Fall of the Quarterback
Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy are still available at the start of the second round. We've heard all kinds of different opinions (paticularly on Clausen) over the past twelve hours. Like them or not, both should be gone very early tonight. The question remains: Is it worth it?
Well, you can probably guess that we believe in both of them since we have Clausen ranked as our #1 overall player and McCoy is in our header. You'd be right. Both our first round caliber quarterbacks and, despite the fact that some people blindly disagree, you shouldn't draft a signal caller unless you have him rated as a first round prospect. Yes, NFL Rough Draft would have passed on Tom Brady at the time. Oh well, we would have passed on Spergon Wynn too.
Sometimes first round prospects trickle into the first few picks of the second round. That is certainly the case again this year. So here is a list of all of the quarterbacks drafted after #37th overall to the end of the third round over the past twenty-five years: Matt Schaub.
Can you believe that? Oh we aren't done yet. David Garrard is the only fourth round quarterback that has worked out in the past twenty years. Mark Brunell and Steve Grogan are the only two fifth round quarterbacks that had productive careers. The best seventh round quarterback in the history of the NFL is Matt Cassel!
Now here is a list of some of the quarterbacks that have been taken from the first pick of the second round to 37th overall over the past twenty-five years: Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Randall Cunningham, Kevin Kolb.
Clausen and McCoy could both easily be tacked on to the end of that list in a couple of years, while history shows us that the odds of any of the draft's other quarterbacks having productive careers are not very promising.