Originally Posted by Conkboy
I don't think there are any good QB prospects coming out this year... Just my opinion! I would reach for an RG3, Newton, Luck , Leinart, Sanchez ... Only because they were all projected as franchise QBs. Obviously the last two are not. That is why I trade back.... While we need a QB, if a Franchise QB is not available and you take one of these other guys too high you forced the issue.
It all comes down to whether or not you think those guys coming out this year are Franchise QBs. My philosophy is you only take a Franchise QB in the first round or you can take a first round flyer if you either have 2 first round picks or you are picking 22 - 32 in the draft...
Most where expected but not really projected. Sanchez was a huge reach at 5. Was in no way a blue chip prospect at all. He was a raw long term project and really wasn't 1st round value IMO. We liked him we reached because we didn't want someone else to draft him. Sometimes that is how it is. Leinard by all accounts was what you see is what you get. Most scouts said he didn't have a great upside. They just kept saying he was "pro ready". Which is stupid to say about any college QB IMO. Even Newton most people called a 3 year project but was worth the risk. Most QBs that go top ten aren't really top ten talent. Stafford never played under C. Vick was 6 ft. Bradford was off a bad injury. Did anyone really know who Matt Ryan was prior to him going #3? Russell was the next Vince Young and no one thought Vince Young would be a good pro. lol This is what people draft in the top ten. Why because QB is worth the risk.
Barkley looks like a blue chip prospect people just don't like him because he is from USC and on the short side. I get not saying he isn't worth #1 overall but he is a solid 1st round prospect. Geno I am more weary of but he has a much higher up side. He is equal to what Stafford was coming out of college. People didn't like him either but he looked great at the combine. He has a rare ability to make plays happen. Wilson is Barkley just with less skill and more violent. I like him. Honestly Tyler Bray was the guy I liked most but he killed his draft stock with poor attitude. This is just a deep draft. Even if you dont think there is a QB worth a 1st there are at least 8 maybe 9 that are worth looking at as solid pro QBs. Yeah sometimes you reach and it fails but you can win if you dont take some risks.
I hated the Sanchez pick from day 1. I did however understand the move. Continuing to sign aging QBs and draft low end QBs was getting us no where. You can't keep hoping guys like Brooks and Ainge are going to be your savior. They made a choice. Good or bad the reward was well worth the risk. Same thing applies here IMO. Maybe you get anther Sanchez but maybe you find that next franchise QB. Either way the risk needs to be taken. You can't just say there is no franchise QB because no college QB is a true franchise QB. You can spend 3-4 years hoping someone comes along in the draft. That means 3-4 years of other team garbage running the team and no guarantee you will ever get that guy you are waiting for.