Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
Slimm's November 2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings (Seniors)
The slotting for my Seniors are beginning to take shape as I tier prospects prior to fine tuning throughout the evaluating process. I have draftable grade on 11 Senior quarterbacks.
Tier 1: (Top 25-50 Grade)
Geno Smith / West Virginia
Matt Barkley / USC
Ryan Nassib / Syracuse
Mike Glennon / N.C. State
Tier 2: (Top 75-150 Grade)
Zac Dysert / Miami (OH)
Tyler Wilson / Arkansas
Landry Jones / Oklahoma
Brad Sorensen / Southern Utah
E.J. Manuel / Florida St.
Tier 3: (Top 175-250 Grade)
Sean Renfree / Duke
Colby Cameron / Louisiana Tech
At no point in their stellar collegiate careers have I evaluated Collin Klein or Denard Robinson as legitimate next level quarterbacks. Robinson is perhaps the best athlete and most explosive, dynamic playmaker in college football, and view him as making a transition to the WR position in the same manner of former college quarterbacks such as Bert Emanuel, Antwaan Randle El, Matt Jones, Josh Cribbs, and Brad Smith, for example. Hines Ward and Anquan Boldin were both QB's in college who made the transition to WR while actually still in college. Robinson possesses the mental and physical attributes to make the transition and become a terrific weapon in the NFL as a receiver/return specialist, although the blocking aspects are simply unprojectable at the moment.
There's probably no single player in the country who means more to their team than Collin Klein. As of right now, he deserves the Heisman Trophy for being the best player in college football. What he's done at Kansas St. under Bill Snyder is incredible.... accounting for 76% of total offense and 63% of the offensive touchdowns K-State has had over the past 2 seasons. A completely unselfish player with extremely rare leadership qualities, rugged toughness, maturity, and special running ability for an athlete of his size. Kids like him are everything that's right about college football. One of the more special players I've seen in college football in recent years. However, his passing ability simply does not translate to the NFL.
The flaws are obvious to anyone who takes the time to delve into them, so they're not worth going into great detail about.... Especially for a kid who does nothing but produce and win.
Make no mistake, Klein will be drafted, and the potential is there to be drafted fairly high to a team who falls in love with his off the charts intangibles, size, toughness, athletic ability, production, and leadership. He makes sense only if you're a team that has a specific package designed to take advantage of the exact same things that Bill Snyder takes advantage of at Kansas St.
Ryan Nassib possesses a terrific set of physical tools to work with, along with the quickest release in all of college football. That release is really something special... lightening fast.
Last edited by TedSlimmJr; 11-19-2012 at 12:23 AM.