Tonight’s episode of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL (7:00 PM, ET) features a preview of the 2013 Draft with an in-depth look at this year’s quarterback class. Host Adam Schein is joined on the show by former quarterbacks Phil Simms, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein. INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – THE QB SHOW re-airs on CBS Sports Network tonight at 10:00 PM, ET and tomorrow, Friday, April 19 at 3:00 PM, ET.
CBS Sports Network provides complete coverage leading up to the 2013 Draft. The Network airs a total of nine shows previewing the Draft, including a two-hour special Mock Draft show on Wednesday, April 24 (8:00 PM, ET), on the eve of the Draft.
Following are excerpts from the show.
(ON THIS YEAR’S QUARTERBACK CLASS):
Simms: Don’t look for that gem. It’s not there. There is no Russell Wilson in the draft and you’re not going to find Colin Kaepernick in the second round either. Colin Kaepernick has one of the best throwing arms (in the league). That guy is not in this draft… Look at what everybody did in the offseason. That kind of tells you something. Nobody was sitting there waiting, going, ‘We’re not worried about getting a veteran because we’re going to get one of these young guys.’ Nobody has said we’re safe or feel secure taking a young quarterback and giving him the reins of the franchise.
Beuerlein: This is not the 2012 draft. This is not RGIII and Andrew Luck. There is nobody in this draft you can put even close to that category. All these guys, their weaknesses jump out at you. We’ll see if any of them materialize.
(ON GENO SMITH):
Simms: He does have some of the qualities. He is an explosive runner. He is strong on the football field. He has a chance to have an explosive arm. He’s the only guy in the draft that I would say he has a chance to have an explosive arm… He has the chance to be (a franchise quarterback). It would make me nervous right now to take him the way he is.
Gannon: What concerns me is not so much whether the player is ready, it’s whether the team he goes to is ready for him. Do they have a good defense? Do they have a productive running game? A veteran offensive line? Some juice at the perimeter, at tight end or wide receiver? I don’t know that if he winds up in Buffalo, he’s going to have that.
(ON MATT BARKLEY):
Simms: I don’t think he will be drafted in the first round. If I was ranking the quarterbacks one-to-five, I would put him five... He knows how to play. Good experience at USC. He has run an offense that kind of makes you throw the football down the field. I like that. He plays with a lot of poise. But physically, what’s going to make him have great success?
Beuerlein: He throws a very catchable ball. He doesn’t force many balls. If he doesn’t like what he sees to one side, he knows where his secondary receivers are and he’s going to find them most of the time. But he does not have that rifle arm. He does not have the ability to really zip the football in there. He can’t beat you with his feet. Everything about Matt Barkley is solid, but not spectacular. That’s why he’s going to end up falling out of the first round. He’s very average. But he has a chance to be a good pro football player over time.
(ON TYLER WILSON):
Beuerlein: A little bit overrated... I did two of his games this year. There was really not a time when I came out of any one of his games thinking, ‘Yeah, but that one play that he made...’ There was nothing that he did that really caught my attention. That’s not to say that he can’t play at the next level. He may surprise a lot of people. But right now, he’s a little bit overrated.
(ON MIKE GLENNON):
Simms: To me, the safest pick is Mike Glennon of North Carolina State. I know him. I know his talent and what he’s been taught at North Carolina State.
(ON RYAN NASSIB):
Gannon: I also like Ryan Nassib. There’s something about Nassib that gets my attention. He’s certainly not polished. He has some work to do. I know he’s been spending a lot of time with Paul Hackett. You look at the relationship with Doug Marrone. He’s worked on his footwork. In a West Coast system with good people around him, Nassib may surprise some people.
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