Front offices around the NFL have spoken loud and clear about their feelings on this year's class of quarterback prospects.
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EJ Manuel, Geno Smith and Mike Glennon are off the board, but plenty of signal-callers still are looking for new homes as Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft prepares to launch.
It shouldn't take long for teams to start snatching up passers on Saturday:
» The Jacksonville Jaguars own the first pick of the fourth round (at No. 98), and that's where a quarterback like USC's Matt Barkley might finally come off the board. We expect his wait to continue. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport has reported for days that the Jaguars are high on Syracuse's Ryan Nassib. The Jaguars gambled on Friday, passing on Nassib in favor of safety John Cyprien and cornerback Dwayne Gratz. Now, it's time to pounce.
» The Raiders have just two passers -- Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor -- on the roster, meaning Oakland isn't done gathering competition under center. The Raiders own the third selection in Round 4 (No. 100 overall), but don't pick again until the sixth round. If you're looking to grab a tangible prospect -- Barkley, Nassib, maybe Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas -- waiting another two rounds is risky.
» The Pittsburgh Steelers have hinted at drafting a quarterback since early winter. If passers start disappearing early on Saturday, keep an eye on the Steelers at No. 115. Kevin Colbert and Co. dined last month with Tyler Bray and like the 6-foot-6 passer out of Tennessee. Will dinner lead to something more?
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» Teams looking for a read-option-ready passer have Arizona's Matt Scott on the radar. He's a later-round candidate who reportedly has drawn interest from, among others, the Cleveland Browns, who first pick Saturday at No. 111 in Round 4.
» Rapoport acknowledged Saturday that "nobody knows" where any of these quarterbacks will wind up, but talked about the Arizona Cardinals and Raiders as potential landing spots for Barkley.
Remember, back at the NFL Scouting Combine the Cardinals were "extremely impressed" with Barkley during his interview, according to NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.
UPDATE: Four quarterbacks were selected in the NFL draft's fourth round. The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the first pick in the fourth round (No. 98 overall) to select Barkley. After making a trade with the Cardinals, the New York Giants selected Nassib at No. 110 overall. Two picks later, the Raiders nabbed Wilson. Oklahoma's Landry Jones was the final quarterback taken in the round, going No. 115 overall to the Steelers.