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Geno Smith tops NFL quarterback prospects list

It's pretty clear we've been spoiled.

Last season's outrageous crop of rookie quarterbacks succeeded beyond anyone's imagination, but this year's class of prospects is low on star power. After four quarterbacks went in the first round in 2012, it's anyone's guess where we'll be in April.

Here in late January, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah sees just one sure-fire first-round signal-caller.

"I really only feel good -- confident -- in one guy," Jeremiah, the former NFL scout, said Tuesday from the Senior Bowl. "I think (West Virginia quarterback) Geno Smith's going to be a first-round pick no matter what happens going forward. But when you watch Geno Smith, it's almost like all these guys. I watch them on tape, I get excited, I like what I see. I go to the Pinstripe Bowl: He struggles, takes bad sacks, has a couple safeties, you question his awareness.

"Then I go down and watch him work at the IMG Academy and you see all the arm talent, you get back excited again, but it's just kind of a roller-coaster ride, and it's like that with all these quarterbacks. It's just hard to find a consistent performer."

These young passers have plenty of time to change perceptions, and nobody rises likes quarterbacks in the draft. If recent history is any indication, Geno will have company when it's all is said and done.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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