback prospects in this year's draft, much like last year's Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. There wasn't a team in the league last year who doubted these two players were capable of leading NFL franchises. To no surprise, both rookie quarterbacks are making their postseason debuts this weekend.
But when it comes to this year's quarterback draft class, opinions are all over the place. That includes ESPN draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. Both have different quarterbacks at the top of their early rankings.
Kiper likes N.C. State's Mike Glennon as the No. 1 college quarterback. McShay still likes Geno Smith of West Virginia. Neither are top-20 prospects at this stage, according to Kiper and McShay. But these are their picks to be the first quarterback off the board.
This is bad news for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Both will be looking for franchise quarterbacks in the offseason and have top-10 picks. But this is a very difficult draft to find one, especially early in the first round. Glennon and Smith both struggled mightily in their bowl games and showed a lot of flaws that can be exposed by NFL defenses.
Free agency may be the best route to find an immediate starter this year. The Bills have some cap room to work with and can get rid of Ryan Fitzpatrick and his non-guaranteed $7.45 million in 2013. The Jets are very tight on the cap, partly due to Mark Sanchez’s guaranteed $8.25 million salary next season.