In the NFL, finding a competitive advantage isn't easy. Finding value at quarterback provides an NFL team the biggest competitive advantage of all.
The 2013 NFL Draft is labeled as a weak one for the quarterback position. While as many as a dozen quarterbacks could be drafted this year, questions remain over whether there is a franchise quarterback among the group. With a bunch of quarterbacks that seemed to slow down developmentally, finding the fit will be even more important for each of these signal callers.
First team: Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio)
Tucked away in Oxford, Ohio, Zac Dysert is easy to miss. But in a muddled quarterback class, he may provide the best value of the group. Dysert is a tall quarterback with a strong arm. He struggled behind a bad offensive line as a senior with a brutal supporting cast but still displayed the ability to read defense and make plays while avoiding the rush. Dysert has experience in multiple offenses, though he seems most comfortable under center. Given his physical skills, Dysert has the upside to develop into a capable starting quarterback in the NFL.
At the moment, Dysert isn't being talked about among the five best prospects at his position. It seems more and more likely that he will be hanging around on the third day of the draft. With the question marks surrounding guys like Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon and Tyler Wilson, Dysert deserves mention in the second tier of quarterbacks behind Geno Smith. If he's hanging around on the third day of the draft, someone could have a steal.
Second team: Tyler Bray, Tennessee
It's been well documented that I hold a higher opinion on Tyler Bray than most. While everyone complains about the lack of talent in this quarterback class, Bray has the physical tools to be a franchise guy. Yes, he has issues, most notably his decision making, maturity and accuracy. He's a bit rough around the edges, but his upside separates him from the rest of his classmates. Bray made a mistake off the field prior to his junior season, but that shouldn't define him. What he does on the field is impressive. His arm is the best in this draft class, and he has the confidence to make the tough throws. While he isn't much of an athlete, Bray is able to make subtle movements in the pocket to avoid the rush and he makes throws from all different platforms.
Without the off-field concerns, Bray may be in first-round consideration. As it stands, he's a likely second-day prospect. If he finds the right landing spot, Bray has a chance to develop into a big time passer in the NFL.
Honorable mention: Ryan Griffin, Tulane
When you only win one game in your senior season, the NFL isn't going to give you a ton of respect. That was the case for Ryan Griffin at Tulane this past season. While the wins weren't there, Griffin has some tools that could help him develop into a starting quarterback in the NFL. He has the arm strength but more importantly, he seems to understand how to read defenses. Griffin was a hit at the East-West Shrine Game, according to Dane Brugler. As an undrafted free agent, he provides some upside.
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