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Postby stomperrob » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:54 pm

Some interesting articles:

NFL contract rules could help Matt Barkley, other QBs get drafted in first round
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 11:05 AM EDT


If the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers had known how favorable the contract rules were going to be at the time of the 2011 NFL draft, Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick might have been first-round picks.

Not second-rounders.

As a result, there's a chance that if quarterbacks such as Geno Smith or Matt Barkley slide to the end of the first round, some team with a high second-round pick may trade up for them. A couple of other quarterbacks, such as Ryan Nassib or Mike Glennon, could also end up being late-first rounders rather than second-round picks where most draft analysts expect them to be taken.

"If you're going to take high-value positions, like cornerback, defensive end and especially quarterback, this system is set up to take those players at the end of the first round," a contract negotiator from an NFC team said.

That may seem counterintuitive to the seemingly logical assumption that the lower you draft a great player, the better value he is, particularly in a salary-cap system. But that's one of the many glitches in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement between players and management.

"If you're one of those teams at the top of the second round and you like one of them, go get them," an AFC executive said this week when discussing the possibility of Smith and/or Barkley slipping to the second round. "If it was me, I wouldn't hesitate. First, unless I have the first pick of the second round, I'd worry about somebody jumping me. Second, I'd rather have control of that player for an extra year."

Essentially, the contracts for players drafted at the end of the first round give teams a club option for a fifth year at an extremely controlled price. While that advantage also existed under the previous system, many of the tactics that agents and players used to get around that in the past have been eliminated.

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more: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--nfl-c ... 46269.html


2013 QB draft class may be NFL's most lowly regarded in more than a decade
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 2:05 AM EDT


The NFL draft hasn't been viewed as this mediocre for quarterbacks since 2000.

Then again, "mediocre" is a loose term. While the 2000 draft didn't feature a quarterback drafted until No. 18 overall (Chad Pennington by the New York Jets) and is the last time that a passer didn't go in the first half of the first round, it's the same draft that produced Tom Brady in the sixth round.

That fact should demonstrate just how inexact the science of selecting a can passer be. With that in mind, for all the knocks on guys like Geno Smith of West Virginia, Matt Barkley of USC and many of the other young passers available, who knows what this draft is going to look like in five or 10 years?

Today, however, it looks questionable.

On Thursday, first-year Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians put it in the most telling terms.

"We were going to take the best player available at that position, at No. 7, whether it be a tackle, pass rusher, corner, or quarterback," Arians said on Fox radio before narrowing the field even more. "Right now I don't see a quarterback in this class coming up that would have been in that spot for us. Now, it might be for somebody else, but not for us. Especially with the elite offensive linemen that are out there this year, and defensive linemen."

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more: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--2013- ... 30895.html
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Re: 2013 QB class

Postby stomperrob » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:04 pm

As for this quarterback class? Mayock is not impressed.

"I couldn't take Geno Smith in the top 10, probably (not) the top 20," he said. "I can't stand this whole quarterback class."

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100000 ... ith-report
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Postby stomperrob » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:17 pm

Geno Smith's work ethic questioned in scouting report
By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League Editor
Published: April 1, 2013 at 05:56 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2013 at 09:02 a.m.


Pro Football Weekly used to be one of the most influential, if not the most influential draft publications. That influence has waned since the late, great Joel Buchsbaum passed, but the publication still can make waves.

We noticed last week that the publication had Matt Barkley ranked first among draft eligible quarterbacks, with Geno Smith ranking sixth. That was surprising, although there is a healthy disagreement among the top of the quarterback class. Ranking Smith sixth doesn't seem that crazy.

Nolan Nawrocki's scouting report on Smith was more eye-opening. Some lowlight quotes from the write-up, which was published online Monday:

"(Smith is) not a student of the game. Nonchalant field presence -- does not command respect from teammates and cannot inspire. Mild practice demeanor -- no urgency. Not committed or focused -- marginal work ethic. Interviewed poorly at the combine and did not show an understanding of concepts on the white board. Opted not to compete at the Senior Bowl and has approached offseason training as if he has already arrived, and it shows in his body with minimal muscle definition or strength. ...

"A cross between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks, Smith is a gimmick, overhyped product of the system lacking the football savvy, work habits and focus to cement a starting job and could drain energy from a QB room. Will be overdrafted and struggle to produce against NFL defensive complexities."

That sounds harsh because Nawrocki is a member of the media, not an NFL team. But teams write up similarly bruising takedowns of players for their own purposes that never are shared with the public. It's surprising to hear Smith is not a "student of the game" and that his work ethic is suspect. This is the first we've heard of that about Smith, who has a great reputation for his film study.

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more: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100000 ... ing-report


Mike Mayock defends Nawrocki:
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100000 ... ith-report
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