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How do rich get richer? The poor reach for QB's

Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:20 am
Edited on: April 29, 2011 3:19 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- You wanna know how the rich keep getting richer? The poor keep reaching for quarterbacks, that's how.

In one of the strangest drags in recent history, four potentially disastrous quarterbacks went in the top-15 picks, as Cam Newton (1), Jake Locker (8), Blaine Gabbert (10) and Christian Ponder (12) were all of the board before we got halfway through the first round.


The fact that quarterbacks went early isn't shocking, because right now the league is quarterback-needy as hell. Lots of people projected a pile of signal-callers coming off respective big boards throughout the first round.

But by pulling trigger on some questionable quarterbacks so early in the draft, a bunch of teams -- who were drafting early for a reason -- ended up allowing a ton of top tier talent to fall down to a bunch of teams who were drafting -- you guessed it -- late for a reason.

The Colts (Anthony Castonzo), the Saints (Cameron Jordan and then Mark Ingram), the Giants (Prince Amukamara) and a number of other teams ended up hitting home runs with their first-round picks because teams who needed quarterbacks couldn't, for lack of a better phrase, keep it in their pants.

Look, the trio of Gabbert/Ponder/Locker could end up working out for these teams. Ponder's NFL-ready and could be an immediate benefit for the Vikings, while Gabbert and Locker have veterans -- David Garrard and Kerry Collins, respectively -- in front of them and will get a year or two to learn and get prepped to take over.

They could certainly end up being successful quarterbacks in the NFL, but they could also certainly be busts.

But the reason why they went so early isn't because they're guaranteed to be big-time successes in the NFL. They went early because 1) teams were limited in maneuvering because of the labor situation and, more importantly, 2) failed to recognize that in this draft, depth was present at positions that are not named quarterback.

There were certainly "lots of quarterbacks" but that has nothing to do with there being "significant depth at the position."

It's something that you expect general managers and the people who run teams to recognize. But for whatever reason, in this draft, they didn't.

Which is why we shouldn't be too shocked if we see a similar draft order in the first round of 2012 as we saw on Thursday night.

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2011 6:18 am
 

How do rich get richer? The poor reach for QB's

VikesFanTX (in exile): My, my, he must've hit a nerve, even though all that he did was strike the tocsin, that all would be ware. (Slight correction to yours. There were TWO successful drafts A.M. preceding this one. The first, in 2009, brought a franchise QB, a likely future Pro Bowler FS, a starting MLB, a happily progressing DT prospect who started 10 games as a rookie, and a pair of promising Rd7s, one of whom started games at OLB in both seasons until his injury in November, the other of whom was traded, after a year ON THE TAXI SQUAD, for a new Rd7 and a CB with mad ball skills who badly needs coaching up in certain aspects of the game, but who was chosen in the same draft at #37. Given the rookie All-Pro, promising outside runner who started in spite of TWO turf toes, promising back-up at SS who flamed out at CB (but can handle nickel and dime should need be), and rapidly progressing OT prospect  who the Lions drafted last year--plus the DT stud, speed receiver with great hands, and inside runner who may have been the BEST (there's that happy word) runner in this draft--we're quite happy with our lot these days. In the meantime, as your Vikings seem prepared to collapse back into the muck (or at least you so plainly fear), take heart in our quickening breath and hopeful hearts. Someday, you, too, although long after us, may win a Super Bowl. (Don't hold your breaths.)


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