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Do you look for a QB?
With the possible (likely IMO) trade of Sage to the Vikings, do you look to draft a young QB this year? Do you strictly look to sign a veteran? Do you hope/think that any of our other QB's on the roster could be our backup?
Here is my thinking:
I think we can make due for a year with Nall and Gray (I think he is still with us). I think it is time to draft a developmental QB, but I do not feel comfortable making any rookie QB our backup. Here is a quick breakdown of where some notable QB's are projected to go (my projections):
Mark Sanchez - top 5
Matthew Stafford - top 20
Pat White - Middle to late second round
Josh Freeman - Late second to early third (If we take this trash, I will go on a killing spree, FYI)
Nate Davis - Middle of the third round
Rhett Bomar - Early 4th-middle 4th
Hunter Cantwell - Mid 5th
Cullen Harper - Late 5th
Stephen McGee - Early 6th
Curtis Painter - Early 6th
Rudy Carpenter - Mid 6th
It is a fairly unimpressive group overall, but there are some gems. Pat White has been tearing up everything and everyone, and has likely moved into the bottom third of the second round. I'm going to assume that everyone is comfortable with passing on a QB in the first round, by the way. Josh Freeman is a joke of a QB - his winningest team: 7-6.
Now, we get to the interesting players, the "developmental" picks. This is where you take a toolsey QB who has had success but isn't getting big time attention. Are you comfortable with using a 3rd round draft pick on Nate Davis? Or a 4th on Rhett Bomar? I hope by now that we have learned our lesson with the Alex Brink's of the draft, so I do worry about waiting too long to find a prospect.
I'm starting to like Nate Davis in the third round. It is about fair value, and we (Texans - specifically McNair) have shown the willingness to draft a developmental QB early (Ragone). I like Davis because he has good size at 6'2, weighing in at a robust 226. He really, really, really should have stayed in school for another year. He has fringe first round talent stored inside, but he showed enough this past season to warrant a pick. He has a very strong arm that he showed off while rolling out of the pocket (Ball St. moved him out of the pocket a lot last year). He has slightly above average footwork, but that is coachable, and that is a good thing. He looked aware of the pocket in the few games I saw, and a little bit of coaching will help him with an initial false step. He really knows how to step into his throws, and he can throw the "frozen rope" pass. He will need to work on his reads (Ball St., believe it or not, did not run a complex offensive system) and his timing with NFL WR's. He has NFL starter potential, and that is fairly easy to project. He isn't ready now, but he has everything you look for in a middle round QB. I think he could be the answer to our back-up QB spot and could push Schaub down the road for the starting gig.
What are your thoughts/opinions on this matter (not just Davis). What are you looking to do or not do with QB's this year?
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