Originally Posted by Victor B
I'm on the phone with Daryl Morey now...
How integral is the QB position on a team? Taking a QB high in the draft is essentially guaranteeing him a starting spot is it not? If you fail on your QB pick you're setting the team back. If you fail on your DE pick or WR pick or RB pick it is not going to have the same ill effect as missing on a QB pick.
I'm having flashbacks of 2002. Carr over Peppers. Maybe we should have gone with Young over Williams in 2006 too.
It's not anything like the Carr debacle because the player contracts are completely different. The Rams were the last team to be in that position, with a #1 QB who had a huge 50 million dollar anchor around the GM's neck. If we take a QB at #1 this year he will be making around 5.5m a year for 4 years, which is not really a big deal. Just for the hell of it:
Name - Length - Total - Per year
Sam Bradford - 6 years, 78m, 13m
Cam Newton - 4 years 22.02m, 5.5m
Andrew Luck - 4 years, 22.10m, 5.5m
Eric Fisher - 4 years, 22.19m, 5.5m
Contracts are clearly cheap now, and the risk of taking a #1 overall QB is significantly less than in the past. Now is the time to take those risks because the bust factor doesn't kill you cap for the next 5+ years.