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Senior Bowl quarterbacks putting on quite a show

EJ Manuel, Mychal Rivera, TJ McDonald

Senior Bowl South Squad quarterback EJ Manuel of Florida State (3) looks for a receiver as North Squad defensive back TJ McDonald of USC (7) guards South Squad tight end Mychal Rivera of Tennessee (81) in the first half of the Senior Bowl college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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If you ever wondered how a Mark Sanchez is allowed to happen, here’s how.

The pipeline of quarterback talent appears to be running dry, based on the performances in the first half of the Senior Bowl.

Granted, watching half a college all-star game is a really bad way to evaluate (and also a really bad use of a Saturday).

Smart people put very little stock in this game, with practices weighing more heavily, and a season’s worth of tape more heavily than that.

But for a class of quarterbacks that had folks wondering anyway, these guys have done nothing to change any minds this afternoon.

Other than Florida State’s E.J. Manuel, who has thrown for a touchdown and run for one, the other five quarterbacks are a combined 17-of-38 passing for 95 yards with two interceptions in the first half.

In NFL terms, that’s a 29.9 rating.

In less scientific terms, that stinks.

Because of the dearth of qualified applicants, someone from the group of Ryan Nassib or Mike Glennon or Tyler Wilson is going to be drafted far higher than he should in the top portion of the draft.

But when he does, he’ll fall right in line with “top 10” picks such as Blaine Gabbert or Jake Locker, or more accurately, a “first rounder” such as Tim Tebow.