Found February 28, 2013 on
This year’s NFL draft class doesn’t have the same highly rated quarterbacks last like last year’s did. However, there are a handful of QBs that should be taken within the first three rounds of the draft. Of those five or so, two stand out. Let’s take an in-depth look at which one might be the better future NFL quarterback…
In his senior season at USC, Barkley wasn’t even close to the National Title Game that he hoped to lead the Trojans to. Barkley threw for 3,273 yards and 36 touchdowns, but USC finished with a 7-6 record and Barkley didn’t play in the last couple games due to a shoulder injury. Barkley had a solid college career overall and almost left after his junior year. However, the former Trojan decided to stay one more year to try and lead USC to the BCS championship.
Barkley’s combine wasn’t that impressive. The QB went through some of the throwing drills but didn’t participate in any of the major drills like the 40-yard dash or the bench press. However, Barkley has been seen run a 4.9 40-yard dash.
Projected pick – Early to middle of the second round
The West Virginia quarterback had a fantastic senior season despite falling to Ryan Nassib in the Pinstripe Bowl. Smith threw for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns this year. The QB’s great stat line ranked him third in passing yards and first in touchdowns amongst Division 1 quarterbacks this year. Except for decreasing his number of passing yards from his junior to senior season, Smith got better in every aspect of the game every year he was in college.
Smith had a great combine that might have helped his draft stock. The QB ran a 4.59 second 40-yard dash, 33.5 inch vertical jump, and 122.4 inch broad jump. Smith finished first among the QBs that took part in the 40-yard dash and first in the broad jump at the combine.
Projected pick – Middle to late of the first round
Overall, it looks like Smith is much better than Barkley at the moment. However, nobody really knows who will end up being better, just take a look at last year’s draft. Five QBs were taken before Russel Wilson. Even though two of those QBs were Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, it means that three QBs were taken before a quarterback who almost won rookie of the year…
In the end, one team will take Smith and one will take Barkley. But nobody knows if one of them will be the best QB in the draft, because only time will tell.
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