2nd Annual Down and Distance Quarterback Draft

  • Shane Richardson

Last year, the Down and Distance writers put together a quarterback draft where we each took turns drafting the next quarterback we would select if we were building a team from scratch. Only current NFL players were considered, not future college prospects or long-since retired quarterbacks. Every year, fans inevitably start calling for a new quarterback when their starter chokes in a big game (hello, Tony Romo haters). The reality is options at the quarterback are greatly limited; many fans will find the backup quarterback is much like that hot girl you are checking out while you are with your girlfriend. Once you get her, you’ll find out she wasn’t all she was cracked up to be and you were better off with what you had in the first place.

We are not taking in consideration what team we are picking for; all other factors outside the quarterback’s performance are considered equal. The only other assumption we are making is that the quarterbacks are healthy. For example, Aaron Rodgers has a broken collarbone but that won’t factor into the selection; however, Michael Vick’s injury history is relevant to this draft given his style of play and spate of injuries throughout his career.

NOTE: The draft was conducted over Weeks 12 and 13 of the 2013 NFL season so the stats quoted will be from that time frame. Also, Down and Distance does indeed have two writers named “Justin Arbogast.”

1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers (Justin Arby Arbogast) 

(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

A-Rod is hands down the best NFL Quarterback in the league today. As if we need any verification to this, the Packers have been a mess since he broke his collarbone and has missed nearly a month. Granted, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn aren’t exactly talented – but the Packers are not the same team without him. Once a powerhouse in the NFC, they’ll be fighting for a wildcard come playoff time. They’ll hope to have Aaron back as they inch closer to the postseason.

 

 

 

 

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(AP Photo)

2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots (Justin Arbo Arbogast)

When Rodgers comes off the board you do have a very hard decision to make. I’m not a “rings makes you great” guy but Tom’s second half performance against Peyton in Week 12 is another great example of why Mr. Bunchden deserves to be the next guy off the board. Tom won all three of his rings with average at best offenses. Great defenses but c’mon, Dion Branch won a Super Bowl MVP and Troy Brown may have been a better Defensive Back than a Wide-out. Tom makes others great, period. Wes Welker was another Brady spawn and may be the only guy who left Tom’s side and had success (grabbing Peyton’s hand doesn’t hurt). The Pats almost always have less talented teams than Peyton yet they hold a 10-4 advantage with Brady under center, now if only he could beat Eli…

3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (Ryan Alexander)

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(AP Photo)

This was a tough decision for me,  Peyton Manning or Brees?  Ultimately I went with Brees due to the fact Manning has choked time and time again.  Granted both have just one ring to their name, Brees’ averages slightly higher than Manning in the completion percentage and yards per game categories.  With major question marks coming out of college, Drew Brees has answered each one with a resounding, “watch what I do week in and week out!”  Playing with that chip is exactly what has made Brees into the leader and fierce competitor that has given opposing defensive coordinators sleep-less nights.  With no real run game to support him, and no real defense to bbail him out most of his career Drew Brees is the epitome of what a franchise game changing quarterback should be.

 

4. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos (Austin Peat)

AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Although following the Broncos’ upsetting Week 12 loss at Gillette Stadium to the Patriots surely knocked Manning down in the quarterback power rankings, number four on our list suits him well.  Let’s face it; the Broncos are not where they are without him.  You can say that he can’t seem to win in big, bright moments.  The fact of the manner is he instantly makes your offense better.  He takes the pressure off of his defense with his ability to score.  He’s extremely selfish when it comes to sharing the field with his co-workers at QB.  You literally have to hurt him or drag him off the field.  Often times he knows what the defense is going to do before they do.  He’s the best in the league just prior to the snap, and demands that his offense is in sync and puts in the same amount of work and preparation that he does.  You might have a hard time using the word ‘clutch’ with Peyton Manning, but you can most certainly call him elite without a doubt.  He is after all, the Sheriff.

5. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions (Marcus Burnan)

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(AP Photo)

When the ‘elite four’ are off the board, you have a hard decision to make.  Do you take someone like Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson – who many consider to be of  the new generation of elite quarterbacks, do you take Tony Romo or Matt Ryan, both exceptional quarterbacks in their own right?  I decided to take Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions.  Stafford is proving himself as being one of the top young signal callers.  He has created a dynamic partnership with arguably the leagues best wide receiver, Calvin Johnson.  While his 2012 season was a disappointment mainly due to his main weapons not-called-Johnson being injured, his 2013 season is much better and he’s on pace for at least 4,300 passing yards and 30 touchdowns.

