2009: Stafford, Sanchez, Freeman
2008: Ryan, Flacco
Notice that since Russell went #1 overall in the draft and guys like Lienart and Quinn have set franchises back. Has anyone else noticed a change in scouting at the position. We haven't had a single QB bust in the first round in 3 years. Since Russell teams have caught on to something...way to much money is going to be invested to mess up at this stage. These top 3 prospects get torn down to the tiniest little blemish.
I'm not saying Luck can't bust...I'm just saying it's a safe bet that he'll be a good player in this league. And the fact that he is 10 years younger gives us a bigger opportunity for victory.
This reminds me of all those Raiders fans who said they weren't going to draft Russell...they had bigger needs and a rookie QB wasn't going to help things...but fact remained they were picking #1 in the draft and you almost have to go QB or LT or premier rusher there.
Sure you can say..."well we won't have the first pick in the draft". Well I also would have told you at the beginning of the year "well we won't be 1-7 so why talk about it". We are playing like the worst team in football...we aren't even competitive anymore. Unless we put a good performance up against the Giants...and see the troops rise up and play for Garrett there is no reason we can't debate picking #1 overall. Buffalo and Detroit are bad...but they've been competitive and last I checked we don't have any give me's on our schedule to finish the year.
Logically lets think about it like this.
McNabb went for a 2nd thought of as an older and more washed up than Romo. That said Romo probably fetches atleast a 1st and 3rd. Cutler brought 2 1sts and a 3rd i believe.
Now this is hypothetical of course. Lets say we get a 1st and 2nd for Romo.
That turns our draft class into.
So it's easy to say that drafting Luck makes no sense because we are a talented team and trading away our star QB would be dumb.
But if you look at the big picture. You could potential get 2 early starters on the OL and a impact presence at 5-tech...plus a top signal caller.
So just for argument purposes....picking Luck #1 does make some sense and could still fill positions for us...and give us a bigger window to win. Every single QB drafted in the past 3 years has proven they can win on the field...and while you can argue they had a better supporting cast...a big time FA OL and 2 top 50 OL in the draft with talent at the skill positions isn't a terrible look at it.