Draft Buzz: On Revis, Manuel And Matt Scott

Some draft links to pass along on this Sunday…

The big news around the league is that the Bucs appear set to acquire Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. League sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Revis has been granted permission to take a physical and negotiate a contract with Tampa.

If the deal goes through, the Jets are expected to receive the No. 13 overall pick as part of the package. That would make New York one of three teams with two first-rounders (the Jets also have the ninth pick). St. Louis (Nos. 16 and 22) and Minnesota (23 and 25) are the others.

Any time a team has multiple first-round picks, it automatically becomes a candidate to potentially move up. The Jets are in prime position to get two quality players in the top 13, but in case you’re wondering, those two first-rounders add up to 2,500 on the old draft value chart. The fourth pick, which the Eagles hold, is at 1,800.

The Jets also have the 39th pick (second round). So they could potentially package that pick with one of the first-rounders to move up to No. 4.

Again, probably unlikely, but those are the scenarios.

Buzz continues to grow that Florida State’s E.J. Manuel will be the second QB off the board, behind Geno Smith. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock had Manuel as his second-rated signal-caller, and this from Dan Pompei of the National Football Post:

There is a feeling in some NFL front offices that E.J. Manuel has leapfrogged Matt Barkely, Mike Glennon and Ryan Nassib and now could be the second quarterback taken, perhaps even in the first round. Part of this may be because teams have been unable to sell themselves on Barkley, Glennon and Nassib. And part of it may be that Manuel might have more potential than any of them. There clearly is a bust factor with him, but some think Manuel can be a better player at the next level because he has more raw talent than any quarterback in the draft other than maybe Geno Smith.

If Manuel falls to 35, the Eagles will think seriously about taking him. But I’m not sure they’d be willing to trade back into the first round to get him.

Which means the quarterback to keep an eye on might be Arizona’s Matt Scott. Expected to be a Day 3 pick, Scott has the athleticism Chip Kelly covets out of the quarterback position.

In his annual prospect rankings, here’s what Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote about Scott:

Benched early in 2010 in favor of Nick Foles. Redshirted in 2011 and came back to flourish in coach Rich Rodriguez’ read-option offense. “Very interesting guy – he’s like a (Colin) Kaepernick,” one scout said. “Not as big and doesn’t have as strong an arm. Really came on this year. He’s a very, very talented athlete.” Finished with an 11-6 record and passer rating of 88.1. Wonderlic of 22. “Low release, lot of tipped balls, raw, OK smarts and leadership,” another scout said. “He’s had a bunch of concussions, which is a little scary. Three this year. But he’s kind of gaining steam.” From Corona, Calif. “Highly inconsistent as a decision-maker,” a third scout said. “But throwing the ball, he has up side.”

Once Smith and Manuel are off the board, Scott is the name to watch at QB for the Birds.

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Draft Buzz: Geno Smith’s Journey; Mayock On Manuel

With the draft exactly five weeks away, here are some links and notes worth your time…

Much of the recent conversation in Philadelphia has centered around West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Jeffrey Lurie explained why he felt it was necessary to attend Smith’s workout in Morgantown, alongside Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman.

If the Eagles do take Smith with the No. 4 overall pick, they’re expecting him to be the face of the franchise. And while on-field performance comes first, personality and character count as well – especially at quarterback. For some background on where Smith comes from and what his background is like, take a look at this feature from Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com.

But when it was over, after a 38-14 loss to Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29, Smith sat dejected on the bus back to the hotel while Spavital tried to tell him what he had meant to West Virginia. Smith didn’t appear to be listening.

“Man, I thought I was playing pretty well,” Smith told him. “But going 7-6 makes me feel like I did nothing this year.”

Spavital, who’s now at Texas A&M, has coached Brandon Weeden and Case Keenum. Spavital says Smith is more prepared for the NFL than any other quarterback he has coached. Smith will surprise people, he said, in part because he can do so many things he wasn’t asked to do the last two seasons at West Virginia.

There’s still the question of whether Smith will even be there at No. 4. It seems unlikely that Andy Reid would take him with the first pick (despite what he says), but Jacksonville and Oakland are still possibilities.

From Don Banks of SI.com:

[Gus] Bradley also echoed what I’ve started hearing a bit from league sources, that Jacksonville was much more impressed with Smith last week than it was prepared to be. Both in his workout and in their one-on-one time. Again, it could be a smoke screen, and the Jaguars have plenty of other needs to address with their first pick. But I wouldn’t dismiss Smith in Jacksonville just yet.

Even if the Eagles don’t take Smith in the first round, they could draft a QB at some point. Arizona’s Matt Scott had an official visit to Philadelphia, and according to Anthony Gimino of the Tuscon Citizen, Kelly made Scott a scholarship offer after he had already committed to Arizona.

“I didn’t really have any interest at that time in changing my decision,” Scott told the paper.

The other name to keep an eye on is Florida State’s EJ Manuel. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock recently had some positive things to say about Manuel.

“I think he’s a better prospect than Christian Ponder was two years ago with more upside,” Mayock said, per NFL.com.

“In all honesty, I had Ponder a second-round guy and Minnesota took him pretty high, and the jury is still out there. I think this kid (Manuel) has better arm talent, he’s a bigger, more physical specimen and really his ceiling is higher. Now, I don’t know if his floor is as high, but his ceiling is higher.”

Mayock has Manuel listed as his second-best quarterback behind Smith, and he said during a Sirius XM interview that he believes three QBs will be taken in the first round. If he’s right, there’s a good chance Manuel might not even be there when the Eagles select in the second round.

But not everyone’s sold. Here’s Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com on Manuel:

As T-Mac reported earlier this week, the Eagles have scheduled a March 28 workout with Manuel in Tallahassee.

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Eagles To Meet With QB Matt Scott Monday

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott broke a little news following his Pro Day, telling reporters that he will be meeting with the Eagles on Monday.

The Eagles will be the first NFL team he visits, according to the Arizona Daily Star, and he is expected to work out for them later this month. The Chargers, Cardinals and Bills are also apparently showing some interest.

The 6-2, 213-pound Scott took over the starting job for the Wildcats this season, replacing none other than Nick Foles. The 22-year-old California native completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,620 yards with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 506 yards and six touchdowns.

This is from NFL.com’s draft profile:

A high school All-American from California, Scott’s career in Tucson hasn’t gone exactly how he had imagined. He threw 176 passes in three years, lost his starting job to eventual 2012 third-round pick of the Eagles, Nick Foles, as a sophomore and decided to take a healthy redshirt in 2011 so he could be in charge after Foles used up his eligibility. His strong arm and excellent mobility fit perfectly the offensive system installed by new Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez however, and Scott will surely interest teams as a “dual threat” QB option to develop.

A “dual-threat” is precisely what Chip Kelly appears to prefer, which probably factors  into the interest here. Kelly actually got to see Scott up close in September when Oregon played Arizona. It couldn’t have left that great of an impression, as Scott threw three picks in a 49-0 Ducks win.

But that obviously doesn’t paint the whole picture, and the Eagles see enough in Scott to at least bring him in.

Greg Cosell tweeted about Scott recently.

CBS Sports projects Scott to go in the fifth round.