When looking at the crop of quarterbacks coming out in this year’s draft, it is very obvious there doesn’t seem to be a “can’t miss” type prospect. As a matter of fact, most projections have only 1 or 2 of the top-5 quarterback prospects going in the first round.
Last year no team would have been faulted for taking any of the top quarterbacks in the first round, no matter how they performed. For example, some teams had almost no choice but to take a quarterback in the first or second round, whether they were sold or not.
Anybody remember the Panthers taking Jimmy Clausen in round 2 in 2010? It wasn’t because they were sold on his abilities; they just felt the pressure to address a need.
However, this year teams have the chance to address other needs in the early rounds instead of quarterback without feeling the pressure of possibly missing on a “can’t miss” quarterback.
For teams like the Jets, Cardinals, and Chiefs, who desperately need help at the quarterback position, there is much less pressure on taking one in the first round, or maybe two rounds, because there is hardly anyone predicting stardom for this crop of prospects.
I think that this means teams will do they’re scouting and decide if there is anyone they are really high on. If not, then they can address other needs and not worry about the backlash of their fan base for not taking a quarterback in this draft.
Also, if they decide to go the quarterback route in round 2 or 3, there will be much less pressure on them to “get it right” than if they were to take one in the first round.
With all that being said, I think the Chiefs may have to take a chance on Geno Smith at the #1 overall pick. IF they don’t though, this is one of those years in which they probably won’t be faulted for going with the “most talented” player, instead of a quarterback.
For 4 years straight a quarterback has been taken #1 overall. While over the last 2 years, 8 quarterbacks have been taken in the 1st round.
Which leads to the beauty of this year’s draft: the quarterbacks won’t be the main attraction for the first time in a while.
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