2013 Fantasy Preview: Rating the Rookies

2013 Fantasy Preview: Rating the Rookies

This article is part of our 2013 Fantasy Preview series.

QUARTERBACKS

Geno Smith JETS
6-2 - 218 - West Virginia
Although he fell to No. 39 in April's draft, that unexpected tumble probably did Smith a service, in that he won't have to prove he was worth the top-10 pick most observers thought it would take to obtain him. He'll have a chance to compete for starting gig with the Jets, though we suspect Smith won't be rushed into that role, given he remains a work in progress. Either way, Smith should get the job eventually as Mark Sanchez's days with the franchise are almost certainly numbered. Even when Smith does get his chance, remember the Jets' WR/TE contingent has almost as much to prove as the team's signal callers.

EJ Manuel BILLS
6-5 - 237 - Florida State

Taken with the No. 16 overall pick in April's draft, Manuel has the size, mobility and arm strength to succeed as a pro, and he evidently impressed the Bills by throwing very well during a private workout in Tallahassee, Fla., while dealing with windy and wet conditions. That bodes well for his chances of handling the sort of inclement weather he might see in Buffalo, especially in December and January. Veteran Kevin Kolb remains in the mix, but it's only a matter of time before Manuel overtakes him.

Matt Barkley EAGLES
6-2 - 227 - USC

Considering he would have been an early first-rounder had he entered the 2012 draft, Barkley could turn out to be quite a bargain in

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