2013 quarterback draft class was a disaster

AP

Four years ago, only one quarterback was drafted in the first round, and only two were taken through the first 72 selections. Most teams knew what they were doing in passing on available passers.

In hindsight, the 2013 draft class was a disaster.

Former Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, the 16th overall pick in the draft that year, started 10 games as a rookie and a total of seven since then. He has 19 career touchdown passes, 20 turnovers, and a passer rating of 77.5.

Geno Smith (pictured), picked 39th overall by the Jets, started all 16 games as a rookie and 13 in 2014. A broken jaw resulting from a locker-room punch in August 2015 ended his time with the Jets as a starter; he has 28 touchdown passes, 36 interceptions, seven lost fumbles, and a passer rating of 72.4.

The next guy off the board was Mike Glennon, in round three. He played well enough in two seasons to position the Buccaneers to earn the first overall pick in the draft, which they used to pick Glennon’s replacement, Jameis Winston. Glennon started 18 total games before taking a seat behind Winston.

With 30 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions, and a passer rating of 84.6, he’s clearly the best of a bad bunch. Which partially explains his $15 million per year deal in Chicago. (It’s still not clear who the Bears were bidding against.)

Also drafted that year were a flurry of fourth-rounders: Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson, and Landry Jones. Of them, Barkley (six starts) and Jones (four starts) have played the most. Somewhat surprisingly, both ended up with better second contracts than Manuel or Smith.

Barkley signed a two-year, $4 million deal with a $500,000 signing bonus in San Francisco. Jones has a two-year, $4.4 million contract in Pittsburgh, with $600,000 to sign. In contrast, Manuel has a one-year, $800,000 contract in Oakland and Smith has a one-year deal with a base value of $775,000 and a maximum value of $2 million.

Also drafted that year were a quartet of seventh rounders: Brad Sorensen, Zac Dysert, B.J. Daniels, and Sean Renfree.

So it was a very bad year for quarterbacks in the draft. Kudos to (most) of the teams for realizing this and not over-drafting signal-callers. And condolences to Manuel and Smith for somehow sliding behind Barkley and Jones when the time came to sign a second deal.

50 responses to “2013 quarterback draft class was a disaster

  1. Quarterback qualities like being calm and succeeding in big moments , not turning the ball over, playing smart need to count more in the assessment instead of size, big arm, etc…

    Jamarcus, Leaf, EJ vs Russell Wilson, Brees, Dak, Watson?

  2. It wasn’t just the qb class that was bad. 1st pick was Eric Fisher. 2nd pick was Luke Joeckel. 3rd pick was Dion Jordan. 4th pick was Lane Johnson. 5th pick was an okay pick for the Lions. 6th pick was Barkavious Mingo. 7th pick was Jonathan Cooper. That draft class was pretty brutal to watch. But the good news was the 38th pick went to Manti Te’o and his girlfriend, so that was a relief.

  3. Don’t speak too soon Michael. Geno could still develop into a Pro Bowler and I can make the argument that Matt Barkley and Renfree are starting caliber QB’s in 2017 and Glennon could be the next Matt Ryan. This is the Late Bloomer Class

  4. 2017

    Is another bad year.

    Best QB Available is jimmy Garappolo. He is the next Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers.

    YouTube the highlights of every throw he made against Miami this year.

    He is the real deal.

  5. The problem is as, I understand it, is that college Qbs operate from a spread system that rarely works in the nfl. Take Paxton Lynch from Denver for example. He was drafted in the first round yet had never taken a snap from under center nor never called a play in the huddle. He, like others, we’re grossly unprepared for the nfl. The scarcity of quality nfl qbs has never been greater. Dallas apparently struck gold with Dak Prescott. Every squirrel, yes you Jerrah, gets an occasional acorn.

  6. The part about Mike Glennon is not accurate. The Bucs “earned” the #1 overall pick because Lovie Smith refused to start Mike Glennon. Josh McCown is the reason the Bucs have Jameis Winston.