 

6. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys (Nicholas Reguin)

(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

This decision ultimately come down to Romo and Wilson for me, and with Romo having 498 more yards and two more touchdowns, I have to give the nod to Romo right now. Tony Romo has the 4th most touchdowns in the NFL this season. He’s also completing the 8th highest percentage of his passes, and has only 7 interceptions, impressive to say the least. Romo is the leader of the 3rd highest scoring offense in the league, and he’s doing it all without having any help from his run game. He has his team at 7-5 and on top of their division despite not having a defense that ranks top 20 in any major stat. Despite all the talk about Romo not showing up in the fourth quarter, he’s completed 70.4% of passes in the fourth quarter with 7 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and a rating of 107.4. He’s on pace for 4,187 yards, 32 touchdowns, and only 9 interceptions. He’s also on schedule to add 4 rushing touchdowns to that.

7. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (Cody Milford)

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(AP Photo)

After all the hype surrounding signal caller Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III coming out of college, who would have thought that undersized third rounder Russell Wilson would separate himself as the best quarterback from the 2012 draft class? While their respective careers are far from over, Wilson has proven himself to be the cream of the crop in a draft class loaded with signal callers, and has proven the naysayers wrong while leading the Seattle Seahawks to one of their most dominant seasons so far in their team’s history. I’m not usually one to hop on a young QBs bandwagon and hail them as a top ten quarterback before they’ve really proven themselves, but Wilson has proven to be one of the best in the game, already ahead of established signal callers such as Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, and Phillip Rivers.

 

8. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers (Jim Racalto)

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(AP Photo/Don Wright)

As usual, my man Big Ben falls lower than he should. If anyone has managed to catch any Steelers games during their rollercoaster of a 2013 season, Ben has been one of the few bright spots. He’s on pace for over 30 touchdowns, 4,500 passing yards, while only having one turnover in his last four games and only 10 interceptions total. There was concern that Ben, being 31, might not have enough left in the tank. But given his play this season, he’s hitting his prime beautifully and should remain a top quarterback for 4-5 more years.

 

 

 

9. Matt Ryan- Atlanta Falcons (Andy Flint)

(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

I like Matt Ryan here. I feel like despite my feeling that Ryan is the superior quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger (8th), Russell Wilson (7th), Tony Romo (6th) and possibly even Matthew Stafford (5th), between fifth and ninth is certainly the right grouping for Matty Ice. He’s a second-tier NFL signal caller, behind the likes of Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers. Matt Ryan has been unfairly judged for playoff losses since becoming the Falcons starter. With first-round exits in 2008, 2010, 2011, and a second-round exit in 2012, Matty Ice and the Falcons have been less-than-stellar in the post season, but simply blaming that all on Ryan is the wrong move.

Ryan has shown the ability to make all the throws, and has a 59-31-0 record as a starter, including winnings records in five of his six NFL seasons as a starter. 2013-14 is the only season Ryan has led the Falcons to a sub .500 record, and that has much to do with their lack of defense, offensive line and detrimental injuries to both Roddy White and Julio Jones. Ryan also played more than half of the 2013-14 season without a running game, as Steven Jackson was banged up. No QB could carry this ATL team to a winning record this season.

Ryan has proved to be a very clutch quarterback, despite the critics who claim he can’t get it done late in games. Ryan has 17 fourth-quarter comebacks, which is good for the best mark among active QB’s under the age of 30 (Ryan is 27-years old). Only Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees have more fourth-quarter comebacks than Ryan, among active NFL quarterbacks. Jay Cutler is the next closest active QB, under the age of 30 (Cutler is 29-years old), with 15 fourth-quarter comebacks. Ryan has also orchestrated 24 game-winning drives in his career, and at 27-years of age, still has tons to accomplish and the best WR tandem in the NFL to lean on.

10. Phillip Rivers – San Diego Chargers (Shane Richardson)

(Ed Zurga/AP)

(AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Rivers has been in a slump since the departure of one of his favorite targets, wide receiver Vincent Jackson, and had caused many people to write off the demise of the talented quarterback and even question if he was ever really any good. The 2013 has put the brakes on that discussion, as Rivers is enjoying a renaissance in the passing game with the addition of rookie wide receiver, Keenan Allen. This season, Rivers has passed for 3,381 yards (4th), 22 touchdowns (5th), only eight interceptions with an impressive 106.6 quarterback rating (5th). He also leads the league in completion percentage (70.8), and his career passer rating of 95.7 shows that he’s not a one-trick pony from season to season. While Rivers may not be a steal at #10, he is certainly worthy of being selected here.

