Unlike the 2012 NFL Draft, this is not the year of the quarterback. There are no Andrew Lucks or RG3s or Russell Wilsons. Instead, we're left to sort through the Geno Smiths, Matt Barkleys, E.J. Manuels, Ryan Nassibs and Mike Glennons to try to unearth the next legit franchise player.
And depending on who you ask, you'll likely get a different answer. NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang likes Smith then Barkley, while colleague Dane Brugler is partial to Smith followed by Nassib. NFL Network's Mike Mayock also has Smith as his top quarterback but admitted recently that it was by default because of the overall lack of star quality in this class.
"I couldn't take Geno Smith in the top 10, probably the top 20," he said. "I can't stand this whole quarterback class."
Mayock's comments came while defending Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki, who mixed personal attacks against Smith in with his scouting report, creating a firestorm in the process.
But while Nawrocki might not "have a filter," as Mayock described it earlier this week, he's not alone in his feelings about Smith. NFL Films' Greg Cosell, who might watch more game film than anyone not employed by an NFL team, said Friday he'd "rather have" Glennon -- all 6-foot-7, 225 pounds of him -- than Smith.
"I would argue that, in my opinion, Glennon could (go) late in the first round and I wouldn't have a problem with that at all," Cosell said during NFL Network's Path to the Draft (via NFL.com). "As I talked about his attributes, I think he has probably -- of the quarterbacks in this class -- more of the attributes that you look for than maybe any other quarterback in this class. …
"I think the thing that stands out with him, first of all, his functional mobility for a big man is far better than people might give him credit for," Cosell continued. "You see him move out of the pocket and make throws. He can do that. The thing I really like about him is his willingness to pull the trigger. You've got to do that in the NFL."
Last month, Cosell went on record saying he liked Nassib more than Smith.
"I think (Nassib's) a much more precise intermediate thrower," he said at the time. "I think the ball comes out with a little bit better velocity at the intermediate level. And I think he's a little more accurate. And I like his footwork a little bit better."
Ultimately, it doesn't matter what people outside NFL war rooms think. Smith could be a top-five pick or he could slip until later in the first round -- either way, we'll know for sure in less than three weeks.