It does appear that this is not a deep draft at QB. That's not to say that a great QB can't be found, but it is just less likely. I highly doubt a QB from this upcoming will have the same rookie success that Andrew Luck is having, but at the same time it is also not very likely that there will be one that is as bad of a bust as Ryan Leaf. I don't think the Jaguars will draft a QB in the first round: Henne or Gabbert are good enough to pull us through next year, especially with Shorts becoming a big play threat, Blackmon emerging, etc. injuries have really affected us this year, maybe more so than they did last year. Daryl Smith not playing a single snap this whole season so far has left the LBs vulnerable, and opponents are picking on them. The absence of Daryl Smith really hurt the defense and the team in general.
Anyways..... Getting back on topic.... I think that with some talent in next Aprils draft and some players getting healthy, Daryl Smith included, we could push for the playoffs next season, no matter who is the QB. The WRs are obviously better than last year, filling a few holes in the draft and FA can help us get there.
The above was intended to give y'all an idea of the inner-workings of my philosophy. Remember, there is a method to my madness.
Here we go!
1. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Weight: 220 Lbs
40 yard dash: 4.86 seconds
Geno Smith's statistics look great, but they are inflated to to the system he is playing in, which emphasizes the passing attack. Don't get to excited over Smith. His stats may look great, but he is in the Shotgun system. He is inconsistent in his set-up and his delivery, typically throws of of his back foot, and has average at best accuracy deep down field, especially those that require touch. Do we really want to go through this again? We have some of the same issues with Gabbert, but some of them, such as footwork, have been corrected. If Geno Smith is the best QB in this years draft, I say pass.
2. Matt Barkley, Southern California
Weight: 230 Lbs
40 yard dash: 4.84 Seconds
Does all the little things well, can roll left or right, throw accurately down field, freeze the safeties, and more. The only thing things that could be better is his arm strength and his accuracy on the deep pass. He does have good pocket presence. As well as he has good leadership skills.
3. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Weight: 218 Lbs
40 yard dash: 4.87 Seconds
A strong arm and pocket presence are the best things going for Wilson. He does have some footwork issues, and does try to fit passes into tight windows, and he also throws the ball with limited accuracy when he fails to step into his passes, kind of what Gabbert was doing last year.
4. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Weight: 228 Lbs
40 yard dash: 4.98 Seconds
Nassib has good arm strength to throw at all levels of the field. Has good mechanics and ball fakes. Tends to make poor reads under pressure and does force throws, but is a smart player who does a good job using his eyes to freeze defenders and work through his progressions. Nassib is not a statue in the pocket. He throws with great accuracy on the run.
5. E.J. Manuel, Florida State
Weight: 240 Lbs
40 yard dash: 4.64 Seconds
Manuel has the arm strength to spin the ball down field. He has the legs to extend plays. He has made poor decisions throwing into coverage. He has also failed to see the entire field on many passes down the field. He has routinely held onto the ball to long in the pocket and seems to have been rattled by pressure. He can pick up big chunks of yardage on his legs.I think of him as a younger and slightly better version of David Garrard.
6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Weight: 220 Lbs
40 yard dash: 4.92 Seconds
Accuracy is pretty good. Does a lot of great things but will loose accuracy even on the short passes when pressured consistently throughout the game. Has great arm strength, could become elite in the category in a few years. Set up is very good, will do whatever it takes to try and avoid sacks. Keeps his feet active in the pocket. Better athlete than given credit for. Can run bootlegs effectively to either side. hands the ball off effectively and quickly. Good leader. Can read defenses, but likely his weakest link since he gets cues from the sideline. Overall, solid QB.