The annual media hype surrounding next week’s NFL Draft has already begun. On today’s SportsBIT, Teddy and Pauly take a Deep Dive into the NFL Draft at the QB position, and they come away from the discussion with a shocking truth. Teddy put it very succinctly: ‘There are no f****** quarterbacks’.
Teddy and Pauly start the discussion talking about the draft gurus, like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. Teddy used to be a writer for ESPN.com, so he knows the drill. Guys like Kiper and McShay are paid to deliver content – opinions and analysis. They have deadlines to meet for new draft related content just about every day. Kiper, McShay and every other draft guru on TV or in print does NOT get paid for accuracy, just for opinions. In other words, take everything these guys say about the NFL Draft with a grain of salt…
And when it comes to drafting quarterbacks, basically everyone gets it wrong, year after year. This graphic shows the BEST quarterbacks drafted in each draft over the last ten years – the bigtime busts aren’t even on this list:
2015: Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston.
2014: Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater.
2013: EJ Manuel, Geno Smith.
2012: Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, Brock Osweiler, Nick Foles, Kirk Cousins.
2011: Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick.
2010: Sam Bradford.
2009: Matthew Stafford, Marc Sanchez.
2008: Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Chad Henne.
2007: JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Kevin Kolb
2006: Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, Charlie Whitehurst.
Look at that list closely. Over the last ten years, there have been a grand total of three legit superstar quarterbacks to come out of college: Andrew Luck (a #1 overall pick), Cam Newton (a #1 overall pick) and Russell Wilson (the only QB under the age of 30 with a Super Bowl ring). So basically, if you didn’t draft #1, you’ve had one chance in ten years to get an elite QB. Hard to find that kind of needle in a haystack, isn’t it!
But it gets worse than that. Over the last ten years, other than the three superstar QB’s, there have only been three other ‘Well Above Average’ QB’s drafted: Andy Dalton, and Joe Flacco. The scary thing is that the next tier guys on the list – the Jay Cutler’s, Matthew Stafford’s and Ryan Tannehill’s of the world – look good by comparison, even though none of those three appear primed to ever lead their team to a Super Bowl.
Don’t miss Part 2 of this Deep Dive into the NFL quarterback conundrum tonight, and check out the full SportsBIT show for Wednesday right here, right now!