Heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts were sitting pretty with the No. 1-overall pick and their choice of either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. They wound up selecting Luck, and in the mad rush to trade up to No. 2, the Washington Redskins secured their man in former Heisman winner RGIII.
This year, the Chiefs and Jags do not have that franchise-type guy staring them in the face with the first and second picks, respectively. In fact, the teams actually in desperate need of a passer, the seventh-slotted Cardinals and eighth-slotted Bills, may not take a quarterback either.
By all of the so-called “expert” accounts, this is a weak quarterbacking draft class.
But by now, shouldn’t we all know better?
We have seen Russell Wilson come out of the third round to lead Seattle to the playoffs. Tom Brady will enter the Hall of Fame as a former sixth-round pick.
[Another diamond in the rough: Brett Favre does jorts proud during Draft Day back in 1991]
There are great passers to be had each and every year. Thus, if a team is looking to take a quarterback, who should be it?
If every passer available is on the board, should a team be looking at Geno Smith, who has the size, speed, accuracy and mobility to makes plays at any level? What about Matt Barkley, who was considered a top-five overall pick in 2012 but who watched his draft stock fall after a disappointing senior year?
Mike Glennon, at 6-foot-7, certainly has the size, while Oklahoma’s Landry Jones has the experience as a four-year starter in Norman.
Then there is Ryan Nassib. After leading Syracuse out of the depths of the Big East and back to respectability, could he do the same for an NFL franchise? For your favorite team?
We here at Gamedayr simply do not know that answers to these questions, but perhaps you might.