    Glennon was never given a chance here. He was thrown into the fire early into his rookie season after Josh Freeman wigged out and actually performed fairly well all things considered. Lovie Smith comes in the following season and immediately announces that they’ve signed Josh McCown and he will be the starter, before even looking at Glennon.

    Glennon looked better in preseason and when he played due to McCown’s injuries. Everyone was shocked when McCown got his job back. Lovie either had some special affection for McCown, didn’t want to start Glennon out of pride or stubborness because he was the last regime’s guy, or he was trying to earn the #1 pick.

    Once the Bucs got that pick Glennon’s fate was sealed here. In all of that Glennon remained a solid teammate and never said a word. I don’t like the Bears however I wish him well in Chicago.

  7. It wasn’t a disaster. You seldom get good starters after the first few picks in the first round. Guys like Dak, Brady, and Wilson are the exception. Guys picked early are guys like Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, and Cam Newton. Even Joe Flacco, picked at #18 in the first round is an unusual success for that draft position.

  8. What’s the over/under on the minisoda lavender lucys posting how clever Slicky Ricky was in not drafting a QB in 2013 an instead waiting till 2014. So if my addition is right, and it is, The queens threw away 3 first round picks on QBs this decade alone. What a joke!!

  9. Instead of just saying these QBs are bad, could it be that both Smith and Manuel were thrust into the starting position for bad teams and the pressure they were under and the fact that neither were ready, played a huge part in their stunted growth as NFL caliber players. Not sure why NFL teams no longer have the patience to allow their QBs to develop. Especially with offenses asking more out of the passing game. These guys need to sit their first year at least, unless they show they have a grasp of the system like Dak Prescott or Russell Wilson did. Stop rushing these guys to start and let them grow into the job.

  10. But the “experts” didn’t predict this disaster at all. Some had Geno Smith as possibly the first pick overall! I think Glennon was sidetracked a little early and may yet become a strong #1. But the others??? Mediocre at best.

  11. @magnumpiestache: At leat you’re hoping he is.

    Time will tell and it’s safe to say that no matter who assumes the QB role after Tommy, there will be a significant dropoff.

    When Tommy pulls the plug, William will be going with hin and your false dynasty will come to a grinding halt.

    Enjoy the ride while it lasts, you and the other chowds have had a great run.

    Be prepared to take it on the chin when the patsies are chasing the dolphins, jets and bills every season in the near future.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS

  12. 2017

    Is another bad year.

    Best QB Available is jimmy Garappolo. He is the next Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers.

    YouTube the highlights of every throw he made against Miami this year.

    He is the real deal.
    ————————————————————-

    Yeah, youtube his highlights and you’ll love him. Once that clip is over, youtube will then recommend his lowlights….definitely DON’T click on that link. Then you won’t think he’s Brady/Rodgers anymore.

  13. If you’re gonna trade away 3 first round picks and a 2nd, make sure one of the firsts and the second were in the 2013 draft class. As far as being unlucky goes, they got kind of lucky in that regard.

  14. If you’re gonna trade away 3 first round picks and a 2nd, make sure one of the firsts and the second were in the 2013 draft class. As far as being unlucky goes, they got kind of lucky in that regard.

  15. “(It’s still not clear who the Bears were bidding against.)”

    Couldn’t resist, could you?

  16. It’s not the read option in college that’s the problem. As mentioned, it’s the spread option, with the added factor of coaches signalling in plays with cue cards from the sidelines. This has affected not only offensive linemen who no longer learn how to block, but QBs who not only never take a snap under center, but have never had to call plays in the huddle.

    And it’s not a fad that will die…it’s what works in the amateur circuit. When you’re a college coach whose several million dollar salary (not counting boosters paying your mortgage) is riding on winning games, you could care less whether your players will have what it takes to make it in the pros.

  17. Crazy – 0 players drafted by the Raiders during that draft are still on the team, Murray was clearly the best of what they snagged that year.

