Quarterback EJ Manuel of Florida State (3) drops back to pass in the first quarter of the Senior Bowl football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile,
Quarterback EJ Manuel of Florida State (3) drops back to pass in the first quarter of the Senior Bowl football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 26, 2013. (G.M. Andrews)

NFL reporter Jeff Legwold analyzes quarterbacks available in the April 25-27 draft:

TOP OF THE CROP

1. E.J. Manuel, Florida State, 6-foot-4½, 237 pounds

Big, strong and fast. Has a power arm and can drive the ball downfield when he gets his feet set in his motion. Was 25-6 as a starter and won four consecutive bowl games.

2. Geno Smith, West Virginia, 6-2½, 218

Had 24 touchdown passes and no interceptions at one point in the 2012 season. Finished career with two 4,000-yard seasons, but played exclusively out of the shotgun, so footwork will need some adjustment.

3. Matt Barkley, Southern California, 6-2, 227

Returned for his senior season in 2012 and finished career with 20 school career, season or game records. Only player in Pac-12 history with four seasons of at least 2,500 yards passing.

4. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse, 6-2, 227

A three-year starter whose coach at Syracuse — Doug Marrone — now leads the Buffalo Bills. Moves well in the pocket.

5. Landry Jones, Oklahoma, 6-4, 225

A bit of a riddle, because he didn't always respond in biggest moments. Made 50 starts for the Sooners, had three 4,000-yard seasons and finished his career as Big 12's all-time leader in passing yards and total offense.

OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON


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Mike Glennon, North Carolina State (6-7, 225); Tyler Bray, Tennessee (6-6, 232); Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (6-2, 215); Matt Scott, Arizona (6-2, 213); Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah (6-4, 229).

BIGGEST QUESTION MARK

Smith figures to be a top-10 pick, but that is a lot to live up to for a player who still needs plenty of polishing.

OVERRATED

Glennon finished his senior season as one of the top two prospects at the position, but he struggled in his bowl game — three interceptions against Vanderbilt — and was only so-so at the Senior Bowl.

UNDER THE RADAR

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Mike Hermann (6-5½, 254) is a Division III product who will get a long look. He was a four-year starter and accounted for 78 percent of his team's offense last season. He threw for 2,366 yards in 2012 and also led his team in rushing, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.