EJ Manuel, Geno Smith moves a reminder of the weak 2013 draft class

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In every draft, there are teams hunting for a franchise quarterback. Some years, there just isn’t a franchise quarterback to be found.

The 2013 NFL draft was one of those years.

Today’s news that EJ Manuel is retiring and Geno Smith is trying to catch on with the Seahawks serves as a reminder of just what a terrible crop of quarterbacks entered the league in 2013.

Manuel was the first quarterback drafted that year, by the Bills. He lasted four years in Buffalo but started only 17 games over those four years, became a backup with the Raiders in 2017 and never saw the field in 2018. Now his career is over.

Smith was the second quarterback drafted that year, by the Jets. He started all 16 games as a rookie but had an ugly season, throwing 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. His tenure as the Jets’ starter was over by 2015 and he has bounced around the league with the Giants and Chargers since then.

Mike Glennon was the third quarterback drafted that year, by the Buccaneers. He was a backup in Tampa Bay, got overpaid in brief stints with the Bears and Cardinals, and is now trying to make the Raiders as a backup.

Matt Barkley was the fourth quarterback drafted that year, by the Eagles. He never started a game for the Eagles and then bounced around the league with the Cardinals, Bears, 49ers, Cardinals again, Bengald and Bills, where he currently is a backup.

Ryan Nassib was the fifth quarterback drafted that year, by the Giants. He is out of the NFL.

Tyler Wilson was the sixth quarterback drafted that year, by the Raiders. He is out of the NFL.

Landry Jones was the seventh quarterback drafted that year, by the Steelers. He is currently competing with Glennon for a backup job in Oakland.

Brad Sorensen was the eighth quarterback drafted that year, by the Chargers. He never played in an NFL game.

Zac Dysert was the ninth quarterback drafted that year, by the Broncos. He never played in an NFL game.

B.J. Daniels was the 10th quarterback drafted that year, by the 49ers. He threw two passes in his NFL career.

Sean Renfree was the 11th and final quarterback drafted that year, by the Falcons. He threw seven passes in his NFL career.

2013 was an ugly year for quarterbacks, one in which the only right decision was not to draft one at all.

46 responses to “EJ Manuel, Geno Smith moves a reminder of the weak 2013 draft class

  1. The 2013 draft was probably one of the worst draft classes overall of all time. It had a lot of pretty good possibly HOF level talent in the late first round to third round (Zach Ertz, Jordan Reed, Travis Frederick, Darius Slay among others). 2013 however, will most likely go down as the only draft that OT went on the 1st and 2nd pick and Luke Joeckel is already out of league.

  2. All true, except the decision not to draft a QB at all. It’s not like the contract Sam Bradford got. He was the last one to get that huge contract. After that rookie contracts came into play and teams could “take a shot” and move on within a couple years. It’s not like it set your franchise back years and years. It’s why so many QB’s after Bradford are still taken in the first round. Not like it use to be.

  3. Wait until week 8 and teams will be beating a path to sign EJ Manuel after a few injuries.

  4. Seems as if almost more than 50% of the time quarterback class of every draft never lives up to the hype.

    2006: Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, Kellen Clemmons, Tarvaris Jackson

    2007: Jamarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Kevin Kolb, John Beck, Drew Stanon

    2010: Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy

    2013: Discussed in this Article

    2014: Blake Bottles, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Logan Thomas, Tom Savage

    2015: J. Winston, Marcus Mariota, Garret Grayson, Sean Mannion

  5. Just one example of why fans need to get over this idea that there team is going to find some magical QB in the draft. There hasn’t been a great QB class since Manning, Roethlisberger and Rivers. There have been gem or two along the way but most of the QB drafted have been disappointing or out and out drafting mistakes.

  6. Eleven teams got it wrong that year, not even one of those picks was close to being starter quality . But, teams have to keep swinging for the fences and find that elusive franchise QB. Very few QBs are the sure thing coming out of college. And, for whatever reason, some QBs who are studs in college just can’t take it to the next level! For example , Barkley!

  7. Give Chip Kelly grief but hitting on a raw OT prospect out of Oklahoma in Lane Johnson was big time for the franchise.

  8. EJ Manuel and Geno Smith were two of biggest flops coming out , poor evaluation by the Pro Scouts on those two. There is no way they could have been rated Pro ready, if so, those scouts should be unemployed by now.

