Originally Posted by ObsiWan
Any of the guys you mentioned took their lumps until all the pieces fell into place. The exceptions were Big Ben and Brady who happened to step into situations where all the pieces were already there. All they had to do was not screw things up.
AND... no one considered Brady a 100% can't-miss prospect. He was a 6th rounder fer chrissakes. Montana was what... a 3rd?
Manning is one of the few guys I can think of offhand who was a "can't miss" guy who hasn't missed (Aikman was another). And his first year was pretty brutal. And many people thought that Leaf had even less of a miss chance than Manning.