One week until the 2011 NFL Draft and as often is the case, the question for many teams is do we need a QB?…and how badly does that need relate to other requirements?
USA Today’s Sports Weekly has an interesting list this week of the 35 quarterbacks drafted in Round One over the last 13 Drafts. It reminds us all of the pitfalls drafting a guy whose employment doesn’t turn out successfully…and how a team can really set itself back by making their #1 a “one-and-done.”
Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford…these guys turned out or should turn out to be more than worthy of the early call.
Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Cade McNown, David Carr, Joey Harrington, Patrick Ramsey, Kyle Boller, Rex Grossman, J.P. Losman, Alex Smith, Jason Campbell, Matt Leinart, JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn…while a number of these QB’s are still “about,” not about to move them into that honored upper echelon for sure…and some of them were obvious disasters for their franchises. Perhaps I should have created another level…
Daunte Culpepper, Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, Vince Young, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Tim Tebow…wasn’t sure what to do with these players in regard to one group or the other…remember we’re talking Round One here people. They have me on the fence. Your thoughts – as always – are welcome…more on the Draft as we get closer.
One comment on the release of the 2011 NFL schedule this week…met with less fanfare because we don’t even know if they’ll be kicking off as planned due to the labor strife. Much was made in some circles about the opening slate of games being “9/11 weekend” and the NFL noting how much they were looking forward to playing as scheduled because of the importance of the date…trying to play in the court of public opinion while they engage the players in another court altogether. They know we LOVE football in this nation.
Here’s the thing…I am fairly sure there’s a percentage of folks in the same nation who feel that weekend isn’t one which needs to be filled with fun and games. I love the NFL as much as anyone…but if it occurs to me playing football on 9/11 might not be such a good idea – or at least making it sound like you’re doing it to “honor” the anniversary…what do you think?