  9. The Seahawks hit the jackpot drafting Wilson in the 3rd rd and now all they have to do is sign practice QBs because Russell never misses a game. Half the 2013 1st rd draft class will be on the Seahawk roster soon.

  10. People in these post are forgetting a lot on these QB’s and all that have been drafted after Sam Bradford. Not like it was with Bradford where you are sucked into a 25 million dollar contract, 5 year deal. Changed after Bradford, you took your shot on a QB needy team, the Bills were one of them. You have rookie contracts, you do not pay that much money and are able to move on within a couple years. Why do you think so many QB’s are drafted this early? Does not set your franchise back the way it use to. Yeah, I agree that class was awful, but you took your shot and moved on. My guess is Bradford has made 8 times what EJ has made, and that was within the first couple of years with his contract.

  11. A good reminder that any mock drafts, predictions, speculations, claims of steals or busts by media or fans- none of it matters. No one has any idea how any player will turn out. The closest will be the actual teams involved, but it’s such an incredibly inexact science.

  12. EJ Manuel has earned $9,785,300, plus he qualifies for a pension of I think around $50,000 a year at age 50?
    He turned 29 six weeks ago. He has his whole life ahead of him and can live very comfortably, just not stupidly.

    Amazingly Geno Smith has earned: $7,219,603
    For a terrible QB thats pretty sweet.

    As for Mike Glennon, he’s earned: $25,346,782

  13. The qb class panned out the way a lot of people thought it would

    That’s the shocking part

  14. First time I saw Geno he reminded me of travails j. I remember thinking, wow I hope he can read d and not be a interception machine like t j. Oops I was right on.

  15. The chiefs with the #1 pick got a left tackle who was started every game and been fairly solid…

  16. Tyler Bray also went undrafted that year. He is still around as a Bears backup isn’t he?

  17. As much as this site enjoys hating on him, Glennon was by far the best of that class, followed by Manuel. And despite what’s shown year after year, people still think that GMs “should have known!” who they should pass/pick. Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than those “draft redos” and people who think hindsight is the same as actually making the picks. As this article shows, sometimes none end up being who you want them to be. And sometimes, believe it or not, it’s because of where they landed. But at the end of the day, you never actually know for sure.

  18. The guys who played well in college but didn’t pan out in the NFL: their coaches coached them to win college football games and lead the team to a good bowl game or the playoffs. Those coaches didn’t care about making them “pro ready,” and they shouldn’t. As someone else mentioned, the NFL teams need to evaluate their scouting staffs.

  19. Another case for a developmental league where players, especially QB’s, can get game experience.

  20. I felt terrible having to tell my dad on draft day that the Bill’s badly blew it by drafting EJ Manuel. He was so excited that they finally drafted a QB.

  21. All that money, effort, and scrutiny on scouting and the combine and the success rate on QBs is well below half.

    Clearly teams are doing something wrong in evaluating and coaching QB talent.

  22. I feel like Barkley is just going to keep on playing and forge himself a nice long career as a backup. There are far worse gigs in the world.

  23. It is not like the NFL is good at Drafting QBs. And they were at it again this year.

  24. “Zac Dysert was the ninth quarterback drafted that year, by the Broncos. He never played in an NFL game.”

    Egads do the Broncos take at least one QB in every draft?

  25. “Zac Dysert was the ninth quarterback drafted that year, by the Broncos. He never played in an NFL game.”
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    The fact that Dysert never broke into anyone’s apartment, mumbled incoherently and got attached with a vacuum cleaner makes him only the 2nd worst QB they have had in the last decade.

  26. I feel like Barkley is just going to keep on playing and forge himself a nice long career as a backup. There are far worse gigs in the world.

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    Barkley might have just locked up one more year with the Bills since Derek Anderson retired the other day. Plus, Barkley actually looked pretty good as the backup in his one start with Buffalo last year.

