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Jets college scouting director pumps up QB class

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The crop of quarterbacks in this year’s draft class has widely been criticized for its supposed lack of talent. There isn’t an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this year’s class and every quarterback in this draft has significant holes that can be poked in their games.

But is the talent truly as bad as everyone is suggesting? Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix tried to claim the talent isn’t actually that poor and that a quarterback wouldn’t be a reach in the top 10. Now a member of the New York Jets front office is echoing those statements. According to Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger,  Jets scouting director Jeff Bauer doesn’t believe the quarterback class is nearly as poor as advertised.

“There’s some good quarterbacks out there, you can see a lot of these guys coming in and playing and having very successful careers,” Bauer said.

The Jets have done their due diligence with several of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. They’ve hosted E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith and Zac Dysert and also met with Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon.

“Obviously we’ve studied the quarterback class and still are studying the quarterback class,” said Bauer. “Obviously we can’t say where our quarterbacks are ranked, that wouldn’t be prudent of us, but there are some quarterbacks who will come out and play in this league, and they’re going to start. If that’s at the No. 9 pick, we can’t say.”

Of course with the draft set to get underway next Thursday, trusting anything NFL personnel guys say at this point in the process is a difficult proposition in itself. For a class that some say doesn’t deserve to have a quarterback selected in the first round, only time will be able to truly judge the validity of the passers that will land on NFL rosters by the end of next week.

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20 Responses to “Jets college scouting director pumps up QB class”
  1. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 18, 2013 3:17 AM

    Any draft without RG3 looks the same at QB.

  2. mtchainsmoker says: Apr 18, 2013 3:34 AM

    Aren’t these the same people who drafted Sanchez?

  3. trevor123698 says: Apr 18, 2013 3:35 AM

    Its a bit odd to see the two quarterback needy teams pumping up the top prospects. I know nothing about any single college football player though so I can’t say if its smart or dumb. Can’t wait to find out where they fall come draft night though

  4. djcrabby8 says: Apr 18, 2013 3:59 AM

    Literally every Jets article makes me laugh. I really doubt any other NFL front office pays attention to what the Jets think, except maybe as a model for what not to do.

  5. mec693 says: Apr 18, 2013 4:00 AM

    too much smoke screen to trust anything anyones saying

  6. frodekippe says: Apr 18, 2013 5:45 AM

    Of course they look like good quarterbacks when you’ve only got Sanchez and Tebow to compare them to. My Grandma even looks like a good quarterback in comparison to those clowns!

  7. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Apr 18, 2013 6:00 AM

    Sounds like he is using the Jerry Jones measurement for success by saying that a guy is successful if he plays and starts in the league?

  8. dalucks says: Apr 18, 2013 6:14 AM

    What do the Jets know about good quarterback play?

  9. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 18, 2013 6:54 AM

    If I had to pick 3 of these guys to have a chance as franchise quarterbacks it’s Smith, Manuel, and Nassib. Sorry Barkley!

  10. cheapseater says: Apr 18, 2013 7:28 AM

    It definitely looks equal to 2011 when Newton, Locker, Gabbert, and Ponder all went Top 12.

  11. green41563 says: Apr 18, 2013 8:30 AM

    djcrabby8 says: Apr 18, 2013 3:59 AM

    Literally every Jets article makes me laugh. I really doubt any other NFL front office pays attention to what the Jets think, except maybe as a model for what not to do.
    _____________________________________

    Yeah, they’ve only been to the conference championship game twice in the last four years. Every team in the NFL has been better than that.

  12. getyourownname says: Apr 18, 2013 8:46 AM

    Sad that with about 8 QBs on roster, they still need more.

  13. pisano says: Apr 18, 2013 8:47 AM

    Sanchez is proof the Jets no nothing about drafting a QB. He has actually declined each year he’s been in the NFL. Thank God this will be his last year with the Jets and hopefully it will be as a second or third string QB.

  14. waldoampere says: Apr 18, 2013 8:56 AM

    So basically the Jets want to trade down and are trying to find some team willing to move up to take a QB.

  15. usmc47 says: Apr 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    Wasn’t Tom Brady a 7th round pick? Nuff said!

  16. lrjets says: Apr 18, 2013 10:13 AM

    djcrabby8 says:Apr 18, 2013 3:59 AM

    Literally every Jets article makes me laugh. I really doubt any other NFL front office pays attention to what the Jets think, except maybe as a model for what not to do

    Seems you do. Sans pay.

  17. rando74 says: Apr 18, 2013 11:12 AM

    having the Jets evaluate your quarterback skills is like having Stevie Wonder doing your taxes with Bernie Madoff supervising.

  18. pisano says: Apr 18, 2013 12:12 PM

    rando74…. no one could argue with your post. It’s hard to believe an organization could be so inept to ever draft Sanchez, and then to add insult to injury they sign Tebow. That’s literally throwing good money after bad.

  19. greysolon says: Apr 18, 2013 12:29 PM

    Seems like there are zero top-level QBs but several mid-level QBs.

  20. monropoobah says: Apr 19, 2013 4:05 AM

    the more qbs taken at 1 to 8 (and 10 to whatever), the better the jets options at 9 and so on. but why make the comment? who would be ‘buying’ on something like that?

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