“NFL-QBs-Draft–There is History”
Star Quarterbacks….if you’ve got one-good for you. If you don’t… you better get one.
And so next Thursday, NFL GMs and Coaches play their version of ‘Russian Roulette’….firing off a high draft pick, hoping they hit the target and get a star quarterback, find one who turns out to be a gem, or hope they don’t take one that fails miserably, sets your franchise back forever, talent-wise and salary cap wise too.
There is history here that should provide a cautionary tale.
For every Tom Brady find, there is a Ryan Leaf failure.
For every Joe Montana investment, there is a Rick Mirer disaster.
For every Michael Vick, there is a Vince Young.
And it goes on and on.
The NFL road travelled is highlighted by the Draft Class in neon lights, “1983”…the one that brought Dan Marino, John Elway, Jim Kelly and Tony Eason on board. Elway won Super Bowl rings, Marino carried Miami, Kelly made Buffalo, and even Eason got the Patriots there.
The group of “2004” is still playing, Ben Roethlisberger and his rings, Philip Rivers in search of one, and the just retired Giants led Eli Manning’s couple of Super Bowl Sunday jewelry.
More recently, the haul of “2012” included Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, whose career ended because of injuries.
Tom Brady was the stand alone, standout in “2000”..not bad for a 6th round draft pick.
Peyton Manning set sail in the “1988” draft, the year Leaf was taken right behind him, and took the Chargers down.
A year later…the group of “2001” included future Hall of Famer Drew Bree’s plus Michael Vick.
“2005” brought us Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith.
“2009” was Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, and their rings.
“2011” was Cam Newton’s year before injuries wrecked him.
“2012” followed with Robert Griffin III and his flameout.
From yesteryear, there were some pretty good years too, when quarterbacks weren’t the focal point but turned into difference makers. Old timers will remember them fondly, for they changed the game.
“1957” the year of Len Dawson-John Brodie-Sonny Jurgensen-Jack Kemp-Milt Plum
“1971” saw good guys go to bad teams and get beat up but eventually winning, Archie Manning-Jim Plunkett-Ken Anderson-Joe Theismann and Dan Pastorini.
So next week, the roll call will include as many as 7-QBs in the opening round. It starts with Joe Burrow, heads to Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, all who could go in the top five picks. Throw in Jordan Love, Jacob Eason, Jalen Hurts and Jake Fromm, and that could be an impressive array of talent. But then again, not all will workout.
Is there a Brady-Manning QB in the lot? Or are there more Kelly Stouffer-Todd Blackledge-JP Losman clones instead?
Going to be a wild first round.
QBs–you need them, you better get one, hope you don’t take the wrong one.