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Mel Kiper on the QB draft class

By Mark Gaughan

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper broke down the quarterback draft class on a conference call today with meda.

Kiper has Buffalo taking Syracuse's Ryan Nassib in the second round. Kiper's top five QBs on Feb. 15 were Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson and Tyler Bray. His top five on March 11 had: Smith, Barkley, Nassib, Glennon and Landry Jones.

"In terms of the whole situation with quarterbacks," Kiper said, "the one thing you have to always keep in mind there are very few teams –- I had to do this with the three-round projection yesterday –- that are going to look at a quarterback early. The ones that need a quarterback, you know who they are and you have to try to figure out who fits them the best and who could be in the mix.

"You have a first round quarterback in Geno Smith. I've said all along he's 20 to 32. ... It has been an interesting dynamic trying to evaluate where he'll project. Matt Barkley, obviously, late first, early second. Ryan Nassib, early second. Mike Glennon I think more third round. Landry Jones more third round. E.J. Manuel second round, probably, at worst early third. Then you get Tyler Bray third or fourth round. Tyler Wilson third or fouth round.

"Zac Dysert is kind of sneaking in from Miami of Ohio as a third-round possibility. Sean Renfree of Duke is a later round possibility and Matt Scott is in the mid-round range. He's probably in that four to five, four to six-round area. He's probably going to go to a team that doesn’t have a critical need but wants to look at a young quarterback."


2013 draft | Mel Kiper | Ryan Nassib
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