  18. Well, in their defense, they didn’t exactly land on a team with a ready made offense like Dallas or a ready made anything for that matter.

    Like Dallas, Teams would be wise to build up everything first and then draft your qb. You don’t throw a rookie to the wolves when he’s got not team around him. That doesn’t help development and that’s why you have players like Manuel who has one foot out the door.

  19. Still cracks me up that Barkley stayed at USC one more year to avoid being a high #1 pick by Miami….only to go in the 4th round the following year. Thanks Matt!

  20. Bills fan here. I remember that day and posting hours before the draft on FB I would be happy with ANYONE but EJ Manuel, and low and behold my Bills let me down. No accuracy beyond 10 yards and zero pocket awareness. You Raider fans better hope Carr stays healthy.

  21. ————————————-
    joemammy says:
    Mar 24, 2017 12:09 PM

    And NOT ONE of them wore a Browns uniform.
    ————————————-

    Let’s give it time. It will happen.

  22. In the case of Manuel, I believe the Bills were gambling in an effort to secure a championship for the dying Ralph Wilson? But I’m no expert. I’d ask a Bills fan if there were any.

  23. baldbuc says:
    The part about Mike Glennon is not accurate. The Bucs “earned” the #1 overall pick because Lovie Smith refused to start Mike Glennon. Josh McCown is the reason the Bucs have Jameis Winston. Glennon was never given a chance here…spot on, baldbuc…only I would have said Josh McClown…

  24. Im just glad my team scored a superstar the following year. And an all-world DE/LB all in the same draft. Carr will definitely hoist the Lombardi trophy one day for the Raiders. Like Wesley Snipes says, always bet on black.

    JUST MAGA, BABY!

  25. Glendon didn’t play great 5-13 as a starter. He was solid but EJ has a better record 6-11
    Glendon 59%vs EJ 58% best receiver was Vince Jackson vs Steve Johnson

  26. Yet the same people in love with these guys were the ones running down Tom Brady for years. You know who you are.

  27. vikingdoode says:
    Mar 24, 2017 12:26 PM
    Read option style in college has utterly destroyed the QB position. cant wait till this fad dies
    ======================================

    It’s not the college coach’s job to design offenses for the NFL. It’s his job to win. They’re moving the ball with spread and read option. The better question is why haven’t NFL offenses evolved yet to suit the plays to the personnel.

  28. Glennon didn’t play great 5-13 as a starter.
    _______________________

    McCown only won 1 game with basically the same team. To me Glennon showed enough in his rookie campaign to at least have been given chance the following season. However Lovie had other plans upon arrival here.

    One interesting thing of note that many may not know outside of us Bucs fans, is what happened during the last game of the 2014 season vs the Saints when the Bucs were in position for the 1st overall pick. Lovie Smith pulled ALL of the starters in the 2nd half to throw that game to ensure the #1 pick. He clearly was trying to lose.

    Guess who was the only starter that stayed in? The QB, Josh McCown. He made up some garbage afterwards that he wanted to give other players playing time, however he didn’t give that opportunity to Glennon. He didn’t want Glennon getting in there and winning the thing.

    That told me everything I needed to know about that situation.

    BTW, I’m good with how things went down now. I would much rather have Winston than Glennon. However the guy deserves a shot somewhere. If he ends sucking, now we now and I feel even better. If not, great for him and the Bears get the benefit.

  29. granadafan says:
    Mar 24, 2017 5:18 PM
    vikingdoode says:
    Mar 24, 2017 12:26 PM
    Read option style in college has utterly destroyed the QB position. cant wait till this fad dies
    ======================================

    It’s not the college coach’s job to design offenses for the NFL. It’s his job to win. They’re moving the ball with spread and read option. The better question is why haven’t NFL offenses evolved yet to suit the plays to the personnel.

    ======================================

    Stuff that works at the college level won’t neccesarily work at an elite level, but you’re right that it’s the college coach’s job to win, not develop QBs for the NFL. This is the primary reason the NFL needs a developmental league.

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