  27. gfan8611 says:
    May 13, 2019 at 7:34 pm
    Just one example of why fans need to get over this idea that there team is going to find some magical QB in the draft. There hasn’t been a great QB class since Manning, Roethlisberger and Rivers. There have been gem or two along the way but most of the QB drafted have been disappointing or out and out drafting mistakes.
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    The 2012 Luck, Wilson, Cousins class was pretty darn good with a possibility of being great. Then there’s still Foles who is a superbowl MVP and maybe Tannehill depending on how he handles the next phase of his career. That’s two Franchise QBs in Wilson and Luck. A very good QB in Cousins who has produced well above his draft position, a Superbowl MVP in Foles who seems to have put it together after an up and down early career and Tannehill who has been average so far and is currently projected to be a backup. Also RG3 who flamed out but will always have that magical ROY season. I’m a Redskins fan so there is a little homerism here.

  28. “EJ Manuel and Geno Smith were two of biggest flops coming out , poor evaluation by the Pro Scouts on those two. There is no way they could have been rated Pro ready, if so, those scouts should be unemployed by now.”

    It may well be there was plenty pointing to those two not being very good prospects, but part of being a good talent evaluator is knowing there’s only so much you can know, that there are no sure things, and your best chance of hitting bullseyes is by having more darts to try. Though having better skill at throwing those darts helps, aka good scouting, but still, nobody hits at 100%…or even close for that matter. And to be fair, neither Manuel or Smith were taken that high for QBs. You can certainly argue Manuel was taken higher than he should have been, but they did trade back before they reached on him. And Smith was a second round selection. The hit rate for QBs is not very good for those taken outside of a top 10 pick. To an extent, the draft is a crapshoot, and especially at the QB position.

  29. As to the video, Simms nailed it about Miko Grimes constantly griping about Ryan Tannehill, but the thing is ALL THE SPORTS MEDIA griped about Tannehill! So he gets treated by the media like crap because he’s not quite as good as first pick Andrew Luck (who I think is overrated) or Jeff Wilson. Then the Fins bring in Lazor, a terrible OC and PhilBUM treats Tanehill like he’s crap (by wanting to draft Derek Carr–who BTW will never be as good as Tannehill!), and so does the media until 2016 when Tanny took the Fins on a win streak and it looked as if he was finally a good QB and would get Fins into playoffs–and then Calais Campbell takes him down and Matt Moore gets Fins into playoffs. Don’t blame Tanehill if Gase and PhilBUM couldn’t put a decent offensive line in front of him. Best wishes in Tennessee, Aggie home boy!

    As for the 2013 draft class, the Fins draft that jerk Dion Jordan who never did anything except block a punt in Detroit. But now they have Kiko Alonso, drafted round 2 by Bills and was rookie of the year.

  30. tunechi90 says:
    May 13, 2019 at 7:32 pm
    Seems as if almost more than 50% of the time quarterback class of every draft never lives up to the hype.
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    From 2000-14 68.2%(and counting) of the QBs drafted in the 1st round were BUSTS!

    And I’m not counting Maroita who I believe is a bust, anyone drafted 2nd overall I expect to be a whole lot better than Maroita has been. OH and I could have counted Lynch also but I didn’t since he went in the 2016 draft and that class wasn’t included so one could actually put the BUST rate at over 70% just by including 1 of those 2 QBs!

    So 7 out of every 10 QBs drafted in the 1st round are busts = SAD!

    But in the end I believe this screams of one thing = developing a QB in the NFL is a lost art! These teams just expect a QB to be great straight out of college and when they’re not they just throw them away and go draft another one, wash, rinse, repeat!

  31. Alex Tanney…NYG backup QB has been in the league since 2012. Never drafted and played HS football at an extremely small Illinois HS (Lexington High School Minutemen). While he hasn’t earned a lot of money, he’s lasted longer than all of those QBs on those draft lists.

  32. slick50kc says:
    May 14, 2019 at 2:22 am
    Reminds me a lot of this years draft. A lot.

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    This years draft class was nothing like that 2013 QB Class. The 2013 QB Class was one of the worst in history , actually the entire class as a whole was. This years class had some extremely talented QB’s, Kyler Murray has all the tools to become an elite top 5 QB. Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock could develop into excellent starting QB’s. Will Grier is a real wild card. And then you had handful of guys who have a really good chance of carving out careers as backup QB2’s. The 2013 class was just flatout garbage. No QB came off the board until 15th overall and even at the time EJ Manuel was looked at as a massive reach with little to no hope of developing into a franchise QB.

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