11.  Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (Justin Arby Arbogast)

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(AP Photo)

Luck might not be a perennial pro-bowler as of yet, but he will get there. Dubbed the greatest young QB since Peyton Manning was drafted, Luck led a dismal 2-14 franchise to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth as a Rookie. He’s a true leader and takes command of a huddle, and he never quits on his team. He has over ten career comeback wins – the most of any QB in a two-year span ever. He’s had some help with a Hall of Famer in Reggie Wayne, but he’s made a name for some of his own guys as well like T.Y. Hilton. I’m a bit surprised that Luck was still for the taking, but he doesn’t make it farther than this.

 

 

 

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12. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers (Justin Arbo Arbogast)

Cam is a physical freak and to get him at 12 is awesome. If i’m building a team from the ground up I think I’ll be in good shape grabbing Cam here. He is just 24, and at 6’5″ 245 lbs. I have a tank of a QB to build around. This guy has as much play-making ability as anyone in the league and has proven the ability to lace ‘em up every week. He has leaned on his defense this year but he’s also cut down on the mistakes and has the Panthers at 8-3 on the year. Newton was leaned on early to win games by himself and now that he has others stepping up you are seeing what this guy is capable of.

 

13. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears (Ryan Alexander)

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(AP Photo)

Cutler is a true gun slinger as it pertains to football.  He’s got a strong arm and he knows it, the kind of arrogance you’d like to see in your quarterback.   Things didn’t work for him In Denver, but since coming to Chicago the offense has continued to get better.  Having his favorite target in Brandon Marshall join him is most helpful, but he’s proven now he doesn’t depend on him.  Personally the way Cutler carries himself and how he commands his offense is an intangible you just cannot replace.  He may not have Super bowl ring, he does have 150 touchdowns and an above sixty percent completion percentage.  For my money, Cutler fits in this position simply for his competitive nature and intangibles.

 

14. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles (Austin Peat)

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(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Foles is having an incredible season in Philadelphia.  Not only has he filled in for an often-injured Michael Vick, but has taken his job in the process by force.  Chip Kelly cannot justify giving Vick his starting role back when your backup is playing lights-out football.  In the nine games that he has played in this season, he has a passer rating of 125.2.  He has an amazing 19 touchdowns and no interceptions.  He has fit perfectly in Kelly’s system, takes care of the ball, and hasn’t had any durability issues as of yet.  Kelly calls him his starting quarterback for the next 10,000 years. The Eagles have something extremely bright here in Nick Foles.  Pick 14 is absolutely not too high at this point, and might prove to be too low in this draft moving forward.

 

15. Colin Kaepernick – San Fransisco 49ers (Marcus Burnan)

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Colin Kaepernick took the NFL by storm in 2012 when coming on for the injured Alex Smith.  He kept the starting job and helped guide the San Fransisco 49ers to their sixth Super Bowl, a game they would lose to the Baltimore Ravens.  During that season, he helped popularize the ‘read option’ offense and the ‘Pistol formation’ which he used to devastating effect against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs.  His 2013 campaign has not gone the way many expected.  This was mainly due to the fact his biggest receiving weapon – Michael Crabtree – was out injured with an Achilles injury.  Kaepernick is still a young quarterback who is talented even if many people question his attitude.

 

16. Andy Dalton – Cincinatti Bengals (Nicholas Reguin)

(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The Red Riffle has posted the 9th most yards in the league at this point in the season, and while he still struggles with not turning the ball over, particularly on the road (11 of his 16 INTs are in road games), he makes up for it in touchdowns. He’s on pace for 4,192 yards and 29 touchdowns, both of which are career bests. He’s also on pace for 21 interceptions, but he’s also on pace to throw the ball more times than he’s ever had to throw it.

He’s hit a rough stretch of games for him from weeks 9-13, but he’s still leading the 11th best passing offense in the league, and 12th best scoring offense, and he’s doing that while only having the 18th best rushing attack led by two running backs who are only on pace for 1,513 total yards and 11 scores. He may never be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but if he trims down on the mistakes, he can be a solid franchise quarterback for Cincinnati.

17. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals (Cody Milford)

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(AP Photo)

After a rough start to the season, the Arizona Cardinals signal caller seems to have finally found his stride. After a porous start to the season that included eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions the first seven games, Palmer has completely flipped the script, throwing 11 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions the last five games. While Palmer was brought back down to Earth a bit against a solid Philadelphia Eagles secondary this past Sunday, nobody can deny that Palmer is the best option the Cardinals have had at quarterback since Kurt Warner retired, and deserves his place on this list.

 

 

18. Eli Manning – New York Giants (Jim Racalto)

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

I picked Eli Manning here because for some insane reason Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, and Average Andy Dalton went before him. This illustrates just how badly we can be prisoners of the moment. The Giants are having a tough season, and Eli may not be elite. But he’s still one of the more clutch QB’s in the league and has a couple titles to his name. One down year shouldn’t overrun his entire body of work.

 

 

 

 

19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens (Andy Flint)

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(AP Photo)

Flacco has been one of those guys who has always seemed to get the job done. I wouldn’t necessarily call him a game manager, but I wouldn’t classify him as a gunslinger either. Flacco is an odd combination of both. It’s a rare quality, and certainly has caused him to face some scrutiny over the years, but love him or hate him, Flacco has been consistent. Piling up a 60-32-0 record as a starter, and helping the Ravens to be repetitive playoff contenders. Flacco has managed to overcome the same obstacles that seemingly haunt Matt Ryan. Joe has led the Ravens to nine playoff victories since 2008, and even laid claim to a Superbowl championship in the 2012 season.

Flacco, despite never putting up gaudy passing numbers, has always managed to do two very important things. Get wins, and throw about double the touchdowns he does interceptions. Flacco has never finished with more than 12 interceptions in a season, although he already has 14 this year. The Ravens have struggled in 2013, as Ray Rice looks to find his identity in what looks to be a new offensive approach, and the defensive has seen a big personnel change, as it lost it’s two most important pieces over the last decade, in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Baltimore has been resilient, and I expect them to add assets in the off-season and get back on track behind the arm of Joe Flacco.

20. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins (Shane Richardson)

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(AP Photo)

Selecting this young. dual threat quarterback was easy at this stage; true, Griffin is having a sophomore slump, but he still possesses the tools and athleticism desired in the rapidly evolving quarterback position. In his rookie season, Griffin finished third in overall passer rating (102.4) to go with 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions. This season, he finds himself on a lost Redskins team and his play reflects it:  his passer rating is 26th in the league and a over 20 points off his rookie campaign at 81.8. He also sits 12th in the league in passing yards (2,832) but this is a result of playing with one of the worst defenses in the league. At the end of games, Griffin is forced to throw a lot more and take more chances, which is one of the reasons his interception rate (11) is so much higher this year. He is still possesses a ton of talent and a team would be foolish not to take him at this spot in the draft.

21. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins (Justin Arby Arbogast)

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Ryan Tannehill has played under the radar this season with the mess that is going on in Miami with Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. So far this season he’s tossed 15 touchdowns and over 2,700 passing yards. While his numbers might not be eye popping – they’re pretty damn good for missing four of his five starting lineman. I thought Tannehill was a reach when he was drafted 8th overall, but he’s done a much better job than I had imagined.

 

 

 

 

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22. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs (Justin Arbo Arbogast)

What does Alex Smith have to do to prove that he is an above average quarterback? He comes in at #22 on this list and I was happy to get him here. Smith has KC neck and neck with Denver and can retake the top spot in the AFC West on the first of December. Yes, Smith manages games. He also WINS those games. RGIII sells jerseys while Alex has been on an amazing run over the last year and a half. Smith has looked better than Kaepernick this year and no matter how athletic these guys get, a running QB will never have long-term viability in the NFL, ever.

 

23. E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills (Ryan Alexander)

(AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

(AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

It’s very rare to see such poise in the pocket from a rookie quarterback. Manuel’s mix of size, athleticism, and poise is a unique quality that endeared Buffalo to the point of making him the sole first-round qb in this past year’s draft. Manuel makes quick decisions while taking care of the ball.  He’s shown he can throw down the field which was a question mark coming out of college. While there are some accuracy issues on the intermediate routes, Manuel is still young and that is something that will be ironed out as he continues to mature in the NFL. His ability to improvise when the pocket collapses, or the coverage downfield has taken the passing game away and keep the chains moving is an enormous boost to an offense that direly needed someone to take charge.

24. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans (Austin Peat)

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AP Photo

Before Locker suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 10 vs the Jaguars, he was playing some sensational football on a team that is struggling to find their identity.  Unlike any other quarterback on the Titans for the 2013 season, he was really gelling with his receivers and was throwing with accuracy and confidence.  Tennessee was definitely in business as a force to be reckoned with until the injury.  There have been plenty of questions as to Locker’s future with the franchise with many wondering if he was the face of the franchise moving forward.  If he continues to play the way he has this season and can rebound off of the foot injury, Locker may indeed turn some heads and earn himself a secure place on the Titans’ roster.  In seven games, he had eight touchdowns and four interceptions, which is an improvement from last year’s performance.

 

25. Case Keenum – Houston Texans (Marcus Burnan)

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Case Keenum was implemented as the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback in the middle of the season to replace the woefully disappointing Matt Schaub.  While the Texans are are on a nine game losing streak after starting the season 2-0, Keenum has steadied the ship somewhat   In five games starting for the Texans, he has thrown eight touchdowns to two interceptions for an 89.6 rating.  Schaub in comparison has thrown eight touchdowns to nine interceptions for a 77.8 rating in only six games.  While it’s not yet known whether Keenum will be the future for the Texans, at this point in a forgetful season, he is the best option they have.  I took Keenum here because I honestly thought he was the best option left.

 

26. Geno Smith – New York Jets (Nicholas Reguin)

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(AP Photo)

Despite recently being benched on Sunday for his poor performance in recent weeks, Geno Smith has a very high ceiling, and that’s why I took him at 26th. He doesn’t have much – if anything, for weapons around him, which certainly doesn’t help. He has only 11 total touchdowns this season, but his running backs only have a combined 3, which is the same number of rushing touchdowns that Geno has himself, and his special teams certainly hasn’t helped him out at all this season either.

Smith still has a big play ability, though, and despite what Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson would lead you to believe, rookie quarterbacks aren’t supposed to play at a high level, and Geno’s still getting used to the NFL, so it should be interesting to see how he plays in the future for Gang Green.

27. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams (Cody Milford)

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(AP Photo)

You can’t help but feel bad for Sam Bradford. His career has been a disaster since his rookie season, with his growth being stunted due to inept receivers, different coordinators, and poor pass blocking lines. He finally had a complete team to compete with, with rookies Tavon Austin and Zac Stacy providing explosive weapons, Jake Long providing elite pass protection on his blind side, and having a stable offense to work in, and he finally seemed to be getting it together this season. Then his season ended with a broken collarbone, and the questions about Sam Bradford are beginning to be raised again. Is he a franchise quarterback? We may never know. Right now. he is not a great option due to inconsistencies, injuries, and an inability to adapt, and that may spell the end for his time in St. Louis this season.

 

28. Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Jim Racalto)

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Glennon replaced Josh Freeman as the Bucs’ starter and has done pretty solid. He’s got 13 touchdowns, only five interceptions, and is completing almost 63% of his passes as a rookie. Sure the Bucs are only 3-9, but the locker room was a joke and the team was in shambles for the first half of the season. They have won 3 of 4 largely due to Glennon, and he appears to be the quarterback of the future in Tampa.

 

 

 

 

29. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles (Andy Flint)

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

What do I say about Michael Vick? he’s lost his job due to the outstanding play of Nick Foles, and could probably find himself on the move during the off-season. I do think a team like the Jaguars could benefit from having Vick on their roster come next season, if they can’t find a more viable option at QB. But the fact remains that Vick is on his last leg, and the probability of him finding a stable home at the age of 33, with his injury history, seems slim.

However, I do still feel like Vick is a better quarterback than the other remaining signal callers, which is why I found myself choosing him at number 29. I can’t see Ryan Fitzpatrick (30th), or Matt Schaub (32nd) ever starting, long-term, in the NFL again either. But I’d still put Vick above both of them if it were my decision. As for Brian Hoyer at (30th), I still feel like Vick could beat him out for the starting job if he were to land in Cleveland. That was my basic way of breaking down Vick here, instead of one of the others below.

30. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tennessee Titans (Shane Richardson)

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Down this far in the draft, you won’t find any quarterbacks that don’t have questions marks or that don’t come with some sort of risk. Cleveland Browns Brian Hoyer and Oakland Raiders Matt McGloin just don’t have enough playing time for me to consider them over the bearded Harvard veteran. Fitzpatrick has had a small resurgence in Tennessee after two pitiful years in Buffalo; he actually leads the NFL in third down quarterback passer rating with 139.5 (minimum 50 attempts). In six games this year, Fitzpatrick has completed over 63 percent of his passes for 1,332 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions. His 89.4 passer rating this season is good for 14th in the NFL, better than other more celebrated quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Jay Cutler. He also offer underrated scrambling ability; he has scrambled 26 times in those six games, averaging 5.6 yards per attempt to go with two touchdowns. While no one is calling Fitzpatrick a franchise quarterback, at this point in the draft, you need a smart quarterback who can come in, study hard, and at least give your team a chance to win.

31. Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns (Justin Arby Arbogast)

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(AP Photo)

Hoyer was a knight in shining armor for the Browns this season before falling to injury. I wish we would have seen more of him because I think he’d be higher on this list. He spent his rookie contract in the NFL behind some guy named tom Brady, so I’m sure he learned a thing or two. I was surprised when he was a free agent because he didn’t get much looks (probably Matt Cassel’s fault) But Cleveland gave him a chance and he ran with it. I’m actually a big Hoyer fan and hope he can bounceback from this – and be higher on next seasons draft.

 

 

 

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32. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans (Justin Arbo Arbogast)

This pick sucks. There aren’t 32 quarterbacks worth a damn in the NFL. The Vikings, Jaguars and Raiders didn’t even have a QB taken on this list. I nearly went Kirk Cousins here as he will be very popular in future off seasons. Schaub has just shown me more I guess in his career where if I were a Vikings, Jags, Raiders GM and felt we were a solid QB away I’d make a run at Schaub. Honestly though, I’d never make a run at Schaub. Those teams are MUCH more than a solid QB away as well. Can I take a college quarterback?

 

 

Round Table Question #1: Which quarterback fell further than you thought he should?

Austin Peat – “RGIII. He goes from the NFL’s darling to #20 on our list. There were arguments that he should have been the clear-cut number 1 draft choice over Andrew Luck. It just goes to show this is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ league.”

Andy Flint –  “Joe Flacco: Flacco came off a 22 touchdown, 10 interception season, in route to winning his first Superbowl. Flacco was rewarded with a $120 million contract ($52 million guaranteed). People were calling him elite, which wasn’t true, but you catch my drift. How does this guy fall to number 19 on our list? I just don’t know.

I feel like, while Flacco certainly isn’t elite, surely he’s better than Carson Palmer (17th). I’d also have taken him higher than Andy Dalton (16th), Colin Kaepernick (15th), and Jay Cutler (13th). Although, that is just my opinion.”

Round Table Question #2: Which quarterback was drafted higher than what you expected?

Austin Peat – “Matt Ryan #9. He hasn’t accomplished enough in his career to be a top ten quarterback, especially when you’re going to put his draft class competition in Joe Flacco who has won a SB far below him. His accomplishments and level of play this year do not fit the placement.”

Andy Flint - “Carson Palmer: Palmer went 17th, while the next four QB’s in a row, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, RGII, and Ryan Tannehill, all seem like better options. Certainly Flacco and Manning are better quarterbacks than Palmer at this point.”

Ryan Alexander - “The pick of Jay Cutler in the top half of the draft, simply due to the fact Flacco and Eli Manning were still on the board. I personally love Cutler’s gunslinger mentality, but it does not make up for his lack of championship. Probably should of gone in the 16-20 range.”

Shane Richardson - “I also thought Carson Palmer was way too high; as a Cardinals fan, I’ve watched every game this year and Palmer still makes mistakes a veteran like him should not be making. Every time he cocks his arm back, I feel like opposing fans get excited while Cardinals’ fans hold their breath. Odd to me that two Super Bowl champion quarterbacks were selected after him. Think he was drafted about 5 spots too high.”

Round Table Question #3: Are there any picks you would consider changing now that the draft is over?

Shane Richardson – “In retrospect, I would probably draft Cam Newton over Philip Rivers. Rivers is older and Newton’s ceiling is a lot higher at this point in his career. Additionally, Newton’s threat in the passing and running game gives him a considerable edge over the comparatively immobile Rivers. The chief complaint against Newton used to be that his team wasn’t winning; with a defense that doesn’t allow 22.7 points a game (as in 2012), Newton has shown he can lead a team to contention.”

That’s how the draft went for us; what is your opinion? Which picks did you agree/disagree with? Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

 

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